Welcome to the nest of our living project.
Settled in the canarian island of La Palma, our adoption land will be yours if you want to share some time with us.
Living in a peaceful, quiet and sustainable environment, rounded by powerful nature and an heritage of hardworking generations of people trying to tame the energy of the youngest volcanic island of the archipelago: this is the context of the place we are living in.
When we (Thomas, Marta and Sylvain) decided to start our project here, we did it with a clear vision that we chose the right place. Then came the time when ideas and concepts we could develop on this place were blossoming in our creative minds. To make those dreams coming true, we need support and help from friends that can keep this creative energy.
Thomas and Sylvain met in this island few years ago... volunteering through Workaway in the same place...
Then Sylvain met Marta in this island too, a beautiful love story in between both of them and la Palma...
Then the idea of living here grew in Sylvain's mind, and Thomas was also visiting the island several times...
Then almost naturally, the 3 found themselves sharing a piece of land and their daily life!
And now, a new member of the family is sharing the place : the little Aloís joined Sylvain and Marta since last September!
We (Thomas from his side and Marta + Sylvain + Aloís from the other side) are having separate houses and keeping privacy.
In this first step of co-living experience, we passed from moments of very close and intense times (due to Covid situation) and time of personal projects and distance separation when one or more of us was getting back to Belgium, Spain or France for working or family purposes...
We only plan our future here with a symbolic pact of maintaining a respectful atmosphere and space for each other's well-being. Our aim is not to respect concrete community rules, but we listen each other and learn from experiences of sharing space and habits.
In few words, we could define the atmosphere as non-violent, prolific for personal work and creativity, pro-active, in harmony with our land, trying to connect with the place and the people of the island.
We aim to be as self sufficient as we can in term of energy supplying, food access and non-dependence of hard technology and foreign supplies. We are very aware that the process gonna be long and the transition soft.
Don't worry, we run with electricity (solar), water and internet. No one of us has an extreme philosophy or behavior in any topic. Talks and debates are always welcomed.
Eating sane and tasty food is really easy in the island as they have many local markets and growers around the corner. Our diet is mainly vegetarian and we only consume alcohol or any other kind of stimulant occasionally. We would like the people visiting us to share the same diet.
If you are interested in planing an agriculture plan with us, you're very welcome. Our place is a perfect laboratory for a permaculture project. This is not our priority right now but it's one of our many projects for the future.
Other projects are, randomly:
- creating a comunitarian kindergarden runned by parents
- hosting artistic residence
- making a base camp for nature expedition
- running a yoga/massage focused place
- sharing information and specific knowledge through conference / philo-cafe meeting
- having musicians, gigs and parties
- becoming an eco-construction workplace...
Our mother tongues are Spanish and French but we are also fine in speaking English.
We are also sharing our space and our time with Gara, a beautiful and lovely dog. She will probably be the first one to welcome you!
Thanks for reading our profile!
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Babysitten und Kinderbetreuung
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
Mostly the experience of community life in one hand and the experience of building (very concrete experience) in the other hand.
Waking up in peaceful atmosphere and embracing an island lifestyle rhythm.
Maybe learning some spanish or french.
First of all, it's important for you to understand that we are having a baby at home. We are adapting our rhythm to her needs... We'd like people to show flexibility and baby friendly attitude to make it all posible! Any help for baby care and kitchen help are very welcome!
More concretely the projects we are working with at the moment:
- As we are now a family with a baby growing quickly, we need to think about making the place safer (building a fence around the house and some adjustments inside) for the baby and we also want to build her some playgrounds and games.
- There are still some jobs to be done in Marta and Sylvain´s house, mainly in the outside part as:
making a porch in the entrance
creating a phytodepuration + outdoor shower and toilet place
- Also in the rest of the land
cleaning and rehabit a stone-house to fit a workshop
improve the visitor shower place and dry toilets (and area around the campervan?)
weeding, watering, pruning trees, chopping wood.... and plenty of others gardening activities!
Many other things can be done, we'll just need to make some priorities depending on each one's abilities and interests.
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We are kind in teaching some Spanish as it is important for us to speak the local language.
We have three options for accommodation at the moment (as it is summer and dry and mostly warm):
- Thomas's house when he is not staying in the island
- a camper-van having a second life as a guest room (for 1 people or a couple)
- plenty of room to plant your own tent in the land (maybe in the forest) or your own vehicle (camper?)
We are using a dry toilet..
Meals topic: we can share lunches and there's a kitchen available in Thomas's house for workawayers.
It's also possible to share more meals in case that everybody is fine with the idea and also following the same rhythm and diet. In any case, we will provide fruits veggies, grains and other basic supplies.
As we are quite isolated, it is preferable that helpers without vehicle are very autonomous (there are bus stops 500m away) or having their own vehicle. All commodities are at least 3km away.
Riding a bicycle is not easy in this steep island but very rewarding! If you have one, you probably know it already.
If you want to explore the island it's exactly the same story.
Going down to the beach is very appreciable after or during a working (or not) day.
Starting from the land there are infinite options to walk (or run) through the forest.
You will be able to see more stars than ever if you stay during a clear night here. No need to escape to enjoy the silence and the darkness.
Maybe you can catch up with friends living around to go for a longer excursion. This island can seem very small but it is full of incredible places to discover.
Having a night out is also a great experience.
It is better to come to this island prepared for any climatic conditions and equipped to go walking around (good boots as the volcanic rocks are very sharp)
Nights can be cold and humid but summertime is normally dry.
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One of our project is also to create a co-working area. We are not ready to offer the ideal conditions to make it but it could be done soon. Marta and Thomas are mainly working from their computer.
More than welcome as said previously
A friend for Gara would be great! Of course, it can be better to have a test period before having a long term agreement for helpers coming with a pet
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week