Most visitors to Ponderosa stay in the Speicher Guest House (the same building where the kitchen and bar are). It is also possible to camp in the garden, or to take a private room in the house, or in a cabin in the garden, or elsewhere nearby. This all depends on your requirements, budget, and desires.
So what are all the options?
These are the available options for accommodation at Ponderosa:
What about meals?
Generally speaking, almost all visitors book accommodation and food together, for the time that they are here. During most events and workshops, all food is provided. Specifically, each day’s giant and delicious meals are made by our chefs, where we strive to use local ingredients, including lots from our own garden.
As we mostly work with a fully running kitchen, it is not possible to bring your own food or to cook for yourself in the kitchen.
Ponderosa is not a hotel — everyone washes their own plates, and we encourage communal and collaborative work, and so you can always jump in to chop some vegetables. This is where the most fascinating conversations happen.
There are some events, usually outside of the summer months, which are self-sustained and where food is prepared as a communal effort among participants, without a chef. This is generally mentioned in the event description and is an exception to the standard arrangement. If you have any questions about this, please let us know.
More details about food at Ponderosa are available on the frequently-asked questions page.
Can I just pay the costs for workshops and accommodation altogether, in one go?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to pay the costs of workshops and the costs of food and accommodation at Ponderosa at the same time. When you come here, you usually pay two separate amounts — one for the workshop or event fee, and one for your food and accommodation.
Why? Well, this is because what happens at Ponderosa is a result of the combined work of two different organisations. There is Ponderosa e.V., which is the nonprofit members’ organisation that organises all of the events and workshops. Alongside this, there is Seminarhaus Stolzenhagen GmbH, which runs everything to do with food and accommodation — the practical underlying support that is required for Ponderosa to be able to run. This is why the costs of food and accommodation are separate from the costs for workshops and events — they are being paid to two different places.
We know that it can occasionally be frustrating to have to deal with these two separate entities. However, it ultimately makes everything else run much more smoothly.
If you would like to know more about this internal division into these two entities, please take a look at our page about our page about Ponderosa and Seminarhaus Stolzenhagen.
What’s the cheapest possible way to spend time at Ponderosa?
Every year, we have some jobs and work exchanges available, that can allow for people to spend time here very cheaply or for free, usually for a longer time. However, these opportunities tend to go very fast, and they tend to be announced very early in the season. To stay up to date on these possibilities, please check the page that outlines them here.
Food and accommodation costs and options
The different options outlined above have different costs associated with them.
The food that is prepared in the Ponderosa kitchen costs €22 per person per day (including VAT/MwSt.).
Generally speaking, the cost of accommodation almost always includes the cost of these meals. So the full costs — of accommodation, including the costs of food, per night — in the various options described above, are as follows:
For children (up to age 14), costs are halved. Babies up to two years of age are free.
Ok, that’s all the details! So, if you’d like to book food and accommodation at Ponderosa, please go right this way: