July 29 – August 9, 2024
Setomaa, Estonia

Miikse church is a tiny wooden church in Setomaa, next to Russian border. It was built in 1952 and is surrounded by a small cemetery. The church was built on the initiative of local community and in the same way the idea to renovate the 70-year-old building was born and is led by local community in 2024.

Re-construction works began in May when new bell tower was built in Mooste and lifted on the site. The main goal of the community workshop in July is to build a new timber framed roof construction to the main church hall.

The architect of the re-construction is Karmo Tõra.

Works on the church site during community workshop:
– Dismantling of old roof and roof construction
– Building new timber framed wood construction and installation roof boarding
– Masonry works on the foundation, installing and painting wall boarding, etc.

Accommodation and lodging
Full lodging will be provided by local community in private houses, summer rooms, outbuildings or other, close to the church site. When the time comes closer, we let you know about any need to take along sleeping bag or anything else. It will be simple and homely.

Transport, times of arrival and departure
The work takes place on two weeks from Monday to Friday. Participants are invited to choose one week that fits the best with your summer plans. The weekend between those two weeks is days off.

1) Mon July 29 t0 Fri Aug 2
2) Mon Aug 5 to Fri Aug 9

Bus schedule from Tallinn to Võru.
Transfer from Võru will be organized and coordinated when the time comes closer.

The team
Up to 20 participants can join the team for one week. The team will include professional carpenters, students from our timber framing courses and interested volunteers.
To take part please fill in the application form by June 21st. We let you know about availability to participate latest by June 30th.

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All the costs during the workshop week are covered.
Travel costs to Miikse and back home are on the shoulders of the participant.


The team is managed by Mikk Mustmaa, carpenter, entrepreneur and tutor of Vanaajamaja courses. Mikk’s company OÜ Majakratt is the main contractor on the site.

All questions are welcome to info@vanaajamaja.ee