Region: Kotadeniyawa, 11232, Gampaha DistrictMy wife Jeanne Thwaites owns and I operate a 42 acre organic coconut / teak estate in the Coconut Triangle of Sri Lanka. This is Jeanne's ancestral property and we have been living on it since 1999. Since we came here we have been working towards turning a bi-culture plantation in to a model of restorative bio-diversity to which end we have spent the last 14 years developing infrastructure and restoring soil fertility through remineralization. We use renewable energy in the form of Solar, Wind and Bio-gas generation and it is our aim to eventually get off the National Electricity grid. We practice regenerative agriculture and are replanting our teak wood lot with indigenous forest trees designed to restore bio-diversity and make the estate a model for easy emulation. We hope to ensure financial viability by producing the highest value added Extra extra Virgin coconut oil from by cold pressing the coconut in a hydraulic press operated by renewable energy sources. At the same time we are inspired by Marcin Jakubowski's Open Source Ecology and will be developing his Global Village Construction kit in a Sri Lankan context. Jeanne is an award winning photographer and author who won the 1998 Gratiaen Award for Creative Writing in English with her collection of short stories and reflections, It's a Sunny Day on the Moon. Her last book, a novel, Murder in the Pettah was published by Penguin India. She has previously authored photographic essays, Horses of the West, Mother and Child and her reflections on marriage, Once is Enough was cited in two divorces. Every book she ever wrote is collected on the Internet.
Region: Bavariaist ein Wohnprojekt, bei dem sich verschiedene Menschen mit unterschiedlichen Berufen und Alter zusammengefunden haben, um einen Platz zum Auftanken für andere Menschen zu schaffen. Jeder ist hier willkommen, der in seinem Leben eine neue Orientierung sucht, an bestimmten Themen arbeiten möchte oder einfach einen Platz zum Auftanken braucht. Dabei ist uns die Verbindung mit der Natur besonders wichtig. Um diesen Ort weiter auszubauen und zu gestalten freuen wir uns über Deine Unterstützung. This is a residential project, in which several people have come together with different professions and age to create a refueling stop for other people. Everyone is welcome here who is looking for a new direction in his life, wants to work on certain subjects or just need a place to refuel. Here are the connection with nature is particularly important. To further expand this site and to make we look forward to your support.
Region: Otavalo, CotacachiCome join us to learn about raising animals, butchering, and processing meats into delicious finished products. We are full-time farmers who are not independently wealthy so we rely on the farm for our sustenance. The projects and work we do here hopefully have a potential to create money or a savings of money, so we choose work that best creates these things. We have, and are continually, properly raising livestock with care and thought. We then process the meat into quality products to sell mostly to the increasing expat population around Cotacachi. The farm is located 10 minutes from Cotacachi, 15 minutes from Otavalo, and 5 minutes from Quiroga. We have cows, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. Recently we acquired bees for honey collection. The dogs and cats who live in the house roam all over (possibly your bed). We have a large garden which includes fruit trees. We have, and are continually reforesting our land with native Andean trees. We began a food forest, implementing permaculture practices. Most of the trees are planted so now we are gardening around them, waiting for them to grow. Our primary focus of the farm is continually changing but the majority of the time we concentrate on our animals (primarily pigs). Shawn moved from Nebraska in 2008 and has been working on the farm since. I'm in my mid 30's and really love living in Ecuador and especially the farm. I have traveled a lot of Ecuador and definitely know the surrounding area of Cotacachi well. Lindsay is a former workaway volunteer who landed at the farm awhile ago and never left. She is a North Dakota native but spent the last 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia before coming here. We were married in 2013 and had our first child in November of that year. Since you will be sharing our home, we expect the house to be appropriately quiet in the evenings and at night. We wake up early and are not so quiet while doing it. Feel free to continue to have camp fires, enjoy Cotacachi, Quiroga, and Otavalo, but volunteers are required to wake up and start work early. On that note we have the volunteers help more in the house than before. Since this is a farm, the house is in continuous need of general cleaning as well. We have an Indigenous family living on the premises in a separate house that occasionally help with things as well. Interaction with the family is not too frequent, but when done is a great opportunity to learn about the Indigenous culture and practice Spanish (even Quechua). English is primarily spoken in our house so "immersing" yourself in a culture to learn Spanish will most likely not happen at our farm. We do speak Spanish and we need to speak it more regularly around the house. The farm is always busy. Some times less than others, but there is a lot changing on the farm, and lots of projects in progress. If you request to volunteer here you must be comfortable in the entire butchering of animals. Most likely you will not be required to end an animal’s life but you will need to help from that point forward. Whether or not we butcher at the time you request is irrelevant. It's most likely that some sort of butchering or meat processing will be done while you are here.
Region: VictoriaWe are a family of 2 women and 2 children. Our kids are aged 10 and 12 and love having people come to stay, especially people willing to play cards or board games! Rachel works full time for a not for profit training organisation and Amy works part time coordinating a toy library in the inner city. Both kids are at school 5 days a week and in their spare time they enjoy reading, playing on the computer, sports and cooking. We also have our 18 year old niece living with us who studies at a nearby university. We don't eat meat other than fish and seafood and we like to cook healthy meals. Our house is only about 8kms from the city centre and we are very close to public transport. The tram that runs past our house travels through fitzroy to the city.
Region: FloridaOur Educational Center is located on 81 acres in Calhoun County, near Blountstown, Florida. We are in the process of moving from timberlands to a small certified organic farm for fruits and vegetables. We have a 1/2 acre of orchard in place and are currently expanding to one acre. We have removed the timber from 2 acres of land and are preparing the soil for planting clover and various green manures. We are located between two beautiful rivers, the Chipola river is 1.5 miles away and the Appalachicola river is 7 miles away. Several state parks are nearby, the beach is one hour travel time, bike trails are also nearby.