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Cairns region
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 105
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 16693
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: March 15, 2019

REQUIRED 1 or 2 who loves fitness, yoga, cycling, swimming etc. Preferrably over 25 with driving experience in Australia for min 2 weeks or longer.

I had exploratory surgery on my knee on the 1st February and need someone to do rehab. Help set up a daily routine and share cooking and cleaning.

Their will be other help, such as, feeding chickens, gardening, farm work,etc. Whatever suits you.

Would prefer a keen fitness person.

Foreword: It is a lot more than just volunteering: It is about sharing our current lifes. You are travelling and exploring the world looking for new experiences, knowledge, to learn about yourself, improve and share your skills, see new landscapes and wildlife and discover people’s way of life and their society. From experience, those of you who are on this journey also have a strong connection with the environment and what we are doing to it.I have a base and transport to share with you. Like you I am a traveller and have the same desires as you do. I still have so much to experience, improve and learn. My life goal has always been to try and improve the way we live as a society for individual wellbeing, the environment and the collective. Now I am single I am able to return to focus on my goal.

Mature, happy, outgoing, open minded person who likes to exercise (yoga, cycling, crossfit, etc), cook, keep the place clean to help out. Must be happy to spend time on your own.

Preferably over 25 and with drivers licence.


Other project for anyone who might be interested DOCUMENTING SUSTAINABLE SETUP:

Also, I am looking for someone who would be interested in documenting my attempt to live a more sustainable life.

To document what I have set up on the farm, hydro, gravity feed water, heating wood stove, solar hot water, swales and blocking gullies, slowing water down to reduce run off, forest improvements for healthier forest, chickens and veggie gardens, etc..


If you want to stay please answer the following:
1 length of stay?
2 what exercise yoga, cycling, crossfit, swimming, etc you can help with and how?
3 How you can help?
4 Description of how you connect with my profile
5 what experience you want to have?
6 can you drive?
7 Are you ok to share the accommodation with others or being on your own?
8 Are you ok being on your own at times both working and staying in the accommodation?
9 Are you looking to explore the region together and happy to organize trips?

You must at least fit meet some of the above and the more connection the better.

I can read French quite well. If you want to talk on the phone I am happy to. Ask me to call you.

I will not respond to request where no effort has been made with your own profile or connection with me. I have an extensive profile and you need to show you have connected with who I am, my way of living and aware of my situation.

Hi helpers, travellers and yogis,

We Olly and Ethan (11 year old son) are looking for people to share this time in our life. The farm is off-grid, and I try to live as best as I can self-sustainability. I care dearly and am passionate about the environment with my own take on life.

I would love to host people who would stay for longer periods and use my farm as a base to explore NQ.

I have a long extensive description, the farm, my way of living, who I am as a person, the exchange, and current situation. I hope it connects with you and gives you the urge to join me. I just updated to meet all changes that have happened to me, how I am, what I need to do to reflect my current circumstances. I aim and hope we can create a period that fulfils and shares all aspects. As much about your travels, accomplish the things you want to see and do in your everyday life whilst travelling so it serves the reason you set out on your travels. For me, having you stay to help me rebuild who I was, help me get back on my life’s journey and resurrect my path into the future.

Happy travels, exploration to self discovery and fulfilling future. Let’s make the world a better place.

For me it is a new dawn, a new beginning on my life journey.

Namaste

1. Intro
2. The Property:
3. Distance and the area
4. Travel buddy in NQ region:
5. Additional option for non volunteering with their own vans or use of accommodation if available:
6. What to expect and experience:
7. Part of our exchange – What is on offer for you:
8. About us:
a. Ethan and Olly
9. Who I am looking for:
10. Length of stay:

1. Intro:
We are lucky to have a beautiful 260 acre farm with many of the unique Australian landscapes, trees, nature and wildlife and would be greedy not to share it, so we hope for those of you that stay with us, that you enjoy our tranquil place and gain memories that stay with you for a long time, and become long time friends.

Myself and Ethan live in North Queensland (120klm from cairns) on a 260 acre farm surrounded by State Forest.

I have had to stop doing many things I was doing with the property because of my separation matters of settlement. At the earliest I won’t know until December wether I will be keeping the farm. It is part of our long ongoing settlement issue.

Even though I have had to stop doing many things, see below, if you are interested I can show and explain how I have set up the farm.

Mental and physical wellbeing and the environment of humanity has always been a motivating factor for my long term aims. I have to focus on my own wellbeing right now to adapt for my future. Please read below to understand who I am and what my focus is at this time.

I am specifically looking for people that are interested in an alternative lifestyle and shares common interest. As part of improving my wellbeing and as an important focus of my routine is to do yoga, meditation, cross-fit and mountain bike rides on a daily basis and swimming once or twice per week.

I also would like to see more of the region myself either camping or staying in backpackers.

What I am offering is to that you share and use my farm as base whilst exploring NQ in exchange to help me in that task, to join me to make a routine with some of the following yoga, mediation, mountain bikes rides and cross-fit, to share cooking, cleaning and shopping and maybe help in a few other areas. If you can help with my planing for the future and office PA type work that would be great but not necessary.

So come and stay, use my place as a base whilst exploring the region and hopefully would be happy for me to join you on those trips. See below for places.

I will provide accommodation, food, internet access, the use of my car for short trips (For insurance purposes you must be over 25 years old to drive, If not I am happy if you can make necessary enquiries to find out the extra cost of insurance for someone under 25.)

You will likely have a lot of free time, so it would suit someone with their own project(s). I would prefer and feel more comfortable. If you likeI would enjoy and be happy being a sounding board for your ideas, and what you are doing.

I am open to any ideas anyone has and if you want to offer any alternative structures to stay please do.

If you stay for the longer periods I would love you to resurrect the vegetable garden and start growing vegetables again. I also have herbs growing.

We have had many vegetarians stay. We do eat meat, but not everyday and I love vegetarian food.

Please read on it is a long descriptive profile so you should get a good picture of the place, who I am and how I like to live and socialise.

2. The Property:
The property is really suited for anyone who love’s the outdoor, nature, solitude, to explore and to feel free and liberated.

a. Property description:-
We are nestled on three sides by state forest. Our farm is 105.5 hectares (260 acres) in the drier part of the Atherton Tableland. The elevation ranges from 880m to 955m above sea level. About 75 hectares is natural forest, and consist of mainly lemon scented, blue and rose gum, blood wood, northern grey box (gum top box), iron bark, river sheoak and swamp box. We have a permanent creek meandering on our property for approximately 1.3 klm with a total fall of 21 meters. We have platypus residing here. We also have a Dam on the property with small rowing boat.

The farm is a beautiful place with lots of nature walks, places to stop absorb nature, stop and soak up the sun, relax, meditate and do yoga. A place you can wonder around in freedom away from society’s machine. Also, there is 1.3klm of creek frontage with lovely places for picnics. You just need to get out there and enjoy it. It won’t come to you.

b. The off –grid farm self sufficient structure:-

Off-gird: where no services, water, electricity, rubbish are provided to the property.

We are 100% alternate power (micro hydro and solar), water self sufficient which gravity feeds many areas of the farm via 3klm pipe line system, rain water collection for drinking water, wood fire, gas and home made from recycled material solar and wood fire water heating. I am continuously working on passive heating improvements.

We have chickens, guinea fowl, horses, run around 20 head of breeding cattle and a have Ethan’s small dog. I also have vegetable garden, banana plants, olive grove and orchard with a variety of fruit trees. I am not sure how many people could say they live with a carbon neutral footprint, but I would imagine we are close to it.

I have always been environmentally conscious, recycling, trying to never waste food, turning lights out and power off, etc. These ideals l learned as a child.

Since here I have developed further experimenting with solar passive heating, solar hot water heating, keeping chickens and using them as fertilised compost makers, using the soil along with cow and horse manure for the vegetable garden and the non broken down organic matter from the chook pen to use as mulch around the fruit trees and plants. I have learned to pickle olives, onions and would like to be able to learn more on preserving what I have grown and often have to much in quantity. I always take excess and give to friends or people I know rather than let it go to waist.

c. Wildlife on our property:-
Our property is surrounded by natural woodland (three sides of state forest approximately 2.6klm and 1klm boundary with an uninhabited and uncleared property) and the nearest house being 3klm as the crow flies, nature is abundant. To list a few: Grey kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs (night time- small kangaroo like), iguanas who steal our chicken’s eggs!, many lizards, possums, platypus, bats, owls, king fishers, kookaburras, cockatoos and lots of other birds.

d. Farm self sufficiency objectives and giving back environmentally, in no specific order:
1) To improve farm for self sufficiency and income:
a. Cattle: – for income and paddock to plate meat
b. Forestry – Beauty, environmental and Short and longer term Income - main interest was for carbon trading. . I have spend a lot of time trying to return the forest to a more natural state, improving the tree stand from previous practices.
c. Self contained cottages (Stopped because of circumstances). For additional cash low income and asset adding value to the farm. I was constructing it as a kit and all timber sourced on the property. 99.9 % complete prior to assembly on site.
d. Growing fruit – Orchard for healthy eating – with a view to give away excess to people I know and maybe sell at the markets
e. Growing Vegetables - for healthy eating and as per fruit.
f. Improve the quality of the land and biodiversity ( all timber remain placed in rows along the contours- slowing water and creating a great environment for insect to live and guess fungi, etc.) for environment and productivity of the land
g. Improve water retention of the soil so it can handle the dry seasons better. - for environment and productivity of the land
h. Improve water quality by reducing run-off and slowing water for natural filtration by the land. - for environment and productivity of the land – trying to increase filtration of water by the land so the quality of the water entering my farm exits a little cleaner.

Please note at this time I have stopped most of this work because of the personal family matter of separation as mentioned above.

e. Mobile reception on the farm
The mobile phone reception is good for Telstra and Optus for most areas of the farm. The data reception is very good at the main house, but not so good at the accommodation. I recommend you look into the provider “Boost” now owned by and uses Telstra network. It is a good price options with packages that offer free international calls to certain countries.

3. The area and distances
We are semi rural (Australian standard) 15 minutes to the nearest town. There is a bus service twice per day to Cairns from Atherton.

The area:
We are located on the Atherton Tableland inland from Cairns. Cairns centre is about 1 3/4hr drive from our property. The Tableland has way too much for me to list here, but here is a flavour; Herberton historical village, Herberton mining museum, small galleries, Rainforest trails, bushwalks, Lake Eacham (great for swimming), Lake Barrine, water activities on Lake Tinaroo, The crater, Atherton (china town), Mareeba coffee works, Ravenshoe (Millstream waterfall, Sunday steam train) Milla Milla waterfall circuit, Malanda (pub), Yungaburra (markets and pub), Markets on every weekend at a different location. It’s also beautiful just driving around with some breath taking views.
Atherton (30 min drive) has two supermarkets where we shop for our groceries, small modern library with internet, small hospital, pubs and cafes.

4. Travel and adventure buddy in NQ region:

I have not seen anywhere near enough and could do some short trips of a few days and maybe one longer trip (1 week approx) every 3 months.

I also want to explore the region and go camping, etc., but do not have the time to organise trips away. I am my own boss and can take time off when I want. I have a car and a tent and equipment. It has been so long since I have been camping that someone will need to check what I have and we can go around garage sales and pick up what we need. If you are willing to include me in your itinerary I would be so happy. We could then take a few days out or a week or so and go and camp here and there staying in backpackers also. Example, I would like to see the Daintree, out west, go to the reef, organise kayaking/canoeing, etc. At that time I want to be fought as a fellow traveller and backpacker you are travelling with and not a host. Be companions to travel, explore and relax. I will take my car and what we need, but we should all contribute to food, fuel etc as friends.

I want to have time where I can stare in the air soak up the sun, lye around doing nothing, stair at the bonfire and stars and walking around with no certain goal or mission as much as the next person. But please do not expect to do this staying only one or two weeks only.


5. Additional option for non volunteering with their own vans or use of accommodation:
For the next three to four weeks free accommodation, even if no help is required. In this case you have to supply your own food and look after yourself, keep the place clean, and be prepared to share with volunteers and be part of our social life.


6. What to expect and experience:
This is not to work for us, but to share our everyday lifes and live together as in a shared place.

Come and make the property your home, with your own accommodation, see the same face (s) for a few weeks or months, make a new family relationship and build a relationship. Help me to be me, to have fun, relax for a while.

Having like minded peoples company is very much appreciated, as otherwise I`m working mainly alone.

Environment:
Building a good team environment to work and live together is very important for me. I like to build and environment where we like sharing things, making things, mending things and growing things in a supportive, inspiring and motivating environment with like-minded people and create and share beautiful things.

A routine is especially important when living on a farm where work, home economics, exercising, socialising all blur into one and if not careful you loose yourself and loose what you have. That has happened to me all too often in my relationship and now single trying to rebuild who I was, but can’t do it alone living in a rural area where getting to yoga/cross-fit classes, socialising takes a lot of driving. I like to be organised and setting routine with regular days and hours to focus on what I need to do and then to have time to stop thinking about things and have down time to relax and enjoy the moment.

Everyone is different and they need to take as much responsibility at being organised, motivated to get things done. We will need to be flexible and adjust as we go to find out what best works for us all as a team and not separate groups. Be determined and you will be strong. I know it is not always easy for people, certainly difficult for me at this time, but it is rewarding and very important for me right now.

Think of this place more like commune you live. My Philosophy to work as a team: We are a team working and sharing responsibility. For me in a team I like people to be able to manage and take control of their own projects where other members are helping them and visa versa. Be both a leader and worker to others changing roles. That is a productive way to be able to manage more things efficiently. The leader controls and makes the final decisions to any plan. His team must respect and trust they can do it and help to give them the best chance to succeed.

7. Part of our exchange –
What is on offer for you:
I want it to be a cultural, including our life experience, team building, relationship growing, an exploration in oneself and a learning opportunity to grow in the direction we want to go. How I would like to see the society live.

What additional things I would like to exchange with you and also learn from you.
• Experiences with trying sustainable living. What it takes.
• Philosophy on life
• How Australians live both in the outback and within the towns and cities.
• The beautiful Australian wildlife and landscape
• Language learning
• Life skills
• Work together with someone like minded on developing each other to grow and strengthen.

For you to have a base to explore the NQ region, your planning and private work (online business, yoga, massages etc).

i. Accommodation
• Interim time: Self contained accommodation. A very nice 6m x 6m lounge diner kitchen, separate shower and toilet. Sleeping accommodation:1 separate bedroom (for two people) and a partitioned bedroom (for single person) within the 6m x 6m studio type accommodation.
• After and until rented 2 bed House
• Use of small old hexagonal old house to camp in if you want the experience. No electricity, but there is toilet and basin.
ii. Car
We are rural and if you are over 25 years you can drive my car to get out to town or for sightseeing. We can discuss and organise this further. We will have to arrange between us and I may ask but would prefer if you could offer to contribute towards the fuel you use. I would appreciate it.

iii. Internet
We don’t have unlimited access, but it is reliable NBN satellite. Another satellite NBN connection is being installed at the volunteer accommodation on the 22nd August 2018. I am on a monthly plan so for longer term people (2 weeks or more) who need more data for work or passion (updating a blog or something) I can increase data limit for your needs. I hardly ever use off-peak data so it can be all yours if you can program downloads uploads for off peak time.

iv. Travel buddy in NQ
• I can provide the car
• Camping equipment (has not been use in a long while, so may need new items)

v. Exercise equipment
The property is really suited for anyone who is sporty and likes to run, cycle, do yoga, meditate etc. I have 3 x mountain bikes, an exercise bike, 2 x yoga matts, various weights that you can use. Also available are table tennis and badminton racquets and net, football, volleyball, rugby ball. Let’s play table tennis. Unfortunately at the mo I can’t play badminton because of my knee.

In exchange
1. Help and share:
Share with and routinely:
1. Wellbeing: live coaching skills, meditation, yoga, cross-fit, massage, cycling, swimming
2. Fridays pick up Ethan from Cairns after school, and
3. I want to get into a routine where I stay in Cairns on a Thursday nights at a Backpackers, so I can go to yoga glasses.

2. Other tasks:
4. Writing my CV
5. Jobs for the move from main house to accommodation
1) Set up chicken pen
2) Install a rain water tank
3) Relocate homemade solar hot water system and outdoor shower
6. Sell at the Market: Both I and Ethan have a lot of things we no longer need, clothes, toys. Etc and it would be could for someone to organise this. Ethan is very keen and loves selling things at the market. Only the other day we talked about organising a market day. Maybe we could include some plants too. A project you could do is to take cuttings of plants that are easy to grow or sow.
7. Driving
8. Paperwork
9. Tidy garden
10. Cleaning
11. Cooking
12. Shopping

I want to improve my wellbeing and top of my priority is to host anyone who is keen to practice yoga, meditation, cycling or/and crossfit every day as part of our routine. We don't have to cycle together it is more about helping each other doing exercise and helping each other to commit. I have bad knee and can not go running. I don't have enough knowledge about yoga to instruct and I am looking for people who can set up daily routines. I could help.

Example routine for exercising Monday to Thursday:
• Week days at least meet early in early morning for a bike ride (yoga, meditate or cross-fit). Start no later than 7:30 am for 45min to 1 hr.
• 8:30-9am to 5pm time for help and free time. Around 1pm Eat lunches on our own or together depending on how busy.
• 5pm to a combination of cycling, training, yoga and meditation. Then after prepare diner, eat and relax for the evening. We can discuss tasks/projects for 15 to 30 min everyday before training or later.

At this time I may not be able to commit to lunch. Weekends are open to relaxing alone and also doing things together and be less of a routine. Ethan and I do like to go swimming at a local lake for at least half a day and take a picnic for breakfast or lunch. We normally do a shop at the same time.

8. About us:
Ethan, is a very chatty person, funny, has a great sense of humour, is mature, polite and helpful to name a few. He loves hanging around doing things with volunteers. He asks many questions and has a keen interest in life. Watch it, he will organise what you do when hanging around together. He likes role playing. He loves going swimming and messing around in and out of the water. He also likes playing football, playing uno, go fish, board games, xbox and wii. He likes to listen to music and dance.

I like having travellers because they are generally intelligent, have passion, active, keen to see and go places, mess around, have fun, etc. They are doers and both myself and Ethan love and thrive in this environment. It is an environment I want for Ethan otherwise when we are on our own it is boring for Ethan and I can’t play all the time and he will turn to playing games on one of his many electronic cadjets
to so we can in our spare time Xbox, wii and ipad, but try to reduce it as much as possible. Having volunteers hang out with him is a good way to reduce that time.

Ethan lived with me up until this school year started at the end of summer. Due to circumstance Ethan had to move and live with his mother a year earlier then planned. He now spends weekends and holidays with me. I do regret that he no longer lives with me during the school days, but that is life.

I’m Olivier (Olly)
My past:
I was born in Belgium English mother and Belgian Father and from the age of 10 grew up in the UK until I moved to Australia with my ex 16 years ago. Prior to moving to Australia I worked in the city of London in Aviation Reinsurance. I have both travelled extensively and lived and worked for short periods of time in a number of different countries. Now I mainly works on the farm. Also In 2015 I worked on a government / Private forestry funded scheme "Caring for your Country" (improving native forests on small farms - weed control and reset thinning).

I had a serious motorbike accident when I was 17 and nearly lost my leg, where it not for complications. I was not expected to ever walk properly or run, but managed pretty much under my own steam and over 3 to 4 years recover quite well. I returned to play many sports, like tennis, tough rugby to a high level and both 11 and 5 a side football in my thirties. I managed mixed and men’s touch rugby teams for a few years, started a European social club for exploring, travelling, nights out, etc. with an average of 30 to 40 members

I said goodbye to the corporate world and the UK some time ago for a new life in Australia with my Australian partner of then. With my passion for nature and the environment I quickly adapted to my new environment. Unfortunately, for my ex it was not the case and she soon left her childhood dream behind. For a year I lived on my own on the farm with no running water and two years without electricity. It was so cool living by daylight, spending time on long walks and exploring the forest and especially tracking the brumbies or looking for our horses.

Just over 2 years ago my partner and I finally decided to go our separate ways.

My Current Situation:
My ex and I finally separate and I am currently in the middle of a legal financial separation and can not be as social and hands on as I use to be. I have much to do with research and writing reports of one type or another. The situation over the years with my ex sucked out a lot of energy and really affected my mental strength and wellbeing. Living alone from everything in a rural area make it difficult for me to get the right balance and that is the main reason I need you for.

I am going through a rough time at the moment and trying to climb out. I am normally a grounded, enthusiastic, reliable, determine, positive, fun happy hard working person who loves to communicate and socialize. Who doesn’t enjoy laughing? I want help with the things I need to do. If you have life coaching skills let me know too.

In regards with 1) fitness help, I am focusing on rehab for my shoulder, knee and ankle. I started yoga ( 9 months), cross-fit (five 5 months) and home physio exercises. I take Ethan swimming to lake Eacham every week. Exercise, yoga and meditation to balance life and help mental wellbeing. So my preference would be to have volunteers that are passionate about physical and mental wellbeing, healthy eating, keen and motivated with fitness to help me with my Physical goals. We can combine, yoga, cycling in the forest, walks, swimming. I can’t go jogging, but that should not stop you. haha.

More about my character:
I would describe myself as understanding, caring, friendly, easy going, open minded, I love to help people, both in learning new skills and with wellbeing understanding themselves. "who you want to be is you" it is about getting there. I focus on people’s qualities and reassure them. People have so many qualities that have been undermined.

I love to meet people from all over the world, hearing, discussing and understanding everyone’s journey.

The environment I like to create for myself to live and work in.
Building a good environment to live and work together is very important.

We need to work together to achieve it! If you don’t participate it won’t work and won’t be a team. We have to gel together.

Before I came to Australia I loved being involved in groups and created groups to have the environment I thrived on. I started a social club for foreigners (not excluding locals) to pool together for meeting people, to socialise and do activities. I also for a couple of years managed two touch rugby teams one mixed and one men’s team. Within these groups I always appreciated those that took part in the organising and creating the environment. I met some awesome people who I learned so much from, but I am still not as good as them. Encouragement and support for a sporting team was my focus for those who were shy but showed keenness.

More about me – Philosophy of my life journey: I am a different mix between being alternative and ambitious entrepreneurial business person. When I was young I grew a passion when I decided what and how I wanted my life journey to develop. My determination, ambition flowed. I saw so many contradictions, issues and problems with humanity and it’s structures. I do not necessarily see major changes to our structure, but some radical tweaking to made to governing, the capital system, education, health and wellbeing of all (people, animals and environment). My journey took the road where I felt I best could achieve this. I decided to make a change was to be involved directly in the core of society and where the power to most likely big changes could happen. I was frightened of becoming complacent and comfortable if I managed. I did get derailed for many years not because of comfort but because of my poor judgement on my relationship. Something I was not prepared for.

I am trying to be healthy (but not perfect) and improve as a person who cares for people, wellbeing, nature, animals. I’m passionate about the environment, love and enjoy beauty of nature. I love life, people and existence there is such an intriguing place to explore there is so much beauty out there. I love to travel with little organising just let the winds take me, stop where the sun shines and then move on with the next wind. I love meeting locals and fellow travellers. I feel the need to set off on a new adventure to explore is growing again and hope to be in a position sometime within the near future. First I need to let the dust settle from my separation.

The environment:
Reducing consumption of materialistic goods, improve sustainable living, social community participation and education are ways to mend, rebuild and create new ecosystems. We need societies and ideals of how we live, acquire food and spend our money to change. We all need to make an effort not to waste food. Share it or recycle it by feeding animals or keeping compost heaps. Use the soil for the next year’s crop rather then throw so much away.

You don’t need all that material shit; spend your money wisely to influence, help, and change things, and not on material crap.

Create sufficient continuous wildlife and ecosystems corridors to allow flow from one end of continents to other. The biggest danger to nature and environmental weather changes is that they are lock up and can not shift move freely north and south as their ecosystems move with climate change.

A few other things:
I also find solitude in art and music. I don’t know much about either and no good at remembering names of artist. I don’t listen anywhere enough music, but really appreciate it when people bring it into my life.

I find meditation in running (not able to at this time), cycling, yoga, laying in the sun, stopping to sit take a moment of solitude and listen to nature when walking.

It is important feel wanted and to be connected to other people. I think it is a normal instinct of being a social being.

I am social, love talking a lot especially when we first meet. I am open minded and love philosophy, to have interesting conversations about things people normally don’t talk about.

I want to keep developing and learn more to improve my knowledge and ability in yoga, meditation, wellbeing mental and physical, people, the environment, sustainability, permaculture, ecology and so much more. Improve my ability to share with others by teaching and leadership. I continue to practice to train people by being exposed to doing it voluntarily.

Languages spoken
English, French and Spanish.
English (2nd language but my strongest) , French (mother tongue to 10 years old but almost lost it and now fluent again) and Spanish (reached fluency, but that was 25 years ago and now very rusty)


Lone time:
I also need a lot of time alone to get my thoughts together, work on the hard things and sort myself out and act on things that are some time hard to do. At this time a lot of my paper work and separation matters at this time.


9. Who I am looking for:
Like minded people who share common interests

People with any of the following experience and who are willing to organise sessions for yoga, pilates, crossfit or physio. Any health and fitness for the body and mind.

I need people who shares my passion who are willing to dive in to my way of living, working and doing social activities together. You must be energetic, fun, self motivated, keen to learn, good listeners, communicator and keen to get things done. A busy bee. At times we all need our own space and I respect that. Once here this will be your place and want you to enjoy as if it was.

All helpers must be must be clean and tidy and happy to prepare meals (light lunches, normally left overs and salads and cooked meals in the evening). I have no bias as to diet and adjust to any ones preference.

You must be mature, clean and tidy, love the outdoors, don't mind getting hands dirty, easy going, open minded, active, keen to exercise, like healthy eating and be adventurous.

I hope to hear from you all. Well some of you? Anybody? ha!ha!

10. Length of stay:
Special preference to longer periods helpers who want to use my home as a base to plan and explore North Queensland region.

Why longer periods:
• So you can enjoy the fruits of your labour
• We really get to know each other and learn
• You can take on bigger projects and see them through, sow seeds, build something, etc..
• Develop a good routine of sharing and helping each other up the steps to the next platform in ourlifes.

There is a minimum of 1 week trial to make sure we get on and you are enjoying your stay.

reviews (17)
Helper: Bianca Ehmke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 2, 2017
I had a great time on Olly's beautiful place. It was a short stay, only two w... view complete review

Helper: Sophie and Clement Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 10, 2017
We had a really nice stay at Olly's place, unfortunatly we could only stay fo... view complete review

Helper: Anne Terhorst Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: January 28, 2017
Where should I start? If I have to keep it simple: A SUPERB GREAT place! Olly... view complete review

Helper: Tristan Rannou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 4, 2017
Two months ! Two months in this wonderful place. I thought stay just 3 weeks ... view complete review

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Helper: Hannah Teckkam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 18, 2016
I don't really know where to start. But I had an amazing 2 months staying wit... view complete review

Helper: Sinead lynch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 15, 2016
My stay with Olly and co was a great experience and I would 100% recommend st... view complete review

Helper: Charlie and Caro Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 15, 2015
Olly is a great host!! Just before leaving, we wrote to the family a letter t... view complete review

Helper: Solenn Le livec Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 10, 2015
I spent 4 very pleasant weeks with Shelley, Olly, Alex and Ethan. We shared m... view complete review

Helper: Emeline and Jennifer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 2, 2015
We spent 3 weeks with Olly and Shelley. It was a wonderful experience. Olly... view complete review

Helper: Anne gutierrez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 2, 2015
I Spent almost 3weeks at Three Horse Home, with Olly, Shelley and Ethan. That... view complete review

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Helper: Julie and Nicolas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 4, 2015
We spent three wonderful weeks with Olly, Shelley, Ethan and another helper, ... view complete review

Helper: Martin Clauss Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 15, 2015
Actually I only wanted to stay wo weeks on the farm, in the end I stayed thre... view complete review

Helper: Florie Pilate Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 18, 2014
So it's time for me to write my review! I don't like this part of the Helpx e... view complete review

Helper: Florie Pilate Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 18, 2014
That's why I had to work hard... to stay fit! I did my best to help them in t... view complete review

Helper: Aurélie and Edouard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 30, 2014
We had a wonderful time in the Tablelands, with Olly, Shelley and Ethan. It w... view complete review

Helper: Antoine and Clément Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 10, 2014
We staid for about 1 month in the Tablelands with Olly Shalley and Ephen, tha... view complete review

Helper: Kerebel and Derrien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 24, 2013
Good experience and exchange with a nice family. We have learn many things. I... view complete review

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