From time to time we are able to offer a place here to someone who feels overwhelmed in life and wants to experience what it's like to live in a small community. You'll have the opportunity to learn natural and carpentry building skills, simple permaculture in practice, foraging, thinking outside the box, exploring your own creativity, and authentic living and healing. When we slow down, there's time to listen.

It seems that the right people come at the right time. If you feel that it's the right time for you, write us a letter that shows who you are and what your expectations are. We don't want to exclude anyone on the basis of money so your stay will be free. In our vision compassion and humanity are not commodities that are for sale. In our culture, the value of experiences and objects is often connected to money, the more it costs, the higher the value we give it.
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Remember that you can always negotiate with anyone anywhere. Even when that person claims it’s non-negotiable. Even when there’s a sign that says “It’s absolutely forbidden to negotiate”. That’s their sign. You can bring your own sign that says: “It’s always allowed to negotiate, even next to a sign that says it’s absolutely forbidden.”

Dear travellers, I would like to share with you some words about my two months stay here. From the first to the last day, Dennis and Ayet welcomed me as I was with kindness. They encouraged me to be myself and they showed patience to answer all my questions. Through practice, reading and documentaries, I learnt a lot about natural building, salvaging, improvisation, simple life, human relationship, etc. Every day brought its share of challenges, discoveries and achievements: we finished the Bird House and started the Workshop and the Greenhouse with teamwork. We continued the garden design (it was like land art for me) with patience and creativity. We prepared the film festival with passion. We talked at length with honesty and curiosity. We gazed at nature with love, coffee and pastries. We shared our silences and our feelings, looking for authenticity. Dennis and Ayet are sensitive, creative and really interesting people so I can only advise you to take time to talk with them, to listen to their stories (they are wonderful storytellers) and their music, to try their way of life and let the beautiful nature of Värmland takes you out of yourself. This is a place of meeting, creativity and wonder.
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I stayed at Bluesberry Woods in September 2019 for two weeks as an artist residency project. I’m WAKA, a Jazz singer from Tokyo, based in the Netherlands for 4.5 years and now based in Belgium. I was fortunate that I got to know about Bluesberry Woods through my school alumni facebook group, I immediately could imagine myself staying there for a while to work on my first album material. – Waka

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I arrived with one backpack and one keyboard, when I entered the sculpture house, I immediately found the table perfect for writing music. I placed my keyboard on one side, and my laptop and music sheets on the other. The welcoming drink and the flower by the window, and this great view of nature outside the window was very inspiring for me. I spent most of the time inside the house, although it feels like you are almost living outside, playing keyboard and singing, composing and arranging songs. Those rainy days were perfect days for me to focus, a day passed by slowly, yet productively. I enjoyed making fire every evening as well, looking into real fire calmed me down very much, maybe I never appreciated fire so much before. Some days going for a walk in the woods, picking mushrooms and berries were so much fun, and eating them was even more special. Visiting the big lake on the my last day was very memorable, the vastness and the calmness of the water cleaned out my mind and my body.

It was magical. I remember having the most vivid dream I’ve ever had in my life on the first night I slept in the Sculptured House, it was such a rare experience, and the vividness of the images in my dream was sharper than ever. When I told that to my hosts, they said it seemed to occur to many people who previously stayed there as well. Living in the nature, with the nature, was the best gift I could get during my stay, it of course helped me concentrate on writing, and gave me the calmness and the inspiration at the same time. It also made me think about how I normally lived back home, I realize that I can actually live without so much, the simplest basics were enough for me to spend my days happily. Last but not least, I enjoyed the company in the evening spending some time eating or chatting together with the hosts. I had some nice conversations and nightly discussions, they were very helpful for me to have a nice stay at the sculpture house.

There’s something magical about the Swedish woods, and so as Bluesberry Woods. Something magical happened to me while I was staying there, which I cannot really explain. Infinite ideas and thoughts just came to me while I was writing music and lyrics, the ease and the flow of it was like never before. It has been hard for me to find a place I can focus for long time without getting interrupted, and this was exactly what I was looking for, the reason why I was searching for an artist residency place. I first thought two weeks would be just long enough, but it actually went pretty fast, it felt like just one week for me. It could have stayed a little longer.. next time! I recommend anyone who wants to work in a calm and inspiring place far from disturbance and confusion, to have at least two weeks stay at Bluesberry Woods (the Sculptured House)!

If you’re interested in renting the artist residency, contact us Minimum stay is two weeks, maximum two months. Time period is from end of August to end of October and from the beginning of March to end of May. The cost is 300 Euro per month. Please note that the residency is not available for 2023.