For people who want to change their lifestyle and make a step towards a healthier, more sustainable life in the countryside, we have started the Country Life Academy. To help you find your freedom and a more natural lifestyle, to work on a positive future.
More and more people feel trapped in a ratrace in the city, locked up in their appartment. Their office job is not fulfilling and we hear people asking themselves: "Is this it?"
"What an experience! We had no idea of what to expect when arriving, but very quickly we knew we had made a life changing choice. We have learnt so many wonderful + useful things here and great lessons for life in general.
Thank you so much for being wonderful role models for all to see that this life in the countryside is possible and enriching."
- Stuart & Miriam
Barbara Scheltus - van den Berg is a life designer, permaculture facilitator and gardener. Mother Nature is her guide in life.
Together (with our kids) we moved from the city center of Leiden in The Netherlands, to the beautiful countryside of Croatia in 2009. We have lived off the grid for 2 years and now we have built up a rich life in beautiful nature, where we welcome guests and volunteers on our 12 hectares of edible landscape. Bogata Šuma, "Rich Forest".
The time is ripe to take the next step for us: we're growing a village!
"Peter, your vision and ideas are contagious - forever keeping us on our toes. Barbara, you are totally the perfect person to run courses here at Bogata Šuma. Your knowledge is far reaching. We love what you are creating here and the two of you make a formidable team!"
Brooke & David
Country Life Academy program
We developed a program to help people realize their dreams of living a good rural life. A program that helps you design your first and later steps to a peaceful and fulfiling life in the countryside.
Live your dreams!
We invite people to come to Bogata Suma and live their dream in our try out-program, or in the 10-day intensive. In both programs you will gain various skills and you will grow towards your own dream life.
You will be here with other people that have a similar dream.
The purpose of our programs is to give you a headstart and a good basic knowledge that will save you time and money in your near future.
Subjcts that we will cover are:
- Designing your project and your life
- The people part: communities, teambuilding, communication, problem management
- Land: finding your piece, reading the landscape, maintenance
- Permaculture design & thinking
- Food self sufficiency & gardening
During the 10 day intensive or the month's try out program you will have our permaculture paradise "Bogata Suma" ("Rich Forest") as your base. We are situated in the heart of Croatia, surrounded by hills and forests. Bogata Suma is an example of how you can turn wilderness into a beautiful edible landscape.
There will be inspiring people and lovely animals, colourful and healthy organic food from the terrain, evening campfires and a million stars in the night.
If you are interested in a personal coachings program: Peter coached already many people on their pathway to living a fulfilling live in nature.
Practical permaculture (weekend edition) >>
|Friday 8 - Sun. 10 October 2021|
Practical permaculture (full course) >>
|Saturday 16 - Friday 22 April 2022|
10 day Country Life Intensive >>
|Friday 20 - Sunday 29 May 2022|
Building a reciprocal roof
Would you like to live a free, healthy & happy live in harmony with nature?
Would you like help on your path to get there?