Help Us Create an Eco-Organic Centre in Kells, Ireland

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    My goal is to create a better living environment and space, where people can come and learn about the importance of love and healing, both ourselves and this beautiful Earth we call home. Creating a brighter future for the health and wellbeing of the Earth and all inhabitants is the core ethos of our project.

    We want people with ideas and soul, people who have been involved in the creation of organic centres, renovating old buildings, creating retreat centre and space, developing environmentally friendly and sustainable facilities, healing arts etc. Maybe those with interest in architecture, help with some design, plastering, landscaping, plumbing etc. for some of the building work too. A willingness to learn and engage is always a plus. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and as a team we work together to support each other and make each day as enjoyable as possible.

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    Hello :) We are a family of 7, 6 living at home, with 4 dogs, 2 cows, Simpson the horse, a pond of ducks and our friendly farmyard cats!

    My parents, Dessie and Bridget, have recently left their jobs to work on and expand our eco-organic-farm and holistic health clinic. We are hoping to expand to include a healing retreat centre and tea rooms, organic shop - all with the backbone of our minimal waste and eco-friendly ethos etc..... with some help from a variety of people :)

    Siobhan (myself) and Bridget run the small holistic health clinic (currently using space in the home house until our upgraded premises is ready), and we will continue to expand our healing toolbox, alongside other therapists . Most of our current effort are to push forward with the permaculture gardens and set-up of retreat space and eco-centre/shop etc. We aim to have a lot of this done in 2019.

    I, Siobhan am passionate about making a difference in the world - after my own world came crashing down with illness almost 3 years ago. Long story short - Lyme disease etc., I collapsed, moved home, and began a crazy healing journey of mind, body and soul - a healing journey interwoven with all around me, my family and the lands in which we are regenerating. The majority of my work is in the planning, goal setting, management and healing side of things - helping to maintain peace, balance, focus and love in our place, as I continue with my own healing.

    My parents focus is on the labour side of things, mom being the nurturer of the family and lands, and dad being the physical powerhouse that drives our dream forward. We each use our strengths to support the vision. We are so grateful for all the helping hands along the way, together we can help heal the planet.

    Bridget is a Medical Herbalist and Naturopath, and produces her medicines using herbs from the organic gardens.
    I am Dietitian, Nutritionist, Reflexologist, Moon Mother, Energy Therapist, and Intuitive holistic health practitioner. I adore working with the healing arts, and use a range of modalities to help individuals on their journey. I also practice yoga and meditation to help keep myself aligned.
    Herbs, plant medicine, diet, crystals, essential oils, biomagnetic therapy, reflexology, family constellations, astrology, kundalini energy support, shamanic practices, and apitherapy/bee medicine are some of the tools I use along the way.

    Alison is an arty 23 year old, Shannon 21 is a student and loves long walks, music concerts, going to town and enjoying life.
    Desmond, 17 is a student - he enjoys beekeeping, camping and the outdoors. He also runs a dog caring centre.

    We all love the outdoors and share great respect for Mother Earth.

    Caring for mother Earth is the primary ethos of our project. It is also really important to me to develop a place of healing, accessible to others from all walks in life. I learned myself that going the alternative route of healing can be costly and can put huge financial strains on families. I would like for our retreat and healing space to be affordable and supportive to make the journey as comfortable as possible for others.

    We would love to welcome you to our home and if you could offer help with the gardens, clean up, caring for the animals, and/or renovations that would be fantastic. We hope to have an outdoor shower, eco-toilet and natural outdoor swimming pool constructed in the coming months and to create a welcoming eco-friendly campsite.

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    We would love a mechanic to come on board too, preferably someone familiar with farm machinery.

    We want people with ideas, people who have been involved in the creation of organic centres, renovating old buildings, creating retreat centres, developing environmentally friendly facilities etc. Skills in architecture, plastering, plumbing etc. would be super handy for the renovating/ building work too. All skills considered :)

    There's always plenty of food and company around, and we invite volunteers to make themselves at home :)

    Some artwork on the walls of our buildings is on my radar too, but painting is not my art of choice so maybe someone out there could shed some light with ideas and designs too.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You are welcome to
    - cycle to the boglands or take a ride on Simpson
    -contribute ideas and help to our environmentally beneficial project
    -help your english
    -meet new people
    -escape the busy life and bring your body into better balance
    -soak up the peaceful, calm and relaxed atmosphere
    -learn about herbs and their medicinal uses
    -attend any workshops we run (e.g. meditation, foraging, herbal medicine, health and wellness)
    -full moon and new moon fire ceremonies and get togethers!
    -enjoy meals with us when you like - and time alone when you wish
    -connect with the land
    -take time out from the busy life
    -we have tonnes of books, many on nature, healing, natural health and spirituality
    -we also have tonnes of dvd's if you fancy a movie night
    -be part of our organic community
    -learn about Irelands ancient East
    we are located a 30min drive from the wonderful Hill of Tara, Bective Abbey, Newgrange, Dowth, Knowth and Loughcrew. 10mins from Kells heritage town. 40 mins from Trim.

  • Help

    Help

    We need leadership, advise and help for the permaculture fields, but if you have an interest and willingness to learn this is always suffice :). Bridget and Dessie are organic growers, but we are all constantly learning from others, about different practices used across the world. We welcome help and regeneration in the creation of our lands.

    We want people with ideas, people who have been involved in the creation of organic centres, renovating old buildings, creating retreat centres, developing environmentally friendly facilities etc.

    Gardening help: help with the organic produce and herbs, mowing lawns, helping set up for workshops, indoor clean up, as well as help renovating and re-decorating the buildings.

    We have a small guesthouse, next to our home house too - which is a cosy retreat space, and great place to meet other travellers.

    We hope to have an outdoor shower, eco-toilet and natural outdoor swimming pool constructed in the coming months and create a welcoming eco-friendly campsite.

    Preparing herb products, developing recipes etc.

    General help in the house - Currently trying to de-clutter the house and send all un-necessaries to the charity stores!

    Renovating work in the buildings, dad has done a lot of building work in the past and has great respect for all skills that can help him out.

    It would be great to have someone experienced with horses to give Simpson his regular care and take him out for a ride if you like. He is a darling.

    Someone skilled at Vehicle repairs - there are some machines that need fixing up too.

    Please feel free to communicate your abilities as we want you to be comfortable and happy in your activities.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Helpers will have comfortable accomodation in the guesthouse next to our home family house.

    There is always a wholesome and plentiful supply food available.

    We offer meals/ food to prepare own. And you are most welcome to get busy in the guesthouse kitchen.
    We usually all have meals together on weekdays and I try to cook or assign a willing chef for the day! If you prefer to cook for yourself that's fine too.
    I eat mostly vegetarian/vegan foods and as a family we have greatly reduced our meat consumption in line with the centres ethos.

    You will have a comfortable bed and use of shared bathroom, communal areas etc.
    Use of showers, etc. Bedrooms are often shared with another volunteer of similar age and gender - please specify if you are NOT open to room sharing.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If your taking trips we are happy to drop you to local bus stop or you can use a bicycle.

    We live 1 mile from forestry and a bogland in Rural County Meath.

    Local activities include horse riding, cycling, hiking, and there is a local gym in Carlanstown.

    We are easy going people and enjoy life's simplicity.

    There is a shop/cafe/deli 1 mile away and closest village, Carlanstown (3.5miles), and town Kells (7 miles away), we sometimes go to Drogheda or Navan too as these are bigger towns - a family member will offer you lifts if you want to tag along on trips to town.

    We do have a 7 day probation policy - to ensure both guests and hosts are comfortable and working well together.

    The happier you are, the better it is for everyone, so we encourage open communication always.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

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

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