In 1992 we bought a listed Bavarian farmhouse in Deinsdorf (Oberpfalz). It met all of our requirements: it lies in beautiful, rural surroundings, has good public transport connections, is big enough for seminar groups and is surrounded by large gardens.
As a group of three women and three men we founded the ?Association for the Advancement of Seminarhaus Deinsdorf ? and started the conversion. After five hard years of building work, we managed to transform the previously derelict building into a tastefully decorated, guest-friendly seminar house.
We placed a high value on retaining the form of the old farmhouse, re-using the old building materials, and above all using ecological and environmentally friendly building techniques. This led to us receiving the ?Green House Number?, a sign of recognition from the council, as well as a cultural prize from the Volksbank/Raiffeisenbank.
During the building phase, yearly six-week international workcamps, with young people from around the world, gave us welcome support in the building work, the housework and the garden. Many friends and acquaintances also worked with us to help realise the project. At the time the ?Friends of Seminarhaus Deinsdorf?, a group of around 15 people, supported us with their interest, advice and help.
At the moment the project is administrated by two principally voluntary directors.
They are helped by two young volunteers, one from Germany and one from another European country, who spend an ecological year in the Seminar house, gaining an overview of the running of the Seminarhaus, learning to look after the sheep, to work in the garden and to live ecologically.
Since 1997 we have had a range of our own seminars on offer. The house has also been available for outside groups to use for their own courses or events.
Recently the house has been extended to include the addition of the old barn, newly renovated as a large seminar room. This allowed the house and grounds to come into their own. The large seminar room is now in high demand for family parties and other celebrations.