Help our family build a straw bale house in an eco-village in beautiful west Wales


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  • Description


    We are part of a small ecovillage in west Wales. One of four plots on 21 acres of mixed pasture & woodland, all in various stages of building ecological houses. Our family is Wyc and Silvia with children Willow (5) and River (3), and Peggy, a friendly dog.

    When not building the house, Wyc works three days a week as a teacher of 3D animation and games design. Silvia was a yoga teacher and is now a full time mum. We both have a background in meditation, yoga and similar practice but are currently in a period of practical activity, hence the building. 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!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Help with Eco project

  • 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 tourism- 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- Swn y Coed and Chris & Erica

  • Help


    The main work for our eco-project here is building our straw bale house, which is largely finished on the outside, but with lots to do on the inside. We also have to develop our site and land based business.

    We need one or two people or couples who are willing and able to to help out, in two ways:

    Firstly, by getting involved (under guidance) in the next stages of building our eco-home, which will involve basic carpentry with cordless power tools. There will also be some maintenance of the land, tree planting, building structures, polytunnel, scything, and so on.

    Secondly in supporting Silvia with our two young children (especially when Wyc is away working) and taking a bit of pressure off her. That involves generally playing, entertaining and distracting them, and occasionally helping with chores.

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    The near future involves insulating the roof, plastering the final straw bale wall with clay, plasterboarding the upstairs ceiling. There is also a forest garden and nuttery to plant, herb beds to create. Chickens and sheep to care for.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Italian

  • Accommodation


    We have a static caravan with wood burning stove, hot water, kitchen and shower for guests. The polytunnel is an additional social area with kitchen and tables during warmer months. Be prepared for some chilly nights in winter.

    We use a composting toilet. Washing machine, fridge and freezer in the main house. We have wireless broadband Internet.
    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 need you to help with cooking, to serve yourself 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 241812588791