We are a magical peaceful Vegetarian/Vegan eco Traveller's Lodge, Retreat and Music Studio - outside Knysna on the Garden Route, South Africa
We are a beautiful country smallholding on the edge of the forest and we have an award winning music studio. We are just 15 kms from the beaches and just outside of Knysna on the Garden Route, a very safe and protected national Reserve with forests and lakes.
This is a family run concern though my husband Howard largely works in his Music Studio and heps with the bigger projects on the farm. I am involved in a bit of everything and basically run the show. We also have a few permanent staff who help with Gardening and Housekeeping.
We are looking for volunteers all year round and we ask that you stay for a minimum of 3 weeks to a month, and are welcome if we are happy both ways to stay longer - from 1 - 3 months
Intern / Volunteer Positions offered 3 or even 6 months.
Please let us know what your strengths are and what you are keen on applying for.
We have various practical, creative and eco projects, and often need assistance in our music studio when there are projects running, plus assistance on many levels with weddings, retreats and workshops TO organic veggie planting and weeding and 'damage control' after baboons have raided it ;-( horse care feeding and grooming, creating forest pathways, building timber decks and walkways in the forest, clearing dead scrub and bush from forests for fire protection, liaising with and taking care of Guests needs, Reception duties, Bookings, internet marketing, social media update, blogging, assisiting with cleaning, cooking, plus sustainable initiatives and building initiatives and maintenance.
We are offering a varied experience and welcome assistance on some or all of our projects.
CURRENTLY WE NEED HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING:
1. Organic veggie Garden - weeding, preparing beds for summer, planting
2. Reception - Quoting, Bookings and general correspondence
3. Marketing, Social media, blogging
4. Cooking Vegetarian and Vegan only
5.Helping with functions like weddings, retreats and workshops
6. Forest pathways - clearing and marking out - building steps and timber decks & wood walk ways
7. Horse care, feeding & Stable and Paddock cleaning and management
8. Cleaning and overseeing the help in the Cottages and Tents
9. General Maintenance - painting, fixing etc
10. Building - timber decks, forest shower, tables, benches - helpful to know power tools
11. Gardening - lawn mowing, general weeding and tidying plus re planting
WE ALSO DO:
Outreach projects, Vegan cooking, Holistic workshops, healing and yoga retreats happen throughout the year and depending on when you arrive general assistance is required there too'
Recordings and Events - Help may be needed adhoc if you are interested in music, we do specialist project recordings and host a few small musical events during the year -
WORKING DAYS and HOURS:
You work 5 days on and 2 days off, if there is weekend work, days off will be in the week.
Work hours: ( After breakfast ) 8 - 1 and 2 - 3.30pm - If we busy with an important project you may be expected to work a full day with extra time off another day.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS FOR YOU
We offer volunteers Tented accommodation to share, and sometimes a Cabin if we are not fully booked and if very cold.
FOOD AND MEALS: on Working days only.
BREAKFAST: On working days we supply Meusli or Oats porridge and toast for breakfast for you to make yourself in your Forest Tent Kitchen or Cabin kitchen.
LUNCH: MAKE YOUR OWN in your own Cabin/Tent kitchen with some of your own supplies plus salad or veggies from our organic garden (there is a shop a 5 minute walk away for supplies)
- EVENING MEALS: 3 x a week (working days), we will share and cook communal dinners together or each of us takes a turn. If we do not cook communally, we supply the basics like brown rice and potatoes, pulse/ beans plus you can pick veggies from the Garden, to make your own meals
- DAYS OFF: NO MEALS: All your meals are with your own supplies in your own kitchen.
WE ONLY MAKE VEGAN MEALS (however you are welcome to buy your own Dairy products for your own Cabin / Tent kitchen)
NO ANIMAL MEAT PRODUCTS: Please note we prefer that no animal meat products to be cooked in the kitchens whilst you are here
- We are on a taxi Route and we do go to Town a few times a week.
- Bicycle, we have a bicycle available for you to use
Laundry: You will have to do your own laundry - we have a machine available. If there are water shortages as we run on rain and dam water, we have to use a laundromat in town, they charge R50 a load wash, dry and fold.
Animals: we have 2 horses and 2 cats, plus a fierce alpha female Guinea Fowl who runs the show. We are surrounded by nature and welcome the wild life that come visiting like monkeys and baboons.
INTERNET: There is free internet for emails and FB
ADVENTURES: We get free adventure activities form time to time which Volunteers can make use of.
SOCIAL: We do go out to eat in the Town from time to time and you welcome to join us (Restaurant meals are for your own account)
SIGHTSEEING: We also take Volunteers on sightseeing trips in the area every now and again.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
upkeep and planting of organic veggie garden
mark out and clearing of forest pathways
clearing dead brush and scrub from forest
building timber decks and walkways in the forest
maintenance of buildings, painting roofs
reception / guests/ bookings, internet and social media marketing
horse & stable care and mucking out
music studio assistance
small time building and maintenance
gardening - mowing, weeding, and raking
cleaning and washing up after dinner meals
Accommodation for workaways will be shared and dependent on accommodation bookings.
They will be either in Cabins or Forest Tents, all have beds and linen plus shared kitchen and communal bathrooms.
In the high season times, it may be in small camping tents not the forest tents.
As we are in the Country having your own transport is a plus, however we are on a 'local taxi' Route, which takes you to Knysna for general sightseeing of the town and lakes, plus all the shops and restaurants, the last Taxi back to our way is around 7pm.
We will collect and take Volunteers into Town when we have errands to run which is almost daily or every second day.
Any special pick ups or drop offs will incur a petrol fee to cover costs of fuel.
We often get free adventure experiences and offer this to Staff and Volunteers, as the area is well known for the myriad of Adventure activities like hiking, forest walks, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, swimming, kite surfing, abseiling, forest canopy zip line rides, animal sanctuaries, bungy jumping etc. Though some of these are a half hour to an hours drive away, many are 10 - 15 km's from us
We are 15 minutes away from 2 of the most beautiful pristine beaches and the main town of Knysna which is surrounded by forest and huge lakes.
Locally ( near us ) there are yoga lessons and horse riding (though our own horses are retired) and you can paddle on our lily pond and go for magical forest walks. We also host adhoc meditation and inspirational breath sessions on the property.
Within walking distance there are farm stalls, an arty cafe, country road walks and forest pathways.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours per week ( 5 hours per day for 5 days ) some will be weekend days
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