All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 250
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 56010
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Last Updated: January 23, 2017
We love to receive independent people with initiative, with creativity and energy and with the wish to teach and learn.
La Donaira is an ecological farm of 250 hectares stretching out on the slopes on a mountain in the “Sierra de Cadiz” in Andalusia in an altitude between 600m and 1100m above sea level.
To the closest village, El Gastor - one of the famed “pueblos blancos” - it is 10 minutes by car, to Ronda, the nearest city, 40 minutes, one hour to Seville and a 90 minutes drive brings you to Malaga and Cadiz.
We are surrounded by a vegetation of Mediterranean scrubs and bushes as well as by a forest of centenary stone oaks, olive trees, a vineyard, fruit trees, a medicinal herb garden and two gardens with vegetables.
Our stud of Lusitano horses consist of 60 horses that are bred and trained for dressage riding, applying the principles of natural horsemanship.
Our livestock includes cattle, sheep, mules, donkeys and poultry.
We practice regenerative agriculture, managing our animals and land in a holistic way.
Believing in the principles of permaculture we are striving to put them in action.
Our growing team of now 25 enthusiasts is an open-minded community with some of us living on site while others reside in neighbouring villages, all enjoying an environment of magic nature that invites to explore, to do walking tours or to simply meditate on the sunsets we are blessed with.
We all come from different backgrounds and countries and our communication therefore is mostly a mix of Spanish and English which makes it useful to have a basic understanding of both.
Still being a young project, the accommodation provided is simple but comfortable. We are using compost toilets, share the showers, the kitchen and two dormitories that sleep two and five volunteers respectively.
We provide an internet connection which volunteers can use in their time off.
The food we offer is healthy and follows a vegetarian diet, so we do not allow meat or fish to be prepared or stored in the area. In the village, however, there are restaurants offering remedy for carnivores.
We try to no make use of unethical products and such, that do harm to the environment, so we ask that the body-care products you to bring to be at least biodegradable.
You can expect to help in a wide variety of fields, from the production of fertilisers, caring for the animals, water and erosion management, preparing firewood - cleaning the forest, realising bioconstruction, to planting trees, weeding, harvesting, taking part in the maintenance of the area, cooking and helping with workshops and activities going on on the farm.
All of this depends on the season, on how you think, you can help us best and on the activities going on in the time you are here.
> a minimum stay of two month, being somewhat flexible with volunteers who have specific experiences to share with us.
> a call by telephone or, preferably, Skype before being accepted into our volunteer program.
There are three cats and a dog living with us, in the farm itself we have more dogs working with the livestock. As much as we’d like to see more of these companions around, we are not able to accept dogs.
Our horses grow up in a natural environment with vast pastures, eating only organic food.
We put great emphasis on the well being of our precious Lusitanos focusing on the principles of natural horsemanship, respecting these amazing animals as living beings and spirits.
HELP IN THE STABLES
Cleaning and maintenance of the installations and the surroundings is as much a daily routine as is caring for the horses, feeding and preparing them.
Riding horses is possible depending on your skills - this will be assessed on site by our head-rider.
Further more there is work with our young horses and these that had been weaned off recently.
Helping the veterinary in the period of births and the shower with his job.
> a minimum stay of three months, being somewhat flexible with volunteers who have specific experiences to share with us.
> experience working with horses
> basic Spanish and
> a great passion for learning as well as a lot of energy in participating in a very special project.
Healthy food, the possibilities of our environment, comfortable accommodation as well as an interesting give-and-take in a group of like-minded people from different corners of the world.