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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 10
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 27296
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: September 26, 2017

We are a high raw, vegetarian family with four children, ages 10, 6, 4 and 2. We are also building a small community and retreat center dedicated to healthy living, sustainability, permaculture, shamanism and spiritual development and are looking to share with enthusiastic people with similar interests.

We hold sacred plant ceremonies, retreats, festivals, gatherings, workshops and other events. We usually have a lot of people living with us during the Spring and the Summer and in the colder months, it is much quieter, sometimes just our family and 2 or 3 other people.

We live on a beautiful 4 hectare finca 15 minutes drive from Lanjaron and 30 minutes drive from Orgiva. The finca has large terraces, a spring-fed alberca (swimming pool) and more than 100 olive trees, almonds, kakis, figs and a variety of young fruit trees we have planted in the 10 years we have lived on the land. All our living spaces are low-impact structures such as yurts, bell tents, wooden huts and a caravan. We have a 12 metre dome which we use as a ceremony and workshop space.

In our way of living we try to stay as close to nature as possible and do not allow the use of alcohol or drugs on the premises. We are non-smokers.

Our space is strictly vegetarian (no meat or fish) and all communal meals are gluten and sugar free and we avoid processed foods. Many of the visitors we host come here to heal themselves through diet and let go of addictions (especially unhealthy food addicitions). For this reason, we ask all volunteers to respect this diet during their stay and not to bring any of the foods we avoid into the community. We are not able to take volunteers who are smokers.

The living conditions are quite basic and we live mostly outdoors. There are compost toilets and outdoor showers with hot water. There is an outdoor shared kitchen space and internet access (but no wi-fi). We have limited solar energy in the communal kitchen, where it is possible to charge phones, ipods, etc. and candles are used to light helpers' spaces.

Thursday there is a weekly market in the town of Orgiva, which is a good place to get supplies and socialise. Free days can be used to explore the neighbouring mountains (our land lies beneath the GR7 walking path), take a trip to Granada (1 hour bus ride) or the beach (1 hour bus ride). There are also a few communities in the area and many interesting people scattered around the mountains. It is about a 1-1 hour walk to Orgiva and Lanjaron.

We speak English, Spanish, French, German, some Portuguese and Hungarian.

The deal is working 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week in exchange for basic accommodation (yurt or bell tent, based on availability). Because we welcome many volunteers, we are only able to provide a portion of the food and ask for volunteers to contribute and additional 20/ week towards communal food costs. Usually when we share with families, we don't ask for this contribution but only eat together at lunch time and the family is responsible for providing and preparing their own breakfast and dinner.

When all the volunteer accommodation is full, we can sometimes host extra volunteers who are willing to stay in tents.

At the moment, we are looking for a family who can stay at least one month and could help with variety of tasks. Anyone with carpentry experience is also welcome.

If you are interested please tell us a little bit about yourselves, any relevant skills you have and why you are interested in staying with us.

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