Rich Permaculture Farm to live, grow and evolve in community. Big Island, Hawaii


United States

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    We are opening up our farm for a single/couple, motivated and hard-working, to help tend the land, animals, and structure. We have a couple of positions available. Firstly we are looking for farm managers with experience which is a paid position. Secondly, we are looking for a farm assistant/intern. These positions is an opportunity to bring your skills and energy to an established permaculture farm and simultaneously learn from our unique tropical volcanic farm.

    Currently accepting inquiries for late fall and winter 2019. We usually request a stay of at least 3 months with an option for longer stays for the right fit. The exchange is for about 25 hrs a week per person. The experience includes rent, electric, water & a share of fruit, mac nuts and veggies from the farm.

    For more info, read on below.


    Who We Are:
    Farm and Wellness Retreat is located on 7.5 acres, on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The farm has amazing sweeping views of Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau’s City of Refuge along the coast.

    We are a small community of people living on the land creating a conscious model of food diversity, self-sufficiency, and holistic living. We host many visitors from around the world as renters, work exchangers, guests in our farm accommodations, and workshop attendees. We love inspiring a HOLISTIC LOCAL LIFESTYLE and being a working demonstration of how we can do that. We have 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and holistic living.

    The farm has dozens of different types of fruit trees, edible & medicinal plants all integrated with our animal systems. Our animals include poultry, ducks, milking sheep and goats. The original plantings on the farm we're macadamia nuts and we still have over 150 macadamia nut trees. One of our primary focuses besides education is herbal medicines. Steve, our farm owner is currently one of the only farmers allowed in Hawaii to grow hemp.

    What We are Looking For:
    We are looking for inspired people who want the opportunity to step into an established sustainable farm and educational community and feel a sense of excitement and engagement with the lifestyle and what it can offer. We would love folks who want to connect and share in a solution-oriented, fun, healthy lifestyle.

    We find folks who share our desire for personal evolution in the midst of community evolution will work best.

    We hope for OPEN MINDED individuals with a POSITIVE outlook on life who will bring energy, skills and generative capacity to help the farm function well and flourish. We are looking for folks who have a passion and curiosity for life, for cultivating self-reliance, and for their own personal growth. In addition to farming, we enjoy cooking, yoga, music, dance, qigong/neigung, meditation, reading, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, exploring the islands, traveling, learning about other cultures, etc.

    Intern Details:
    As an intern some of your tasks will include feeding and watering animals, maintaining the veggie gardens, weed whacking, general upkeep of the farm and community spaces. Because we have animals, there are daily morning activities that need to be tended to. Morning “Land Dance” is when the animals are fed and watered.

    Housing is in our rustic off grid 12×24 cabins with a plywood floor. There is a shared living room, an outside heated shower as well as inside bathroom and kitchen facilities. High-speed internet is available in the communal house space as well.

    Do This If You Are Interested:
    If this sounds like a good potential fit, we would love to hear from you! Please fill out the application: ask us for the link
    and email it back to us with a PHOTO doing something you love.

    Mahalo & Aloha!!!!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The goal of our exchange program is to empower those who come here with holistic living skills and to provide an opportunity to live, grow and evolve in community.

    Volunteers have the opportunity to learn a lot of valuable life skills during their time here, both on the land and inter-personally within the community as well as from the larger culture of Aloha in Hawaii.

  • Help


    We prefer longer term exchanges with a minimum of 3 months. Volunteers are expected to buy supplementary food and there own toiletries.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Volunteers have a rustic furnished cabin with a queen bed for their room and share a communal kitchen, living room and bathroom with the community.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time it is easy to access the beach, 10min drive down the hill, snorkel, a few hikes, yoga, explore Hawaiian culture, dive into community practices, etc...

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

View of the Guest House and Kealakekua Bay.
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