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Byron Bay/Nimbin/Lismore
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.8
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 15743
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: June 12, 2019

We live on our property ‘The Breakaway’ which is a 2 acre lot on Billen Cliffs Village.
Billen Cliffs is an 800 acre sustainable community in Northern NSW (http://www.billencliffs.org.au).
There are 115 lots and about 250 people living here in this village in the bush.

The weather here is sub-tropical (we have 3 summers). We like to swim in the local creek and walk in the nature here. We are surrounded by bushland and back by an impressive cliff face escarpment that stretches along the top boundary of the community. We are located in the foothills of the Border Ranges National Park and close to Wollumbin/Mt Warning National Park.
We are 25 minutes from Nimbin, 35 mins from Lismore, about 1 hour and 15 mins from Byron Bay.

We have three dwellings here on the breakaway. A tiny house on wheels that Charlotte and I live in together, and two owner built eco-homes. We generate our power from the sun and harvest our water from the rain.
There are mountain views and a panorama of stars at night.
We have lots of gardens and fruit trees, chickens and a goat named Anna Belle.
We share our land with native wildlife including wallabies, kookaburras, bandicoots, echidnas and many native birds. We have two dams, a stone circle, a sweat lodge and section of the property devoted to agro forestry.

My two kids, Erin (13) and Ashwin (9) stay here most weekends, and also during school holidays. Niels, the local Kyogle Acupuncturist, lives in the main house, and has his two kids and father Steve staying part time. Dan, a chef in Lismore, lives in the granny flat and has his young daughter Sophia stay 1 day a weekend. So sometimes there are a few kids around. We love playing games and doing sport together. I have a strong martial arts background and regularly facilitate activities including archery, kunai throwing, Iaido/sword play, kung fu and tai chi. We also enjoy more conventional sports like baseball, cricket and soccer.
I also have a background in Oki Do Yoga and remedial therapy. This informs my commitment to applying functional movement principles in the work we do together on the property.

Charlotte is a craftswoman and enjoys sharing her skills with helpers that are interested in spinning and weaving, basketmaking, macrame and jewellery making. She is a wonderful cook and enjoys sharing her French Cuisine with us all. We currently eat some meat in our diet, we are able to cater for vegetarians and other dietary needs (please let us know).

The property here can also be very peaceful. Nestled under the cliffs surrounded by so much natural beauty.

We are looking for helpers with an open hearts and a willingness to learn new skills and join us in our communal projects. We are looking for help with our current eco-building, gardening, landscaping and land care jobs, as well as the more day to day activities of cooking, cleaning and looking after the animals.


If you have particular skills in any of the following areas, we may also have other projects you can help us with:

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* Permaculture and/or botanical knowledge and skills - we have permaculture systems in place, veggie gardens, and fruit trees and also have a lot of banks that need planting out and revegetating with natives.

* Building, plumbing and painting skills - We're making further renovations to the Tiny House (upgrading Solar System, installing new water tanks, building a deck) and Granny Flat (panelling and glazing). kitchen facilities at the caravan, building a sweat lodge/sauna...

* Sewing skills

* Chainsawing and Treelopping skills (or willingness to learn)

*Mosaic art and Murals - we have some beautiful little grottos around the house with mosaic, and some other places waiting for someone to finish them..

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We have a number of accommodation options available. Including rooms in the main house, a caravan and a bell pavillion tent.

In terms of recreation, you'll often find us playing music, singing, dancing, doing tai chi, yoga, chi kung and healing. There's also a lot of beautiful walks around here, and plenty of opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife.

Our community has an active community culture with a weekly cafe and regular gatherings and celebrations in the Hall and Craft Centre. We welcome our guests to join us when we attend these events. You can read more on our website.

Also, there are often other WWOOFers and HelpXers staying at other properties on our community, so you have an opportunity to socialise with locals as well as other travellers.

Our community has a no cats or dogs policy.

reviews (23)
Helper: Ellen Proost Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 23, 2018
(Sorry for the late review! Braking my back kept me a little busy :/) The ... view complete review

Helper: Teresa and Nick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 8, 2017
Will and his two wonderful kids, Erin and Ashwin, have just been incredible t... view complete review

Helper: Cristina Cipollone Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 4, 2017
I stayed at Will's and Yollana's home for 3 weeks and I had an amazing time. ... view complete review

Helper: Hin Pong Ng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: March 21, 2016
It is my pleasure to stay in Will's property.Thanks Will, I do really love th... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Arrowsmith Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 22, 2015
Hey guys, I'm sorry for the terribly late review! I stayed with Yollana, Will... view complete review

Helper: Bouquerel Gabriel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 25, 2015
It was a great stay with Yollana and Will family Living in Billen Cliffs was... view complete review

Helper: Katrin Lipka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 14, 2015
I stayed in November 2014 for two weeks by this wonderful family. Will and Yo... view complete review

Helper: Mathilde Juge Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 4, 2014
I spent 10 wonderful days at Yollana & Will property! Time went so fast and I... view complete review

Helper: Lucile Giberti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 26, 2014
I stayed with Will and Yollana one month and a half, and time just went too f... view complete review

Helper: Joanna Little Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: January 28, 2014
I stayed with Will, Yollana (Ben+Kids, for three weeks over Christmas 2013-14... view complete review

Helper: King man Chan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: January 14, 2014
When I saw the photos in HelpX platform, it is reminded me the happy moments ... view complete review

Helper: Kinbow Li Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: December 3, 2013
This is my first helper experience and I stayed with Will's family for almsot... view complete review

Helper: Kelly and Zachary Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 15, 2013
We had such an incredible time at Yollana and Will's house! They are such won... view complete review

Helper: Mira Ruotsalainen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: October 9, 2013
This was my first HelpX experience and i was happy to stay with them five wee... view complete review

Helper: Wei-ling and Wei-wei Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: July 2, 2013
Perfect host ! We stayed in their place for 3 weeks. We enjoyed working for ... view complete review

Helper: Benjamin Sanchez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 30, 2013
I stayed one month with Will and Yollana. My english is not perfect, but this... view complete review

Helper: Julie Lhuillier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 23, 2013
So much to say... Thank you for welcoming, teaching and sharing. My most int... view complete review

Helper: Eric Brown Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 6, 2013
I had an amazing time with Will, Yollana and the rest of the family, animals ... view complete review

Helper: Thibaud and Léa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 5, 2013
This was our first experience as Wwoofers. We slept in a caravan so that ... view complete review

Helper: Solène and Mae Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: October 2, 2012


Helper: Solène and Mae Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: October 2, 2012
This was our first helpx experience and a very good one! We stayed two wee... view complete review

Helper: Rosemary Wall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 25, 2012
Will and Yollana have are a very welcoming family! I very much enjoyed the ti... view complete review

Helper: Fergus Macdonald Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 19, 2012
I was Yollana and Will's first helper so hopefully things will improve over t... view complete review

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