Experience local village life in Mokatse, Botswana and help out to maintain project.

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  • Beschreibung

    Beschreibung

    Welcome to a simple getaway and retreat space in a little village called Mokatse close to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Down to earth, simple and natural, letting nature be as present as possible on the 1.4 hectares of semi arid land.
    Grey louries cry 'go away', breezes gently flow past, scattering dust and leaves, barefoot steps imprint on the earth and skies of blue decorated with fluffy clouds watch from high above.

    On this special piece of land, different activities are offered:
    -people come for a few hours to relax and rejuvenate, to have a wholesome and satisfying vegan lunch and and to enjoy just being present;
    -workshops on a variety of subjects: mainly food, health and wellness, qigong and taichi, animal wellness, and body, mind, heart, spirit oriented activities.
    -gatherings to meet and mingle, learn and grow.

    I am also looking at increasing the activities I do when time permits, and the upkeep of this place requires time and many hands. Apart from basic land maintenance, I would like to include more shaded areas (laying simple clay brick flooring and shade netting), water catchment areas for when the rare rains come so that the water goes back into land, clearing and flattening of the dirt access road, a wood fired oven built using the clay present in the area, a small water catchment/pond/pool built, more permanent electrical lines for the Retreat Hall and the toilet and 'shower' area, gutters on the roof to collect rainwater, and anything else that pops up!

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    Being an animal lover is necessary to visit , as there are dogs and cats as well as the local wildlife such as snakes and monitor lizards (now waking up at springtime). Respect is what counts, as there is a harmonious relationship between us all.

    Down to earth and close to earth living is what it is all about.

    About me a bit: I am Nancy, and I am kind of multiskilled! I like to live a simple and down to earth life. I love animals (that's why I don't eat them...) and art and martial arts. Integrity and virtues are important to me.
    So too are sunrises and sunsets, honesty, gentle breezes, organic vegan chocolate, garlic (not in the chocolate...), nature, continuous self growth and awareness, chocolate (oh, did I already mention chocolate?).
    I enjoy creating delicious simple meals, baking sourdough bread, playing with my animals, reading, living life, walking barefoot, and eating chocolate (oh, chocolate again...)
    And if it is not obvious by now, I am also a chocolatière :-) and an artist of various mediums, especially watercolour and terracotta clay.

    Life is my palette...

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Gartenarbeit
    Bauarbeiten
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Kochen/einkaufen
    Landarbeit
    Sonstige Arbeiten
    Karitative Arbeiten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    It is in the village of Mokatse. You can visit the village and meet the local Batswana people. There are also a few other places close by that offer local experiences.

    I also have an area on my plot where the children of the village come sometimes to play and learn. Currently I am not open, but I can tell the kids to come and you can have fun with them, and teach them anything you wish to share.

  • Arbeit

    Arbeit

    If you are inventive, good with your hands and with DIY, have a good work ethic, and are willing to get those hands of yours dirty, then welcome to our place.

    Main things will be clearing and maintenance: tree pruning, bush clearing and some simple gardening.
    And then comes the more 'serious work'... :-) as mentioned above:
    shaded areas (laying simple brick flooring and shade netting),
    water catchment areas for when the rare rains come so that the water goes back into land,
    clearing and flattening of the dirt access road,
    a wood fired oven built using the clay present in the area,
    a small water catchment/pond/pool built,
    more permanent electrical lines for the Retreat Hall and the toilet and 'shower' area,
    gutters on the roof to collect rainwater,
    and anything else that pops up!

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen

    English, some French

  • Unterkunft

    Unterkunft

    There are two standalone rooms available, next to the Hall where people come for their retreat and activities:
    Both rooms have 2 beds, and some other furniture.
    There is electricity in the rooms, and a tap is just outside, where the outdoor 'kitchen'/washing area is.
    A pit/composting toilet is a short way outside, as is a simple washroom.
    A gas geyser is available, but washing with sun heated water is preferable (especially during this season of heat), so as to save both on gas and water (do you know how much water is lost during a five minute shower???)
    The water is heated in a black container during the day, and, oh my, you will have lovely hot water in a pail to delight in cleaning yourself. :-)

    In the larger room there is an electrical stove/oven where you can cook for yourself. This is a shared 'kitchen'.
    I am unable to provide meals everyday, although I will provide you with the produce so you can create your own meals. Please note that this is a mainly vegan space, so although I might allow eggs, cheese, etc, I would rather not. Let's keep this space as kind to all beings as possible.

    So in addition to this being a vegan/vegetarian space, it is also a no smoking, no drinking, and no drugs space.
    Silliness and playfulness is allowed :-)

    (Accommodation might seem really simple, especially in terms of toilet and washing, but remember that most people take things for granted, so here you have an opportunity to respect the water that you use for washing, just by having to make some effort to heat it (if you need to), and by minimising the amount you use by washing from a pail. It brings you back to a pure connection to earth, and to recognizing just how special and precious water really is.)

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    For travel to Gaborone (30 km's away), there are local combi's, (taxi's as well, but they cost BWP 150 to go to Gaborone), or I can give a lift when I go there once a week.
    Closest major shopping is 15 km's (15 minutes) away by car at Phakalane, and I go there every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

    Please do not be misguided into a 'romantic' idea of what village life is like here. Most buildings are modern, cars abound, some rubbish is strewn around, and people are just living the best they can with what money they earn. Unfortunately, some people chose to use their money at the local bar over the weekends, but is that not the case everywhere around the world?
    But yes, there are a few thatched huts, with chickens pecking, goats and cows and donkeys awandering, and playing kids...:-)

    There are various activities available around the area of Gaborone, but it is best to ask me what you are looking for so I can advise.

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  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    Arbeitszeiten

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

The view of Mokatse village from a small hilltop, with Modipane mountain on the horizon.
Another local resident drinking from the 'pond' on top of the long flat rock that is a part of our place. This 'pond' is always kept filled with water so that the visiting animals have water to drink.
Tiny little yellow flowers arise from the dry ground after the first sprinkles of life giving rain.
Grey Lourie; one of the residents of the area.
Asian Lunch at our place
My art exhibition poster
That's moi! With my chocolates, health products and art work behind me. I have regular markets where I sell my products.
Accommodation room left side
Accommodation room right side - bed area
A beautiful sight after a slight rain
View of the Hall in front
Outdoor meal and rest space
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