Zavod Rizoma, Institute for Artistic Production and Sustainable Development is a Slovenian NGO instigated to operate a programme of cultural, educational and social inclusivity projects on a permaculture farm in the east of Slovenia.

Re-imagining the farm as a rural center for contemporary arts and ecological practices we seek to develop and collaborate on projects which integrate cultural, environmental and techno-social elements. We also run residency and volunteering opportunities.

We are interested in the development of non-formal educational contexts, utilizing new creative and artistic approaches. We are also interested in digital skills projects which, innovative through creative experimentation and contribute positively to current environmental challenges. In particular digitisation in the areas of ecology, citizen science, sustainability and cultural heritage.

Registration number 8752079

April 2024: Our new podcast and radio show Uho!is going strong, now in its 10th episode and broadcast every Monday night at 9pm on Radio Marš

Feb 2024: Prelaunch of our new podcast and radio show Uho! and @uho.podcast on social media and on the fediverse.


Jan 2024: TOPLAP Meetup #2 hosted by Rizoma @ BarCoda Maribor.

Feb 2024: Launch of WITW (v.0.1) composition by Rob Canning supported by EU project KonS [citysense/žizek)] and Zavod Rizoma.
Generative sound composition influenced by live weather data. More details on the projects code repository

Dec 2023: Rizoma have established TOPLAP audio visual live coding node in Maribor and host first meetup.

Jan 2024: OPEN CALL for kontejnerLab residencies.

Feb 22 2023 Artist-led reading group project. Barbara Kukovec with NAGIB and KIBLA.
The art of living on a damaged planet.
Bralni krožek KIBLA + NAGIB: Umetnost življenja na uničenem planetu*22.02.2023 17:00 more on the Kibla website.

Rizoma is our field studio for Arts, Technology, Permaculture in the hills of Haloze, near the Croatian border in south east Slovenia. While we are active in external collaborations and outreach projects, the bulk of our activities take place here. The site is 7 hectares of woodlands, grasslands and wilderness at 410m altitude and sits at the foot of the mountain Donacka Gora and the cliffs of Resenik. It is designated as a Natura2000 SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is also our home. We host cultural activities, workshops, volunteers and artists in residence.

Converted shipping container 6m / 14 m2. Our artist in residence space and hacklab. Accommodation for two. KontejnerLab

The usual shed stuff, woodworking and metal working tools. Available to arists in residence. Chain/table/chop/hack/hand/jig saw, axes, carving tools, drills etc etc.

This is where we and our we, our volunteers and artists in residence cook, wash up, eat and take shelter from downpours. This was built using the chestnut timber from our old roof.

We use a compost toilet here. We don't flush valuable fresh drinking water down the drain, instead we create valuable compost (humanure) for our fruit trees. A future upgrade of this compost toilet was inspired by the urine powered synthesiser workshop led by Miranda Moss at Radiona. Urine powered toilet lights! … watch this space, Miranda will be back in selo soon hopefully. The toilet shack was beautifully finished and crafted by our 2021 volunteers Thomas and Kathy :*

The firepit is the social heart of rizoma, especially during the summer and volunteering season. It also the venue for our campfire congress / round-fire events.

Work in progress.

Details of our library here.

It is early days for our little tree nursery, but this is where we are starting to collect self-seeded volunteer trees we find popping up in the garden.

Compost, Wormery, Biodigester, Bokashi, Humanure. More on our composting here.

Humanure We make humanure and use it to fertiliser our fruit trees. On average we waste between 35 and 70 litres of fresh drinking water, per person, per day by flushing the toilet. If a family of 4 (as we are) flush every time we pee or poo we waste at least 50,000 litres of water per year.

The Humanure Handbook is our/the humanure bible:

In June 2019, a volunteer at Rizoma, student ecologist/ornothologist Manon Simonneau did a wonderful survey of birds, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies and started this document. With the help of future volunteers and contributors we hope to expand this document to a comprehensive study of all life and habitats in our immediate surroundings here at Selo. We also made some field recordings of birdsong for the Dawn Chorus Day 2021 The radio stream is here and in the menu sidebar.


About half our 7 hectares are woodlands. There are mixed deciduous woodland with lots of chestnut and wild fruit trees and areas of single species woodland of Hazel and Oak. More here.


Climate zone 7b More about our gardens. Including: Garden Sensor Network, Planting & Harvesting Calendar, Forest Garden, No Dig Beds, Perennial Plants, Polytunnels, Coldframes, Garden Tools, Seed Saving etc.

Grassland Meadows

In 2018 we became a participant in the EU funded Life to Grasslands project. Much of our non-woodland hectares are now managed as dry grasslands. The key environmental challenge addressed by the project is the conservation of biodiversity in the agricultural cultural landscape. More information about our grassland management here.

At the beginning of 2019, with the help of the European funded Life to Grasslands project we planted over 50 fruit trees including lots of old varieties. The management plan for this orchard is to keep the trees widely spaced apart (~10 meters) and to let them grow to full size without the pruning associated with a traditional intensive orchard. The trees will grow old and the standing deadwood becomes an important habitat. More about the orchards and fruit trees here.

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