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My name is Gareth, I live with my partner Karen and our beautiful daughter Lily who is 5 and our son Amergin who is 1. We have both worked all over the world and love meeting people from different cultures. We would love to welcome someone or a couple who like(s) spending time with children and would be able to help with childcare and household tasks. Depending on the season, we would also have some work outside on our organic farm growing vegetables and caring for the animals (we have chickens and alpacas). Our 5 year old is homeschooled and we are following a Waldorf approach to homeschooling.
We also co-founded an environmental organisation focused on transformative education. We have created a permaculture / regenerative agriculture space on the land and are involved with the international movement Ecosystem Restoration Camps to restore damaged ecosystems. We are building an education centre from strawbale and intend to run workshops, trainings and other projects from this space. We want to offer a place for people to regenerate themselves and wider nature and this includes those who come and stay with us through Workaway or other connections. We are very interested in building a community. We want to welcome people to come and stay and learn more about our work.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningAnimal CareFarmstay helpBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the house
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The area is very rural so you have the benefit of peace and quiet. But we are just one and a half hours north of Dublin and there is regular bus service so you would be able to visit other parts of Ireland too. There is a famous Irish poet from very near called Patrick Kavanagh if you are interested in poetry.
You will learn about homeschooling and Waldorf education. You could also learn about regenerative agriculture and growing vegetables, or working on a small farm. Karen is a yoga teacher and if she is teaching at the time of your visit can usually offer free passes to her classes. We are both avid readers and have an many books on permaculture, food growing, regenerative agriculture, herbs, yoga, meditation, Buddhism, parenting, and homeschooling that you would be welcome to borrow and enjoy!
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We would love to welcome someone or a couple who likes spending time with children and would be able to help with some childcare and household tasks. Depending on the season, we would also have some work outside on our organic farm growing vegetables and caring for the animals (we have chickens and alpacas).
Our 5 year old is homeschooled and we are following a Waldorf approach to homeschooling so if this is something you are interested in or would like to learn more about we could really connect on this! We do lots of art, craft, baking, cooking, singing, stories, outdoor work and play.
Ideally, we would like to have someone/the people stay for a minimum of a month (with a preference for slightly longer) so that they can build a relationship with the children.
We live in an old farm house that we have done up. The property is 3 acres altogether. You will stay in the house with us. You will have a spacious room with an ensuite and shower or possibly an apartment that is attached to the house.
What else ...
Carrickmacross is a small town with a population of a couple of thousand. There are pubs and a few restaurants. There are several supermarkets, bakeries and coffee shops etc. We are 1 and a half hours from Dublin and from Belfast with bus routes to same.
Our farm is 7km from the town. We have bicycles that guests have used in the past to visit the local areas and the town but we don't recommend walking on the main road to town as it is not very safe for pedestrians. We can facilitate lifts into town also as we usually drive in and out several times a week.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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