Who we are?
Five idealists from Amsterdam that try to make a difference in the world. We felt our own world wasn’t changing fast enough and decided to do something about it.
We are inspired by many other communities who found a way to break loose from the established patterns of life and manage to live an alternative lifestyle in harmony with our planet and its inhabitants. Our goal is to live a self-sufficient life together in beautiful Saarland. We strive to make Landgut Girtenmühle double as a location focussed on helping those in need. The hotel and campsite are under our new management for a few months only and already have changed drastically since. Lots of creativity and enthusiasm has turned the quiet and cozy campsite into a unique location.
Get to know the five faces of our crew at the bottom of this page and where they came from. Last but not least, we want to give a shout-out to all of the volunteers that have helped us to reach this point, we couldn’t have made it this far without you… you also deserve a spot among the team as a volunteer of the year!
“Daily routine? An office job? We’d rather not! Instead, we’ve quit our jobs, cancelled our studies, sold
our homes and chose adventure.”
Jurrit van Beest
My travels around the world showed me many faces of the incredible indifferences in our world. It also showed me the importance of doing something you love and are passionate about. By doing this, other things become very irrelevant. My answer to what are we doing here in this life has become a quest for making things better for other people and the planet we live on. After much discussion and education through knowledgematters, Wim became the missing link to turn our ideas into practice. By studying inventive ideas on the internet my passion was sparked to try this for myself. Girtenmühle is the opportunity I’ve been dreaming of without knowing it in this context. It’s a platform where I can learn and educate at the same time on a daily basis. Where I define my own borders of what I can and can’t do, It’s a dream.
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.“
Gidi van de Belt
Your actions determine who you are. After I graduated in physics and got a job, I came to realize that I want to do more for people and nature than that I would achieve in an office job. Then I made the radical decision to start for myself and move abroad. My dream to create a place where people live in peace, where would be taught how to live more sustainable with regard to personal life style and this planet with all its beautiful flora and fauna, would come true. A place where lectures, workshops and seminars will be given and where everyone treats each other and the planet with respect. Doing the right things to inspire others and to enable sustainable and conscious live styles, has resulted in the fact that I’m happier than ever.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Campinghost, Tourism, Website, Handyman
To be able to turn a piece of land into my own canvas, enabling me to stimulate the creativity of others and myself has been my dream for years. I never thought this goal would come this close in such a short period of time, special thanks to the gents on this page! This place has been a source of inspiration and unbelievable motivation and I would love to share it with everyone who reads this. I intend to fully focus on my dream after completing the start-up phase at LandGut Girtenmühle by collaborating with artists in several interesting projects. Any good ideas? Know some people we should know? Please, contact us!
“Good ideas stay good ideas until you execute them.”
Wim van de Belt
Geschäftsführer, Handyman, Manager of Managers
After 30 years, I stopped working at the Bijlmer High school (Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer), to start doing something ‘different’. This turned out to be this project, LandGut Girtenmühle. Together with my son Gidi, our friends Jurrit, Dominique and Vincent, and of course my wife Stella, we’ve started this unique cooperation between young and old: combining the enthusiasm of the young men with my investment and experience in construction and life. My goal is to transform this place into space where people can live and develop; a ‘place of quiet reflections’, granting the opportunity to manifest intentions and dreams. Because of its unlimited possibilities, LandGut Girtenmühle has the potential to become an oasis amidst this bizarre world, fitting our purpose to find a balance between Planet, People and Profit.
“Action is required”
B2B, Bistro, Volunteers, Permaculture, Finance, Website
My study (Criminology) kept reminding me of what’s wrong with this world. After I went down the rabbithole by watching hours and hours of documentaries, my conclusion was that we need to change our ways. We founded KnowledgeMatters to inform people about what’s going on. Luckily, we found Wim, who shares our vision. He granted us the possibility to radically change our own lives; this is why I joined in. My personal goal at Girtenmühle is to have a paradise in which we can organise events, workshops and lectures, to spread knowledge and awareness, to change lives and livestyles. But also, to create a loving community in which we can all live and rest in peace.
“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.“
Volunteer of the Year
Have you volunteerd? Don’t see your pretty face in this slideshow? Please let us know and we’ll make it our top priority. Thank you all for your help!