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Help at our foundation the Lodge Horse Inspired Learning Centre in Helensville, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Kia ora

    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.

    Warm regards

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
  • 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

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 315922151273

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