House rules for the Rabbit Holes

  1. We’re a conditionally open creative community. While we are very welcoming, we’d like to choose the people we share our homes and art projects with.
    a. As we don’t ask for money for the time you spend with us, please try to feel, think and act in a way that makes your presence a benefit for all, and please make sure not to harm others or our environment.
    b. We initially welcome everyone among us, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. We are, however not a free student hostel, a free vacation resort, a homeless shelter, or a psychiatric hospital.
  2. Pretty much anyone may drop in unannounced to spend a night or two.
    a. However, we do not welcome people we already had to ask to leave once, people who have a reputation of being a risk or a liability, and people who cannot or do not want to participate in our community life in a constructive manner.
    b. In case you would like to spend more than two nights with us, please talk to us about it, so we can discuss arrangements. In this case we will ask you to actively contribute to the life of our community while you are present, and take part in at least one of our ongoing projects. This usually means at least one hour of “work” every day for the benefit of the community – in addition to any work necessary to provide for your our own needs.
    c. Special guests may be given dispensations from certain rules as discussed, with the exception of rules 1 and 3. People who count as special guests are: highly important personal guests of long-time community members (parents, children, partner, close friend, etc.), or people who provide important, special aid to at least one member of our community (healers, priests, shamans, etc.)
  3. The minimally required rules of behavior expected of everyone who stays with us:
    a. “Leave no trace” – take care of at least your own trash, and remove it from the premises.
    b. Keep your environment tidy, and clean up after yourself when you are leaving, so new arrivals can enjoy the community at least as much as you did when you arrived.
    c. Don’t cause harm to our property or our environment, don’t hurt others, don’t destroy or break anything intentionally.
    d. Don’t behave in a way or do anything that could make our community look bad.
    e. Don’t steal! You won’t need to steal anyway, you’ll have access to everything you need in a legal and ethical way.
    f. Use the composting toilets, don’t shit in the barranco (valley). (If the urge hits you when hiking in the wild, make sure to dig a deep hole and bury your waste.)
    g. Don’t litter, never leave toilet paper, tissues or cigarette butts lying around.
    h. Be self-sufficient. Bring at least as much food and water with you as you consume – or provide the community with something useful in return. If you don’t want to spend money, we can show you free sources for both food and water.
    i. Don’t be a scrub or antisocial.
    j. If you are unsure about something, ask us.
  4. Sleeping arrangements include: community cave (3..10 people), camping site (5..15 people), in the courtyard / living area / kitchen (2..3 people), or other locations (roof garden, barranco, the cave by the composting toilet).
    a. Please share sleeping areas socially. Only long-time members have dedicated sleeping spots.
    b. In the morning, please let people come to and wake up at their own pace. Please don’t bother them with questions or issues before they have had coffee and breakfast.
  5. For cooking, feel free to use the utensils near the sink or in the storage cave.
    a. Always wash up after yourself, so others can keep using the utensils, and we don’t attract flies and bugs. Someone should always make sure that utensils (dishes, pans, cutting boards, etc.) are cleaned after a community cooking.
    b. In case you make coffee, tea, salad, or a cooked meal for yourself, please think of others too who may want to eat or drink of it.
    c. Normally we make and eat breakfast and lunch individually, from the community stores. In the evening there is usually someone making dinner for the whole community. Make sure to be that someone time to time.
  6. Most of our community food is freegan (reappropriated / rescued from trash), or a donation. If you see our food running low, make sure that there is enough. We don’t expect you to spend money, but we do expect you to go rescue food for the community from free sources.
    a. Make sure that we always have enough of the most critical resources – coffee, sugar or honey, sunflower oil, toilet paper and tap water. If any of these are running low, please fill the need. We do need to spend money on these from time to time.
    b. We don’t have flowing water, so we have to carry our water ourselves. We store mineral water separately, please don’t use this for washing dishes, clothes, or yourself. We store tap water in the storage cave, and most of us drink it without worries. Please be sparing with our water, and if you see that it’s running low, bring more. We’ll show you where you can get it from.
    c. In the front right section of the storage cave you’ll find cooking ingredients, foods, sweets, fruits and spices meant for community use; feel free to consume from these as you wish. Place food here that you brought for the community to eat.
    d. Food you brought for your own use (unique foods, gluten free stuff, special diet foods, meat, etc.) should be put in a plastic box or bucket, separate from other foods, with your name on a paper note. If you find boxes like this that don’t belong to you, don’t eat from them.
    e. We have mice, bugs and other animals around that will eat improperly stored foods, if you aren’t careful (eg. they will chew through backpacks). You can find a detailed guide to storing food on the refrigerator door.
    f. Please take care of your personal needs and luxury requirements yourself, don’t expect others to provide these for you. This includes alcohol, tobacco, cigarette paper and cigarette filters, medicine, speciality foods, mineral water, etc.
  7. We primarily cook and bake on fire. Feel free to use the fireplaces or the oven in the yard.
    a. For firing the oven, you’ll find large pieces of firewood under the oven itself. A box of wood will provide heat for 40–60 minutes.
    b. The rocket stove operates on fine-chopped wood. Daily consumption, depending on the number of people and amount of food prepared is between ? and 2 boxes.
    c. Having enough firewood is in everyone’s interests, so please help us keep our stocks filled up. If you see firewood running low, go and bring more (and chop it up).
    i. You’ll find suitable wood alongside the upper road, within a few hundred meters.
    ii. Please don’t bring entire branches, dead shrubs into the yard. We keep those above the yard on the right side. Only bring down chopped firewood in boxes for the rocket stove or the oven.
    iii. Please don’t chop firewood right above the caves. We have a dedicated wood chopping spot some way away, please do it there.
    d. Please don’t burn plastics, trash, or cigarette butts (except if it is filterless or has a filter 100% made of paper).
  8. You can use the washroom for showering / cleaning yourself. Please use the water sparingly, and don’t use mineral water.
    a. Ways of heating water:
    i. If you put water in a plastic bottle out in the sun, it will be warm in a few hours (depends on weather, but usually works).
    ii. In a portable shower bag. Fill it up with water, and leave it in the sun. Please never leave empty shower bags outside, as the heat will break them down.
    iii. In a pot on the stove.
    b. There’s usually water for washing hands in a glass bowl. Please change it if it’s dirty, and cover it up or empty it for the night, otherwise it attracts animals.
    c. Please make sure to only use organic soaps, shower gels or detergents.
    d. Please pour used water (from showering, washing dishes or clothes) under the plants in the yard or outside.
  9. Please use the composting toilet for pooping. If the urge hits you while you’re out hiking, dig a deep hole and bury it after yourself. Pour some ash on the composting toilet after use; we collect ash in a metal can near the stoves.
    a. It’s okay to pee in the barranco (valley), if you do it outside and a fair distance from the gate, away from the yard and camping sites.
    b. If you need to vomit, please try to do it outside the gate, and cover it up with dirt. If you vomit inside, please clean it up properly.
    c. Don’t leave toilet paper, wet wipes, tampons, etc. lying around. These belong in the trash.
  10. We collect our trash selectively. Take responsibility for trash management, don’t leave waste lying around. If you see that the communal bins are full, please take the trash out to appropriate disposal sites.
    a. We burn paper waste, it’s stored next to the stoves, in a box under the table.
    b. We collect metal waste separately, and take it to the local recycling site for money.
    c. Organic waste belongs on the compost. You’ll find the compost bin outside, in front of the yard under the small tree.
    i. Compostable materials include fruit and vegetable scraps, spoiled plant matter, banana peel, citrus peel, or small amounts of cooked food leftovers, cheese, bread or meat.
    ii. Please don’t try to compost foods that include artificial components, preservatives, or a large amount of salt.
    iii. If the compost bin is full, please take it out and pour it on the compost pile next to the composting toilet.
    d. We burn wood scraps.
    e. Unused, but usable clothes are collected separately, in the donation clothes container or the freeshop.
    f. The rest of your trash should be placed in the appropriate container in our trash collection area. The containers are: glass; packaging (PET bottles, plastic bags, milk cartons, etc.); mixed communal waste.
  11. Please only bring animals (dogs, cats, horses, goats, camels, etc.) in the Rabbit holes if you are ready to take full responsibility for them, including feeding, proper inoculation, RFID chip, flea treatment (including flea extermination over the entire compound if you manage to infest us with them), deworming, removal of animal waste, etc.
    We do not intend to keep animals at the Rabbit holes in a communal manner, but it’s a possibility to do such projects on other locations, please talk to us about it.
  12. If you borrow something for a short while (such as sleeping bags, tools, lamps, kitchen utensils), please put them back after use. If you need to borrow something for a longer period, please ask us.
  13. You may leave stuff with us for safekeeping. Collect your stuff together in some kind of container (box, bag, sack, etc.), and put a paper with your name in it.
    a. We store people’s stuff separately. Please don’t take anything from here that doesn’t belong to you.
    b. We don’t take responsibility for your stuff, but we will do our best to take care of it. We’re not a safe deposit box or a storeroom, so we can’t house a large amount of stuff for longer periods. (A few months is okay.)
  14. You’ll find the freehshop in the community cave. These are things meant for sharing, unneeded by their previous owner. You may take and use anything from here.
    a. What to leave here: shoes, clothes, gear, electronics that you no longer need, but others may still find them useful.
    b. Please don’t leave torn, dirty, or broken things in the freeshop.
    c. Please contribute to keeping the freeshop clean and orderly. Take time occasionally to organize it. If there’s too much stuff, throw out the items aren’t up to standards. Superfluous clothing should be taken to the donations container.
  15. We have a list of important tasks in the community cave. It’s a weekly, calendar-like table, with the days of the week as columns, and tasks as rows.
    a. When you complete one of these tasks, write your name in the appropriate cell. Try to make sure that your name appears in the table each week multiple times.
    b. Important community tasks include making dinner, rescuing freegan food, collecting gross firewood for the upper storage, chopping wood for the stoves, cleaning, bringing water, taking the trash out, washing dishes (esp. after community cooking), checking food stores for spoilage, taking the compost out.
  16. We sometimes hold community projects to earn money. Those taking part in such an activity discuss beforehand how they will split their earnings, after deducting community expenses from the earnings total. Such projects include organizing parties, selling stuff at the flea market, performing street art (fire juggling, street music), etc.
  17. Please try not to bring useless stuff back to the Rabbit holes. We definitely don’t need leather sofas, plastic garden chairs, etc.
  18. We do accept donations.

This version is 2017 version, new house rules on the way, basically will be the same, just will be shorter.

(writen by Pálmester, english translation by Daniel Jozsef)

Rabbit Holes courtyard & kitchen. Photo by Pálmester
Paths. Photo by Pálmester
Gizmo, the guardian. Photo by Eszter Seregély
Windmil. Photo by Eszter Seregély
Private caves. Photo by Pálmester

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