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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): .3 hectare
Persons: 1,2,~3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 80340
Region: Golden Bay

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Last Updated: September 22, 2018

Enthusiasm abounds in sunny Takaka, where the microclimate is friendly to the growing garden!
We find a deepening sense of community and mutually beneficial support in beloved Golden Bay. Most of our helpers find this a special place and enjoy a longer time here with our practical life-styling and ever-evolving model for harmonious shared living for a beneficial future.

We are a household of friendly adults with a sprinkling of creative young children sometimes visiting.
We favour the enthusiastically competent and people who take the initiative with our collaborative projects.
We have an evolving rostered household with shared participation in our kitchen culture.
We are committed to healthy living.

If you are a cigarette smoker, please seriously consider using organic while you are here.

DIET: Omnivores with mostly vegan tendencies; we are intending on living gluten-free, with minimal sugar, minimal nightshades, grain-free, and minimal waste.
We are a soda free household. We boycott multiple corporate food and food-related companies who support unsustainable environmental practices. We are aiming for a low carbon footprint lifestyle.

Interests in:
-Healthy living
-Zero waste \_(x_X)_/ eventually
-Responsible attitudes/positive intentions/integrity
-Doom (no doom here)
-Shared social navigation
-Minimal use of chemical influences (fragrances, industrial cleaners, detergents, soap). Please consider giving up all your scented products while here. Some of us are chemically sensitive, although your hygiene is important.
-Laundry: we use magnets and minimal detergent.

We invite you to help us all live optimally with your enthusiasm and expertise. As a part of the household you will be joining us in our gardening, food preparation, and quasi-sustainable culture. We assume your shared participation in maintaining the Homestay for all of us.

-4 Hours a day, for 3 initial days:
-4 Hours a day for five out of seven days.
Exchange can be four hours of your daily time for three initial days [*tents negotiable*], with time spent occupied with garden, property, household, or assisting in related adventures. Beyond 3 days is negotiable upon conditions borne of trial.

We offer:
- Desirable camping placements (in our lovely garden and outdoor kitchen yard).
- Possibility of a well furnished large room with separate entrance. *See pictures. Includes double bunk option.
- Participation in shared meal creation utilising healthier and alternative ingredients.
- An open-minded, ethical, and intellectually world-wise household.
- Walking distance from significant cultural assets; local Takaka township, marketplace, and community gardens.
- Bicycles. Easy ride to the beach and within range of Te Waikoropupu Springs.
- Laundry access
- Broadband Internet - no Wi-Fi after 10pm but cable access available.

In our ideal scenario, you would join us in fostering healthy community. We currently organise ourselves around holistic lifestyling; committed to organic gardening and use of modern consciousness technologies. Interests include: communications (NVC, The Work), healing arts, gardening, hosting, shared meals, treasure maps, education, health and consciousness. [Large library, as well as range of education/health tools, available.]

We are agents of social change dedicated to building resilient and healthy community.

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