My name is Rosemary and I live on a 37 acres farm with 14 horses, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Our registered charity provides equine assisted learning programmes to a wide range of people in need and those at risk. We are looking for volunteers to help with the general running of the charity. What would have my life be more wonderful is assistance with the farm chores, and right now have some painting and gardening projects on the go.
We live a holistic, vegan lifestyle and are passionate about health and wellness. We're looking for skilled/semi-skilled people preferably long term. We offer accommodation, homecooked fare, yoga and natural horse friendship.
Our horses are part of the family and are an integral part of the programmes we offer - they help to heal people with trauma-based issues. We hold space for people and horses to come together and let the horses create their magic.
We have lively and interesting groups of people coming through from filmmakers to educational and non-profit groups and organisations, kids camps, as well as individuals who wish to explore our unique learning through Equine Assisted Learning and Natural Horse Friendship.
The farm is situated on ancient sandhills adjacent to Woodhill Forest, close to Lake Kereta and within hearing and walking distance to Muriwai Beach, and the Tasman Sea. We are less than an hour from downtown Auckland and the iconic village of Helensville and the famous thermal hot springs at Parakai is only 20 minutes away.
We have excellent facilities for everyone – HORSES & HUMANS!!
Contact us if you are interested in helping - we'd love your energy and input.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Travellers will benefit from the connection and affinity with animals particularly our herd of 14 horses. You will learn about holistic horse care and natural horse friendship. Our Festival in March has many national and international presenters on equine inspired learning and holistic horse care will host workshops, discussion panels, seminars, and breakout sessions assisted by the herd. The festival offers Arts, Entertainment, Yoga, Music, Meditation, and Home-cooked Vegetarian/Vegan Fare. Combine all that with horses and a spectacular setting for an enriching and spiritual experience.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for skilled people preferably longer term to assist with getting ready for our annual Spirit Horse Festival in March. We are looking for helpers who have an affinity with animals. Help required with the chores, preferably experienced with general maintenance, light farm tasks, specifically with feeding out horses. Fencing and chainsaw skills would be useful. Own transport preferred but not essential.
Facilities include a yoga barn, with 2 bunkrooms, kitchen, shower and toilet block, sand arena and 2 round pens. Set in a secluded, tranquil 37 acres with direct access to Lake Kereta, Woodhill Forest & close to Muriwai Beach.
Homecooked vegan, gluten-free meals are provided
Walk around the lake (swimming available) through the forest and to Muriwai Beach (stunning sunsets). Buses available in Parakai and Helensville, which hosts the hot pools, an art centre, a museum and shops. Close by is South Head Golf course and another part of Woodhill Forest has a quad bike park and a tall tree adventure.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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