Help an ecofarm and yoga retreat on an offshore island, west of Ireland



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    We are passionate about growing, preserving, cooking, eating!!! delicious food and regard it as one of the most important ways to maintain one's integrity in the world. We grow 99% most of the fresh produce needed to feed our family, volunteers and yoga retreat centre located on Clare Island, off the Mayo coast of Ireland throughout the year on just a 1/4 of an acre of cultivatable land. in addition to the huge varieties of vegetables and fruit grown in our gardens and polytunnels, we also make yoghurt and various cheeses from a small flock of milking sheep which we milk by hand. Most of the rest of the 240 acre farm is upland mountain and bog which is grazed sustainably by our herd of 8 horses and a flock of moun spring (starting from the 1st of February) tain sheep. Its western edge is defined by dramatic cliffs populated by large colonies of seabirds. There's also a 10 acre native woodland. We also run a small organic, vegetarian cafe during the summer months.

    We are looking for people with organic gardening or cooking experience to help us next year from March (possibly end of February). Only people with a proven interest in organic food production/self sufficiency/ sustainable living need apply. Furthermore, only people who can commit to at least a month will be considered, so please don't write if you can only come for two weeks. We would also welcome people with some catering experience to help us during the summer with our little vegetarian cafe.
    An active interest in yoga or meditation would be a bonus as this is an important part of life at the farm, and there are opportunities to take part in some of the classes when courses are running.

    In exchange for about 30 hours work / week, a lot of it outdoors, with one or two days off / week, we offer accommodation (in a caravan in the summer, and in one of the guesthouses off season), delicious, organic and strictly vegetarian food and occasional yoga instruction. It's possible to learn many skills here, from vegetarian cooking to gardening, building and even milking sheep (if you stay long enough). Horse riding is possible for experienced riders who have their own insurance, but not for beginners.
    Please note that food at our farm is strictly vegetarian and that we do not accept smokers.

    Please write giving details of your relevant experience and the dates you would be available.
    If you are looking for a cheap holiday, try somewhere else.
    Non smokers only.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have a lot to teach: yoga and meditation, gardening and organic food production (including cooking and various method of preserving), dairying, horsemanship, ecobuilding, sustainable living and even sailing...

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We also offer an apprenticeship programme for long term helpers (minimum 2 months) and are now taking application for 2021.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Caravans in the summer. Comfortable independent house shared with other helpers and sometimes guests at other time. Single or twin rooms (double if you're a couple).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please have a good look at our website before you write to us.
    When you write, please tell us why you are interested in coming to our place.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    we 're on an offshore island, not very practical to bring campervan to us

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are generally pet friendly but bear in mind that we are on an offshore island. Also our dogs can be territorial.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    30 hours max

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