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Definition of naturism: the belief that nakedness is beneficial to health and emotional wellbeing.
I am Ian and the mountains south of Granada become my home early in 2018. I spent the first of many visits to this area around 30 years ago, so after retiring early from a career as a psychologist in London, it was great to come back to a place which has become home for many 'alternative' settlers who have moved into this area since that time. With the help of friends and from a series of volunteers over the past 18 months, we have built a terrace, garden and plunge pool, 2 wood cabins and several organic vegetable areas, all set in 2 hectares of olive and almond groves leading down to a small river. Most of the construction work is now complete and I am seeking help looking after the house, gardens and vegetable areas, as well as maintaining and improving the land. From 2020 I aim to develop the finca as a small rural naturist retreat centre (not commercial) for individual campers or groups who want to experience naturist life in a less commercial setting than the usual resorts. For that reason I am looking for workawayers who are seeking (or would be comfortable participating in) that lifestyle, especially to help in the summer months. Please mention this in your request.
Volunteer accommodation is in the 3 bedroom stone 'cortijo' house, very simple and basic but equipped for reasonably comfortable living. The local market town can be reached in 15-20 mins, walking down the river valley, so visitors are able to be very independent without a car here. There are buses from there to the local mountain villages and to the coast, and to Granada city which can be visited by bus for the day.
Please note that many of the work tasks here are fairly physically demanding and the land is very steep, so workawayers need to be fit, and in summer it is only really possible to work in the earlier part of the morning and in the evening. I am unable to accept volunteers who are prepared only for light tasks around the house or garden, and I particularly welcome those with some horticultural or construction knowledge. From September I am aiming to accept a small number (up to 3) of longer stay visitors, but short stays (minimum one week) may still be possible at times.
Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
This is a fascinating area, both historically and geographically, and the main benefit of a stay here is to get to know the region, and experience living in one of the most beautiful and relatively unspoiled parts of Europe. The oldest olive trees on the land were probably planted by the Moorish (Islamic) population who settled here in these valleys for centuries, up until the final ‘reconquista’ of Spain by the Christians in the 16th century. Their ancient ‘acequia’ watering system still works here, making it possible to grow vegetables and fruit trees as well as olives and almonds. The views of the valley and the distant mountains are beautiful, and there is an atmosphere of complete peace and tranquility in the natural surroundings, with wild animals also inhabiting the land. The traditional white villages, established by the Moors throughout the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada (the area known as 'Las Alpujarras') can be seen on the distant hills.
Those with an interest in gardening and simple sustainable living will find much of interest, and opportunities to develop skills here too. At the moment there is no wifi (although 4g coverage is good) so it's an opportunity to break free from internet addiction for a while. Here is an open-minded and respectful environment, and whilst a cultural mix and range of views is a positive aspect of the Workaday experience, those with a very right wing and/or homophobic political outlook are unlikely to fit in easily.
Looking for help according to skills and ability on a variety of projects around the land. The focus so far has been on developing a new garden area and maintaining the olive terraces, including restoring irrigation channels and stone walls.
The land is spread over seven terraces of olive and almond trees, with rough and sometimes steep tracks in between, so visitors need to be fit and in a good state of physical health.
Visitors will have their own bed and probably own room too, but at times may be expected to share a twin bedroom. There are two twin rooms and one single currently available for volunteers. The cottage is reasonably comfortable and has all basic amenities (including shared bathroom and a shower room in one of the bedrooms), although it is quite small and open-plan in the arrangement of rooms, so personal space and privacy are extremely limited.
Meals and meal preparation are shared, with food provided as part of the exchange, and housework in the cortijo is also shared. Vegetarian/vegan diets can be easily accommodated although we occasionally eat meat or fish.
The Alpujarras is a popular area for visitors throughout the year, and there are many interesting sights in the various white mountain villages and possibilities for hiking or outdoor activities, such as horse-riding. With a car, several great beaches (including three nudist) can be reached in under an hour, and a bus to Granada city takes about 75 mins. Malaga is a 3 hour direct bus trip away, although can be reached by car in about 90 mins.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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