Our small off grid farm in the backyards of the Costa Blanca needs help. We already lived here before and now after 12 years absence we started in 2017 to re-cultivate our farm and to refurbish the house. We are a couple, Brigitte 56 and Christoph 67 and live together with one horse, one dog, three cats and a small chicken flock. We own a bit more than 1 hectare, at present partly overgrown with pine trees and thorny shrubs, without regular supply of water and electricity. We are depending on rain harvesting and have our own solar power electricity.
Our project is to establish permaculture for self-sufficiency and provide a place for people seeking help in personal growth, natural therapies, meditational retreat and more. Our vision is to create a special yet simple "island" in nature where people are free to find themselves.
We want to open our house to share it with like-minded people so we all can grow and learn. It is great to get to know people, to share ideas and have inspiring discussions. We are interested in sustainability, healthy food, healthy mind, art and different ways of living. We love to make our own bread and to grow our own vegetables. To us life is more enjoyable when working and having nice meals together.
Our finca is secluded surrounded by wilderness, around 2 km away from the lovely village we can see. The next neighbor is about 800 meters away. The plot is terraced and to drive up here could be a challenge sometimes. We live in a wonderful area for walks in the mountains; the beach is about 45 min drive away, Valencia and Alicante 100km.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
It is not all about work, it is about putting together ideas, creating plans and the feeling that the place is '(y)ours'. There will be no outright instructions but guidance and creating together.
The area has a lot of history and the valley consists of many small villages which want to be discovered. We can show you some pre-historic sites as well as we can do stunning walks into steep barrancos (dry river beds), carved into the limestone.
Your learning opportunities? Just dive into this area, into a simple life and soak in all those information you can use. We hope we can teach you few things and techniques, give you some hints how to improve your life (if you want) and we are hoping to get some ideas from you. You have the chance to leave your footprint on this lovely piece of land!
Building in and at the house and stables, clearing out the plot, building water catchment areas, designing and doing (!) permaculture, trimming olive trees, planting new trees, gardening, building small bio-constructions, outdoor kitchen, shower and compost-toilet, maintain stone walls of terraces, build a wind and solar power (already done) systems and other things you would like to do. Using recycled material is one priority.
You are welcome to add your ideas, knowledge and experiences to ours. We know and can teach you a lot but not everything, and we hope that you will share your knowledge with us. Inventing and experimenting with "crazy" ideas is welcome.
German (native), English (fluent), Spanish (needs some improvements)
Two caravan with two beds each are available. Simple conditions refering to limited electricity, internet and water!!!!!
We share the work and so we share the meals. Vegetarian meals are possible if needed. We eat some meat and fish but not so often. We are non-smokers however you may smoke outside the house. Sometimes we enjoy the local wine and you are welcome to join our lives. Limited WIFI is here, however no TV.
We appreciate if you can stay at least two weeks as getting to know you takes us and especially the animals some days ;)
In exchange for food and accommodation, we expect you to help us in the house/garden 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. However, we do not have a fixed timetable.
We live in a secluded and very quiet rural place in the 'middle of nowhere' - so parties and discos are not around the corner ;-).
You should be able to cope with this situation, as you will have much time without the noises and distractions of a town. Our place is ideal for sitting out in the sun or in the shade of a tree to read, to meditate or just relax!
The nearest village is 2km away and we can lend you our bike. Climbing/ hiking routes are available from the house or close-by. To reach the beach or the bigger cities you have to use public transport (we will bring you to the bus stop). You are welcome to accompany us for shopping, trips and other activities.
Access: we will pick you up at the airport in Valencia or Alicante or at any train or bus stop near us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week