Help create an eco retreat in a traditional Andaluz hill village, Spain

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  • Description

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    Hi, I'm Nikki (45), an earth-lover from Jersey in the Channel Islands. I arrived and fell in love with Andalucía 13 years ago when I was on the verge of leaving a corporate career - accountant turned artist photographer and natural therapy practitioner - to explore a more holistic and sustainable lifestyle.
    The 'pueblo blanco' of Canillas de Albaida nestles in the foothills of the Sierra Tejeda and Almijara National Parks. The flavour of life here is fresh, vibrant and colourful. Enjoy the seasonal palette of sunkissed local food, many fruits and vegetables cultivated in the village on the ancient Moorish terraces. Wake up to the clip clop of a mule in the morning and the horn of the fish-man delivering fresh fish. Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air, real tradition and authentic Spanish lifestyle.
    It is a setting that inspires one to live healthy, simple and conscious.
    I am seeking help to restore two very old village houses, now reformed into one, to create an open space to inspire and support people who are considering leaving the current ego-centred 'system'. I plan to achieve this via retreats, incorporating yoga, art & photography, shamanic and body work, foraging & making medicines. In short, reconnecting people to Mother Earth, our Mother.
    I believe that collaboration is the way forward, love learning from others and am looking for your help and your talents in transforming the house into a shared space of joy, gratitude and deep exploration.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    I am looking for non-smoking, eager, easy going folks who have experience in renovating, building, painting and gardening. I also need help in other areas so please look at the list below or be inventive with your suggestions and perhaps there is something you can contribute.

    Painting: Sand and paint wooden windows and metal rejas; scrape, prepare and paint interior walls and exterior walls.

    Building: Render garden concrete walls, restore old stone walls.

    Gardening: Pruning shrubs, weeding and transplanting self-seeded trees, replacing irrigation system.

    Miscellaneous: General cleaning, including restoring terrazzo floors. Sharing cooking and kitchen duties.

    Computer work: Assistance with website and marketing.

    PLEASE NOTE: I AM SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, AS WELL AS WORKAWAY REVIEWS. I AM UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE SCHOOL LEAVERS OR GRADS WITHOUT EXPERIENCE.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, basic Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own room with shared house bathroom, unlimited hot water, full use of kitchen and garden, patios and roof terrace. Bedlinen and towels are provided.
    I am happy to provide basic healthy food for breakfast and lunch, fresh mountain water, herbal teas and coffee.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When the work day is done, there are plenty of recreational opportunities: hike and bike up and down from mountain to sea, kayak away (the coast is 19km away) and savour the breathtaking sunsets.
    The village is well-served with four restaurants and bars, three grocery stores, pharmacy, tabac, ferretería and bank. The nearby larger town of Cómpeta (a 20 minute walk along the goat track) offers a gym, swimming pool, more shops, restaurants and night-life.
    Málaga is the nearest city and international airport - an hour's drive away - it also has great rail and bus links. There are 3 buses a day between Málaga and Canillas de Albaida.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5


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a traditional pueblo blanco, established by the Moors...borders the National Park, yet only 19km from the coast
from the roof terrace
the Plaza in the village
old stone walls in the gardens need restoring and modern concrete block wall creatively disguised
woodstoves replace reverse-cycle airconditioning...burning local olive wood and using carpenters' offcuts for kindling
the location of the woodstoves has been chosen so the flue pipe run to the outside chimney can heat another room upstairs...super cozy in the winter!
house bathroom...instant hot water on demand from butane gas water heater with hydrodynamic generator which produces sufficient energy to ignite and control the heater
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your host, Nikki
arroz con pollo on the terrace with workawayers Blanca and Alan
workawayer Erin sorting the olive wood delivery for the two different-sized stoves to keep everyone cosy through the winter
Host ref number: 629672251239

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