Personal data (usually referred to just as “data” below) will only be processed by us to the extent necessary and for the purpose of providing a functional and user-friendly website, including its contents, and the services offered there.

Per Art. 4 No. 1 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679, i.e. the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as the “GDPR”), “processing” refers to any operation or set of operations such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation, alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination, or otherwise making available, alignment, or combination, restriction, erasure, or destruction performed on personal data, whether by automated means or not.

The following privacy policy is intended to inform you in particular about the type, scope, purpose, duration, and legal basis for the processing of such data either under our own control or in conjunction with others. We also inform you below about the third-party components we use to optimize our website and improve the user experience which may result in said third parties also processing data they collect and control.

Our privacy policy is structured as follows:

I. Information about us as controllers of your data
II. The rights of users and data subjects
III. Information about the data processing

I. Information about us as controllers of your data

The party responsible for this website (the “controller”) for purposes of data protection law is:

Ellen Blommaert
Drinhausen 5
51545 Waldbröl

Tel.: +49 2296 9969724
Mobil: +49 176 43864701

II. The rights of users and data subjects

With regard to the data processing to be described in more detail below, users and data subjects have the right

  • to confirmation of whether data concerning them is being processed, information about the data being processed, further information about the nature of the data processing, and copies of the data (cf. also Art. 15 GDPR);
  • to correct or complete incorrect or incomplete data (cf. also Art. 16 GDPR);
  • to the immediate deletion of data concerning them (cf. also Art. 17 DSGVO), or, alternatively, if further processing is necessary as stipulated in Art. 17 Para. 3 GDPR, to restrict said processing per Art. 18 GDPR;
  • to receive copies of the data concerning them and/or provided by them and to have the same transmitted to other providers/controllers (cf. also Art. 20 GDPR);
  • to file complaints with the supervisory authority if they believe that data concerning them is being processed by the controller in breach of data protection provisions (see also Art. 77 GDPR).

In addition, the controller is obliged to inform all recipients to whom it discloses data of any such corrections, deletions, or restrictions placed on processing the same per Art. 16, 17 Para. 1, 18 GDPR. However, this obligation does not apply if such notification is impossible or involves a disproportionate effort. Nevertheless, users have a right to information about these recipients.

Likewise, under Art. 21 GDPR, users and data subjects have the right to object to the controller’s future processing of their data pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. In particular, an objection to data processing for the purpose of direct advertising is permissible.

III. Information about the data processing

Your data processed when using our website will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose for its storage ceases to apply, provided the deletion of the same is not in breach of any statutory storage obligations or unless otherwise stipulated below.

Server data

For technical reasons, the following data sent by your internet browser to us or to our server provider will be collected, especially to ensure a secure and stable website: These server log files record the type and version of your browser, operating system, the website from which you came (referrer URL), the webpages on our site visited, the date and time of your visit, as well as the IP address from which you visited our site.

The data thus collected will be temporarily stored, but not in association with any other of your data.

The basis for this storage is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the improvement, stability, functionality, and security of our website.

The data will be deleted within no more than seven days, unless continued storage is required for evidentiary purposes. In which case, all or part of the data will be excluded from deletion until the investigation of the relevant incident is finally resolved.


If you register for our free newsletter, the data requested from you for this purpose, i.e. your email address and, optionally, your name and address, will be sent to us. We also store the IP address of your computer and the date and time of your registration. During the registration process, we will obtain your consent to receive this newsletter and the type of content it will offer, with reference made to this privacy policy. The data collected will be used exclusively to send the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.

The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) GDPR.

You may revoke your prior consent to receive this newsletter under Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR with future effect. All you have to do is inform us that you are revoking your consent or click on the unsubscribe link contained in each newsletter.


If you contact us via email or the contact form, the data you provide will be used for the purpose of processing your request. We must have this data in order to process and answer your inquiry; otherwise we will not be able to answer it in full or at all.

The legal basis for this data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

Your data will be deleted once we have fully answered your inquiry and there is no further legal obligation to store your data, such as if an order or contract resulted therefrom.


We maintain an online presence on Pinterest to present our company and our services and to communicate with customers/prospects. Pinterest is a service of Pinterest Inc., 651 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA.

We would like to point out that this might cause user data to be processed outside the European Union, particularly in the United States. This may increase risks for users that, for example, may make subsequent access to the user data more difficult. We also do not have access to this user data. Access is only available to Pinterest. Pinterest Inc. is certified under the Privacy Shield and committed to comply with European privacy standards.

The Pinterest privacy policy can be found here:


To advertise our products and services as well as to communicate with interested parties or customers, we have a presence on the Facebook platform.

On this social media platform, we are jointly responsible with Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The data protection officer of Facebook can be reached via this contact form:

We have defined the joint responsibility in an agreement regarding the respective obligations within the meaning of the GDPR. This agreement, which sets out the reciprocal obligations, is available at the following link:

The legal basis for the processing of the resulting and subsequently disclosed personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the analysis, communication, sales, and promotion of our products and services.

The legal basis may also be your consent per Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR granted to the platform operator. Per Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR, you may revoke this consent with the platform operator at any time with future effect.

When accessing our online presence on the Facebook platform, Facebook Ireland Ltd. as the operator of the platform in the EU will process your data (e.g. personal information, IP address, etc.).

This data of the user is used for statistical information on the use of our company presence on Facebook. Facebook Ireland Ltd. uses this data for market research and advertising purposes as well as for the creation of user profiles. Based on these profiles, Facebook Ireland Ltd. can provide advertising both within and outside of Facebook based on your interests. If you are logged into Facebook at the time you access our site, Facebook Ireland Ltd. will also link this data to your user account.

If you contact us via Facebook, the personal data your provide at that time will be used to process the request. We will delete this data once we have completely responded to your query, unless there are legal obligations to retain the data, such as for subsequent fulfillment of contracts.

Facebook Ireland Ltd. might also set cookies when processing your data.

If you do not agree to this processing, you have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser. Cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time. The instructions to do this depend on the browser and system being used. For Flash cookies, the processing cannot be prevented by the settings in your browser, but instead by making the appropriate settings in your Flash player. If you prevent or restrict the installation of cookies, not all of the functions of Facebook may be fully usable.

Details on the processing activities, their suppression, and the deletion of the data processed by Facebook can be found in its privacy policy:

It cannot be excluded that the processing by Facebook Ireland Ltd. will also take place in the United States by Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025.

Facebook Inc. has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, thereby complying with the data protection requirements of the EU when processing data in the USA.

Social media links via graphics

We also integrate the following social media sites into our website. The integration takes place via a linked graphic of the respective site. The use of these graphics stored on our own servers prevents the automatic connection to the servers of these networks for their display. Only by clicking on the corresponding graphic will you be forwarded to the service of the respective social network.

Once you click, that network may record information about you and your visit to our site. It cannot be ruled out that such data will be processed in the United States.

Initially, this data includes such things as your IP address, the date and time of your visit, and the page visited. If you are logged into your user account on that network, however, the network operator might assign the information collected about your visit to our site to your personal account. If you interact by clicking Like, Share, etc., this information can be stored your personal user account and possibly posted on the respective network. To prevent this, you need to log out of your social media account before clicking on the graphic. The various social media networks also offer settings that you can configure accordingly.

The following social networks are integrated into our site by linked graphics:


Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, a subsidiary of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.

Privacy Policy:

EU-US Privacy Shield


Pinterest Inc., 651 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, USA.

Privacy Policy:

EU-US Privacy Shield


Our website uses Google Maps to display our location and to provide directions. This is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (hereinafter: Google).

Through certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield

Google guarantees that it will follow the EU’s data protection regulations when processing data in the United States.

To enable the display of certain fonts on our website, a connection to the Google server in the USA is established whenever our website is accessed.

If you access the Google Maps components integrated into our website, Google will store a cookie on your device via your browser. Your user settings and data are processed to display our location and create a route description. We cannot prevent Google from using servers in the USA.

The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in optimizing the functionality of our website.

By connecting to Google in this way, Google can determine from which website your request has been sent and to which IP address the directions are transmitted.

If you do not agree to this processing, you have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser. Further details can be found in the section about cookies above.

In addition, the use of Google Maps and the information obtained via Google Maps is governed by the Google Terms of Use and the Terms and Conditions for Google Maps

Google also offers further information at

Google reCAPTCHA

Our website uses Google reCAPTCHA to check and prevent automated servers (“bots”) from accessing and interacting with our website. This is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (hereinafter: Google).

Through certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield

Google guarantees that it will follow the EU’s data protection regulations when processing data in the United States.

This service allows Google to determine from which website your request has been sent and from which IP address the reCAPTCHA input box has been used. In addition to your IP address, Google may collect other information necessary to provide and guarantee this service.

The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the security of our website and in the prevention of unwanted, automated access in the form of spam or similar.

Google offers detailed information at

concerning the general handling of your user data.

About us

Munay Forest Garden is our inspiration and our own little contribution to minimise our carbon footprint. In the fight against climate change, everyone can make little adjustments, which at the end might lead to big results. 

We – my husband Sven (German) and myself Ellen (Belgian) and our two lovely daughters (6 and 14 years old) – have been living abroad for a long time (from 1998 until 2017, with long-term stays (more than 3 years) in Bolivia, Peru, Kenya and Senegal. Our experiences in these different countries have coloured our lives and have inspired us.

I – Ellen – am an activist in many aspects, mostly through what I have witnessed with my own eyes. I owe a lot of my drive and motivation to the refugees and the Belgian homeless people whom I assisted as a 21-year-old social worker. They opened my eyes to what living in poverty meant in my own country, and anywhere else in Fortress Europe. That experience also helped me realise that, as a social worker, I could only comfort those who were suffering, but to understand the deeper power relations at stake in development work and policy, I did a PhD Cultural Anthropology and Sven in Political Science. Together, we did voluntarily work abroad.

From 1998-99, I worked for a Human Right’s organisation, defending the rights of the cocafarmers, in the Tropics of Cochabamba, Bolivia.  For our Master’s studies, we returned to Bolivia and the Unions of the cocafarmers allowed us to live for another year among them. We studied their rural livelihoods, and witnessed the military trying to violently eradicate the coca leaf. We saw from first hand how this lead to a lot of suffering: malnourished children were just the most visible sign.

Our experience in Bolivia has shaped our lives and so did our time in Kenya (from 2005 to 2008). In Kenya, we lived in a remote Luo village, close to Lake Victoria. No tapwater, no electricity, no gas… back to basics! A big amount of our time was used for cleaning the water that was carried in buckets on donkeys from Lake Victoria, cooking with fire wood, and lightening the house with a candle or a petroleum lamp. We lived in a traditional cob hut which remained at least somewhat cold inside during the heat of the day. “Romantic”, an ecologist would say. For most village people however, it was daily reality and not romantic at all, it was a hard life, especially with malaria and HIV/AIDS killing people on scales still much larger than Covid19.

Our work in Bolivia and Kenya made me realise that the development world is very complex and ambiguous. In development projects, there are always different power relations at stake, the question is not so much about whether development works but rather how does it work and who at the end, receives the benefits? There are many actors involved, and while many make the same mistakes, little is learnt from each other because we only want to write about the success stories, sadly enough. And if a certain project is called ‘a success story’, it depends on how ‘you’ as a (natural or social) scientist interpret certain situations. I hope that one day I take the courage to write a novel about “Aspirations and Sex: Coming of age in Western Kenya in a Context of HIV”.

After our time spent in Kenya and Bolivia, we lived in Lima (Peru) and Dakar (Senegal). Sven worked for an international organisation and apart from doing the household cores and taking care of the oldest one, I now and then could do some consultancy work as an anthropologist. And, everywhere were we settled for a couple of years, I used to set up a vegetable garden. I am raised in a Belgian village, and growing my own vegetables was part of my childhood and has inspired me for the rest of my life. Wherever we lived, I participated in transition network groups and I was connected in networks of organic farming, and was indulged in projects of preserving organic cotton and (sheep and alpaca) wool. The importance of being connected with nature, made it fairly obvious that we choose the Waldorf Education for our children whenever it was possible.

For our eldest daughter, we decided to move back to Europe before she turned 10. We knew how important it is for teenagers to get rooted in a certain place for some longer time, and that is how we stranded in Bonn. It could have been any other place in Europe. City-life, however, is not why I am here for, so we took our time to find a place in the countryside, not too far from Bonn/Köln. And that is how we arrived in Drinhausen!

In March 2018, we found this “Waldhof”, our “dream house” in the countryside of Oberberg. The house – built between 1650 and 1700 – carries a lot of history and has been recognised by the city as one of the most beautiful listed ancient properties in Oberberg. Interestingly, the family who built it emigrated to Latin America in the late 19th century and so did the owner who sold it to us – a family with a strong connection to Latin America.  

Are you getting curious? Come and visit us soon!

Our Place

Our terrain has 4 hectares (which is big for this neighbourhood) and consists mainly of forest with mainly Oak and Beech trees, some of which are 300 years old! We also have a fenced field for our animals and plenty of garden space. Finally, we are preparing our vegetable garden (permaculture design) and want to expand a little part of our natural forest and garden to a FOOD FOREST. There are also four small ponds on our land, which after some work could again become homes  for trout and a great place for us to have a swim. 

Something quite special are that our garden is home to hundreds of snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) flowers that are actually becoming quite rare in Germany.

Our Animals

At the moment, we have one dog, three cats, two goats, four chicken and one roaster, five alpacas, and our daughters are dreaming of having their own horses. However, our land is not suited for horses so hopefully we find some lad to rent… 


With such a large area, and so many varied outdoor tasks, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are essential for our project here.  We love to be surrounded by people who love nature and have a big interest in permaculture and food forests; who want to be part of our little community and who see themselves as open minded, colourful, spiritual, creative, easy going, rainbow people. 

Some of our outdoor projects include: clearing maple/beech seedlings from the areas where we want to expand our food forest, building a cob pizza oven and making a compost toilet. In addition, volunteers help us with the animals and with the garden.  People who have already experience in permaculture/food forest are welcome to share their ideas with us!

Along with the work in the garden/forest, we are organizing Forest Language Camps for local children. As there are a general lack of opportunities for local children to practice foreign languages and share different cultural customs, we created a place where they can learn and practice speaking these other languages, while playing in the forest and taking care of the animals, there. Native language-speaking volunteers are especially needed to help with these language camps.