We operate an organic permaculture homestead offering life / work experience in sustainable agriculture. We also offer short courses in ecology, geology, astronomy / climate education, and host music / art / meditation retreats in the beautiful Noosa Hinterlands of Sunshine Coast region in Queensland Australia.
Often looking for helpers, teachers, students -- as we're all learning each and every day!
My partner and I are easy-going, middle age guys, well traveled, multi-lingual and focus on quality of life and try to live each day to the fullest. This means sharing great meals, camaraderie, and activities that are both rewarding yet productive. We make time to enjoy the weather, sunsets, hike the local trails, and hit the nearby lakes, beaches and festivals often.
Our place is a 50 acre rather remote plot near the top of Black Mountain with 1/3 cleared grass/gardens, 1/3 forested timber, and 1/3 rugged native bush. There are endless varieties of feathered, fury, and scaly creatures -- we enjoy and respect them all! Its been operating as an organic orchard for over 30 years and we're making it more permaculture focused (to care for the land, care for people, and share the abundance).
I'm Brett, an environmental engineer by training, a builder and jack-of-all trades, and active outdoors man. Nick runs an online travel business by day yet works around the place and cares for the animals. Both of us are very active around the place and work with you rather than having "chores". We have a flock of chickens and a very happy dog that share the place with us.
Come join us in growing our garden/orchards, building new structures, a learning centre, more hiking trails, and other amenities for future guests. We always enjoy and appreciate a variety of cultures, skills and perspectives.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Varied activities including: tending to greenhouse plants, tree planting & timber salvage, hiking trail / fence building, swale / pond & irrigation construction, landcare improvements, permaculture design & implementation, and occasional helping with harvest or market stall (Pomona).
A new hügelkulture beds, rocket stove hot water heater/pizza oven and few smaller building projects are planned and will get underway in the next few months.
Unless you are a trade qualified Australian or have the proper work visa (and a paid project and position are available and awarded at the time) ALL our volunteer helper exchanges are accomodation & shared meals in exchange for your efforts. We take pride in looking after our helpers and expect a similar reciprocal effort from every visitor.
Musicians, artists, naturalist, bird watchers, gardeners, builders most welcome. Work varies with some full days or sometimes just a few hours (as needed) with days off when we encourage our helpers to get out and enjoy the area. We visit town, beach, nearby communities, and markets several times each week -- helpers are welcome to join us. Bicycles available for shared use (though we are on a remote gravel road and in the country). Shared wholesome meals where everyone contributes -- harvest, prep, cook, clean; and comfortable accommodation in a peaceful environment provided. Property has varied forests, hiking trails, creeks, wildlife and many birds -- a real nature paradise!
English, Greek, Spanish
Several accommodation options on the property from: timber barn with sleeping loft, quaint tiny house, magical canyon cabin, comfy hammock, tent camping or camper vans welcome. Unlimited internet, abundant power and spring water, limited solar heated rainwater (no long hot showers), and shared amenities. Workshop, barn, guest cottages and garden facilities in place -- much more to do! We take great pride in the comfort of our guests and rely on the efforts of helpers to create new comforts and experiences for others.
Remote feel yet 15 minute drive to community amenities and half hour to Noosa beach. We are just off the Bruce Highway, 15 minutes from Pomona or Cooroy (bus/train stops), 20 minutes from Cooran (brewery and arts/crafts), and 25 minutes from Gympie (country town) or Noosa Main Beach (paradise! ;<). Plenty of hiking, natural areas, beaches, and rural properties to discover!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Varies with some 5-hour days or sometimes just a few hours (as needed), and days off (often weather related).
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