The workshop site is on the edge of a small village in eastern Poland, and just 500m from the beautiful Lake Hanza. The nearest town is called Suwalki. The area is quite remote, and is part of a lovely national park, with cycling, swimming and kayaking the main local activities for visitors.
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The co-ordinates of the site are 54.255589, 22.795434.
There are three airports you can fly to, and then travel by bus or train to Suwalki. You can then either be collected by car, or take one of two buses per day for the 45 minute journey to the workshop site. Most flights are either with Ryanair or Wizzair.
- Warsaw, Poland – and then you take a 6 hour train journey to Suwalki
- Vilnius, Lithuania – and then take a 3 hour bus journey to Suwalki
- Kaunas, Lithuania – and then take a 3 hour bus journey to Suwalki
The trains and busses only go a few times per day, so you are advised to allow two days for your journey. Click below for the bus and train details:
- Kaunas to Suwalki
- Vilnius to Suwalki
- Warsaw Modlin airport to Warsaw City by bus
- Warsaw Modlin airport to Warsaw City by train.
- Train network web site for trains from Warsaw to Suwalki
(enter Warszawa Centralna for the departing station)
We organise for food to be purchased for the meals, and we take it in turns to prepare the food and wash up afterwards. In this way, we can keep the cost of the food to a minimum, typically around 5-8€ per day. We have a simple breakfast, our main meal in the middle of the day and light evening meal. The food is vegetarian and simple, but wholesome. You may want to buy a few other items yourself to supplement any particular food types that are important to you.
Access to Shops, Bars
The site is a 45 minute walk to the nearest village which has a small shop and a bar and restaurant. All major shops are found in the large town of Suwalki, which is 45 minutes drive by car.
Accommodation – Free On Site Camping
You may camp for free within the workshop site. Facilities are basic, with outdoor composting toilets, and cold water available for washing and showers.
Accommmodation – Caravans and Campervans
There is limited space to park caravans or campervans – please let us know if you plan to stay in one!
Other Local Accommodation
Here are links to other accommodation available around the workshop site:
- Bożena’s Hostal (1 minute walk)
This is across the road from the workshop site, with rooms available for around 40zl (approx. 10€) per night The owner does speak english.
Contact: Bożena Danowska, phone +48-516-460-447, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for their facebook page.
- Galeria Wiejska (15 minute walk)
Has camping for 10zl per person (approx. 2.5€) with hot water, and hostel for 25zl (approx. 7-8€) per night per bed.
The owners do not speak english, so you are best to email us if you would like to stay there.
- Hancza hostel (25 minute walk)
This hostal has with beds for 15zl (4-5€) per night.
Things to Bring With You On the Workshop
We recommend you bring the following items:
- Clothes to get dirty in
- Strong shoes for working in rough terrain
- A hat as you will be outdoors in the sunshine all day
- Sun cream
- Sun glasses
- Pen and notebook to make notes
- A memory stick with 16Gb of free space to store everyone’s photos taken during the workshop.
- Phone / camera
(Phone enabled with “roaming” to work in Spain)
- Supplementary food items
- Toiletries and a towel, especially including lip balm and hand cream.
- All appropriate equipment if you are camping.