Beautiful yoga farm looking for long term volunteers! near the beach in Canoa, Ecuador

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    Our farm is looking for adventurous people, yoga lovers, crazy ones, farmstayers, people who wants to ride horses, catch our chickens, pick our lemons or eat yuca! COME!

    We are a small canadian family Soa, Simon and Miali, our 3 and a half daugther. We want to combine healthy living and farm work. We need help to reach that goal.
    We live 15km from Canoa, the nearest beach town.

    We speak french, english and spanish on the farm.

    We are looking for a couple or 2 friends who would stay at least a month because there is much to learn and much to do and because it takes time to accustom oneself and become the asset the farm needs.
    If you’re an artist, gardener, love construction, know farm animals or have any special skills to share, we would love to hear about it. If you want to learn about all of those projects, you are also welcome here.

    We need help in the mornings and you would have the entire afternoon free to relax in a hammock, take a walk on the farm with the dogs, go to town or start your own workshop. We have three horses, four dogs, two cats a bunch of chickens.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We find ourselves in a complicated situation for 2018. Our yoga farm project has been in the works for over 3 years now and has been faced with many challenges; emotional and financial alike, especially with the event of April 16th 2016 which forced us to basically rebuild much of what we had built.

    Two years post-earthquake, we can almost touch our dream: offering our guest a unique experience which aims to reconnect their physical and spiritual selves through yoga, nature, animals and healthy food; to harvest themselves!

    In the course of our first years on the farm, we have planted more than 600 trees and plants, with the principal aim of creating a food forest for humans, animals and insects alike. We want not only to continue this project but to extend it to a full reforestation endeavour.

    As for the construction, it never seems to stop. We had to build mainly with what our collaborators know best; which is wood. We did not yet have the luxury to do what we really want, which is to leave wood altogether in favor of more ecological methods such as cob and earthbags.

    We have been struggling with time and resources from the beginning, being parents to a young daughter of 3 years old. The fact that she is now going to preschool, only makes it harder to really kickstart our great project.

    We are so very close and yet, giant steps are needed to reach our goals.

    That’s where you come in.

    We have been extremely lucky with our volunteers but we sadly cannot afford the short term anymore. Therefore, we are looking for a specifically dedicated breed of collaborators.

    We are in need of a few extra miles, of independent and proactive people, who are looking to make their mark somewhere in the world, to literally take our inspiring idea and making it a fabulous reality during the course of their stay. We need that push, we have been needing it for a while but have not been able to ask it properly, we have not been able to acknowledge our fragility. Now, we are able to accept that fragility brings beautiful people to us.

    We are looking for a couple or 2 friends who would stay at least a month because there is much to learn and much to do and because it takes time to accustom oneself and become the asset the farm needs.

    We will have a strict but fair schedule for you with a long list of personal projects ideas.

    Here’s a few tasks:

    Help with the yoga and farming retreats (cleaning, food, activity set up)

    Taking care of the animals (Horses, chicken, dogs)

    General cleaning

    Reforestation

    Food forest care

    Community work

    Farm managing (when we are not there)

    Agriculture (weeding/machete, tree pruning, harvesting)

    Construction

    Revitalisation and care of the garden

    Beautification of the farm (flower planting, murals, paintings)

    Trail marking


    Here it is!

    We are not looking for volunteers, we are looking to add new members to our family.

    We are not offering a workaway experience, we are offering a second home!

    And we will treat you as such!

    Hope this is something your are looking for.

    talk to you soon!

    Simon, Soa and Miali

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Beside our beautiful location and kick-ass personalities, we don't pretend to know anything about anything. What we offer is an alternative way of living your life, in body and mind. We personally learn everyday about agriculture, water system and animal care in Ecuador! Life is never boring! And we believe, as forever students of the world, that you can teach us as much as we can. So, please, come share your knowledge with us!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    french, english, spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Everything is hand-build on the farm, from the houses, to the furniture to our yoga terrace. The housing is rustic but built with love. We provide sheets, mosquito net and drinkable water. We have offer a communal kitchen for you to cook. You can eat fruits and vegetables available on the farm as much as you want.
    We planted many seasonal fruits trees like bananas, papayas, lemons, mandarines, badea (ecuadorian half pear, half melon, but my husband and I disagree all the time on it), coconut, guavas, guayavas, mango, cacao, plantains and native tomatoes. We also grow sweet potatoes, yuca, pumpkin and hot pepper. Feel free to ask which season fruits are available! Everything is experimental (as we are not professional farmers) and this is how we want to share our knowledge and while learning from everyone who comes to visit!

    We try to have as much sustainable practices as possible. Our (handmade) bathroom is a compost toilet. We have a shared shower. The water system comes from a well in the forest and rain collection. We don’t waste any food as any leftovers goes either to the pigs or the chicken (or the dogs if there fast enough!). The soap, shampoo and toothpaste we use are biodegradable.
    It all takes an extra effort to be in harmony with the land but it is very much worth it.


    There is plenty of space to chill and relax; we have a large yoga terrace and hammocks everywhere around the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots of activities can be done around the farm, besides chilling and being artsy. Countless walks can be done on the land and around it. The views are diverse and outstanding on the farm as well as nearby.

    There are also plenty of neighbors that can rent you horses for half day or more. That not only lets you enjoy the surroundings but bring a support to our community.

    We also have a sister cocoa farm 2 kms away from us. They are lovely and offer great activities. Canoa is the nearest beachtown at 15 km but there is also a few small fishing village nearby. *️️️️️️️️️️️️This also the nearest internet access.*️️️️️️️️️️️️

    We try to work as much as possible with the community but we don't pretend to be a community project as such. The way we found is best to "help" is by providing work. The better the farm will do, the more work we can offer to our lovely neighbors. This is, (working with locals), a great way to learn or improve your spanish.

    We are normally pretty homeloving people, with a new overwhelming project and a young child. We like to play card games, watch a movie at night or make a fire. We like to tell ourselves that we are great conversationalists but that might just be because we love talking and learning about other people's experiences.

    As far as transportation goes, to get to Canoa there is a few direct buses from Quito, Guayaquil or Manta. We can help you out with the information by email.
    When you get to Canoa, you have a few options but the best, in our opinion, is to take a 7-8$ taxi to our farm from Canoa.
    We also often use a taxi for food runs; we can always make the best of both a share the ride.
    Otherwise, you'd have to walk 4 kms from the bus stop. But if you are up to it, there is buses every 15 minutes to the entrance of Tabuchila. Then, you just walk into town asking around for the gringo farm! Its gotta be an hour walk (Don't do it at midday).
    However way you come, we would be communicating and assist your arrival.
    And there isn't any phone coverage on our land, so please wait a couple of days after contacting us. We will always answer but we are not always in town.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week






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