” The Vallachian Firepit ” Traditional Holliday Village Project
Motto : „Return to the roots, a Carpathian people message from the past, found in the present.”
Traditional Holliday Village Project ” The Vallachian Firepit ” (Vatra Valaha) aims to build a holiday village to express on bio-eco-ethno-logical principles the picturesque and functionality of traditional architecture specific to Vallachians peasant spread across Europe and also the characteristic hospitality of areas currently occupied in the present by the descendants of the Valachs.
Besides the bio / eco – logic component, “The Vallachian Firepit” has also a strong cultural component based on secular history and pastoral and trade traditions of Vlachs.
Basically Vlachs are present today throughout Europe but mainly in the Carpathian area of Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic there is even a “Vlach autonomous region” called Moravian Wallachia (in Czech : Moravská Valaska), one of the bridgeheads for the continuity of Vlachs civilization along the Carpathians.
Vallachian civilization show striking similarities across the Carpathians in terms of ethnography, folklore and rural economy and it has a common part of the vocabulary, kept both in dialectal archaism and in the mountain toponymy.
Furthermore, the Valachs maintained a greater degree of self determination expressed by different judicial customs called Valachian Right (in Latin, the Lex Antiqua Valachorum or Jus Valahicum / Valachorum), known as the first law model as being mentioned a lot in the Romanian historical documents.
According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, the Valah Right had an economic part and a legal one, which could not be violated. In the relationship with the institutions responsible for enforcing and upholding the law of a certain state, Vlachs responded to any query using the formula: “Take me to your master, I have the Vlach right” , which ment he possess a special right.
In Romanian there are many sources about Vallachian culture but you can check this one in English, “We Are Valachs!” by editor Leo Baca, which is an article taken from: Stopami Minulosti: Kapitol z Dejin Moravy a Slezka /Traces of the Past: Chapters From the History of Moravia and Silesia/, by Zdenek Konecny and Frantisek Mainus /Brno, Blok. 1979.
By his mainly pastoral and trade activity, the Valah lerned primarily from the nature the principles of living in perfect symbiosis with it, life principles applied in green tourism – a basic concept promoted by our organization in Romania and Europe.
The Vlach Holliday village – “The Vallachian Firepit” is a tourism model that gather around an ancient “firepit” all these principles and who aims to facilitate access to authentic traditional Vallachian culture of all those who want to know and live the healthy lifestyles, the millenary traditions, customs and hospitality of the Vlachs.
In the specific rural Vlachs settlements you can always find clean air and clear water springs that come from the Carpathian Mountains. They were for centuries the keepers of the Vallachian material and spiritual heritage , which have taken over and integrated elements of local culture, created, invented and permanently adapted to historical socio-economic conditions.
The pleasure to visit at least some of these rural settlements in hours is impossible today in real conditions of modern society. This can be achieved only by visiting a single centralized site designed as a living museum containing seven of the most reprezentative traditional houses from each Carpathian country. More details here.
– Facilitating access to authentic Vallachian culture of those who want to know the rural civilization, millenary traditions and great hospitality ;
– Creating a personal development environment where people rediscover the healthy, balanced, in harmony with nature lifestyle of vlach shepard;
– Minimizing environmental impact of tourism activity by using environmentally friendly materials and technologies used in the past by Vallachian ;
– Preserving the traditional agricultural landscapes rich in biodiversity in order to maintain the vitality of rural areas in the Carpathian region;
– Supporting the local economy by generating jobs and a steady income ;
– Rematerializing benchmarks of traditional Valachian architecture in the seven Carpathian countries which could be lost forever if not rebuilt and presented for the future generations.
– Supporting the development of trans-boundary cooperation in Carpathian region