Permaculture, horse assisted therapy, bees, ecological building and mindfulness on our small farm in Gernsbach, Germany

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    HELLO!
    our farm is located in the beautiful black forest close to Baden Baden/ Freiburg/ Karlsruhe. On 5 hectar land we have 4 horses, cats, goats, sheep, and rabbits. We're looking for cheerful people with skilled hands. We prefer helpers to stay a minimum of a month because it takes time to learn the farm routine. We welcome long stayers.

    ABOUT US
    => Uwe is a competent craftsman and has a lot of experiences with ecological building projects. He is aswell a dragon dreaming trainer and yoga teacher (not active in yoga at the moment). His greatest passion is being active with the non profit organisation REM, which is active in the fields of renewable energies, environmental protection and transition town movement.
    => I (Frauke) am a social worker, psychotherapist (Gestalttherapie), working in the field of animal assisted therapy and Mindful Horseleadership®️- new approaches towards the human-horse relationship.
    => Simeon is a wilderness pedagogue, active in "original play®️" and our permaculture garden
    => Moritz has a hobby chef heart and brings a smile on everyones face with his delicious vegan cooking ;)
    => Ina is in a one year internship taking care of the animals and assisting during the therapy sessions
    => Ina_2 supports us two times a week in the office

    We all are very interested in spirituality, a healthy life style, sustainable living and we love being and working in nature with animals, children and teens.

    OUR PHILOSOPHY
    We are a non profit organisation and work as well with traumatised people. Be aware when visiting us that we work therapeutically and have a special way of non-violent communication and behaviour. Therefore we have been creating on our farm a "safe space" where we maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and partnership - within our team, with our clients, nature and our animals.
    This includes a few rules at the farm which we take very seriously (for example not to feed the animals out of your hand, going very aware to an animal with noticing in advance if the animal really wants you close and to be touched). In the beginning they may appear to you a bit strict. We view them more as an opportunity for you to experience a totally new way of being and living together- both with humans and with animals.

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
    => BUILDING/ CONSTRUCTION
    If you are (a creative) carpenter, joiner, plumber, kitchen installer, exhibition stand constructor, landscaper, painter, brick layer or an experienced DIYer we have plenty manual tasks. From little things like chopping logs, to repair (fences, wheelbarrow tyres, shelves,...) up to more demanding things for skilled helpers like making furniture, eco construction, roofing, installation, building walls,....
    On our farm we are realising a renewable energy experience path for children and teens.

    => GARDENING
    landscaping, mowing, weeding, seeding, harvesting, preserving food, creating permaculture elements like raised beds, being part of the intercultural garden group in our green classroom.
    This year we begin a large biodiversity project that consists of maintaining and renaturalising our pond.

    => ANIMAL CARE
    Feeding, cleaning stables, filling hay nets, tidying barns.
    We are active in animal assisted therapy. When you are interested you could learn something about the regardful contact with animals/ horses (no riding).
    We are starting an ecological bee project on the farm so we are more than happy if you want to share your knowledge in these topic with us.

    => BODYWORK AND CREATIVITY
    We would love to have more "bodywork" on the farm. So if you are teaching for example Yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais or Shiatsu we would be happy if you share your passion with us.

    => FUNDRAISING/ OFFICE WORK
    A huge task is raising money for our social projects. So if you have experience in fundraising - we are happy for support! From time to time we have some office work that we can delegate.

    => GENERAL HELP ON THE FARM

    WHY A HELPER?
    We like to have contact to different cultures, nationalities and mentalities through volunteers. You will be treated as part of the family, so helping in the house with meals, washing up etc. is part of being with us. Cooking will be occasionally one of your tasks aswell.

    NECESSARY PROFILE
    Our helpers should have skilled hands and of course we would be happy with a talented handy-/crafts(wo)man! And you should like animals and being outdoor ;)
    We found out that too many helper-changes throughout the year bring a huge disquiet on the farm. Therefore we decided to take helpers for minimum 4 weeks (the first week count as a probationary period to find out if we feel comfortable with each other).

    IN RETURN
    Friendly hospitality and organic food
    Accomodation in a trailer, in tents or in the hay. If you have your own tent that's great.
    We welcome camper vans or caravan's. There is a common bath and kitchen.
    Our farm is located in the very beautiful "Murgtal" -area. You can for example hike, climb, bike, walk and swim.

    HABITS
    We are vegetarian/ vegan
    Smoking is allowed only outside in a special area.
    Only moderate drinking habits are tolerated. No alcohol in common rooms.
    No drugs.

    INTERNET ACCESS
    We have only at a few spots on the farm (outside) were you might have an internet connection with your mobile.
    We have a cafe with W-Lan in town (3 km). It´s your chance to experience yourself without being accessible 24 hours a day.

    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
    - Solid shoes/ working boots
    - Sleeping bag
    - Rainclothes and some for hot temperatures
    - Some warm clothes (for the evenings and nights)
    - Swim suit

    You need an international health insurance card.

    YOUR WAY TO US
    Closest trainstation "Gernsbach-Bahnhof"
    or "Baden-Baden" and from there by bus (approx. 30 minutes).
    By plane "Baden-Baden Airpark" , from there by bus to Rastatt and from there by train to Gernsbach

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be part of our family and can dive into our way of creating a place of mutual respect, awarness and joy in our small community. We are active in animal assisted therapy, Mindful Horseleadership®️, Original play, vegan cooking, non violent communication, wilderness and outdoor activities, permaculture, ecological building and sustainable living. So we love to share with you all our experiences in these fields. Meditation and spiritual inquiry is also another important part of our being.

  • Help

    Help

    Projects will be construction work, upkeeping the surrounding, repairing, gardening (permaculture), cooking, animal care, just everything thats necessary to do on a growing farm. The daily tasks depend on the actual priorities that accur on the farm and where we need help during your stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german and english fluently. We would like our guest to speak one of those languages.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will sleep in a trailer, in a tent or in the hay. Just ask us whats available during your stay. Please be aware that our way of living is close to nature, simple and good.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    "THE VALLEY OF MURG" offers a varied range of things to do in an interesting and lovely landscape.
    It is one of the most exciting valleys of the Black Forest and offers a visit in it as a picture book ..You find a lot of informations about the "Murgtal" online.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours p. week

Mo´s vegan heart kitchen
children in rabbit paradise
Our "Biomeiler" a sustainable thermal power source
Our clay oven
Beautiful view from our farm
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