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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 gaining confidence in fullfilling the tasks. 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.
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.
=> Gwen and Yohanan are active in animal care
=> 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, Alex and Michael are taking care of our growing permaculture garden
=> Ina and Sara support 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.
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 3-4 people that are living at the farm.
That means the farm has opening hours from Mon-Fri. 9.00-18.00, and on weekends only open for those who provide animal or garden services. Before and after these times you are asked to keep yourself busy outside the farm or you can meet with other volunteers in the city or in the house shared apartment.
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
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 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 during the day 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 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 week counts 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.
Hospitality and organic food
Participation in the farm activities
Meditation, spiritual inquiry and living in the "here and now" is our natural way of being.
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.
=> 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.
An important job is to attract money for our social projects. So if you have experience in empowered fundraising - we look forward to abundance- experienced co-creators!
From time to time we have some admin tasks that we can delegate.
=> GENERAL HELP ON THE FARM
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)
- 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.
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.
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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