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Definition of naturism: the belief that being naked is beneficial to health and emotional wellbeing.
I am Ian, a retired psychologist from the UK, age 60. For the last two years I have lived in a simple stone cortijo house surrounded by 1.5 hectares of olive and almond terraces in the beautiful valley of the Alpujarras, in the mountains south of Granada about an hour from the city and from the sea. With the help of volunteers I have been developing a garden and vegetable plots, and building cabins for extra accommodation. I now am particularly looking for volunteers with skills and experience who are able to contribute in a meaningful way, to finish the project so that I can open to paying visitors later this year. Many of the work tasks here are physically demanding and the land is very steep, so workers need to be fit, and in summer it is only 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 for the moment I am prioritising those with some horticultural or construction knowledge or experience, particularly in carpentry, vegetable growing and land maintenance (strimming, pruning, landscaping, stone wall building, olive harvesting).
I am developing the property as a naturist retreat (which means living naked, without clothes, when its warm enough) so volunteers should be enthusiastic about this aspect to create a relaxed environment for all. Please make that clear in your request. I am positive towards older Workaway travellers, and also to gay and lesbian visitors, so clearly those with homophobic or very right wing attitudes would be uncomfortable here. It's also not a place for people looking to party.
Accommodation is in the house, which is very simple and basic but equipped for reasonably comfortable living. The local market town can be reached in 15-20 mins so visitors are able to be independent without a car here. There are buses from there to the local mountain villages, the coast, and to Granada city.
From January I am aiming to accept up to 3 longer stay visitors (minimum 3 weeks) at any time...please make clear in your request what skills or experience you can offer. Thanks.
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.
Looking for help on a variety of projects around the land, and maintaining the vegetable plots. I now am particularly looking for help with construction of compost toilets and an outdoor kitchen, and preparing plots for new tipi accommodation for visitors. The land is spread over seven terraces of olive and almond trees, with rough and sometimes steep tracks in between, so I am unable to accommodate visitors who are not able to manage this easily.
Visitors will have their own bed and probably own room too, although the house is quite small and open-plan in the arrangement of rooms, so personal space and privacy are extremely limited. There are two twin rooms and one single currently available for volunteers,
Meals and meal preparation are shared, with food provided as part of the exchange, and housework in the cortijo is also shared. A vegetarian diet is the norm although we occasionally eat meat or fish, and vegan and other diets can usually be accommodated.
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.
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 and other outdoor activities. With a car, several 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
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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