Reforestation, multi-cultural permaculture outdoor mindfulness eco-space in Hope near Nelson, New Zealand

  • Neuseeland
  • Bisher 522 mal gespeichert
  • Letzte Aktivität: 31.01.2023



 Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer:  mindestens 1 Monat



  • Beschreibung


    Hi, we are an international family originally from Bermuda who moved to sunny Hope near Nelson about 6 years ago. Andrea is a breast cancer survivor and one of our motivations for moving to New Zealand was to live an outdoor life in a beautiful country with an abundance of healthy food, water and activities. How wonderful that we ended up living in Hope. We live on the Richmond Ranges near many vineyards with views of the Southern Alps, Kahurangi and Abel Tasman natural parks and Separation Point.

    We grow trees to help fight climate change for our forest (the trees are managed by professional forestry firms). Andrea has studied horticulture locally as well as permaculture. Come and be guided by her and learn how to create plants and trees through various techniques.

    Andrea is also a certified restorative yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation teacher. She is open to doing sessions in mindful horticulture, forest bathing (walking amongst the trees), relaxing yoga, if there is interest by several people.

    The town of Richmond is in the middle between Nelson and Abel Tasman. Other areas within driving distance include Rainbow Ski Field, many mountain bike tracks including the Great Tasman Cycling trail, Marlborough wine country, Hanmer Springs, Nelson Lakes, and many awesome Great Walks including the Heaphy Track.

    We welcome curious people who are interested in fighting climate change with trees, yoga, meditation, eco-retreat spaces or permaculture and who love the outdoors and enjoy walking our trails.

    We are located on several hundred acres 10 minutes from the Richmond town centre. We have several hiking trails for you to wander on as well as beach access to the rivers surrounding our property. As you wander around, you may see wildlife such as ostriches, alpacas, native birds, wild pigs, birds of prey, pheasants, quail, peacocks, horses as well as sheep and grazing cattle. You may be able to kayak and swim, as well as cycle along the 160km of biking trails in the Nelson area.

    People with a driver's license and/or own transportation are preferred as there is no public transport to our place.

    Minimum stay is a month or more, as this is less disruptive to our young son and other Workaways. Please DO NOT APPLY if you cannot stay long. We rarely take last-minute stays as we have huge demand and we do not take 1 week or 2 week stays as it is too disruptive.

    -people who are keen about plants and want to know about plant making, or are gardeners/landscapers to do planting, propagating, seed saving, watering & mowing
    -cooks who like ethnic cuisines: Asian and North African, are able to use spices, and cooking meat and vegan options, and do food shopping
    -builders /carpenters / joiners / woodworkers / electricians /solar installers people with carpentry and constructions skills are welcome. Please note that we hire locals tradespeople for big jobs.
    -Spanish speakers who can assist with our young son to take him to and from preschool and babysit including evenings and to walk and look after our puppy
    -social media/web familiarity
    -artists: painters, sculptors, weavers, textile artists who want to make the grounds beautiful by making stuff and painting

    With a cancer survivor living here, we are immunosuppressed. As a result, we cannot afford to take people who are fighting infectious diseases, have health or behavioural challenges, or have been hospitalized overnight. All guests must show proof of immunization and possess travel health insurance or the equivalent.

    skilled trades
    German & carpenters
    Polish & carpenters
    Slovenian & carpenters

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Babysitten und Kinderbetreuung
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Hilfe mit Computer /Internet
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    For the longest time, we have been interested in growing our own food sustainably. You can learn about various growing techniques as we start to put some of that theoretical knowledge into practice. We will make mistakes and have fun learning from them!

    Andrea is also a graduate of a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Training course under the direction of Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She is a also a restorative yoga teacher. If you are interested you can learn about various meditation techniques including loving-kindness.

    We look forward to hearing about your travels and sharing stories. We love learning new recipes, trying new foods, learning a new language as well as brushing up on our French and Spanish. Of course, we look forward to helping you with learning English, if needed.

    Learn about carbon forestry and how our trees help fight greenhouse gases by storing carbon in their trunks. Help to grow more trees.

    There will be an opportunity to go to local festivals in the area. If you are interested, you can join in on drop-in classes that other Workaways have enjoyed in Nelson such as African drumming classes (djembe) and Zumba. (There is a cost to each class).

    We are interested in learning more about laughing yoga and other things that bring joy!

    Our cultural exchange motto is: Teach, Learn Joy!

  • Projekte mit Kindern

    Projekte mit Kindern

    Dieses Projekt schließt möglicherweise den Umgang mit Kindern ein. Mehr Informationen findest du in unseren Verhaltensregeln und Tipps hier.

  • Arbeit


    We do not have a fixed schedule as we try to intentionally avoid a corporate structure. Instead, we work on projects in groups based on our skills, energy levels, urgency and weather. We believe that flexibility increases resiliency, skills required in the current global situation of constant and rapid change. We aim to do projects joyfully and willingly, asking for help and clarification when required and having the freedom to come up with better solutions or alternatives. We also believe in celebrating and relaxing by doing local activities such as festivals, going to the beach and parks, hiking on our property, participating African drumming. We also encourage teaching each other new recipes, skills, yoga or meditation.

    These are some of the tasks you may be asked to do while you are here:
    Making stuff (carpentry and handy skills are required!)
    Planting and learning about permaculture and exploring other sustainable farming practices
    Weed & pest control and spraying
    Preparing meals
    Help with securing animals
    Childcare, speaking in Spanish or French to our son, babysitting, drop off and pick up from daycare
    Cleaning and housekeeping
    Arts and crafts: Beautifying the area through sculptures, artwork, creating labyrinths create signage

    Hopefully you will have an:
    Enthusiasm for the outdoors
    Tolerant of others
    Interested in mindfulness, loving-kindness or other meditations
    Social media skills, (I would love to learn how to effectively use instagram, social media, vlogging and blogging as I am hopeless)

    You may also be interested in the following topics:
    Global warming & transition
    7 Generations
    5 mindfulness principles (5 precepts)
    Meditation and forest bathing
    Non-violent communication
    Social Justice

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Französisch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Spanisch: Grundkenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    Dieser Gastgeber gibt an, dass er dir gern seine Muttersprache beibringt oder selbst eine Sprache lernen möchte.
    Bitte wende dich direkt an ihn, um weitere Auskünfte zu erhalten.

  • Unterkunft


    There is a renovated barn with multiple bathrooms and sleeping areas. AS THIS IS A FORESTRY PROPERTY, NO SMOKING OR FIRES ARE ALLOWED.

    There is a Lagotto, Italia water dog, who loves attention and walking with you on the trails. Additional workaways can stay in a renovated building that has 2 full indoor bathrooms as well as an outdoor shower. Internet and Netflix smart TVs are available for your viewing pleasure. We also welcome campers and caravan campers too. We do have one extra-large multi-room air tent however, you would need to help build a platform for it.

    Workaways are responsible for cooking and preparing their own meals using an allowance they are given. There is a breakfast bar and cooking facilities. Workaways may also be required to cook for the family depending on their skills. We are omnivores and eat grass-fed meat from our farm. We are also growing our own veggies to round out our ability to eat fully from our property. We bake breads and like to make homemade pizzas, fermented foods such as purple sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and yogurt etc.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    If you have an international driver's license, there is a car that you may be able to use on a shared basis. Please note that there is no public transportation to our property. The closest bus stop is in Richmond which is a 10-minute car ride away.
    The closest airport is Nelson. You can also take a ferry from the North Island, Wellington to Picton and take a bus from there to Richmond via Nelson.

    ITEMS NEED TO BRING: sun hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain jacket, driver's license, immunization record, travel and/or health insurance. We have a limited supply of work boots and gloves.

    There are many areas you can explore within driving distance such as Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, Rainbow ski field, Marlborough Sounds. Located in one of NZ’s fruit growing and wine district we are in a neighbourhood of vineyards. Go wine tasting or ride one of the 160 km biking trails in the area which include the Great Taste Trail. Or go further afield to Westport on the West Coast, Kaikoura to whale watch on the East Coast, further down to Christchurch (about 4 hours away), pop over to Wellington—the country's capital, by a 30-minute plane ride or by ferry.

    We are on a peninsula surrounded by rivers which you can swim in and have local streams on the property. Our property is hilly with hiking tracks.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Dieser Gastgeber nimmt gern Digital Nomads bei sich auf.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Platz für Wohnmobile.

  • Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    dogs are welcome to play with our dog. However are not allowed to stay inside residential spaces.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


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

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 137849913339

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