Who We Are:
We are a family with 5 children, ranging from 1,5 to 23 years old. We live in Andalucia, Spain, since 2006. We try to live in a conscious and responsible way. Making informed choices and educating our children with a sense of connection to themselves and the world around them. They are fluent in three languages: English, Spanish and Dutch, which has made them open to different cultures and peoples.
Stephen, a maker of fine Spanish hand-made guitars, has known since the age of 17 he wanted to be a luthier. Growing up on one of the first organic farms in the UK from 1976 he gained much knowledge of soil husbandry and care for the land. From 1987 he dedicated his life to making guitars and runs a busy workshop in Spain making bespoke instruments and also teaching the art of guitar making to students from around the world. He has the innate ability to create community around him, through his work. First in Lewes in the UK and later on in Spain he has a circle of apprentices and former students who have become makers after studying with Stephen.
Marjolein, a Tibetan yoga teacher and reflexology practitioner, has first pursued a corporate career in The Netherlands after getting a degree in International Business Administration and upon moving to Spain has switched her focus completely and started her education in the ancestral knowledge of self-healing practices from Tibet and complemented this later with a new form of clinical reflexology called Duopody. She runs her own practice in La Herradura and works with people from all over the world.
Having gained experience in running a permaculture school garden in the local public school in La Herradura and later another organically run large vegetable garden with some others, we learned a lot about teaching the principles of harmony with nature and permaculture.
In his early adulthood Stephen already gained experience building and restoring with traditional techniques in Italy and applied these methods later also on rebuilding a small mountain house in Spain, that served for a time as his guitar making workshop.
At the moment, we slowly build our Eco House and we are looking for couples, who can help us on the site itself. The project will require hard physical help in the outdoor and indoor areas and collaborate with our professional builders.
This is a very exciting project for us and we can't wait to welcome our first workaways to stay in our beautiful Yurt, 10 minutes walk from the beach of La Herradura. La Herradura is placed 55 minutes between Malaga and Granada. In the summer (and all year around), you can enjoy the nature, rivers, mountains, beautiful beaches and many more.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
This is an amazing opportunity for someone or a couple to enjoy living in nature in a small Yurt tent, only 10 minutes walk from the beach. You will have your privacy to explore the Andalusian mountains and enjoy the local culture. The bars and restaurants are open. You will be able to learn from professional Eco builders and participate in all the professional workshops around the project.
We prefer to have people who have strong skills and able to help with their hands. In addition, it will be great that the applicants will be familiar with social media platforms as we will want to create different types of content about the project.
The couple doesn't have to speak perfect Spanish or English. It's important to speak any of the languages in a good level in order to understand the instructions.
Yurt Tent for 2 people. We will provide healthy food and water to the site. The location is pretty basic, no running water as yet, compost toilet to be built. Showers are on the beach or at our house in the village. Basic solar power for mobile phone charging and lighting.
The couples will be able to enjoy the beach (7 mins walk) and get to know other young couples who live in La Herradura and enjoy the Workaway platform to promote cultural exchange.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week