Help our family develop our home and smallholding in our eco-village in beautiful west Wales, UK

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are part of a small eco-hamlet in west Wales. One of four plots on 21 acres of mixed pasture & woodland. We all live in zero carbon buildings and manage the land through a permaculture approach. Our family is Wyc and Silvie with children Willow (9), River (6), and Peggy, our beloved dog. We also have three pet sheep, Lavender, Honeysuckle and Flora, some chicken and 2 guinea pigs.

    When not on site, Wyc works three days a week as a teacher of 3D animation and games design. Silvie was a yoga teacher and is now a full time mum, small-holder, natural skin product maker and director of our small scale oat milk business, where we grow, process and distribute oat milk on-site. We both have a background in meditation, yoga and similar practice. Silvie meditates daily. We don't have much time to sit in a beautiful forest of bluebells, contemplating reality. But there is one here, just in case we do!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are part of a cultural movement in Wales towards sustainability, transforming our lives to live in a way our planet can survive, and setting an example of how it can be done while living the 'good life'. Wales actually has a special kind of planning permission to help make this happen. There are numerous other similar settlements in the area and some good social events going on.

    Anyone interested in natural building and sustainability will benefit here as there are four plots in various stages of developing off-grid dwellings and ecological land projects, and lots of opportunity to work with and socialize with the people who know all about it.

    Our position in South West Wales is also excellent for hiking, swimming and exploring - Pembrokeshire is famous for having some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, and we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and the Pembrokeshire national park.

    We live next door to other Workaway hosts- Peni and Stef (Swn y Coed) and Chris & Erica (Dan y Berllan)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We are in the last stages of building our eco-house, and are moving into becoming as self-sufficient as possible and developing our land-based business.
    We have built our eco-house over the course of the last three years and we are moving towards self sufficiency. We warm our house with wood from our own woodland and use the sun for electricity. Our grey water is processed through a reed bed and soakaway and we use composting toilets on site.

    We need one or two people or couples who are willing and able to get involved (under guidance) in maintenance of the land, gardening, tree planting, building structures, polytunnel, scything, etc.


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    Forest garden to continue developing, herb beds to create, strawberries to plant, raised beds to create. Also mulching, schything and planting. Chickens and sheep to care for.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    While you stay with us your accomodation will be a small timber log cabin with electricity, internet, a wood stove. We share meals in the main house every day at 1pm and 6pm. Shower and bathroom facilities are in the static caravan or in the main house.
    We use a composting toilet. We have one in the house and also a stand alone one in the veg garden.
    Washing machine, fridge and freezer in the main house.
    We are 100% solar powered, so expect some limitations during dark winter weather. And expect to wear wellington boots frequently.

    Food is provided when you're on site. We may ask you to help yourself to breakfast, and to take turns washing up.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're about 3 miles from the nearest town with train station and main roads that go to all the tourist destinations. Our nearest beach is Amroth (10miles), which has a sunken ancient forest and beautiful rocks and cliffs. 7 miles north is Lammas, the well known eco-village that started the movement over here. They host tours in summer and numerous social events, courses and workshops.

  • A little more information

    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

    We have a log cabin for volunteers, it has a woodburning stove, electricity and internet connection, which is good enough for internet usage and video conferencing.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large carpark that can accomodate campervans and live in vehicles.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, five days a week, negotiable.

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