Join our developing eco-awareness project in Golden Bay, New Zealand


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  • Description


We are an educational eco-awareness group and grassroots activists and welcome people seeking to learn to live in harmony with mother earth and to connect with their higher selves (Huna philosophy). The philosophy behind this facility is to learn how to develop a new Eco/social-awareness and Mother Earth loving culture for us and our planet, what is not dominated from mainstream Egoism/Capitalism. We love and live as well a new Indigenous Aotearoa culture and “small is beautiful” idea from Ernesto Schumacher
    We have Permaculture / Bio Dynamic / Organic Gardening and Farming project going. As well as recycling / Bio and clay building projects. In order to learn and experience this wider range of topics we ask people to stay for a minimum of 1 month (ideally would be 6 to 12 months, for planting, maintaining, harvesting). If you are unable to stay for this long please let us know.
    We are living on a scenic hillside overlooking the beautiful landscape of Golden Bay, 10min walk from the Milnthorpe beach, and a WWF recognized reforestation Project, next to a Lagoon / Para Para Inlet and river mouth. 5 Km to Collingwood and 22 Km to Takaka. Easy access by hitchhiking.
    There are also ponys, chickens, a dog and a cat.
    The 21 acre Eco-property is run by a charitable trust and is currently being managed by Joe and Ursus / Black Bear (the founder and long-term caretaker of the trust) Ursus has been working on various eco-village projects around the world, mainly in Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand.
    Current activities include, learning to connect with your higher selves, how to do permaculture, eco-building/renovation with recycled materials, planting a food forest, vegetable and herb gardens, firewood, cooking, bread making with wood fire, general maintenance, farming, help in the house, animal care, charity work, teaching and other creative projects.
    The daily rhythm of living together with people is as well an interesting task with a lot to learn. This includes living a daily natural rhythm, with sharing experiences, singing and playing music together and having talking circle customs (traditional native tribes regularly practice this and this is a form of peaceful group communication).
    The charitable Trust operates entirely on donations and the limited produce we grow from the land. We request volunteers to help contribute towards the food cost (but there is no pressure to give donations). For experienced and suitable long term volunteers we can offer alternative arrangements.
    Our daily meals are eaten together like a family where we get to know each other, discuss the day, sing a song or two, and share our experiences.
    Accommodation includes a sleep-out or room in the house as well as short term camping in the forest.
    Please note that accommodation here is quite basic and it is up to all helpers to keep a clean and homely standard of living. We also welcome those with carpentry or artistic talents to help us improve the accommodation and living areas.
    We have a composting toilet, hot bathing/shower facilities powered by a wet backlog fire and solar powers for charging laptops and phones.
    We are drug, alcohol and smoke-free. This is to enable us to live healthy and focus on our spiritual growth.
    We also go to three yoga classes a week in Collingwood with an experienced yoga teacher (which is free of cost for helpers).
    Every full moon we go to a beach drumming party in Takaka!
    Volunteers hours expected 4 hours per day in the morning. Often we offer some workshop in the afternoon.
    Languages Spoken - English, German, some French and Italian. The place is close to many cultural and tourist destinations like Mussel Inn, Nanga’s MAD Café Collingwood, Community Garden Takaka, Whakariki Beach and Farewell Spit.
    Please leave leave this place more clean and tidy than you found it and make sure all tools have been returned tidily!
    Please take all rubbish and recycling away with you. In order to evolve we should learn how to clean up after ourselves and not become a burden on others. Thanks!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Help


    We are seeking medium and long-term volunteers who are interested and willing to learn, what this place has to offer !

    Our aim is that you learn a lot while you are working here and benefit from the experience. We recognize that all people have important things to offer, areas of relative expertise, and various talents, so we try to provide a space for sharing knowledge though the afternoon, early morning or evening.

    We are seeking for volunteers to work on permaculture, food forest, eco-building, renovation /construction, firewood.

    Our projects in New Zealand and Europe is seeking a person or groups of people who may stay with us and shoot images about our different projects so as to upload the videos to our webpage.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about the alternative country lifestyle in NZ and many important things
    that will help save our planet and ourselves.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, French, Maori

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation includes a sleep-out or room in the house as well as short term camping in the forest.

    We have a composting toilet, fully functional hot bathing/ shower facilities powered by our wet back log fire and solar power.

    Our daily meals are eaten together like a family where we get to know each other, discuss the day, sing a song or two, and share our experiences.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The place is close to many tourist destinations like Farewell Spit or the Abel Tasmans many activities.

    We sometimes use a Teepee with a firepit which is used for social nights but the teepee has not been used for sometime
    because it requires long term volunteers to maintain it.

  • 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 hours 6 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    5$ per night

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