Eco Kolbe

Eco Kolbe

Eco Kolbe is a cottage made of mud and wood in the yard of Gileboom, which has been built in the architectural style of 50 years ago.

One European style toilet with bathroom (all private) is provided in eco Kolbe.

The cottage is equipped with a traditional fireplace and an electric heater (for very cold winter days) and a fan for summers.

Eco-Kolbe has capacity for 4 guests, including 3 traditional style beds and extra coverlet and mattress for the 4th guest.

Steps of renovating eco Kolbe is as follows:

Steps of renovating eco Kolbe

Steps of renovating eco Kolbe

Gileboom is an ecolodge in Gilan province which is located by the Caspian Sea (also called Khazar) and only 20 minutes away from the Hyrcanian jungle.


Rasht, the capital city of Guilan province, joined UNESCO creative cities of gastronomy network.

Not only foods of village where is surrounding Gileboom inherit their taste and smell from Rasht cuisines, but also this region has its own gastronomy (is the study of the relationship between food and culture, art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food, a style of cooking of particular region, and the science of good eating [Wikipedia]).

Ghasem Abad’s songs and music

Ghasem Abad’s songs and music are famous in Iran.

Ghasem Abadi dance is inspired by farming tasks performed during rice plantation, harvest, and tea harvesting. This dance is often performed in weddings and festivals.

This ceremony is held in local people’s house of Ghasem Abad village, Gileboom should obtain permission to take part in the ceremony.

Observing Fishing Activities

Observing Fishing Activities in Ghasem-Abad’s beach

You can observe the process of catching the Caspian White Fish in Ghasem-Abad’s beach from April to October. The nearest beach is located across the main road from Gileboom, next to Ahovan Complex. About 50 meters ahead of the two horse statues on the road, there is a narrow path which leads to the beach.

The duration of this program is 1 hour.

Fishing starts at 6 a.m. in the morning. Spreading the fishing net in the sea and pulling it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Several boats work along the net while groups of uniformed fishermen and two tractors manage the work from the shore. The tractors have rotaries which pull the main rope. The ropes are tied to each other at uniform distances and are untied one-by-one after reaching the rotary. You should be patient to see the volume of fishes caught, unless you arrive right after the net has been pulled out. The catch is stored in special baskets and sent immediately to a refrigerated storage. No fishes are sold in the beach. The soothing sound of sea waves, shaking boats and flying seagulls, occasional complaints by fishermen of their low catch and getting lost in the crowd that comes to stare at the fishes are all that remain.

Kiwi Fruit Picking 

Kiwi Fruit Picking 

Goal: Harvesting kiwi fruits and storing them in baskets and boxes

Best time: October. This time may vary depending on the weather and market rates.

The program:

People are divided into two to three-member teams; the farmer gives pruning shears and baskets to the head of each team. The farmer explains about the kiwi plant and methods of caring, pruning and picking kiwifruit. Finally, the teams engage in picking the fruits and storing them in boxes. Duration of the program is one hour. The guests can eat as well as take home some of the fruits they pick.

Vermicompost Worms

کرم کمپوست

From the outset, we knew red worms are abundant in the soil of Gileboom. These worms eat lots of things. What they create is as valuable as honey made by a honeybee. Like cattle manure, this has no seeds, so farmers and gardeners are not involved in pruning weeds.

Organic wastes, including vegetable residue, fruits and potato peels, papers and tissue papers, cartons and three leaves, are a good food for these worms.

The maximum efficacy of these worms is at a temperature between 16 and 22˚ C.

We dug some pits in the courtyards behind the house, pouring garbage into it and then dropping a layer of soil on it. We also use rice husks or straw and, of course, sea sand to cover the garbage. Rise husks and sands are needed to retain moisture and for better digestions of garbage in the digestive system of worms, respectively. The worms get good fertilizer for six months.

The fertilizers are poured onto trees. Compost is pale black and sometimes dark gray.

Chadorshab Weaving

Chadorshab Weaving

Goal: In this workshop, the participants learn about Chadorshab weaving techniques, designs and motifs, and the weaving machine known as Pachal.

The Program:

The master Chadorshab weaver explains about the weaving techniques while simultaneously demonstrating them on the Pachal machine. She also explains about the textile weaving motifs and their interpretations.

Required Tools and Raw Materials:

Threads as the raw material, Pachal machine and its parts.

Designs, Motifs and Their Philosophy:

Chadorshab patterns often include sea-flower or carpet-flower, chehel-cheragh (chandelier), tree, comb, sea-wave reflection or light from the sea.

Chadorshab Products:

Floor mat, blanket, tablecloth, chair cover, curtain, dress, wedding podium decoration, wearing around the waist, table runner, bedspread and in small pieces used for making handbags and purses, dolls, pencil cases, etc.

Chale-Sara Hiking

چاله سرا

The duration of Chale-Sara Hiking is 3:30 hours. After crossing the lanes and viewing the tea and the orange farms, we reach the fresh water river (Siah-Lat). In the river we can see little fishes called Caspian vimba fish. After 1.5h of easy hiking with a light slope, we arrive at Chale-Sara. It is a flat place with wooden and mud cottages and an Imam-Zade (holy shrine) where local people come for their vow or special events.

Chale-Sara Hiking Trail Map

Chale-Sara Hiking Trail Map


For more information about Chale-Sara Hiking refer to download section.

Manual Tea Processing

تهیه چای دستی

Goal: Learning about the tea plant and Manual-processing of tea leaves

Best time: From May to November

Training process:

Manual preparation of black tea is practiced in Gileboom’s tea garden. After learning about the tea plant, the process of picking the tea leaves, sorting, washing and rubbing or rolling them are explained.

Guests do every step of tea processing in teamwork with help from the instructor. After fermenting and drying the rolled tea leaves, the prepared tea is brewed and served to the guests.

Required tools and materials: Tea leaves, basket, strainer, big tray, gloves, cleaning cloth, oven

Products: Black tea and green tea

Tea Processing

Tea Processing


Mat Weaving

Goal: Learning how to weave a mat

The Program:

The guests in Gileboom get acquainted with three-curl- and four-curl-knitted mats and practice it. The method of weaving small ground mats will also be taught in group.

This work is done with the recycled fibers cut from plastic bottles. Then we go to a mat-weaving home workshop to become acquainted with the method of sewing, shaping and producing goods under the supervision of a tutor.

Required Tools and Raw Materials: Plastic tapes, jute twine, wooden handles

Different Types of Products: Tablecloths, baskets, hats, ground cloths, bags, pot baskets (baskets for pots), ropes



Goal: Making wooden appliances and wood tools.

In the joinery workshop, the guests make home appliances such as decorative mirrors, chandeliers, clothes hangers, tissue boxes, pencil cases, wooden spoons, various boards and two-dimensional shapes of birds and animals at a group work with a combination of recycled materials and new ones.

The Program:

The separated pieces for each of the aforementioned devices and the model made will be displayed. The guests will be busy making the model using joinery tools and a variety of woods.

Innovation in making a model or optimization in building things will be practiced interacting with each other.

Required Tools and Raw Materials:

Wood saws, hammers, nails, woods, wood glue, clamp, gloves, workbench, meter, files and grinder will be provided to the guests.

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