Hello there! We're Leo and Aleja, and we are a young couple of tattoo artists turning self sustainable in the beautiful eastern highplains of Colombia. We're looking for kind souls to help us looking after the animals, gardening and earth-building in a lovely Andalusian horse Ranch.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Our heart ached for calm and purpose.
We found the healing to our hurting in the hands of mother nature and are now given the opportunity to learn from experience how to work the land.
So if you're up to it we'd love to count with your help and presence on the ranch
Please read this carefully, for here we will explain what kind of help we are in need of:
Most of all we'd like someone to share all these blessings with; someone who will enjoy the quietness of the country, the marvelous views and the lovely weather.
We started a vegetable garden, where as of June 2018 we have two terraces, seven raised beds (and are planning on making more soon), aromatic herbs and a greenhouse to work at. We are building terraces, embankments and paths while we're shaping the land. We aim to produce our own food, and are learning how to do so responsibly.
It's raining season so most of the work in the garden involves playing in the mud <3
Currently we are also expanding the gardening surface, working the soil, laying our first stones in the place and building fences for the chickens! So we need willing arms to shovel around, stir the earth and creative minds to help us see this through.
We have crops already growing that need constant watering and care, they're great listeners and need help keeping the pests away while we learn how to balance biodiversity as we grow.
As for the horses, we take care of Caminante and Corsario, two beautiful, young stallions.
They are friendly and we need help with easy tasks that will depend on your level of confidence around these boys.
The things we must do daily are:
Re-locating the manure for compost
Feed them often
...But keep in mind that many things come up along the way.
Other tasks like harvesting mangos, passion fruit, guava and other fruits for eating, doing the dishes, helping us maintain a nice, clean space to live in, will come up often since self-care is a daily task.
Also it is really important that you help us giving and spreading love to all living things in the ranch! We have chickens, dogs, and cats to look after aside from the horses; and an ever growing plant family!
We have a tattoo studio in the farm and also in the city, so sometimes we have to travel for short periods of time to the city. Volunteers are welcome to join us, although your presence in the ranch during our absence will be most appreciated!
This means we could drive you to the city or from it if you happen to travel during those dates.
We're artists, and there's always something going on, you're most welcome to join us in our creativity sessions.
If you're looking for a tattoo artist, look no further! Aside from gardening and nursing animals we have a passion for needles and ink, as well a studio in the capital where we work once every month.
Our volunteers are encouraged to stay at the ranch and help us manage while we're away if possible, but if you're interested in what Bogota might have to offer you're welcome to join us. We will provide information and accomodation north of the city
We could arrange dates to drive you to the ranch if you happen to travel when we are in Bogotá.
Most of our time we're living in a beautiful piece of land in Somondoco, Boyaca known as La Niña Estrella, named after my great-grandmother. There, my family has a retirement house to get away from all the fuzz and problems of city living on most weekends.
These lands once provided milk, fruit, vegetable and wood for the whole region under the care of my grandfather, who has now grown too tired to work the lands. Later my father installed a Horse Sanctuary for the Andalusian Spanish race but he has his hands too full with city living to take proper care of the place.
So now it's turn for this generation to turn our weary eyes, tired of all the nonsense that seems to be spreading around, to new alternatives of living and caring for eachother, and that's when We start happening-
Luckily, we're more than willing to work our asses off to turn this already beautiful piece of heaven into a sustainable one, and we're looking for partners to help us restore balance into our lives and into this tiny bit of the world that so kindly hosts us.
We are begining our path, together.
You can learn from us and/or teach us about gardening, permaculture and sustainable ways of living.
You will have the chance to interact closely with beautiful, powerful animals and be more in touch with nature and yourself while YOU make a significant difference in the lives of the horses. They really appreciate it.
Every knowledge is a blessing so all you may know is welcome.
We speak fluent Spanish, English and would love someone to practice German with.
We have tons of books on different topics and the family has a LOT of knowledge about Colombias political and economical history.
You'll get to experience an important economical and historical part of the country, charged with ancestry and folklore, surrounded by beautiful expressions of nature such as rivers, waterfalls, mountains and rainforests.
Our dream is to create and protect a balanced eco-system. To right the wrongs of generations past, to create a space for community living, trust, growth and love. It is a lot of work but we are determined to do this. And right now we have a chance to learn how to do so responsibly, consciously.
Words cannot possibly express how gorgeus the region is. But I'll try to give you a little taste of what is waiting here for you.
When the wind stops playing with the leaves and the fields, you can hear the river that lulls the region. It is a 30 min walk from the ranch to the river and a beatiful rute for horsebackriding. A little further and you'll find the town of Somondoco, famous for the emeralds, treassure of these mountains. The gems seems to paint the valley up to it's peaks with an incredible variety of greens, present even in the eyes of the locals. The town is also known for its delicacies wich include blood sausage, arepa, fresh fruit Ice cream and many many more...
The mountain is called Alto de Cristo Rey and the community recently built a small church on top of the mountain in an act of faith and humbling love. And it is truly a blessed place, since it supplies water for the region. This mountain is particularly close to our hearts. We go camping every full moon, close to the top, to thank the hills for their protection and spend time in the forests. The views are magnificent and is a walk worth walking any direction you go.
The invitation to meet this Holy Mountain stands!
Spanish, English, German
Depending on many things like family visiting, amount of volunteers, etc... Volunteers may have their own space with two bathrooms and three bedrooms.
You often have to share the space with other volunteers. We love to be surrounded by the flow of life and energy workaway allows us to witness.
We can provide towels and sheets.
There's no internet in the house but there's cell phone signal, altho is not very good.
If you really have to check your emails and stuff you can always go to the nearest town.
We drive to the town's plaza and get organic, fresh ingridients to work with. It's usually really cheap.
We'd like to cook together and share food expenses with our guests.
We cook mostly vegetarian but my family brings meat to the table often.
If you have specific dietary needs we can learn and expand our recipe book together.
We love cooking and eating is a very important ritual to us!
The weather is hot and wet the day, but cool at night and it never lacks raining. Up in the mountain it gets much colder at night!!!
There is a pool that we enjoy of, which makes the hot dry summer that much more lovely. So bring your swimsuit!
A great way to spend your time in here is walking and getting to know all the treassures the region has to offer.
My family comes every other weekend, my grandparents, my father and my little brothers (13 and 6) will be here, but don't worry, there's enough space for all of us
Transportation drives by 2, sometimes 3 times per day back to the city through Guateque and is available right in front of the entrance.
We're close to Guateque, Garagoa, and Tenza, three beautiful towns worth visiting (specially on market days) transport is available there too.
May all your adventures bring you closer home, and great winds till we meet!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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