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County Clare
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 12
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 47973
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: August 12, 2017

We are developing a small sustainable community based upon ancient Native American communications ideas of The Circle Way as put forward by Wampanoag elder Manitonquat (Medicine Story)which helps us to live and work together as a community with minimal problems of disagreement. We have a beautiful area of land in the hills of East Clare with woodlands and open field areas and a comfortable community house for visiting helpers to use (single and 2-bed / 3-bed rooms available). We are developing gardens and an orchard and we will soon have a polytunnel. We usually ask volunteers to work 4 to 5 hrs per day and have weekends free. There is a variety of work to do according to weather conditions, including occasional indoor work. We have plans to develop a large open-sided barn to create rooms for meetings, games, workshops. We also need to construct new garden areas needing fences, polytunnel, raised beds, clearing field-drains, etc. In addition we are working on personal spaces for residents and regular cutting and storing of firewood. We have 2 friendly dogs (allowed day access to house living room occasionally) and 2 cats (rarely seen !) We encourage art and music and regularly visit local traditional music sessions. We have internet access but no wi-fi at the moment (but it can be accessed in nearby villages). We are currently 7 residents (3 women, 4 men) and hoping to increase numbers. A number of supporters regularly visit us from around the locality where there are a variety of ecological and artistic projects happening. We normally eat communal organic vegetarian evening meals but visitors are welcome to provide some food for themselves should they wish. Breakfast and lunch are 'do-it-yourself' from a selection of foods provided. Hot showers are available, also washing machine and drying facilities.
Photos show 2016 gathering at Gortaveha with Manitonquat and his partner Ellika.

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