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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
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...
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.
We also offer an apprenticeship programme for long term helpers (minimum 2 months) and are now taking application for 2021.
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).
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
we 're on an offshore island, not very practical to bring campervan to us
We are generally pet friendly but bear in mind that we are on an offshore island. Also our dogs can be territorial.
More than two
30 hours max