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Update for help in Feb-March. We have just been given a genuine Mongolian Yurt. We shall be doing a lot of work to refurbish the Yurt and make a wooden deck to put it on. Good work for creative people and builders.
General summer update. Plenty of vegetable gardening work still. Ferro cement and timber building and renovation, there's lots to do as usual :)
Spring 2019 update. Current help: Establishing a large new vege garden. Putting in a watering system. Making a fero-cement kitchen (arty/building people needed for that), clearing up a large shed and a some fallen trees, looking after recently planted trees, renovating a small shed to use as a bathroom for guests.
Chris and Julia live in a 160 acre eco-village with their daughter Sophie close by. We have travelled extensively and still do. Julia is a homoeopath, ecstatic dance teacher, Shaman and runs a community centre (Kalikalos in Greece in the NZ winter). Chris is currently developing our land and involved in XR but is also a professional yacht skipper, ex organic farm advisor, ex Greenpeace captain and charity CEO. Both of us have done lots of personal development. We like to have a good level of communication with guests and appreciate spending time with people who are curious and engaged in their own self-development.
We are currently developing a block of land and doing some building to create a space that we hope to use as a Retreat Centre in the future. We also have lots of general gardening work where we live. The development block has amazing views of the ocean and is close to some of the best beaches in the country, including Sandy Bay which is a good surf beach where you can hire boards and get lessons. Our work is varied so if you want more details ask when you book.
We work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week but also offer 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, which gives longer afternoons off to go to the beach :)
Because we are very concerned about electromagnetic radiation (Julia campaigns against 5g) we use ethernet cables for internet and do not use wifi. We have ethernet to USB adaptors to loan but they seem a bit unreliable. You may prefer to bring your own adaptors if you use a Mac. Phone data reception is OK.
Because our kitchen is very small and a bit chaotic in the mornings we have set up our guest accommodation for self-catering breakfasts. We supply the basics: milk, yoghurt, bread, spreads, porridge, fruit, raisins, seeds and nuts for muesli and eggs if the chickens are being co-operative. If you have special needs for breakfast please BYO. We eat mainly vegan.
Minimum stay 1 week, please and longer preferred. We have nice accommodation for 2 but can take more people if you have a van or tent.
This is a good place for people converting vans for their trips as we have a good little workshop and a range of tools.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are especially interested in hosting people who have a genuine interest in the concept of community living and developing a Community Retreat Centre.
All sorts, gardening and general smallholding chores, building, maybe some cleaning or painting if we can't work outside. Check our profile for updates.
A sleep-out, which has kitchen facilities for breakfasts. A double mattress and a single is also available.
We love having people to help us but sometimes we are very busy so we like people who can look after themselves and show initiative.
Chris is an activist, especially about climate change, human rights and sustainable development, currently involved in Extinction Rebellion. Julia is more spiritually focused. We both try hard to make a positive difference in the world.
We live on the most gorgeous bit of coast in NZ. It's 3.8k to Matapouri beach and we have a couple of bikes for guests.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week (flexible)
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