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.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
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! :-)
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 ;-)
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).
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 ;-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week + household shifts