Frequently Asked Questions

what shall I pack when coming to visit Provision?

Clothing: 

  • We are located in a mountainous region (600m altitude, with a 1836m peak close by), which means that weather can be changeable and surprising no matter what season. We advise to carefully check the weather report before departure to Provision. 
  • Most visitors will be part of experiential learning and living on Provisions small farm, in the gardens, orchards, help with construction and/or maintenance work. Please prepare with decent work clothes/shoes/gloves.
  • During hot summer months the sun can shine abundantly and a sun hat can be a life saver! 
  • Shoes: Appropriate shoes for farm work and also hiking are highly recommended.  It will also be helpful to have a pair of shoes that are easy to slip on and off as some of the inside spaces are shoeless

Reusable water bottle. The tap water at Provision comes from a local source and is drinkable.  

Headlamp: Sleeping in a tent, in the haybarn, or under the stars might be wonderful, though safely finding the way to the compost toilet at night might be not just wonderful though also vitally important…

Sleeping bag (and pillow): Please bring your own, unless you are accommodated in the Provision Guesthouse, where all is provided.

Personal special dietary needs. We do urge our visitors to take great care to bring and consume mostly local, seasonal items, minimally packaged and if possible organic.

Is there a store or a ATM machine in the village of Alunisu?

No. The closest store is in the village of Sancraiu (3 km away, which all visitors coming by the road will pass through on their way to Alunisu). The closest ATM machine is in the town of Huedin, 10 km from Alunisu, where there is also a train station, a busstop, and every Tuesday morning there is a local market which provides year-round access to fresh and locally-produced ingredients.

What kinds of events does Provision host?

Provision organizes and hosts any and all events oriented towards what Joanna Macy has called “The Great Turning.”  These are events that awaken our human regenerative wisdom on many levels – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.  Examples include Permaculture, NonViolent Communication, Soil and Water Health, Natural Building, and the many skills related to Self-Sufficiency.  Provision also loves to offer space for groups to create music, art and dance.

Can I bring a group to Provision for a visit with lunch included?

Yes.  Currently this option is available from April-October. We can host up to 25 people in an outdoor covered space.  When needed, we can build a fire for warmth and pleasure there.  Prices vary. Please contact us for more information.

Do you receive and host families?

Provision’s “Walnut” Guest House is the perfect place for a family with one private sleeping room with a double bed and space for up to 4 single mattresses on the floor in the living room.  There is a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.  And a small and light-filled efficiency kitchen with double electric stovetop and warm running water.  350RON/ night – 1500 RON/ week. Proceeds go directly to support Provision’s mission. If you and your family are already demonstrably contributing to the a regenerative future, there may be other possibilities for Provision to host you which varies on a case-by-case basis.

Would it be possible to arrange for a private self-sufficiency workshop for my family/group?

Yes.  We are happy to collaborate and co-create a workshop for you, your family or your group when we know at least 3 months in advance. This is due to other possibly planned events and our own subsistence farming work, which is a full-time work and which we need to find ways to continue doing even while offering our time and energy toward incorporating more people/activities into our already planned schedule. In order to accommodate this, we need to begin our planning early!

Can I come to Provision as a volunteer or intern?

There are times when Provision accepts volunteers – usual from May-October. Sometimes we make exceptions depending on the skills you are bringing and our needs at the moment you are available to visit. Our volunteering program depends also upon live-in community members and interns to support the needs of volunteers. Work is seasonal and the length of work hours depends to a large extent on our projects and the weather. Some days there is less work – maybe only 4-5 hours, and some days we work from dawn to dusk with a break after our shared mid-day meal together.

Can I send my underage child to you as a workshop participant or volunteer?

We do not have the capacity at this time to take the responsibility that would be needed to care for a minor through the programs we offer through Provision.

Does Provision provide scholarships?

Becoming part of the living community depends on your time as a volunteer, then as an intern. Or, in certain cases, your demonstrated passion and implication with a mission that correlates to Provision’s mission may offer a possibility to live in one of the community spaces for a longer period. For example: you are a grain farmer / baker who then mills his own grain and bakes bread with it and you understand the importance of agroecology. Or you are a vegetable producer / herbalist / holistic doctor / natural building expert, devoted to working on the great turning in collaboration with others in your local community…. Within these special circumstances, our doors may open for you and your family to join us here on the land. 

Can I get credit from my university by coming to Provision?

Provision offers all courses and workshop on a sliding scale in order to accommodate the financial differentials in a fractured society/world.  We ask those who can pay more to do so in order to create the possibility for those with less access to financial resources. Whenever this happens, we are happy to be able to offer scholarships to a particular event. Sometimes teachers from wealthier countries are willing to fundraise in their country of origin in order to bring their event to Provision and open it for local participants. We are always willing to have discussions about money and how we might channel it towards the greater good, including creating access to courses for participants who have a demonstrated passion and implication in the subject matter.

How can I apply to be part of the living community of Provision?

Provision offers all courses and workshop on a sliding scale in order to accommodate the financial differentials in a fractured society/world.  We ask those who can pay more to do so in order to create the possibility for those with less access to financial resources. Whenever this happens, we are happy to be able to offer scholarships to a particular event. Sometimes teachers from wealthier countries are willing to fundraise in their country of origin in order to bring their event to Provision and open it for local participants. We are always willing to have discussions about money and how we might channel it towards the greater good, including creating access to courses for participants who have a demonstrated passion and implication in the subject matter.

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