Are You Ready
To Learn a New Way of Life?
Barter Village is the most unique opportunity you'll find for learning survival techniques for a changing world!
In Barter Village, you will be able to leave behind the hectic, stressful, debt-laden modern world and return to a simpler, quieter, more natural way of living (but not necesssarily easier). We guarantee it will be an experience you will never forget. Who knows, it may just change your life forever.
New Group Starting Sunday, April 1, 2012
Highgrove is a small castle which has the ability to support up to 12 Barter Villager students. Stay for a week, a month, or all season!
While living and learning at Highgrove Castle, you'll experience*:
Twelve spots available starting Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Singles or couples are welcome. Barter Village is designed for adults and at this time children under 12 are accepted only under special circumstances.
Room, board, educational fees, supplies, and basic medical care at Barter Village is $75 per night per person. This is an all-inclusive price. The only other costs are your transportation to and from Highgrove Castle and any money you might spend on incidentals and souvenirs.
Highgrove Castle is a small residence currently being converted from a former suburban style home into a fortified castle. Your room will be a small bedroom in the castle which features a bunk bed, a wardrobe, a chair, and a wash basin. All rooms are doubles and if you are visiting alone, you will share your room with a fellow student. The castle is designed to recreate the experience of living hundreds of years ago; therefore, your room will not have electricity, running water, nor air conditioning. Candles will be available for lighting. If you're visiting during the winter, there will be a fireplace or wood stove.
You will share your bathroom with the other students on your floor - about six to a bathroom. It features a hot shower, a sink with running water, and a composting toilet.
The castle's common room is available for use by the castle residents, the staff, and students. It is climate controlled and has a computer with internet access available for student use. There is also a TV and DVD player.
Your fee includes three meals a day. Most of your food will originate from the castle's gardens or will be grown at nearby farms and orchards. There is a cook on staff who coordinates all meals, but each student, as part of the educational process, is responsible for helping to prepare and serve meals. During hot weather, meals are produced using the outdoor kitchen, while the indoor kitchen is used at other times.
You will eat your meals either in the common room, the dining room, or the Great Hall.
NOTICE: You will NOT gain weight while at Barter Village. In the spirit of recreating a pre-industrial experience, while the food is tasty and adequate to meet each person's caloric needs, there will not be an excess of food available and all will be grown locally.
Your daily schedule will be filled with opportunities to learn. The Barter Village staff will facilitate your educational experience every day you are at the castle. Here's a typical schedule. Note that each student's schedule will be different based on tasks for that day.