Developing our land for a retreat centre in Northland, New Zealand

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  • Description

    Description

    We just had a land slip so are busy on drainage and planting to rehabilitate. Also lots of Orchard and shelter belt planting.

    Please note in the winter guests need to be flexible. Sometimes we cannot work in the rain so may need to do a bit extra on fine days instead. If you are intending to be a workaway all NZ winter it's a good idea to get yourself a pair of waterproof boots from a farm shop.

    Update for help in May onwards. We were recently 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. We have lots of vegetable garden work to do. Releasing and mulching trees planted last season and planting new trees from June. Ferro-cement work starts early June. Please note we are developing a Retreat Center. We are best suited to people on a pathway of their own spiritual and self development. People who are self aware, open to new ideas and self expressed.

    Chris and Julia live in a 160 acre Eco-village with their daughter Sophie close by. We have traveled extensively and still do. Julia is a homeopath, 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.

    By default 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 :) Guests can do extra hours in the week so they get the whole weekend off.

    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 1 Ethernet to USB adapter to loan but they seem a bit unreliable. You may prefer to bring your own adapter if you use a Mac. Phone data reception is pretty good :)

    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, yogurt, 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 dairy free vegan but have fish once a week most weeks.

    Minimum stay is 2 weeks, please and longer preferred. We have nice accommodation for 2 and can take 3 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.

    Many people want to come here but also some let us down or are really slow getting back to us. If you apply and we say yes we need you to confirm straight away. If you do not confirm you may lose your reservation if someone else confirms for the same dates before you do. This is a big project and we need all the help we can get! Thanks for your understanding.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are especially interested in hosting people who have a genuine interest in the concept of community living and developing a Community Retreat Centre.

  • Help

    Help

    All sorts, gardening and general smallholding chores, building, maybe some cleaning or painting if we can't do tasks outside. Check our profile for updates.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A sleep-out, which has kitchen facilities for breakfasts. A double mattress and 3 singles are available and we move them around according to who is here. The accommodation is mixed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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. 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.

  • 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

  • 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

It can get pretty busy here, we work hard but know how to relax too :)
Tepee site
View from tepee site
Chris working on our land
Julia in Greece 2018
View from where we are going to build our retreat center.
Camp fires with local friends and travellers
Unless booked you can stay in out tepee, otherwise you stay in a sleepout near our house
Our local beach, 3.8k flat walk or bike ride from our place :)

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