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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19011
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: April 27, 2018

Hi, When is a plant a weed? - when its taken over our veggie patch! Helpers needed now and during May, to give a hand with a variety of tasks; dry land management, small maintenance tasks, herbal wisdom, planting veggie patch, plus maybe some cooking and a few domestic chores. We look forward to you contacting us soon preferably by email.We can give you our phone number once you have made first email contact.

We offer simple accommodation and delicious vegetarian food in exchange for your volunteer work involvement in our on-going eco-living experience and organic growing. This is normally for six hours a day, five days a week. The hours and days are flexible depending on the time of year and weather conditions. In your personal time there is freedom to enjoy the sunshine, use the yoga deck, our plunge pool, and the coolness of the meditation sanctuary or just laze in the hammocks under the pine trees in the 'place of the wind', just right for siestas! The village is 3km away down a mountain track and you will be able to pick up holiday Spanish from the locals or use the village swimming pool (summer only). There are buses to the coast or inland attractions.

Usually the minimum stay with us is two weeks, but we are seeking some longer-term helpers. If you wish to stay longer than 2 weeks, we reserve the right to discuss and agree this with you toward the end of your second week with fortnightly reviews thereafter.

Our ecological house nestles among pine trees, huge rocks and red earth on the mountainside above a typical white Andalucian village. There are stunning views in every direction. The house demonstrates and incorporates a number of environmental features, including independent water supply from rainwater harvesting and borehole, solar heated water and solar generated electricity.

It is essential that you speak some English as we are both from the U.K.. You need to be physically fit and able to adjust to changing needs. You will be asked to assist with food preparation/washing up, weekly cleaning and sometimes painting. This is more than just an alternative holiday as you will learn some eco skills and plant wisdom and hopefully have a life-enriching experience here.
Projects that you may become involved with could include:
Vegetable growing on 'dry' land (based on organic and permaculture principles). Olive tree management. Water conservation. Woodland fire protection management. Forest paths, stone work. Herb garden.

Scope for long-term volunteer to be involved with Eco building techniques, e.g. tree houses, earth building, solar water techniques.
Using alternative cooking facilities such as a solar drier/oven.

We provide simple accommodation in clean caravan, with breathtaking views to Sierra and sea. We have wi-fi you can use if you bring your own device. Usually you will eat with us (vegetarian with occasional optional fish/eggs/chicken), or you will be provided with food to prepare in a small outside kitchen.

Shower and eco-toilet are near to accommodation; the hot water is subject to sun, usually not a problem! For safety reasons we do not take children or young persons under 18 years. For the same reason, sorry no dogs or other pets. We have to insist that there are no fires under any circumstances, as the whole mountainside is a high fire risk for most of the year. Smoking is not permitted in accommodation or house, only designated area. We do not encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or use of recreational drugs.

Your Hosts:
Michael and Alloa Patricia are committed environmentalists. We have many years experience of hosting volunteer WWOOFERS both in UK and Spain. We are Findhorn Foundation (eco-spiritual Community in Scotland), Resource People for Spain. Three family members also live here.

Booking procedure:
If you would like to visit, email us with some information about yourself, your age, your interest or experience in sustainable living, organics or permaculture and your skills. Under no circumstances will we accept visitors who have not made prior arrangements with us.
We are 1 hour by bus from Malaga city. The nearest airport is Malaga. We can advise on bus times and car hire. (note; last bus from Malaga city is around 5pm so please bear this in mind when booking flights) After we have confirmed your stay we need to know your time of arrival in the village so that we can meet you, as we have to take you the last 3km to the house.

We look forward to welcoming you to this nature paradise.
Alloa Patricia and Michael.
Photos show: 1. Our organic veggie patch in Spring. 2. Volunteer & grapes. 3. Volunteers harvesting our organic olives for oil. 4. Volunteers making marmalade. 5. Making seed balls from clay ready for sowing. 6. Volunteer carpenter with fab shed door he made.

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