Join us at the final stages of bamboo construction, landscaping and setting up of this incredible jungle retreat up in the mountains. Minca, Santa Marta, Colombia



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    We are a couple fulfilling our life long dream, and we’re building a jungle retreat and bird sanctuary in a bountiful spot along a crystal clear river near Minca, a magical place up in the mountains not far from Santa Marta and the Tayroná park, , and minutes away from the town on Minca.
    Michelle is a yoga teacher and I am a designer, and together with the help of like minded people we are planning to make this tropical sanctuary a jungle immersion experience like no other.
    We have used only bamboo (Guadua) and natural wood and implemented a combination of ancestral building methods with state of the art vanguard design, respecting nature as our number one priority.

    Workawayers will be part of all pre opening activities that will deliver a wholistic and unforgettable experience such as:

    Helping and participating actively with decoration and landscaping of all areas of the hotel.
    Organizing and implementing a plant based menu with local fare and home grown vegetables, including natural healthy drinks and kombuchas.
    Designing a greeting, check in/out, accommodating and activity information protocol that will generate a very pleasant and welcoming feeling in our special guests.
    Collaborating with our communication campaign in social media.
    Getting involved in various sustainable projects in permaculture (learning about local plants and herbs, planting and caring for the nursery) involving conservation, reforestation and water and energy optimization.
    We will welcome travelers that share our passion for healthy vegetarian cooking, hiking, yoga and mindfulness.
    If you are a graphic or industrial designer, architect, carpenter, know about vegetarian cooking, yoga teaching natural, you love birds, plans and gardening, or if you are just an enthusiastic person that identifies with our purpose come join us!
    You will be staying temporarily in our glamping tents in the middle of the jungle with a private nice clean bathroom, shower and electricity and will have access to internet in the main house, also you’ll be 15 minutes walking distance from town, but you’ll feel miles away! (We will be finishing our staff/Workaway quarters by the mid july)
    The river is just steps away and will lull you to sleep at night, and you’ll wake up to bird songs and an ocasional howler monkey call!
    Minca has great weather all year round and you’ll be sharing the experience with a crew of fun hard working locals and other Wokawayers.
    Write to us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will learn Spanish fore sure, but most important they will understand and learn traditional and modern methods for building with BAMBOO, clay, wood and Caña lata/flecha (a kind of very durable thin dark colored bamboo) and develop skills on general indigenous ancient construction methods. In the process they will interact with local Colombians and enjoy/share our very rich and diverse cultural identity, where music and dancing are paramount, all this while enjoying the amazing sunny weather in minca end the laidback atmosphere of the Colombian Caribbean!

  • Help


    We are currently finishing the building phase on the retreat, and will need help with all activities associated with it such as path network and construction, permaculture, planting and landscape, eco waste management, water filtering and hydroelectric projects. We would love to have someone help us with setting up a cronologic history of the project with pictures and videos we have collected during the past two years, as this bamboo project is unique in South America.
    Architects and designers of all kinds will be very welcomed, as well as passionate vegetarians cooks, yoga teachers and like minded workawayers!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would like to practice my italian!

  • Accommodation


    Private tents on individual platforms with cot, mattress, sleeping bag and pillow, electric plugs and private bathroom with outside shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Helpers will be thrilled with the Minca river right by the property, amazing hikes to waterfalls, coffee farms and bird sanctuaries near by, and not more than an hour away the amazing parque tayrona and Palomino famous beaches. The town of Minca (a 20 minute walk or a two minute motorcycle ride) hosts all kinds of yoga and wellness related classes, great little restaurants (lazy cat, arabesca) and a great laid back atmosphere.
    Also there’s access to beaches only 35 minutes away.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs, if friendly!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 4 or 5 days a week

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