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our small farm is located in the beautiful black forest close to Baden Baden/ Freiburg/ Karlsruhe. On 5 hectar land we are living together with 4 horses, cats, goats, chickens, bees, sheep and rabbits. We're looking for joyful and mindful people with skilled hands. At the moment we take only volunteers for a "work and stay" (minimum 12 month) because it takes time to learn the farm routine and it helps to create an trustful atmosphere for our visitors.
As we are beginning to grow into a sociotherapeutic "permaculture model farm" we are especially happy to invite someone (longterm) with passion for mindfulness, meditation, permaculture, ecological building and sacred geometry who has competent experience in permaculture, planning and construction site management.
=> I (Frauke) am a social worker, psychotherapist (Gestalttherapie), working in the field of animal assisted therapy and Mindful Horseleadership®- new approaches towards the human-horse relationship and am experienced in Vipassana meditation.
=> Igor is our allrounder and permaculture enthusiast with always a smile on his face
=> Astrid, Chris and Paula are active in animal care and feel good management
=> Julian is the joyful motor of logistics and order
=> Uwe supports us with his oecological building knowledge and in the field of project management
=> Andrej loves to repair and build and has all tools under his caring wings
=> David, Bernie and Michael are taking care of our growing permaculture garden
=> Ina supports us two times a week in the office
=> Karin and Jürgen are taking care for our bees
LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER
The farm is the home of Frauke and an invitation for visitors and guests to explore your true nature and an open heart connection with all that is. We create this place as a small (work-)community (people are living in different places) and are interested in spirituality, a healthy life style, sustainable living and we love being and working in and with nature connected to animals and people.
Be aware that we are in a growth phase where things are continuously improving and expanding. In these days the common rooms (kitchen, toilet, lounge) are at the same time working spaces for kids and visitors (during the day). That means you need a huge flexibility, a joy to maintain things with love of order (out of our experience that clean spaces support inner clarity) and a fine sensitivity to the needs of the place.
- We are vegetarian/ vegan
- Smoking is allowed only outside in one special spot
- No alcohol, no drugs in the whole farm area
- we do not host families and dogs
In addition to Frauke's freelance work, we are a non-profit association and a sociotherapeutic organisation that works as well with traumatised people. Be aware when visiting us that we work therapeutically and have a special way of non-violent communication and behaviour. Therefore we have been creating on our farm a calm and "safe space" where we maintain an atmosphere of joyful heart connection, mutual respect and partnership - within our team, with our clients, nature and our animals.
This includes a few agreements at the farm which we take very seriously (for example not to feed the animals out of your hand, going very aware to an animal with noticing in advance if it really wants you close). In the beginning they may appear to you a bit strict. We view them more as an opportunity for you to experience a totally new way of being and living together- both with humans and with animals.
On the farm we are enjoying times of contemplation aswell, such as a silent lunch once a week or working in complete silence for single days. During our weekly Satsangs we resonate with law of attraction, Mooji, E. Tolle, Gangaji to name a few out of more and more beings who share with an open heart our living as one.
WHY A HELPER?
We like to have contact to different cultures, nationalities and mentalities through volunteers. You will be treated as part of the farm-family, so helping in the house with meals, washing up etc. is an important part of being with us.
Cooking will be one of your tasks aswell.
The work on the farm is demanding, so it is important that you are physically and mentally fit. In addition, we are of course happy to have helpers with skilled hands and we have always lots of tasks for talented handy-/crafts(wo)man!
Loving animals and having fun being outside in wind and weather is a basic requirement ;)
We found out that too many volunteer-changes throughout the year bring a huge disquiet on the farm. Therefore we decided to take Co-creators for a minimum of 12 months (the first week count as a probationary period to find out if we feel comfortable with each other).
Friendly hospitality and organic food
Participation in the farm activities
Accomodation in a trailer, in tents or in the hay. If you have your own tent that's great.
We welcome camper vans or caravan's. Our farm is located in the very beautiful "Murgtal" -area. You can for example hike, climb, bike, walk and swim.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
=> BUILDING/ CONSTRUCTION
If you are (a creative) carpenter, joiner, exhibition stand constructor, landscaper, painter, brick layer or an experienced DIYer we have plenty manual tasks. From little things like chopping logs, to repair (fences, wheelbarrow tires, shelves,...) up to more demanding things for skilled helpers like making furniture, eco construction, roofing, installation, building walls,....
On our farm we are realising a renewable energy experience path for children and teens.
=> GARDENING AND PERMACULTURE
landscaping, mowing, weeding, seeding, harvesting, preserving food, creating permaculture elements like raised beds, being part of the intercultural garden group in our green classroom.
This year we begin a large biodiversity project that consists of maintaining and renaturalising our pond.
We are looking for a longterm gardener/permaculture designer with ambitions to start a permaculture model farm :) .
So if you are looking for a creative project and want to share your profession with us feel free to contact us.
=> ANIMAL CARE
Feeding, cleaning stables, filling hay nets, tidying barns.
We are active in animal assisted therapy. When you are interested you could learn something about the mindful contact with animals/ horses (no riding).
We are starting an ecological bee project on the farm so we are more than happy if you want to share your knowledge in these topic with us.
=> BODYWORK AND CREATIVITY
We would love to have more "bodywork" on the farm. So if you are teaching for example (Laughing) Yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Shiatsu or Impro theatre we would be happy if you share your passion with us.
A big task is raising money for our social projects. So if you have experience in fundraising - we are happy for support! From time to time we have some admin tasks that we can delegate.
=> GENERAL HELP ON THE FARM
We have only at a few spots on the farm (outside) were you might have an internet connection with your mobile.
We have a cafe with W-Lan in town (3 km). It´s your chance to experience yourself without being accessible 24 hours
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
- Solid shoes/ working boots
- Sleeping bag
- Rainclothes and some for hot temperatures
- Some warm clothes (for the evenings and nights)
- Swim suit
You need an international health insurance card.
YOUR WAY TO US
Closest trainstation "Gernsbach-Bahnhof"
or "Baden-Baden" and from there by bus (approx. 30 minutes).
By plane "Baden-Baden Airpark" , from there by bus to Rastatt and from there by train to Gernsbach
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will be part of our farm-family and can dive into our way of creating a place of mutual respect, awarness and joy in our small community. We are active in animal assisted therapy, Mindful Horseleadership®, vegan cooking, non violent communication, wilderness and outdoor activities, permaculture, ecological building and sustainable living. So we love to share with you all our experiences in these fields. Meditation, spiritual inquiry and living in the "here and now" is our natural way of being.
Projects will be construction, upkeeping the surrounding, repairing, gardening (permaculture), cooking, animal care, just everything thats necessary to do on a growing farm. The daily tasks depend on the actual priorities that occur on the farm and where we need help during your stay.
You will sleep in a trailer, in a tent or in the hay. Just ask us whats available during your stay. Please be aware that our way of living is close to nature, simple and good.
During winter months we find rooms in the neighbourhood for accomodation.
"THE VALLEY OF MURG" offers a varied range of things to do in an interesting and lovely landscape.
It is one of the most exciting valleys of the Black Forest and offers a visit in it as a picture book ..You find a lot of informations about the "Murgtal" online.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
25 hours per week with 2 days off
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