Alicja Ciach

Kielce, Swietokrzyskie, Poland

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  • not to sleep too much
  • graduated mummy-philosopher
  • From born in Warsaw, since then moving a lot
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About Me


celiny autonomous zone


uff.. tiny, moody, bookworm, experimenter, voracious of new ideas and good people around, to think talk cry&laugh out loud together ~ to share dulcet silence while looking for wild strawberries in the woods, yummy

also some kind of a paper art freak ~~

about us: we used to move a lot, living in different places and countries, but now we've settled down for a while, our son1 started school and so on :)

alternative education.. our current focus and a brand new challenge

anyway now we decided to spend some time here in Kielce and start to build up a habitat in Celiny countryside, that-is-to-be our small own autonomous zone. we're fascinated with alternative/natural building and all the stuff.. earthen architecture, straw-bale walls, clay finishes, dancing in the mud & hard work as well. always eager to learn more: adobe, cordwood, cob, earthships.. those endless possibilities are so inspiring, and may change mainstream building paradigm as well

we go in for that!


awareness passion creation


Why I’m on Couchsurfing


3 (free) couches to share


we've just hitchhiked across Argentina & Chile with plenty of fleeting e-n-r-i-c-h-i-n-g encounters, so beautiful people and their spontaneous generosity by the way.. never-to-be-forgotten journey

CS stimulates and nourishes my mind, that's exactly how I imagine real traveling aaaaand... there're so many soulmates to host!


specifically iterested in how to stretch the time and extend days as there is always a little too little time for all these wonderful things that flitted in front of us

Music, Movies, and Books

books've been always the most important:

* J.M. Coetzee: elegant restraint and ethics
* Henry Miller: vice versa :)
* Hakim Bey temporary autonomous zone
* Cortazar: todo
* William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Fernando Pessoa: mood
* Henry David Thoreau: Walden
* Dubravka Ugresic: journalism
* Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber: philosophy of dialogue
* Kuki Shuzo: iki, the essence of japanese'ness
* poetry of Khalil Gibran
* Witold Gombrowicz: my Polish master
* ..and plenty of alterative building manuals, I'd recommend these of Gernot Minke, Lloyd Kahn and Bill & Athena Steen

movies that made me cry:

* "Empty House" Kim Ki-duk
* the trilogy of Park Chan-wook
* "Buffalo'66" Vincent Gallo
* "Le Scaphandre et le papillon" Julian Schnabel
* "Dead Man's Shoes" Shane Meadow
* "Waste Land" Lucy Walker
* "Man on Wire" James Marsh
& more

music: indie, classical and ethnical + ..cocorosie, Sinead O, Manu Chao, Tiger Lillies, CatPower, Glass, Silver Mt. Zion, more of experimental sounds & more & more

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


Teach, Learn, Share

we can teach you

* experiments with plants' fiber: lamps, paper, sculpture
* building small architecture using wood, clay & straw
* how to make a quite simple biological wastewater treatment system - Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetland (SFCW)
* films and prints development (darkroom fun, an ancient analog method :)
* making copperplates, linocuts, some more printing/graphic techniques that I'm not sure how to name
* making eco-hand-made toothpaste, facial cosmetics, home-cleaning agents, soap soon
* creative recycling
* how to prepare delicious paella, sushi and hummus (Marcin, a cosmopolitan cook)
* chopping wood in a meditative way
* dream to much

* well.. still in progress, working on that

ha! a new-one: how to build a big clay pizza oven!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Poland, Russian Federation, Spain

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