Celebrate the spring with Ödevata – eco-friendly
In Sweden we celebrate Valborg or the Walpurgis Eve with a bonfire, to welcome spring and say goodbye to winter. Valborg is the perfect time to get out of your house after a cold winter, meet up with others and at the same time burn garden waste. The focus has been on large fires and gatherings. When you fire the waste, you get a cozy fire to gather around, and you get rid of your lumber. However, you do not embrace the possibility of upcycling the garden waste and you produce carbon dioxide.
But is it possible to light the fire outdoors in an eco-friendly way?
Yes it is and at Ödevata we have found a way!. We invite you to Biokol Valborg 2023. It is the third year in a row and is already a tradition on our farm resort. We want to renew the Valborg celebration keeping the essence of the tradition, which is about being with family and friends. The bonfire is not just for fun, the added value is the production of biochar. In terms of biochar, we suddenly see all waste as a resource. We use a Kon-tiki for our bon fires.
A Walpurgis bonfire weekend, a unique package
This year we have developed a Valborg weekend package. We offer a lot of learning, art and you get to know new people who have all come to celebrate biokol Valborg.
We also invite you to participate in your backyard or participate as a spectator!
Lighting a small fire in your backyard with family and friends feels more vibrant and far easier to arrange than the old traditional feast.
- Participate by arranging your own bonfire at home. To learn more you participate in one of our online zoom meetings prior to Valborg and then you do trials at home. To learn more contact Malin at Ödevata or join the Valborg group. You send us photos from your preparation process.
- You also record a short video about your biochar business which you send to us before the 30th. Then you will appear on the Ödevata YouTube biochar video list.
- You can register if you want to participate online and have digital support.
- Follow us online! In the link above, you can also find a link to the event’s YouTube live broadcast.
To facilitate your participation, Magnus has produced Kon-Tikis during the year. We have some in stock that you can buy or order from us. We are also happy to share our knowledge.
Our other Walpurgis events – biokol Valborg 2021 and 2022
2021 is the first year when we decided to create a new way to celebrate Valborg. Due to pandemic it became more difficult to celebrate Valborg together and we really wanted to find a way to lite the traditional fire in a more very sustainable way.
We decided to simple lite our Kon-Tiki and life streamed the event with a small Swedish on-line audience .
In 2022 year we meet up with more like-minded resorts, companies, and people. We had several people over at our resort and we also manage send online and stream the event together with other resorts and sites (text in Swedish)i.
Let’s extend the networks!
We believe that there are many of you out there who would like to join us. We share common interest such as
Gardening and Planting– has a huge group of followers all over the world as it give us a more sustainable everyday life. With biochar you get a solid soil improver you can make yourself. The biochar, when put into the ground, creates a perfect habitat for microorganisms and bacteria are worms and fungi. They love living in the coal. The cavities that are created by adding biochar to the soil are what microorganisms and bacteria want to live in. A small amount of biochar can create significant soil improvement in a large area. Biochar is like a fungus, it absorbs huge amounts of liquid and keeps nutrients in the soil for a long time to benefit the plants Biochar can provide benefits for the environment, sustainability and our garden.
Sustainability promoters, We are also very interested in working with other organisations that manage the cultural heritage, youth participation, environment and sustainability around Sweden and Europe. In recent weeks, we have had fruitful conversations with local associations and local environmental and cultivation developers.
Spring comes with bonfires around the world
In most countries around the world springtime and early summer is the time of clearing out and making bonfires.
- Valencia region in Spain celebrates “las Fallas” every year in March that origins from a carpenter’s tradition. At the arrival of spring, people used to burn pieces of wood
- Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton) is not only celebrated in the whole of Scandinavia but as well in some other European countries
- St John’s Eve, on 23rd of June, is traditionally a celebration of the birth of St. John the Baptist. One of the main components of this celebration is a bonfire. It is celebrated in countries such as Estonia, France, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal. In Sweden we celebrate Midsummer.
Fire, bonfires, cooking outdoors and celebrations is a part of our human history. In that way enrich the culture and history and create an added value.
A bit about us – The Ödevata way!
At Ödevata Countryside hotel we ask ourselves daily how we can contribute to a more sustainable way of living, consumption, socializing, running associations and companies. Magnus and I are passionate about change and would love to find out more what you are doing in this respect?
We want to inspire and be inspired. Our goal is to create and live our own eco-friendly lifestyle and to run a sustainable outdoor resort.
It is important to learn from others and at the same time show the way. In all our projects we have had guests and volunteers from all over the world helping us to achieve our common goal to be a small part of the solution.
The support from our partners, guests and volunteers has been a driving force and motivates us to push forward and Biokol Valborg is an important big step.
We work tirelessly so that one day we can become the most sustainable tourist facility in Sweden, a place promoting climate positive actions. Ödevata should contribute to a stable climate, not sabotage it. We are Magnus and Malin Axelsson, two ordinary countryside and small town Swedes with a great vision.
A bit abou the Kon-Tiki -biochar Kiln
A challenge to create sustainable bonfire celebrations is how to make more biochar kilns. We make our own Kon-Tikis. However, you can use a manure spreader, an older model in iron. But it is not always easy to get one and we do not know if you would have these in your country at all.
We are hoping to create some instructional material how we produce our Kon-tikis. Keep you eyes open on our you tube channel. Please also see our shop for our outdoor kitchens and small-scale production of Kon-Tikis ( in Swedish):
You can also check the Ithaka institute led by Hans-Peter Schmidt. He has devoted his life to biochar research. Together with his biochar institute, the Institute researched and developed a special barrel for farmers and foresters to easily produce large amounts of biochar on their own. They named this design Kon-Tiki. They have shared their Kon-Tiki drawings and you can find it on their website.