All Year: Yes
Area (ha): Many
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 32162
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Last Updated: February 2, 2019
Richard Glyn Foundation - Gaunt's House
We are currently particulary looking for 2 Residential Volunteers who wish to stay for minimum 3-6 months (from February 2019) to assist our head gardener and someone with carpentry experience to project manage the completion of our roundhouse.
Set in acres of beautiful land with a Georgian/ Edwardian period house built in the 18th Century by Sir Richard Glyn. The Richard Glynn Foundation (a charity) was set up to offer opportunities for profound learning and seeks to instil values of community, honesty and openness.
Based on a small country estate, we have a Victorian walled garden, which is being developed over time into an oasis of food production and a wildlife haven. We have inherited a much neglected garden and a lot of the work this year is in restoration, as well as trying to build new areas and grow new things in a more natural, sustainable and friendly manner.
We grow vegetables, herbs and flowers using organic gardening techniques. If you have gardening experience, this is very welcome and will be embraced. If not, a 'can do' attitude is all that is needed, and we can teach you!
We love to welcome enthusiastic, hard working volunteers that have a keen interest in growing food or just growing in themselves.
We also host national and international groups that facilitate learning in a range of personal and spiritual development subjects such as yoga, meditation, gongs/drumming, Zen meditation. Part of the work of the volunteers here is looking after our guests, particularly 'pantry duty'; setting up the dining room and clearing away after meals.
Resident volunteers are expected to commit to stay for a minimum of one month and in return are given accommodation and food. For the duration of your stay, you will be allocated a small, basic single room with shared bathroom, in one of our converted outbuildings. You will be responsible for this during the time you are here and we request that it’s left in the condition in which you find it. Bed linen and towels are provided.
Our meals are all vegetarian and a vegan diet can be catered for. You will normally work for 30 hours a week, including up to 5 hours a week contributing to general domestic chores in the house.
Work is generally either in the house or the garden and we like, where possible, to give people choices. Work hours vary, but are generally around five hours a day, five days a week. You will have two days off per week. Days off are agreed in negotiation with key staff.
There are expanses of woodland, river and meadows to spend free time, and opportunities to go into the local town and further south to Bournemouth, which is a thriving student town.
If you stay with us for a while, there are potential opportunities to expand your skills and become a House Fellow.*
It is suggested that you bring warm, comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor gardening work as well as leisure clothing. Gardening gloves and equipment are provided.
Our values are based on the Richard Glyn Foundation Charter 1989 and below are some relevant excerpts.
‘To provide an environment for personal development, education, information and training, refreshment, rejuvenation and joy; where like-minded people may come together to share their vision, knowledge, talents, skills and wisdom to evolve more perfect lives individually and together towards a more perfect universal community.
The environment will encourage an awareness of, and a striving towards, that personal and all-embracing, spiritual peace, light, love, energy and bliss in and from which all truth, meaning, creation and beauty exist and flow. In this essence of life and growth are found the understandings and freedom which all people seek; and from this essence springs fulfilment, harmony, balance, content and happiness, eternally and for all.
The environment will be so created as to encourage a tacit, social sensitivity, where each person is welcome free of prejudice; where individuals and families are conspicuously associated by a sense of awareness, caring and concern, rather than by any contemporary, social yardstick, wealth, creed, nationality or background. No single religion, philosophy, party-political cant nor dogma of any kind will be adopted by the community. English shall be the first language; communication, mutual understanding shall be the first endeavour.
The environment will enjoy an open, calm, joyful, healthy and secure atmosphere such that visitors may feel inspired to seek their inner self and their own path to follow; may come to realise soul in its unity and infinity and the shades of ego and its illusions; may gain an understanding of God universal and within; may seek to perceive the true self in their fellows and in all things, the better to evolve and communicate, to give and to receive, generally and particularly; where each may grow in certainty and confidence, better able to transcend the challenges and vicissitudes of life; to live and rejoice in that stream of brilliance, vital energy and bliss that we know as love.
The environment will be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Buildings, gardens, grounds and facilities will be well maintained. New buildings and improvements will be light, unobtrusive and well designed and will blend with the existing buildings and surroundings.
There will be no single spiritual, nor academic authoritative figure; though people may volunteer or be selected to represent, from time to time, any aspect of life, philosophy, arts, creativity, academia or administration. The ever-evolving Gaunts House community will meet together, as like-minded people, to organise and to run the life of the community as they deem appropriate within these aims. The community meetings will ensure that the spirit of these aims is maintained in everyday life; that whatever facilities and opportunities are needed are provided, as they become possible.’
RGF Charter, 1989
We hope that you will find that your time with us provides a rich and valuable experience and look forward to hearing from you.