Join our inspiration project - focused on a conscious and nature connected lifestyle in the middle of the Sierra Nevada - Minca



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    The main objective of the project is to inspire a sustainable, conscious and joyful life with/in nature, while learning from each other and preserving a beautiful piece of land in the Sierra Nevada, 20min walking from Minca.
    My name is Izabela, I am from Europe, 37 years old and I founded this little project January 2017, as sub project of an organic/vegetarian Finca dedicated to sustainability.
    The aim is to practice and experiment with sustainable construction, landscaping and handicrafts, offering playful workshops and activities for our regional community but also for travelers...and in future also for children, based on Forest School principles.
    ...trying to be the change I want to see in the world...with the lovely extra challenge to work and live without electricity, only using manual tools.

    Following the Permacultural principles, we apply bio construction techniques using, reusing and recycling local and natural resources very consciously. Always motivated to experiment and find new solutions and create a space as an inspirational - collaborative exhibition.
    Passionate about clay, bamboo structures, bicycle machines, experiments, music instruments, tools, toys, handicrafts, animals...trees...waterstreams.. bonefires and magic sunsets, being early birds, sleeping in hammocks or tents, loving the bush crafty outdoor life in the middle of the magic Sierra.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    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

    As our focus is to fuse the best elements of traditional, conventional and innovative building techniques, we collaborate with people from different professions and cultures, as well as locals and our indigenous friends from the wiwa tribe, all learning from each other! :-)

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers who want to join our little playful project, being creative together and enjoying the peace and sounds of nature with stunning sunsets and sea view, surrounded by the sierras amazing flora and fauna.
    Between January and May we are mainly working on the preparation and organization of our monthly bio construction workshops and events, paralel fixing and building creative roofing for the next rain season...building furniture out of pallets, clearing paths and camp zones from the very fast growing grass, upgrade of showers and compost toilet, lots of nice clay work, taking care of the garden, compost, artesanal activities, research and building of brain stimulation games&toys&instruments ...making fruit juices on our bicycle blender with sea view and much more! :-)

    During the 1 -3days workshops, it is crucial to be a flexible and creative problem solver, with lovely communication skills :-), you have the possibility to participate the classes between your shifts. But don't worry if you miss a part. We will take time enough to explain and teach everything you want to learn during the preparations and/or after the workshop.

    Volunteers should enjoy outdoor life and be prepared for diverse, but also physical work, as we live in the middle of the beautiful sierra were walking up and down is part of our life.
    Sometimes we will work and enjoy together as a team (between 2 and 5 people), but you also will have the opportunity to work independent on tasks, depending on your interests and skills. Also sometimes volunteers have to organize themselves on site when I am not there due to weekly food/material shopping in St. Marta or computer work in village.
    Experience in Permaculture, natural building or any other environmental sustainable technique is very welcome but not necessary. You will learn a lot here! :-)
    Skills in construction, carpentry, handicrafts, recycling or gardening very appreciated!
    Medium spanish level required, as we collaborate sometimes with locals and indigenous people, so communication is crucial.

    And please consider that we don't have electricity and love it!
    Anyways Minca is just 20min walking distance, so easy to charge batteries and connect to wifi there ;-)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Polish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    If you want some privacy, bring your tent and we can accommodate you in beautiful shady spot, with awesome view.
    But you also can get a hammock in our shared Clay Hexagon Building. In any case bring a sleeping back, as nights can be a bit windy sometimes.

    On the 5 working days coffee, panela and alimentation for 3 vegetarian dishes is provided, prepared in shifts between us in our outdoor kitchen on fire or gas. The 'cook' is very welcome to bring special herbs, cheese, eggs, sweets or whatever you want to pimp your recipe sometimes! ;-) We have drinking water!
    On the 2 days off, which will allow you to explore the beauty of the Sierra Nevada, waterfalls, other projects, as well different beaches on the coast, food is not provided, but of course you can also stay and use the kitchen and basics like oil and salt.
    1 x per week we can have delicious vegetarian dinner together in the Finca Restaurant 40min up the mountain, getting to know the founder and team there, visit the organic gardens, exchange, chill during sunset and have a beer at the bar (wifi available).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We invite you to visit the Finca 40min up the mountain, and get to know our Permaculture, Natural Soap or Bee specialists, as well as give you contacts of other Sustainability focused projects in the area
    or walk 15min to Minca village, where you will find a cashmashine (with extra fee, so better get cash in
    St. Marta), electricity, wifi, loundry service, little shops, cafes, bars and transport by moto taxi or shared cars to Santa Marta.

    Important to bring:
    Valid visa and health insurance, flashlight!!! and proper shoes to avoid unfriendly meetings with night active snakes in the jungle...sombrero, sleeping bag, repellent and natural soap/shampoo, as water goes into our garden!
    and positive vibe and big love for nature and animals!!!

    Nice to bring:
    Music instruments, games, organic seeds, sometimes beers...;-)
    As the site is our home-sweet-home, but also exhibition area for visitors, we ask you to treat the space and tools with love and care. Together we always have an eye on, so it stays clean, lovely and representative.
    If you have read all this, please implement the words "Amo la naturaleza" in the beginning of your mail ;-)

  • 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

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week + household shifts

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