Yarok Az is an organic goat farm and permaculture center run by Hadar and Shachar Barkai. Bask in the silence of nature while you sleep in a dome-shaped ecolodge, or bring your own tent to pitch in the green lawn. Spotless bathrooms and showers. Guests can learn about organic farming, permaculture, cheese making and other farm activities. Guests can also walk to historic Ilaniya, to see an ancient spring, olive press and synagogue.
- Guest kitchen
- Meals available
- Free pickup from nearest town or bus stop
- Credit cards accepted
- Free parking
- Camping available
- Lectures available on local history, organic farming, cheese making, etc.
How did you decide to start this place?
It was our dream for the past few years. It was a combination of things we saw and things we wanted. We saw something similar in the Negev. Tents in the desert. We liked the idea. People sleeping in a shared space, living in a very basic way. We also wanted it to be affordable. The problem was when you wake up in the morning, what do you do? We wanted people to understand and to learn about sustainable farming. We hope that maybe just a little bit of the things they learned, they will take home with them, and change the way they live. To live more sustainably.
Why are you interested in tourism?
We simply enjoy having people around. We love to host! Personally, I studied tourism in university. I was a guide for a number of years, guiding people all over Israel. I wanted a “home base.” Tourism is very, very interesting, but you have to know how to do it. People may have something that interests tourists, but they don’t know how to do it properly. It’s very interesting for me, learning how to do it right.
What is unique about your guesthouse?
I don’t think there is a place that combines these two activities, ecology and sustainability with tourism. It’s very different.
What else would you like to say or have people know?
People that come here with an open mind can learn to change themselves after a visit. Living better and more sustainably. This was a dream for me, and I am living it out. This dream is happening! I am not living a banal life.