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Competa
All Year: no
Area (ha): 10.000
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48335
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: January 21, 2017

Since 3 years we live in a Finca in a national park in Andalusie/ Costa del Sol. We really enjoy the place because of its pure nature and silence. Its located near the beautiful multi-cultural mountain village Competa. (about 30min. drive from the coast) A drive from the house to the village is about 20 min. We do have 2 cars and a walk to the village is 1 hour appr. We also have bicycles here. Lieuwke is a Dutch artist and running a gallery in the village. She is an active person, organizing art-events and is accompanied by other creative, (spiritual) people, musicians and so on.
She loves to meet people from other countries and to exchange. Regularly she organizes some special evenings in the gallery, like artist-talks, live music events or a so called 'soup kitchen'. Since Competa has 50% villagers from outside Spain, the gallery is visited by many different people. Also quite some artists do live in or near Competa.
"Important in life for me is to to keep balance and inspire and bring 'light'". Ben & Lieuwke are living together at the finca and Ben is a light-technician and designer, he is doing shows in theaters and therefor traveling around. Although he's also quite some time living and working in and around the house due to personal health circumstances.

We do have a lot of (little) jobs, like painting walls, weeding, chopping wood, making juices/ cooking, cleaning, sewing pillow covers, painting wooden doors, helping in the gallery, organizing events, playing live music in the gallery, renovation/ gardening in the gallery-garden, upgrade the indoor walls of the gallery, helping with translations of texts. Or maybe a help in designing a logo. It's clear we could welcome some extra help! ;-)
We both got more conscious of the connection between body, mind, nutrition & health. And we eat more and more vegetarian and less and less sugar ;-). We found out we feel much better with healthy and pure (organic) food. We did not start yet our own veggie or herb-garden, but thinking of starting it, since we do have source-water here and full sun, but because the many hours caring that it requires, we doubt about starting it.

Help is welcome and would be good anytime from now on. handymen or woman are preferred. There is a room (or 2 rooms) with bathroom available or a wooden cabin, with all for yourself. (we can discuss this later on). We do have 2 cats and 1 dog. They have all freedom here in the National park, but also love our company as well. Do you have talents which you would like to share with us to bring it to the people & world? Let's contact then. A skype or chat on fb is also possible to 'meet' each other.
Until now we received 5 helpx-ers and we really like this concept and we met nice and special people in this way, and it is great to receive support in the things we're doing here. Best regards, groetjes, Lieuwke and Ben

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