We are an informal school with a well-organized balance of work and play, lectures and experiential learning. Our goal is to bring our guests’ learning into ever widening circles: first within classes tailored to meet the needs of each visiting individual or group, then to a hands-on project on one of the subsistence farms in the Romanian / Hungarian village of Alunisu, and then, ultimately, back into the life situation of each visitor.
"Provision offers a purposeful learning journey
to a school of living traditions and sustainable values"
Since Provision attracts a wide variety of student visitors we offer several accommodation options in order to get everyones needs met:
* Camping or sleeping in a haybarn.
* Bed & Breakfast
Good local meals can be provided in all options.
For each of you we will work to find the lodging that will suit your needs as well as the best way to have your leisure and culinary requirements met.
Please contact us for more details and costs.
Proceeds go to...
Provisions proceeds go towards helping those living a sustainable life-style to continue. This involves the organizers and teachers as well as local peasants who offer accomodation, food and knowledge. In this way, we hope to help farms within Alunisu to continue to do the good work that they do, as well as to help Transylvania maintain its traditional beauty and charm.
Become acquainted or reacquainted with skills that, for many of us, have become lost or forgotten. The Transylvania School of Self Sufficient Living is a place to learn or remember the bases of life: the art of growing and preserving food, the beautiful experience of purely natural architecture and the joy of keeping livestock happy and healthy.
We are located in Transylvania, Romania, in a picturesque natural setting: the village of Alunisu, where many of the inhabitants are still practicing truly sustainable living and where many traditional skills are still used.
"[Those living a traditional agrarian lifestyle] represent a vast pool of human resource and capability which is being debased and denigrated at the very time in history when it represents our greatest asset in the transition to reduced energy availability." David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept
For whom Provision is intended:
- The smallholding enthusiast, homestead lover. Those who already have or want to start a self sufficient life and feel they could use an inspirational experience; whether wanting a boost in their knowledge and skills or simply wishing to experience the rather rare (and we think quite special) possibility to feel life in a European rural peasant community.
-The purposeful traveler, agri-tourist or eco-tourist. Those who are looking for a vacation with an intention, who are wanting to penetrate below the usual surface of the tourism package. Come back home with the feeling of having had a deeper experience with long lasting effect.
- True seekers of the ‘good life’ Those who, like the founders of Provision once were, are looking for a return to the land, a natural and organic life, but feel they can use a helping hand and encouragement to move in a right direction. We would love to help you find and follow your path.
- Those interested in local Transylvanian culture and customs Those who are planning a trip to Transylvania, Romania or the Balkans and are looking for a place to get in touch with the lifestyle of the majority of the inhabitants of this region: the peasants.
- Families Parents and children who like to be together in the outdoors, with love for nature and animals, learning and playing together in an original holiday atmosphere. Provision offers country living as an educative, fun, and relaxing option for your family vacation.
- Groups If you have a group of friends, family, collegues who want to have an authentic Provision experience together, we can customize your stay and provide what you are looking for. Come and absorb together old world wisdom and let us help you create experiential opportunities intended to increase overall satisfaction and wellness which will help your group become more sustainable.
.... As you can see, there are provisions for everyone!
Our aim is to share the vast amount of (vanishing) local widom with a wide group of interested people, to keep it alive and carry it on into the future.
Definitions of some of the terms used in this website:
Provision: provision is defined as the act or process of providing, the fact or state of being prepared beforehand, a measure taken beforehand to deal with a need or contingency: preparation. A stock of needed materials or supplies; especially: a stock of food.
Self sufficiency: Self-sufficiency is the state of not requiring any outside aid, support, or interaction for survival; it is therefore a type of personal or collective autonomy. It is usually applied to varieties of sustainable living in which nothing is consumed outside or what is produced by the self-sufficient individuals. Practices that enable or aid self-sufficiency include autonomous building, permaculture, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.
Smallholding: A smallholding is a farm of small size. In third world countries, smallholdings are usually farms supporting a single family with a mixture of cash crops and subsistence farming. In more affluent societies smallholdings may be valued primarily for the rural lifestyle that they provide. Often, the owners do not earn their livelihood from the farm, but find a cottage industry to provide for their financial needs.
Homesteading: Homestead a word used in the USA for a smallholding. It originates from the Homestead Act. when land was given for free to families (settlers) who cultivated and lived on this land. Nowadays it is mainly related to the back-to-the-land movement and people who choose to live an independent life on a small farm, though also urban homesteading is a growing practice worldwide.
Subsistence agriculture: Subsistence agriculture is self-sufficiency farming in which the farmers focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families. The typical subsistence farm has a range of crops and animals needed by the family to eat and clothe themselves during the year. Planting decisions are made with an eye toward what the family will need during the coming year, rather than market prices.
Sustainability: The Brundtland definition for a sustainable society is: a society that meets the needs of the present generation, that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, in which each human being has the opportunity to develop itself in freedom, within a well balanced society and in harmony with its surroundings.
Peasant: 21st century peasant agriculture is basically built upon the sustained use of ecological capital and oriented towards defending and improving peasant livelihoods. Multifunctionality is often a major feature. Labour is basically provided by the family and land and the other major means of production are family owned. Production is oriented towards the market as well as towards the reproduction of the farm unit and the family.
Agritourism: Agritourism is defined as involving any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm. Agritourism in Transylvania is a fast growing form of tourism, with thousands of recently developed B&B’s on traditional family farms.
This adds the flavor to Provision: a place where cultures can blend together and shared knowledge and effort provide a solid and fertile ground for true sustainability!
Provision is a new school for self-sufficient living and subsistence farming, self-reliance and sustainability, traditional skills and values, low impact living and simplicity, all in the spectacular natural setting of Alunisu, a small rural village at the foothills of the Carpathians in Transylvania