We live on a rural property with three houses, and we're working towards becoming a small homeschooling community. We have 8 adults and 5 children living here, in 3 houses. Some of our interests are: learning to live in community together, growing food, native bush regeneration, learning to home educate our children, peaceful parenting, self development, and compassionate communication.
We regularly host volunteers who help us with gardening, watering, tree planting, land care, cleaning, child care, and lots of other projects. We're often looking for child care for a three year old boy and an 18 month old girl :)
If you have marketing skills, we'd also be interested to see if you could help develop us a local market for our native fruit jam :)
We`re in the beautiful Numinbah Valley near the Gold Coast, a half hour drive from Nerang train station, and half an hour from Murwillumbah bus station. The property is very scenic, in a valley between two national parks, with dams, a creek, a waterhole for swimming and lots of wildlife. We are about 2km from the Natural Bridge section of Springbrook national park, which has a cave with a waterfall, and glow worms at night. If you are interested in intentional communities, we're happy to share with you about our experiences, processes and insights. We are a work in progress though, so please don't expect to find all the answers here! Living in community takes a lot of learning.
Activity here ebbs and flows, with some quiet family times and other times with visitors or community events. Every two months we have a camping gathering on the creek flat, with up to 50 people. Your days off can be spent bushwalking, swimming, or visiting local towns, attractions and national parks. There`s no local public transport but there is always someone coming or going, so we are happy to help you get around on your days off.
When new helpers arrive, we spend the first few days getting to know each other and make sure it is a good fit for everyone. After this, we prefer helpers to stay with us for two weeks or longer, as we find this leads to a better experience.
We prefer non smokers, but smoking is ok so long as it is away from the houses, and butts are disposed of thoughtfully.
We ask that you help out 4 hours a day if the work is hard, like digging, or 5 hours if it's easier, 5 days a week. But we're happy to talk about different arrangements if you prefer :) We try to match the work with your skills and interests if possible. We value helpers who are proactive, enjoy contributing, and know how to get things done. It's important to us that you feel it's a fair exchange and have a great experience during your stay :) If you have particular needs or circumstances, please let us know before you arrive so that we can be sure we can accommodate you.
We provide all your food, but not treats or alcohol (we are happy to pick them up for you though). We have a community meal about once a week, others are family meals or self serve. We can cater to most diets as long as you are happy to share a kitchen with people with other diets! Accommodation is your own room, either in one of the houses, or in a separate 'mining camp' accommodation block. Wherever you stay, you will have access to a kitchen, living room and bathroom, and a covered outdoor area to relax in. Optus and Telstra work here but Vodafone does not. We have mobile wifi, available for moderate use.
We are trialling two different volunteer models at the moment. You have the normal option to help out 20-25 hours a week, and we feed you; or, you can pay $70 per week towards food costs, and help out 12-15 hours a week instead. These options help us to host more helpers, and make it more financially sustainable :)
Our helpers usually love their time here, and want to stay longer.