Come and participate in Permaculture, Agroforestry, Natural Building, Art and Healthy Living in the green belt of Minas Gerais capital, Brazil!

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  • Description

    Description

    Come and be part of our Project, and participate in Permaculture, Agroforestry, Natural Building, Art, and Healthy Living.

    The project started 4 years ago by two inspirational Brazilians who wanted to bring harmonious farming practices to the land, rather than conventional mono-cropping with toxic chemicals. It is home to an established organic Agroforest with an abundant and dynamic ecosystem, which provides most of the food to the homestead.

    This a large property surrounded by regenerated jungle as well as conventional farms. There is a central Mother House with a large deck, kitchen and living space, and a fire pit. On the property is a beautiful creek for swimming and a fresh water spring, and nearby waterfalls. There is also a magical treehouse, and many types of bird and insect.

    The current “Guardians” are Rachel and Mark, two Australians who have come to work on the Project. Mark is a highly qualified Sustainable Development Specialist and educator with a passion for natural building and permaculture. Rachel is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and artist. She brings a creative approach to the project, and has a special interest in combining health and wellbeing with art.
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    The Project brings a place to share knowledge, inspiration, music, laughter, love, creative energy, co-creation, embracing growth and balance of body mind and spirit.

    The core element of this project is to complete the existing mud brick building, and design / construct an extension for the purpose of volunteer and visitor accommodation.

    The building is to be constructed as much as possible using local resources, including recycled timber and windows, bamboo and natural earth techniques. The building will be creative and beautiful.

    The building will be interconnected with the existing treehouse and seedling nursery. Components to be completed for the Project include:
    - A multi purpose teaching space (rotunda),
    - Sacred geometric mandala garden with central medicinal plant spiral
    - A sacred mosaic fire pit
    - Compost production area
    - Tool storage shed with work bench
    - New expanded seedling nursery
    - And any other ideas that will bring expansion.

    If you are keen to learn, grow, contribute, laugh and sing - Join us in creating this amazing project! Please feel free to tell us about your interests and talents!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Help

    Help

    We welcome people who are open to learning, sharing, and bring a strong sense of determination to be part of the team.

    Help is required to work on:
    Permaculture Projects – planting, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting
    Natural building and carpentry projects – with mud brick, bamboo, recycled materials
    General property maintenance – gardening, weeding, mowing,
    Home maintenance – painting, cleaning, general repairs
    Maintaining an agroforest – experience is preferred
    Cooking fresh forest food for daily meals
    Utilisation of fresh produce for fermentation, preserving, healing products
    Creative projects - painting, designing, visual arts

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    In exchange for accommodatione and three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) - we ask for 5 hours work per day (usually 8am-1pm)” but flexible), and R$50 per week to contribute to the general costs of the home.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers are in for a special experience in a tranquil environment. Come and learn about Brazilian and Australian culture, and make friends from around the world. You will become a part of the Agroforest and the Project we're growing full of love. Food is delicious and co-created, mostly vegetarian but flexible!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There's a Mother House that is capable of comfortably hosting up 2-3 volunteers in a shared room /or/ single room for couples. There's also a vast camping area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Not far from here is a very big and famous open-air museum called Inhotim, that can be a good weekend trip.

    On the property is a beautiful jungle for hiking and exploring... you will find the most incredible butterflies and birds, and if you follow the creek you will come to a wonderful waterfall!!

    It's a nice walk to the local village of Souza.

    2km from here is the bus stop where you can catch the bus to/from the bustling city of Belo Horizonte (90 minute journey on the bus).

    At night we talk about the day activities, share our learnings, take time to create art, music, laugh, star gaze, and share culture and friendship.

  • 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

    5 hours per day, 5 days per week

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