CENTRE NEMOLAND POLAND
free space to connect people and earth
Nemoland Poland -
(Ramberg) 5 - 58-512 Stara Kamienica -
Navigation: Google Maps type "Nemoland Polen” - GPS location: 50° 53.857',
15° 31.857. Altitude 520m
Pictures Nemoland 2013
Pictures Nemoland 2014
- More information about Nemoland, projects and
Stara Kamienica (pdf-file)
information about the Pol Skal mining plans in Stara Kamienica near Nemoland
- Internship and research reports
of the region
The secrets of Nemoland: becoming nemo
and travel to the legends
- New website
Films about Nemoland, the mining plans
and the Polish region
Nemo-jubilee festival 1998-2018
OFFER FOR VOLUNTEERS -
STUDENTS - SCOUTS
- EARTH CENTRE NEMOLAND
- HISTORY PROJECT
We invite you to contribute your energy and enthusiasm to building a community
that sees the earth as a source of inspiration.
In 1997 the Dutch grassroots nature association Nemo founded Nemoland as a
non-profit cooperative and autonomous zone to live with what nature and the
Polish villages of Stara Kamienica has to offer.
Nemoland, meaning ‘no man’s land’, is situated in the
heart of Europe, between Prague, Dresden and Wroclaw, in the Sudety area of
Polish Lower Silesia. It is hidden between Isermountains (Góry Izerskie), Giant
Mountains (Karkonosze) and the Bóbr Valley Landscape Park (Park Doliny Bobru).
Because of the turbulent history this border land in the centre of Europe became
a no man’s land, where time lost its forward direction, went back and unveiled
hidden memories. This uniquely beautiful mountain area provides a micro-climate,
with an extreme variety of elements, quick changing weather types and
Reconnecting with the earth: walking and working in nature, learning,
reflecting, celebrating ecology, history and legends of the landscape, getting
to know the Polish village, its inhabitants and customs. These are the tools to
explore the energy and gifts of the earth, to re-create and re-invent yourself
but also to protect it from mining plans and other threats to nature, landscape
and local community.
At Nemoland we welcome visitors, volunteers and partners who want to share their
capacities and talents within the cooperative, based on the concept that the
process is much more important than the product. The project of Nemoland is aiming at involving all nationalities, traditions,
gender and ages. Being a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe, Nemoland
invites international NGO’s, students, youth and disability organizations to
participate in the Nemoland-project.
Project ‘Back to Earth’
- Eco farm activities: gardening, cutting wood,
keeping animals and making natural products
- building huts
- recovery of historical landscape, restoration of footpaths and bridges and
development of a walking network for the village
- educational exchange with village organizations and local schools
- organization of a village festival
- art and handicrafts workshops: wood sculpting, weaving
- for children: bushcraft, swimming in the creek, building huts, storytelling, rock climbing
- 36 ha remote nature reserve around the Ramberg and
the Kamienica river, with absolute silence and darkness
- walking and hiking routes all over the region
- small eco farm with vegetable gardens, orchard, meadows, animals
- place to stay, work and live in a natural environment with modest and
ecological facilities (natural camping places, dormitories, rooms, huts, small
campers, sanitary, kitchens) for groups and individuals
- facilities for activities: theatre, fire places, atelier for felting/weaving,
legend hall, library, studio for yoga and meditation, Africa workshop
- workshop space for local eco-products and handicrafts
- youth programs for internships and volunteer camps
- exchange projects for NGO’s, creative groups, choirs, schools
NEMOLAND COOPERATIVE IS LOOKING FOR NEW PARTNERS
The Nemo Association wants to strengthen the Nemoland Cooperative giving
opportunities to new partners within the concepts of Nemo, focused on:
- Agrarian development; gardening, animals, natural products
- Education, coaching or DIY-projects
- Handicrafts and art (installations, theatre, music, film)
- Events and festivals
- Intercultural exchange
Nemo was founded in 1988 in the Netherlands as a non-profit association for
walkers and walking interests. Soon it became a broader association for nature
related activities. The association, financed by its members, is independent of
any government, fund, company or NGO. It has two locations: Nemoland Westerpark
in Amsterdam and Nemoland Poland in Stara Kamienica in the Lower Silesia region
in Poland. For the administration of Polish Nemoland, in 1997 Nemo founded a
separate Polish organization: Fundacja Nemo.
- Since 1997 Nemo brought more than 4000 foreign people to Stara Kamienica to
learn and taste the Polish village life and build Nemoland.
- More than 100 students from Dutch colleges and universities followed
internships, workshops, and did research on sustainable and ecological
- In 2003 Nemo received a subsidy (Matra) from the Dutch government to support
Polish village associations and to strengthen the local community.
- Twelve times over the course of its existence, Nemo has organized the ‘Dutch
Day’ in Stara Kamienica to exchange Dutch and Polish culture.
Since 2009 Nemo has organized three Crossroads Festivals in Jelenia Góra, as a
cultural event focused on cross border art.
Meanwhile Nemo has been collecting stories and legends of the former German and
present Polish inhabitants, because we feel that oral memories are much more
real than official history. The area of Stara Kamienica in particular, is a book
of unknown stories. We see the simple and easily accessible activity of walking
as a way of discovering, touching and reading these stories.
For the staff of Nemo their ‘Polish adventure’ in Stara Kamienica has been a
long and often challenging process of ‘trial-and-error’. They have put a lot of
effort into learning Polish language, history, customs and even cooking. From
2003 Nemoland faced a threat of total destruction by the Pol Skal mining plans
in Mala Kamienica, just opposite their front-door, and plans for Uranium mines
in nearby Kopaniec. Where national mining corporations saw potential financial
profit, they, living and working as foreigners in Poland, and thus as outsiders,
saw something much more precious: an “open mine” not of stones but of
captivating stories and legends of Polish village life and its many visitors.
After 20 years of their own metaphorical mining, the Nemo-workers want to show
what they have found! That is why Nemoland will be re-opened in 2019 with a new
concept, a new logo and new activities. Nemo welcomes groups, institutes, NGO’s
and individuals, offering a clear structure within the Polish Nemo Foundation,
with lots of possibilities to set up independent and common activities and
projects. Target groups could be locals, international youth, students,
disabled, refugees, volunteers, active tourists/families.
The region of Nemoland received, contrary to the Giant Mountains, little
attention from tourists and historians, even though the traces of the oldest
glassworks, pagan worship places, the most beautiful half-timbered weaver houses
and many natural and agricultural monuments are located here. Nowhere else is in
immediate reach such a rich variety of nature, culture and landscape. The
special features of this region are traces of early cultivation (such as stone
walls, terraces, mill brooks, fords and paths), which are mostly still intact.
The richness of nature is unique. Plants that are already extinct in Western
Europe, are still to be found here. Once the area was known as a big landscape
park, the "Toscane of Middle Europe". After the war the area became a ‘lost
land’, because the people who lived there and the people who came to live there
both lost their native land, while the landscape lost its names, monuments and
memory. Like many other border regions in Europe, this area runs into danger due
to lack of care and the threat of devastating mining projects. Protests against
the mining plans made local inhabitants much more aware of their cultural and
natural heritage. This resulted in all kinds of initiatives to protect nature
and the historical value of the landscape, the value of community-building, and
of local economy.
The philosophy of Nemo is that members, volunteers and guests contribute
something of themselves to Nemoland. Thus Nemoland is created in an organic way
and is developed by involvement of visitors who are invited to be more
participants than consumers. The idea is to establish a creative exchange where
those who come to participate in an ongoing creation of Nemoland, are in turn
given an opportunity to re-create themselves by exploring the secrets of the
Polish countryside, and ultimately promoting sustainable development of the
Nemoland offers free time & space and
facilities to children and youth (of any age) for a better world, going back to
Earth. Without ideology, but hands in the mud…
Picture: cleaning a river in Nemoland
How to get to
Google Maps type "Nemoland Polen"
GPS location: 50° 53.857', 15° 31.857
Görlitz: cross the border to Zgorzelec and follow the signs to Jelenia Góra.
After passing Luban and Gryfów, 13 km before Jelenia Góra after the village
Pasiecznik, turn left to Stara Kamienica. Follow the right side of the river,
passing Stara Kamienica. In Kromnów turn right to Kopaniec and at crossing turn
right again to Chromiec.
Just before Chromiec turn
right to Nemoland.
Góra: take the route Jelenia Góra - Szklarszka Poreba.
After you passed
Wojcieszyce turn right in the village of Piastów to the direction of Stara
Kamienica/Barcinek. Then pass Piastów, and then on the crossroad turn left.
Passing Kromnów Wola and Kopaniec, go straight to Chromiec. Just before the
first sign of Chromiec there is at the right side a green sign of Nemo. Follow
the road till the split and then take the right path, slightly uphill. In 200
meters and you are at the destination.
From outside Poland to
From Jelenia Góra by bus from station on Podwale in
Jelenia Góra to Chromiec. Chromiec is the final stop on the bus. In Chromiec,
you should go along the road towards Kopaniec. After the last house in Chromiec,
you have to turn left. There will be a wooden sign NEMO. Continue to go straight
all the time till the road splits. Take the right path, slightly uphill. In 200
meters and you are at the destination. Distance from the bus stop in the center
of Chromiec to Nemo: about 2.5 km.
cheap ticket to Görlitz. From there local train to Stara Kamienica.
By plane. Cheapest fights to Wroclaw by WizzAir
There is a busservice from Wroclaw Airport to Nemoland: 1. Town bus from Airport
to central bus station. 2 Bus from bus station to Jelenia Góra. 3 From Jelenia
to Nemoland see Roko bus.
Apply for detailed
information and time schedules.