Help us build a food forest on the coast of Ecuador (with yoga classes!)

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  • Description

    Description

    We're an aspiring permaculture family looking for adventurous people who can help us on the farm and make this place even greener. We offer you an experience of a lifetime including farm-fresh produce and yoga classes.

    Our little Canadian family consists of Soa (the yogi), Simon (the permaculture nerd), and our two daughters Miali (6) and Luana (1). We wanted to combine our two passions, permaculture, and yoga, and that's how our Finca, our holistic yoga farm and food forest, was born.

    With the help of YOU, the volunteers, we continue building this food forest and preventing the area from turning into a desert. Thanks to the volunteers we have been able to plant and care for almost 2000 trees plus a ton of other plants.

    Our aim is to extend this project into a full reforestation endeavor.

    WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR:

    We are looking for a specifically dedicated breed of collaborators. We are in need of a few extra miles, of independent and proactive people, who are looking to make their mark somewhere in the world, to literally take our inspiring idea and making it a fabulous reality during the course of their stay.

    We're looking for people who like to get their hands dirty, reconnect with nature, live a healthy lifestyle, harvest fresh produce, learn about wild edible plants and a sustainable way of growing your own food, and at the same time people who want to take time to invest in yourself by attending yoga classes on our beautiful yoga terrace.

    If you have KNOWLEDGE IN PERMACULTURE it's even better!

    Also, let us know if you are a YOGA TEACHER because we are always on the lookout for volunteers who can also teach yoga. Right now we need a yoga teacher who can start asap and stay until the end of July.

    WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU:

    Besides the experience of working on this great reforestation project, we are offering you a home away from home!

    Also, we live only 15km from the beach town Canoa on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, so you get to enjoy both the quiet farm life on top of a green hill during the weeks and the beach life on the weekends (if that's your jam).

    As a thank you for your work we provide you with 3 yoga classes a week and a weekly food basket with the basics, like rice or quinoa, beans, oats, panela, oil, spices and fresh eggs from the farm. You are also free to harvest the fruits and veggies that grow on the property.

    If you need more free time for relaxing or other projects, we also have a PART-TIME VOLUNTEERING program. Ask us about the details if you're interested in a softer work schedule!

    SPECIAL REQUEST:

    We are specifically looking for couples or pairs of friends who want to stay here for longer. There is much to learn and it takes time to accustom oneself and become the asset the farm needs.

    If you’re a permaculture expert, social media wizard, artist, gardener, someone who loves construction or have any special skills to share, we would love to hear about it!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Beside our beautiful location and kick-ass personalities, we don't pretend to know anything about anything.

    What we offer is an alternative way of living your life, in body and mind. We personally learn everyday about agriculture, water system and animal care in Ecuador!

    Life is never boring! And we believe, as forever students of the world, that you can teach us as much as we can. So, please, come share your knowledge with us!

  • Help

    Help

    We've been struggling with time and resources from the beginning, being parents to two young girls.

    We're so very close and yet, giant steps are needed to reach our goals.

    That’s where you come in! We need help with:

    - Reforestation

    - Food forest care

    - Community tasks

    - Farm managing (when we are not there)

    - Agriculture (weeding/machete, tree pruning, harvesting)

    - Taking care of the animals (horses, chicken, dogs, cats)

    - General cleaning

    - Construction

    - Revitalisation and care of the garden

    - Beautification of the farm (flower planting, murals, paintings)

    - Trail marking

    - Help with social media, marketing and other technical tasks

    Here it is!

    We are not looking for volunteers, we are looking to add new members to our family.

    We are not offering a workaway experience, we are offering a second home!

    And we will treat you as such!

    Hope this is something your are looking for.

    Talk to you soon!

    Simon, Soa, Miali and Luana

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Everything is hand-build, mostly with recycled material, from the houses, to the furniture to our yoga terrace. The housing is rustic but built with love.

    You'll have a room or bed in the Yoga Shala with a shared kitchen to cook your own food. We provide sheets, a mosquito net and drinkable water. You can eat fruits and vegetables available on the farm as much as you want.

    We try to have as much sustainable practices as possible. Our (handmade) bathroom is a compost toilet. We have a shared shower. The water system comes from a well in the forest and rain collection.

    We don’t waste any food as any leftovers goes either to the chicken (or the dogs if there fast enough!) or to the compost pit. The soap, shampoo and toothpaste we use are biodegradable.

    It all takes an extra effort to be in harmony with the land but it is very much worth it.

    There is plenty of space to chill and relax; we have a large yoga terrace and hammocks everywhere around the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots of activities can be done around the farm, besides chilling and being artsy. Countless walks can be done on the land and around it. The views are diverse and outstanding on the farm as well as nearby.

    The beachtown Canoa on the coast of the Pacific Ocean is only 15 km from our farm. Some volunteers like to stay there for the weekends and practice surfing and other beach activites.

    We also often use a taxi for food runs; we can always make the best of both a share the ride.

    As far as transportation to the farm goes, to get to Canoa there are buses from Quito, Guayaquil or Manta. We can also ask trusted drivers to pick you up at the airport and drive you all the way to the farm. We can help you out with the information by email.

    If you choose a bus to Canoa, you have a few options but the best, in our opinion, is to take a 6$ taxi to our farm from Canoa. At the end of the ride there's a 300-400 meters hike up a hill to the farm.

    There are also buses from Canoa to the entrance of Tabuchila (our village), but you'd have to walk 4 kms from the bus stop to the farm. Then, you just walk into town asking around for the gringo farm! It's gotta be an hour walk (Don't do it at midday). If you are up to it, there are buses every 15 minutes to the entrance of Tabuchila.

    However way you come, we would be communicating and assist your arrival.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week









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