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  August 25, 2020

Stedsans in the woods

Stedsans in the woods is a retreat in Halland, Sweden, with an off the grid restaurant in the forest by the lake and a permaculture farm. 

The owners believe that « the solution to almost any big problem is beautiful, well tasting and happy. A solution that empowers us all. 

Our aim is to create, inspire and consult in good-looking, easy-to-use permaculture methods in cities and forests. 

Our building and farming methods are based on the permaculture principles i.e. a system inspired by nature for a truly sustainable living including plants, animals and architecture. Principles that are good for topsoil, water, biodiversity, meaningfulness, health and resilience.

The food is produced poison-free. With very few, logical eceptions no ingredients have travelled more than an hour to reach Stedsans. Almost everything was harvested/foraged same day as it is served. 

The restaurant, showers and cabins are water-neutral. We use filtered lake water from our own lake for everything in the restaurant, toilets and showers. Since we only use 100% biodegradable products, our guests can feel good taking a long, hot shower since it is all released back into the lake. Besides being truly sustainable it is the cost-effective solution compared to building sewers etc. 

Our compost toilets, that have been featured in several international lifestyle magazines, build up topsoil in contrast to modern toilets that yearly flush out 10.000 liters of clean drinking water per person. Water that needs to be cleaned afterwards. »

Eco-retreats are a big trend and return to nature and a simpler way of life is something people are avidly researching. Proof is Stedsans financed its launch with money from a Kickstarter campaign (where they raised around 100 000 euros) and the volunteer help of hundreds of people traveling from all corners of the world to help build the site. 

   Monia MERABET

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