Permaculture integration project in Mazunte, Mexico

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description



    We are guardians of a piece of land.

    There is bioconstruction, maintenance, construction of the different cabins.

    Helps in the production, packaging of peanut butter, sauerkraut, cocoa and other products.

    Help in our organic store in the town of Mazunte.

    Help with cleaning, maintenance of common areas, dirt roads, workshop.

    Help with weeding, watering trees in the bush.

    And help with whatever is necessary on a day-to-day basis.

    We welcome respectful persons who wants to integrate Permaculture practices in there lifes.and likes the kids, cause they are really important part of all this.
    We are living on a 2 hectare big land on a hill near to Mazunte, Oaxaca. The land is dominated by wild forest with integrated gardens and buildings.
    We arrived to this land in 2014 and are working since then continuously here. All we do we try to do by ourselfs and with the help of volunteers.

    We are from Mexico and Germany, we have kids 2 dog and a cats.
    Our vision is to establish a base for practical knowledge to experience alternative methods to live without causing any harm to our environment. To leave our poisons behind and find our roots in the earth.
    We are not a community, we just share the space the land the nature the knowledge with persons that are interested to learn and share experiences with respect to the mother earth.

    We have the for volunteers.
    Our project is to build a space open for different events as workshops, retreat, cultural interchange, and an botanic garden preserving the local flora.

    We are slowly opening up to local indigenous communities around us for different projects with them as teaching in local schools or creating woman cooperatives to produce organic food products and even export. We do need a lot of help in the last one.

    The further meaning for us here is to gain practical knowledge and working methods for being sustainable so we can use these and share with people that comes.

    We found Mexico a good place for this purpose because there is a lot to learn from the ancient culture of Mexican – natives.

    What do we understand under Permaculture:
    Permaculture as we see it has not so much to do with expensive courses and modern words but more with the experience of living in natural friendly community’s in harmony with other people, is a flower that has many elements, can be as simple like bring wood, water, empy compost, clean as complex. Like work with wood, stones, etc.

    For us Permaculture was not invented by Bill Molison, he just created a new word for a very old thing! Permaculture was first practiced in Africa for many thousand years ago, today the remaining native population has the widest and most develop wisdom of permaculture! Our modern lifestyle increases the loss of that wisdom!

    We recommend people interested in learn more about permaculture to travel to small villages and family’s outside touristic areas and learn about their lives and culture rather than theoretic courses of theoretic teachers!

    Somos guardianes de un pedazo de tierra.

    Hay bioconstrucción, mantenimiento, construcción de las diferentes cabañas.

    Ayuda en la producción, envasado de crema de chacahuate, chucrut, cacao y otros productos.

    Ayuda en nuestra tienda orgánica en el pueblo de Mazunte.

    Ayuda con limpieza, mantenimiento de áreas comunes, caminos de terracería, taller.

    Ayuda con el deshierbe, el riego de árboles en el monte.

    Y ayudar en lo que sea necesario el día a día.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Travelers can learn to build in a natural friendly way, buildings with materials that mother nature gives us in any place of this planet, respecting the harmony and natural energy flow , to build diferent things, to. Gey ready the material. For construccion.

    To. Use. Some. Machines. To. Make peanut butter.

    Cook with fire.

    Eat Healthy

    Be consiente and dont make garbage

    To re-connect with the natural. Ambiente.

    One can learn about wild local plants and their uses, as well as growing plants in the nursery and how to plant a tree in this special climate.

    Our Project is specialized on water harvesting and we gladly share our experiences. Our land has artificial lake that can hold up to 700 m3 of rainwater that we harvest with a system of counter lines and protected river beds over about one hectar.

    Always will. Be depen. Of the interest and effort for the person who wants to learn somethin

    We. Also. Learn for all. The people who want to share something

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Bio - construction of houses using wood and different clay techniques.

    Now we look. Person that already know how. To uses some. Machine. Carpinter@s, work. With wood, construccion.
    Jardineros, painters.

    Planting trees; Preparing food, Drawing an digging contour lines; Super adobe; Lake building;

    General gardening; Watering and propagation of plants.

    Cleaning and maintaining communal areas. Like casa comunal, toilet, worshop, etc.

    Clean and mantén some Of.The cabañas that he have.

    Sometimes cook

    Sewing clothes.

    Making peanut butter, tahini, whole weat bread, pizza, cakes, chocolate... We also grind all the flour we use by ourself to preserve the freshness of the grain.

    Help. To pack productos like repelente, cacao, muesli to put labels soaps, etc.

    We also look for social educadores, doctors, social workers, arquitectos.

    Person who want to make some class in indigeneos community, for this need to talk spanish and compromise. As least one month.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a communal house with a plataform and roof for our volunteers there you will sleep in a tent , or are also many other nice places to camp in our forest.

    We have a lake that is also a natural swimming pool and can be 22 meters wide specially after rain season.

    You need bring something to cover like blankent for yourself. Is not to cold here. And you need a head light.

    Helping time is 15hours per week and volunteers are responsible for their own food.

    The comunal house has a fully functional kitchen and volunteers can join us on our food run every Monday to the nearby town marked to buy their food at a good price and quality as the marked is frequented by local farmers and a lot of organic products can be found.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Working time is 15hours per week and volunteers are responsible for their own food, the comunal house has a fully functional kitchen and volunteers can join us on our food sunday.

    Or. Go to the nearby town marked to buy their food in Pochutla 40 minutes from. Here is at a good price and quality as the marked is frequented by local farmers and a lot of organic products can be found.

    Our location is just outside of Mazunte on a hill. The last 1 km to our home is only reachable by 4 wheel drive.

    Walking to. Mazunte is around 25 to. 30.minutes.

    From the land it is possible to see Punta Cometa, the beach of Ventanilla and the sun setting in the sea.

    Please bring only complete organic shampoo, soap and repellents. This is very important since in the pool that is also used for swimming there are fishes to control the mosquito.

    Please bring just organic Sun Protector, we have earth at the land.

    Also please don’t bring any food that is not organic.

    Don’t bring any trash like plastic, tetra packs and so far..

    If you are about to bring animals please ask before doing so!

    We are also working on different projects with indiginous villages around us . Our volunteers also can engage in those activities if they chose to, this is an amazing opportunity for them to connect to the real mexican ancestral roots.

    Some of our areas of interest and possible projects with local communities:

    Identification and local uses of medicinal and edible plants around the area.
    Building with natural materials...
    Reality, future and history of the local Corns and the Milpa (the community of maize and other plants).
    Water harvesting for the land population.
    The integration of the Moringa in the local Milpas.
    Ways of protecting plants from ants without killing the insects
    Producing Penaut Butter, Tahini, dehidrated fruits for export


  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours/week

Host ref number: 247588866183

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