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Stay on our calm, beautiful and mindful non-profit animal and permaculture farm in Gernsbach, Germany

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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023

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  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    LAST MINUTE: WE OFFER A 6-8 WEEKS STAY, WOULD BE LOVELY TO GET SUPPORT FROM A HANDY(WO)MAN (JOINER OR CARPENTER) AND AN ONLINE MARKETER/ SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT/ FUNDRAISER

    WE OFFER ONLY LONGTERMSTAYS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS , SOUL-GARDENERS, NATURE LOVERS & LOVERS OF JOYFUL CO-CREATION!

    "It´s not your job to make it happen, its your job to dream it and let it happen."
    Abraham Hicks

    HELLO!
    our small farm is located in the beautiful black forest close to Baden Baden/ Freiburg/ Karlsruhe. On 5 hectar land we have 4 horses, cats, goats, chickens, bees, sheep and rabbits. At the moment we're looking for skilled, joyful and mindful volunteers for a "work and stay" (minimum 12 month or more) for getting into the farm routine and gaining confidence in fullfilling the tasks takes time. A well-rehearsed and stable team that wholeheartedly takes over the daily work on the farm also mediates aswell a trustful atmosphere for our animals and clients. It´s possible to do a "federal voluntary service" aswell.
    As we are beginning to grow into a sociotherapeutic "permaculture model farm" we are especially happy to invite someone (longterm) with passion for animals, mindfulness, meditation, permaculture, ecological building and sacred geometry who has competent experience in permaculture, planning and construction site management.

    ABOUT US
    => 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. I am experienced in Vipassana meditation and the core of my being is to create a joyful space for remembering the essence of what we really are.
    => Lea is lovingly taking care of our animals
    => 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
    => Michael and Tiernan are taking care of our growing permaculture garden
    => Ina and Anja support us in the office

    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 outside the farm) 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.
    In these days the common rooms (kitchen, toilet, lounge) are at the same time working spaces for kids and clients (during the day) and private space (in the evenings and weekends) for the 3 people that are living at the farm.
    In addition it is necessary that you have a joy to maintain things with love of order (out of our experience that clean spaces support inner clarity), a huge flexibility 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

    OUR PHILOSOPHY
    In addition to Frauke's freelance work, we are a non-profit association and a sociotherapeutic organisation that works as well with people that experience difficult life circumstances. 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 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.
    We are enjoying times of contemplation aswell, such as a silent lunch once a week or working in complete silence for single days. Frauke offers once a week Satsangs in which 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 during the day etc. is an important part of being with us. Cooking will be one of your tasks aswell.

    NECESSARY PROFILE
    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 volunteers 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 ;)
    For the above reasons we decided to take Co-creators for a minimum of 12 months (the first two weeks count as a probationary period to find out if we feel comfortable with each other). We wish for people who are willing and experienced to take on areas independently as far as possible and who also enjoy guiding others in the long term.

    IN RETURN
    - you immerse yourself in the calm and natural farm culture, which is characterized by mindfulness, meditation, self-inquiry and self-empowerment. Realizing our true essence beyond our conditioning and the law of attraction are essential to our being on the farm.
    - you experience a mindful, loving and respectful handling of animals. They live with us as family members and are the heart of the farm.
    - You get a comprehensive insight into the daily routine and get to know the different areas of work on a farm (animal care, permaculture/garden, social group work: currently weekly garden groups and a refugee project, housekeeping, construction, administration and fundraising).
    - You will receive guidance and then work largely independently and on your own responsibility. In consultation, you are welcome to implement your own farm projects
    - you have regular team meetings where the tasks and wishes are discussed and you learn to make arrangements in the team.
    - you can participate in the team activities. Currently 1 x per week African drumming, satsang and sharing circle or even initiate some outside of the farm
    - you have the opportunity to improve your German (lunch is in German, otherwise we also speak English, i.e. it depends on your language preference)
    - you live in one of the most beautiful areas in Germany, very close to nature, with many forests, mountains, rivers. The best area for all outdoor activities.

    HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

    ★★★ ANIMAL CARE/ -MANAGEMENT
    You have a passion for animals and everything that is connected to the human-animal relationship? Than you are in the right place! We are active in animal assisted therapy and animal communication. You can learn something about the mindful contact with animals/ horses (no riding). Most of our fur noses come from an animal shelter. We want to offer them a loving and caring environment, for example by building a paddock paradise for our horses and making the living environment of the animals as natural as possible. This includes of course feeding, cleaning stables, filling hay nets, tidying barns, fencing.

    ★★★ 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.

    ★★★ 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.

    ★★★ MINDFUL LEADERSHIP
    How can we create a work environment in which each of us follows inspired action?
    As we create our own reality it´s all about taking responsibility for your own thoughts and emotions. If you want to dive more into deliberate creating, being up to speed and in alignment with source you are in the right place.

    ★★★ MINDFULNESS, BODYWORK AND CREATIVITY
    We would be very happy if you share your joyful passion with us like for example Meditation, (Laughing) Yoga, Pilates, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Shiatsu or Impro theatre.

    ★★★ EMPOWERED FUN-D-RAISING
    An important job is to attract money for our social projects. So if you have experience in fun-d-raising - we look forward to abundance- experienced co-creators!

    ★★★ GENERAL HELP ON THE FARM
    From time to time we have some admin tasks that we can delegate.


    INTERNET ACCESS
    We have a stable internet connection, but we use it very consciously. This means that cell phones and mobile devices on the farm are only used for really necessary situations.
    If you need a longer connection, you can do this in your privacy or in our office space. However, you need your own device for private online activities and we have a cafe with W-Lan in town (3 km).
    The farm is an invitation to experience yourself without being accessible 24 hours a day.


    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH YOU
    - positive and joyful co-creator energy
    - openess for mindfulness, meditation and self-inquiery
    - Solid shoes/ working boots
    - Sleeping bag
    - Rainclothes and some for hot temperatures
    - Some warm clothes (for the evenings and nights)
    - Headlamp
    - 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    Tasks include caring for animals, gardening (permaculture), building, caring for the environment, cooking and housekeeping, just about anything you need to do on a growing farm. The tasks are based on the daily priorities that arise on the farm and where we need your help during your stay. That means it is good to have a certain flexibility.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    "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.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours per week with 2 days off

Host ref number: 111116295381

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