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Argyll and Bute
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 187
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 7025
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: July 4, 2018

The Erraid Community is a small island off the Isle of Mull (Inner Hebrides) and part of the Findhorn Foundation Community. As a spiritual land-based community we live and work together as custodians of the island and cottages that were built for the northern lighthouse board in the 1860s. Our life is very practical whilst living with spiritual principles. Our main role here as custodians of the island is to maintain the cottages and outbuildings. This involves: painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, maintaining the many sash windows, metal work, fencing and much more. Our second priority is keeping our aim of trying to live off the land as much as we can, we have organic gardens, two poly-tunnels and many chickens. Alongside that we are running a guest programme called Love in Action, and we offer retreats. Please read more on

From September onwards we are looking for help with

The cookshifts involves preparing food for 15-25 people and be the main cook. You would decide what meal to make with the ingredients we have. If we have a big group then you would get help with cutting vegetables and washing up. The lunch shift is from 10am to 12.30 and involves making a soup, and preparing a tea break. Dinner shift from 2pm to 6pm, full meal. You would be doing 1 shift a day or every other day.
Painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, metal work, fencing, ...
Boating, ropes, moorings, boat repair/renovation, engine mechanics etc
Gardening, chopping and splitting wood, feeding the chickens, ...

We offer good food and lodging in a very traditional cottage with a wood burning stove, a spacious composting loo and you are right next to the ocean. You may share the cottage with other volunteers, but will have your own room. One of the rooms in the cottage has a small skylight. Please let us know if that would be a problem.We provide meals on all days except Wednesdays and Sundays. For those days you`ll be able to help yourself to left-overs or cook your own meals, with all food provided.

You would be working alongside residents and guests, who all have different working rhythms. You would work 6 hours a day on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Your days off would be on Sunday and Wednesday. We work hard here but living on Erraid also enables many opportunities with a stunning landscape surrounding us. There are many beautiful hikes and if you want you can go fishing and swimming on one of our beautiful beaches.

Please contact by sending a message through HelpX. We strongly prefer arrivals and departures to be on a Saturday to tie in with our existing rhythms. There will be a trial period of two weeks which gives both us and yourself time to see if it works out and if so, we can be very flexible.

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We`re looking forward to hearing from you!

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