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Clare Island
All Year: No, March to October
Area (ha): 95
Persons: up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 1055
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: August 29, 2019

Macalla farm is a 240 acres farm (some of it planted with trees) on an island off the West coast of Ireland. We have ducks, sheep and horses, as well as the usual cats and dogs.
We grow most of our vegetables and fruit in our gardens and polytunnels and in the spring and summer, we produce yoghurt and cheese from sheep`s milk. We also run a yoga and meditation retreat centre and training courses in vegetarian cooking, natural horsemanship and natural horse care. We also have a small restaurant, so experience in the catering trade would be an advantage.
Due to a last minute change of plans, we are urgently looking for someone with organic gardening experience to start as soon as possible and stay until June, or better, till the Autumn.
We are also looking people for the summer of 2019.We ask people to commit to a minimum of two month, sttarting any time after the 14th of June. Our place is not suitable for teenagers and we have a strict so smoking policy, so please, no smokers. We prefer people with an active interest in organic food production, self sufficiency or sustainable living. An interest in yoga or meditation is also an advantage, as this is an important part of life at Macalla farm and there are opportunities to take part in some of the yoga sessions offered at the farm in the summer. We also have room for shorter term helpers (2 weeks+) in September and early October.
In exchange for about 30 hours work / week (most of it outdoor) we offer accommodation in a caravan in the summer and in a comfortable house shared with other helpers outside the summer season. There's one or two days off / week. The food is delicious, organic and strictly vegetarian (but not vegan as we have milking sheep and ducks for eggs). Horse riding is possible for experienced riders who have their own riders insurance, but not for beginners.
There`s plenty of time to read (helpers can borrow books from our large library), write, or explore the island, but note that we don`t have TV and that Internet access is somewhat limited as we are on an offshore island.
If you are interested in our place, please write (through our website) with details of your relevant experience, the skills you have that could be useful, the reasons why you would like to come, and the dates you would be available. If you can, also send us a photo (or a link to one on the Internet), as we like to know what prospective helper look like :)







reviews (12)
Helper: Simon Dosdat Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 13, 2017
Helping at Macalla was my first volunteering experience and I couldn't have i... view complete review

Helper: Mark Ritchie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: February 25, 2015
My stay at Macalla Farm was both rewarding and challenging. Retrospect is suc... view complete review

Helper: Antonia Betschart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: February 10, 2014
I spent here a wonderful, unforgettable and intensive 3 months (middle of Mar... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: July 3, 2010
I spent an inspirational and thoroughly enjoyable 6 weeks with Ciara, Christo... view complete review

Helper: Luke robson Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: August 5, 2009
I have stayed and worked with Christophe and Ciara on 3 separate occasions no... view complete review

Helper: Noélise Delille Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Belgium Date: July 31, 2009
I've stayed one month on clare Island last september and I had a very very wo... view complete review

Helper: Rachael tily Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: July 31, 2009
an incredible four months on clare island in 2008 - met wonderful people, ate... view complete review

Helper: kimberly scovill Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: July 21, 2009
I stayed on Claire Island for a total of four days... I thought it would be a... view complete review

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Helper: Joshua Freund Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: May 8, 2008
I can't say enough good things about Christophe, Ciara and their two wonderfu... view complete review

Helper: Olivia Engel Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: March 12, 2008
I had a wonderful time on Clare Island and recommend it to anyone looking for... view complete review

Helper: Genah Walton Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 16, 2007
I stayed for a month at Christophe and Ciara's in Nov/Dec 2006. It was a very... view complete review

Helper: Karen Yeoman Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: April 15, 2006
I had a great experience on Clare Island with Ciara and Christophe. There is ... view complete review

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