All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 50
Persons: Up to 17
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25442
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Last Updated: July 27, 2018
MARC & ALEJANDRA
We are Alejandra and Marc, a couple with complementary skills and abilities guided by their similar values and vocation.
Marc was born in the Catalan Pyrenees, in the land of the Ceretani, a branch of the Iberians. Alejandra was born in Entre Rios (between rivers), a province in center-east Argentina.
Nowadays, we live:
- part time in Australia, in the land of the Gunaikurnai, an aboriginal nation of the Australian South-east;
- part time in Argentina, in a land whose ancestors where the Comechingón, an Indigenous tribe of the center-west Argentina
- other locations of the world (mainly in the Southern Hemisphere)
These three places (Argentina, Australia and Catalonia) constitute three corners of Earth. This tells us that, alongside with the connection to our ancestral lands, we need to extend our arms to embrace as much diversity as possible; perhaps, by living between these locations, we are trying to embrace the whole planet.
ABOUT OUR PLACE
In Australia, we live in a community on the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The community consists of 5 houses built around a veggie garden and an orchard, surrounded by the Australian bush with little pockets of Gondwanian rainforest. This is a very old land where wildlife lives without predators. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, emus, rosellas, kookaburras and king parrots can be seen from the house. Koalas live 20 km up the road while lyrebirds can be heard at all times.
We live in sacred land, a land protected by the ancestors of those who walked it since the beginning. It is a land that has never been stained by war, so the vibrational imprint is very pure. The valley is called W Tree, one of the only two places in Australia that has a nature related name. It is home to a very diverse community, with a Tibetan Meditation Centre, two eco-villages and several interesting ventures such as the headquarters of another volunteer org Australia. We live in one of those two eco-villages.
The eco-village is located on the slopes of Mt Murrindal, which in the Gunaikurnai language means thunderbolt. From a feng-shui perspective Mt Murrindal is the head of a dragon, it is the point of intersection of two ley lines and a place that 350 million years ago had active volcanoes. The house is located at the intersecting point where the lava of those volcanoes touched the old shore of an inland Gondwana Sea. This is why, just around the house, four types of soil are to be found: red clay, remaining of the lava; white soil, sediment of the previous ocean; black basalt and finally, yellow clay?four colours that, like the four races mixed together, combine in a brown soil rich in minerals and nutrients.
WHAT DO WE DO
Marc is a writer, social entrepreneur and ecological economist; as an author, he mainly writes about spirituality and ancient wisdom. Alejandra has a background in education and languages; she is currently embracing the path of social research and publishing.
Together we run this place- an incubator of projects aiming at:
- Helping restore ecological balance,
- Build bridges between cultures, and
- Prompt the rediscovery of the Self as spiritual collective beings.
Our projects reflect our commitment to:
- Ecology (field of Renewable, sustainable and clean Energy) and
- Indigenous Peoples and inhabitants of rural areas from low income countries (developing proposals to help them walk towards autonomy and empowerment).
All our creations are built on the understanding of 7 (seven) relationships inspired by the indigenous worldview. We believe that it is only when we let ourselves be influenced by their wisdom that we will be able to overcome the current environmental and spiritual crisis.
We look for volunteers who would like to stay for at least 2 weeks helping us with our different projects. The activities involved can be divided in two groups:
1. Publishing and app/web development projects
2. Outdoors and general maintenance projects
We are happy to have people doing either one or combining the two in order to get a balance between indoor and outdoor activities.
PUBLISHING AND APP/WEB DEVELOPMENT
If you are going to assist us in these areas, we need you to have demonstrated professional experience in at least one of the following skills:
1. Graphic design, Artistic drawing and painting (Photoshop, Pixelmator,etc.) and Vector Graphic Editor (InkScape, Adobe Illustrator, etc.),
2. Web animation (Hype 3, Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, Slider Revolution, etc.), 3D animation (Blender), Video Editing (Adobe Premier, Final Cut, etc.),
3. Book Layout (Adobe InDesign, Scribus, Scrivener, Jutoh, etc.),
4. CMS: WordPress, Joomla and Moodle,
5. Programming and Frameworks (PHP, Python, Django, AngularJS, ReactJS)
6. On-line marketing and SEO and Databases (Postgres).
7. App design (Adobe XD,...)
At home we have an iMac and an old Mac Book in case you do not wish or cannot bring your own device.
We also have a good quality graphic tablet (WACON Intuit Pro) that you can use for your creations.
OUTDOOR RELATED PROJECTS
If you are going to help outdoors, it would be great if you had skills related to:
2. Building with earth materials
3. Working in a veggie garden
4. General maintenance
If you are a French, Portuguese, Italian or Chinese speaker, we will require you to speak in those languages as part of the exchange to give us the opportunity to improve our language skills.
WHAT DO WE OFFER
In exchange, we offer accommodation (see details below) and delicious vegetarian meals, since we both love cooking (vegan and gluten free diet can be catered if required). For non-vegetarian volunteers, we can cook seafood from the clean waters of Tasman Sea.
We also offer afternoon workshops (usually twice a week) on 'The Art of finding Ourselves' (check khuyas.info), which we teach trough the 'Khuyas of the Mastay' (a set of power stones that help us to connect with our inner Self)
Additionally, we can provide an insight on:
- Chumpi Inka (Andean pranic healing)
- Raja Yoga (meditation)
- Hatha Yoga (yoga postures ‘asana’ and breathing techniques ‘pranayama’)
- Ana Yoga (healthy cooking)
- Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound)
- Dream Yoga (astral projection)
- The Alchemical Tree of Life (understanding that all is vibration and learning about the five notes of creation and how they express themselves in the different planes of consciousness).
- Natal Charts (from the Cabalistic Astrology perspective)
- Mayan Tzolkin (Mayan Astrology)
and talk about other topics such as Family Constellations, I Ching, Vipassana meditation, etc.
We also like to help you organize activities for your 2 days off such as camping, visiting nearby beaches. As a volunteer you are also invited to W Tree social activities such as music nights, pizza nights, get together, etc.
OUR TYPICAL ROUTINE
Observation: What we outline here is a typical routine, but it can be adapted to best suit needs and conditions.
- We wake up very early (around 4 am), to practice yoga/meditation and/or have a few creative working hours.
Volunteers are welcomed to join us in our early morning practices.
- We offer breakfast between 7-7:45 am
- Volunteering starts at 8 am sharp and it finishes at 1:20 pm, with a break of 20 minutes (11:00 - 11:20)
- Lunch is served around 1:30 pm
- After cleaning the kitchen (we take turns for that), you can enjoy free-time the rest of the day
- Dinner is served around 7 pm.
During your free time, you can enjoy:
- Books from our extense library,
- Documentaries, interviews and information on all the topics above-mentioned,
- Meditation room, yoga mats
- Musical instruments
- Board Games
We practice meditation daily, not just in the morning, and you are welcomed to join any session along the day.
Internet is limited for two reasons:
- The fact that our Internet access is satellite and we have a monthly quota. If the amount is consumed before the term, we cannot add or buy more quota and need to wait till the beginning of the next period. As we use it for work, we cannot run out of it.
- We encourage volunteers to get touched by the magic of the place and share quality time together.
Therefore, internet is available during limited hours of the day and everyone has a quota.
Depending on the number of volunteers you will have a room for yourself or share it with another volunteer.
There is also a caravan and a little hut for the warm months. Sometimes other houses in the community become available, especially in winter. So, there are many options of accommodation and we can let you know which one will be available when you contact us and we agree to an exchange.
IMPORTANT! Please bear in mind that if you are not already in Australia by the time you contact us, we will require you to have the air-ticket booked before we can secure you a place. This is so because at times, people had the intention to come but when the moment came to buy the air-ticket, they realise how far Australia is from the rest of the World.