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Hello! We are looking for a conscientious and hardworking person to join us for positions this May June July helping with gardening and renovation work at our new house near Sherborne in the UK. Other work such as web design, garden design and permaculture considered.
A bit about us and our place - we are a British Colombian family living in the UK with two young children (8 and 3). We have just bought a property on the edge of a beautiful Dorset village - with cottage, outbuildings and an acre of gardens with a lovely view across the valley. We are aiming to create a hub here for learning, collaborative living, events and residencies based around the arts, home education, sustainable gardening and self cultivation.
We live in a four-bedroom cottage and home educate our two young children Serena and Emilio in collaboration with other families in the area. Ryan has a background in theatre, and is currently working as Feng Shui consultant and Qi Gong teacher. Elisa, also with a background in theatre, is now a Doula and Life Coach. We eat well - good organic food, seasonal and local and enjoy music, walking, learning and nature. We keep chickens and also have a wonderful and slightly nuts sheepdog called Simone!
We are on the site of an old Forge, and as well as our cottage there is a large barn, coach house (converted to studio and annexe accommodation), greenhouse and a small woodland area. We are 3 minutes drive from Sherborne - a beautiful town with a famous Abbey, plenty of excellent independent shops, 2 hours from London.
DIY and building projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This is an opportunity to visit and work in a beautiful part of the UK, to be part of our family for a few weeks and enjoy life here in this beautiful village. We are happy to help you with your language learning - we also speak Spanish. Ryan is a qualified Qigong instructor and is happy to share the practice. The fresh air and open space here is amazing and a real privelege during these times.
Since we have recently moved there is much clearing, cleaning and organising to be done inside and out. This will include gardening, digging, moving boxes and furniture and preparing the site for renovation. There is also potentially some help required in web design.
You will be provided with private annexe accomodaton in the Coach house, with its own shower and little kitchenette. You will be invited to join us for lunch and dinner most days, but we can also provide you with food and/or shopping budget so that you and prepare your own meals in the annexe.
There is no public transport from our house, but we travel regularly into Sherborne and are happy to drop you in on days off etc. There re beautiful historic houses to visit in the area, and the wild jurassic coast is a 40 minute drive away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week