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We are a warm and friendly 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 are vegetarian, practice permaculture, no-dig gardening and live a simple life. We work from home as foster carers and have our own small business, a quirky holiday home called Hideaway under the Stars.
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 own legacy as we encourage creativity and embrace diversity!
Our wish list of projects for 2022 includes work on the forest garden, the no-dig garden and designing and building an outdoor kitchen and a root store.
We are keen to host volunteers who have some experience in natural building. Experience in permaculture would be a bonus, but enthusiasm and energy are also very welcome! Please check that you can safely travel due to Brexit and the corona virus before contacting us.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
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 production 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. We are very flexible and supportive in our approach!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Due to the global pandemic, we may be limited in who we can safely host. Our preference is to host people with experience in natural building and permaculture, but we also welcome those who would simply enjoy being part of a nature-loving family for a month or so, and be willing to muck-in to help build an outdoor kitchen, with gardening tasks and share the communal cooking. We welcome creative ideas to make our space even more magical with fairy houses and hidden wonders!
You will have your own private, cozy and quirky, hobbit-style glamping pod with a double bed, toilet, shower, very basic cooking facilities and a wood-burning stove. The pod was brand new in 2021 and is well-loved!
There is laundry facilities on-site and we are approx 5 miles from the nearest shops. We have bicycles and safety helmets which you are welcome to borrow.
You will eat breakfast in your own place and share lunch and dinner with us in the family kitchen.
Weekends are yours to do as you please and I'm happy to take you exploring by car if/when time permits.
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
Minimum expectation is 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Flexible with days and hours.
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