Community Development through Trade
|Tzigania Project... |
Experiencing a sociological – anthropological - environmental – and herbalist
perspective to the extremely marginalized (to the edges of the forest),
impoverished (poorest of the poor), archaic (19th century living)
- Gypsy communities
- The Forest Gyspies... Khashtalo -
Foragers of the Forest
The Forest Gypsies (Khashtalo) are found living between the stream (their water source) and forest (their gardens). While Europeans cultivated the valleys the marginalized Roma harvested the forests where they scavenged their daily meal and incomeThe sad - lonely Forest Gypsies - known in Roma society as "Khashtalo" - linger at the very bottom of Roma hierarchy.
They are the outsiders - the outcastes. They stand alone, rejected by their Romanian neighbors because they are "gypsies" and at the same time by their Roma brethren for having lost the Roma langauge and culture -
as the Roma proverb attests: “who is ashamed of his language – is ashamed of his mother”
These are the Khashtale - the Untouchables of Roma society.
Visiting the Forest Gypsies of Hetea is a virtual journey back in time... It’s a horse and wagon community, where automobiles do not come, Where water is hauled out of a single well shared by all and their daily meal comes from the blessings of Mother Nature. While Europeans cultivated the valleys, the Gypsies freely gather their needs from the backyard forests. The wild, dark and mysterious forests act as their gardens. They gather mushrooms, berries and wild greens that are sold or bartered in the village and city markets.
The Khashtale Decor
Architecture................................................ ............The Life..............................................................The Food (MUSHROOMS)
Tzigania Project and the Forest Gypsies of Hetea invite YOU into the community of outcaste to meet the families and break bread (the Khashtalo bread" Koka" ). Learn about the life directly from the source (the people) and experience this rare view inside the community where outsiders don't go .
Mushrooms: the hidden-away Khashtalo have been harvesting the
forest for centuries. Like forest gnomes they know the dark, mysterious
forest like the back of their hands...
Forest Health Benefits (interesting article) - Forest Bathing
Tzigania Project offer various choices designed to meet the budget and interest of everyone
"affordability is our mission"
Our Various Options
|HOSTEL PROGRAM||DAY VISIT.... MUSHROOMS||MEAL PROGRAMS|
|Mushroom Collecting with the Experts|
|Mushroom Collecting with the Experts (Level II)|
|Mushroom Collecting: Hawking in the Marketplace|
|Gypsy Folk Music|
|LEARNING CENTER treasure trove of Learning|
|The Jewish Cemetery: Remembering Roza Goldstein|
|and MORE.... new and improved|
MUSHROOM COLLECTING with the EXPERTS
Time Duration 1-2 hours
unique authentic experiece of a day with the Forest Gypsies (a slice of
real life - Khashtalo style) … Wagon ride with Forest Gypsy family
Vasile and Donna
into the forest collecting mushroom (and other eatable / sellable
produce). Sense the serenity of the sacred forest that is both
pristine and frightfully dangerous (the Forest Gypsies back yard)…
Khshtalo of Hetea is more than just mushrooms. Learn first hand the
styles and customes of these severely marginalized people
Visit includes humble guide ChuckTodaro offering objective insight to Khashtale and Roma culture...
making the most of your time
Contact us with ANY questions
Phone: (+40) 758 55 66 70
|Our Location and Directions|
Village Valcele county Covasna. |
25 km east of Brasov
(Brasov – villages SanPetru – Bod - Araci – Valcele – Sf Gheorghe (11 km west of city Sf Gheorghe)
Arriving By CAR
Various routes to our location (less than 20 minutes frm Brasov and 15 minutes from Sfantu Gheorghe). The following link will take you to our location at Google Maps: Valcele, Covasna, Romania. Choose the direction option: write in where departung from and the program will offer option. Choose your prefered route.
Arriving From Brasov: Entering Valcele. Follow winding road past the park on right - and then follow slope into village center passing Catholic church on the hill on the left - communal well and abandon school on left. About 20 meters after the well come upon small bridge. Take the left hand turn onto gravel road just before the bridge. That corner house on opposite side of the stream is us. Iron bridge crosses the stream into our front gate. WELCOME!
Arriving From Sfantu Gheorghe:
Road leading into Valcele is boardered by series of homes. You come upon small narrow bridge. Take immediate right hand turn after bridge onto gravel road. We are that corner house on the opposite side of the stream. Iron bridge crosses the stream into our front gate. WELCOME!
departing from BRASOV|
Bus to Valcele departs at bus station at Brasov “gara de north” (main train station). Bus departs Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM / 4 PM / 7:30 PM. Sat and Sun: 7:30 / 4 PM (40 minutes – 6 lei). Step down at Valcele (last stop).
Continue along the main road in the direction of the bus, pass the village center, then up the hill, pass a church on your left, followed by communal well (on left). About 20 meters after the well is a small bridge. Take the left hand turn just before the bridge and follow the stream… We are the 1st house on the right. Cross at the iron bridge
BUS from BRASOV via SF. GHEORGHE
At Brasov “gara de north” (main train station): On left hand side facing the train station is a single bus stop to Sf. Gheorghe. Bus departs every half hour.. (30 minutes: 10 lei)Bus from Sf, Gheorghe to Valcele departs 1 PM and 4 PM. Bus can be met at the main bus terminal (near train station) and city center bus stop (in front of park. In front of row of flower shops)
Contact us with ANY questions
Phone: (+40) 758 55 66 70