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We are a warm and welcoming family who live in Speyside, Moray NE Scotland in an idyllic and tranquil valley at the foot of Ben Rinnes, Moray's highest mountain. We are surrounded by wildlife and natural beauty and have spectacular views of the dark night sky.
We have 5 daughters, 1 still at home, 2 dogs, 2 cats and the beginnings of a chicken community!
We are vegetarian, love permaculture, no-dig gardening and living a simple life! We work from home as foster carers and have our own small business - a quirky holiday home, built using the local, plentiful and renewable materials of wood, straw, stone, earth, lime and clay. We designed and built it with love, to evoke a real sense of healing and inner peace.
I run a small charity that promotes natural-build as a means to get a home of your own. We were researching the effects of the natural home on mental health and wellbeing until the lockdown meant we needed to postpone participants' visits. Now we are planning a quirky straw-bale hen house and will document the process, in photo stories, as an example of a simple build.
We love our space, it's pretty special. We would like to invite Workaway volunteers to join us to make it even more special. Each Workaway we have hosted has left their legacy!
We take volunteers from March to October. Next year it may be later as we hope to replace the static caravan with a wooden yurt. Next year's project is an outdoor kitchen built naturally, course!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We are a Scottish family living a low impact life and would be happy to share our passion for eco/heritage building, low impact living, local food and Scottish culture with volunteers. I like to listen to our volunteers and find out what they would like to learn and share, then work up a schedule from there. I have many years of experience in networking and ethical business development and would happily support a charity or new business development. As a networker, I have networks within the third sector and would be delighted to enable any volunteers to make further connections to develop their interests if needed.
We would love to host people who would enjoy helping us to build an outdoor kitchen using wood, stone and clay. We alos need help in our no-dig permaculture garden. We welcome creative ideas to make our space even more magical with fairy houses and hidden wonders! We also welcome help with the shared home cooking, breadmaking, art and crafts, chicken care, and if interested, we would be open to input within the research project we are conducting into the natural home and its effects on mental health and wellbeing.
We intend to replace the static caravan with a wooden yurt or similar next year so we will be much later accepting volunteers. It will be off-grid with a wood-burning stove and simple cooking facilities. The toilet and shower facilities will be in the house, a very short distance from your accommodation. There's laundry facilities onsite and we are approx 5 miles from the nearest shops. We have bicycles available to use.
Moray Speyside has lots to see and do from hills to coast, walks, outdoor activities, whisky trails, beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and an abundance of wildlife on your doorsteps. The nearest city is Elgin with Aviemore, Inverness and Aberdeen our closest neighbours.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Minimum expectation is 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Flexible with days and hours.
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