I am a Norwegian man (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️1), owning a valley high up in the mountains, in the middle of a National Park! Here I am rebuilding an old house to become a retro-fit Earthship (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️2) with Aquaponics (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️3).
I will grow my own food using permaculture techniques in the fields. And I will grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs all year round in the huge Aquaponics system I am building in the Earthship greenhouse.
INVITATION TO VOLUNTEER AT THIS PROJECT
This time, I would like to invite you to volunteer for a full 30 days workshop for the following period of time:
NO AVAILABILiTY AT THE MOMENT!
Please look at my calendar for the next option.
Please note, some spontaneous openings may
occur throughout the year. Keep an eye on the calendar.
I will ONLY accept volunteers that are available for the entire period.
Pick up and return point/time; Alicante train station at dates and times above. Be precise!
Day 1: 12 am. Pickup Alicante. Arrival at the Mountain property. Basic info, settling in, guided property tour.
Day 2: Basic training in all self-sustainable systems in the house and on the property.
Safety course. General info. Guided mountain tour.
Day 3 to day 28: Four work weeks (5 days on, then 2 days off. 5 hours work days).
Day 29: Preparing for departure. Logistics. Packing for departure. Last evening together.
Day 30: Departure. Arrival at the pickup point in Alicante at 10 am.
Food, water, and accommodation are included every day (at the mountain property).
No costs or salary. Only mutual free share and volunteering.
Pickup and return to Alicante Main train station at mentioned times will be free of charge.
Any costs outside of the mountain property must be covered by yourself, like restaurants, entrance fees, etc. on excursions that everyone agrees on doing in advance.
Official language: English. Possibilities for practicing Spanish.
Up to 7 amazing Crew members at the time.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Easy and hard work on self-sustainable projects.
A lot of fun and laughter with a highly motivated international crew. Plenty of "me time" to recharge and re-connect. And social time to create valuable friendships with the rest of the crew. Fun and interesting excursions and leisure activities. And deep conversations and relationship building, at a stunningly beautiful place. With a host that really care!
I have been hosting volunteers from all over the world the last years, and I am now using my on-site workshops for wood, metal, stone, concrete, glass, electricity (including Photovoltaics), to teach building any self-sustainable systems from scratch. Including different house building techniques, like Earthship, straw bale, cave house, cob, rammed earth, shipping containers, Ferro cement, etc.
In addition to this, there will be dozens of smaller projects going on all the time to cover most other aspects of building self-sustainable systems. So regard the place as a playground filled with any kind of tools and materials, ready to receive your creative ideas and inspiration (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️4)!
This place is a very magical place. The energies are unbelievable (seriously!), and the mountain is like an amplifier. What you bring in of good or bad attitude, will be mirrored doubled back at you. So use this opportunity for personal and spiritual growth, and to learn new skills and create a good experience for yourself and the others. Leave any need for drama or any bad attitude back home. We treat each other with respect and understanding. And for those who are interested in learning new skills in communication that may approve your relationships drastically, I hold spontaneous classes in A Language Of Life (NVC) - originally created by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.
You may do what you like in your time off. You can even use my workshops to build your own private stuff. The property is surrounded by 2 million square meters of a beautiful national park. There are hundreds of mountain bike/hiking paths and an extensive dirt road system throughout the park. I have two mountain bikes you can use for free.
In our time off, we might decide to go exploring the park, just hang out in the sun or in the hammocks in the shade, And maybe telling stories and play the guitar in front of the fireplace in the evenings. We might go to the beach, visit some vineyards or towns/cities or check out the many well kept local secrets. Like the secret bathing place with a waterfall, or the secret rooftop bar in Alicante city, or the not so secret private Ice cream factory/shop created by a famous Belgium Chef (ooh, you're gonna love that one!).
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Being an INFJ and born in August (Which makes me a Leo), I was set out to go through life with a very strong personality. Fortunately, my life experience has rounded the edges and I have grown to become a gentle giant that genuinely care about other peoples needs and feelings. And I have finally learned how to listen. :-D
Also being a former soldier in the Special Forces (now I am a pacifist), I learned to be patient but also not to take any crap. So you can feel safe that I will have no problem making hard but necessary decisions or removing people that are not beneficial for the group, the project, or myself. If you google INFJ personalities you'll see that even though I am a very open and extrovert person (the Leo in me), I also have an introvert side. So I need some time to myself to recharge now and then. When I allow that, I have so much more to give.
I am a philosopher and a creator. But I have gained skills in many useful trades, for this project. And I have experience in building houses, self-sustainable systems, and survival techniques. I spent the last 15 years developing my own philosophy and worldview, that I am open to discuss and share with anyone interested in deep conversations and self-awakening (But you will have to ask). Basically, it is founded on the idea that "You create your own reality". I just took it beyond the physical level and into the mind and spiritual level, to see how deep I could go in the self-sustainability way of living. And it worked!
I strongly believe that we are actually in for a brighter future! My project is my personal attempt to show what happens if we take personal responsibility for our own life. And how that affects the rest of the world. My favorite words of wisdom are "In order to be able to take care of others, I need to know how to take care of my self". So that is what I explore. On all levels.
In my dream, I am sitting under the big tree looking out over my valley.
Taking in the stunning view, as the incredible colors from the sunset are dancing over the mountain tops and on the clouds above.
Feeling the satisfaction, the gratitude and the wistfully feeling when thinking about all the joyful moments with each of one of the amazing volunteers from all over the world that have given me their time, their smiles, their physical and emotional support to let me fulfill my dream;
My own little valley high up in the mountains in the beautiful and warm country of Spain.
Protected by the National park, the mountain itself, and its natural inhabitants.
I'm taking in the feeling of being surrounded by former volunteers, now close friends and almost like a family. Living in their own Earthships right next to mine. Sharing their dream with me.
And how we are helping each other and new visitors to discover, remember and become the ones we need to be.
As my fellow owners come and join me under the tree, sharing the moment, the view and the connection,
I finally feel relaxed.
We did it! We have built our Earthships.
We have finished the workshops and created a way of guiding people to use the tools, our support, and skills, to create amazing art and new inventions.
We grow our own food using natural techniques like permaculture and aquaponics.
We produce so much with so little effort, that it is a pure pleasure to give food for free at our "Cafeteria of hugs" that we made for the users of the park and for ourselves.
Together we created a retreat for people with good energies.
A place to grow personally and spiritually and receive healing.
A place to meditate and contemplate.
A place to discover our own powers.
A place where we found a higher and more powerful value than money, to keep our lives going and having the freedom to make mistakes. And the responsibility to correct them.
A world of free-share and appreciation for who we really are.
We created the valley to look natural.
We designed the houses and the structures in such a way that they blend in perfectly with the surroundings.
Allowing us the full attention to nature and our own connection with it.
We feel the wind.
We know where the shade is moving throughout the day and where the rainwater will run over the land.
We are connected to the soil and know its temperature, moist and even the smell deep down in the ground.
We feel natural.
We are proud.
Because we showed it was possible!
And now we are free. Absolutely free!
We can do everything we like to when we feel for it because we don't HAVE TO do anything.
Our Earthships and systems are providing all our basics needs for us.
As the light breeze, that has kept us cool from the strong sun, fade away along with the daylight,
we all take a moment watching the brightness and clarity of the stars in the sky, up here at this altitude.
And we all find the connection with each other in the gratitude and excitement for what life soon will present for us,
of new possibilities and new people... tomorrow.
Just as we all return to the privacy of our homes with our loved ones.
It has been a good day.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
In our time off, I offer to teach you everything you need to know, to get you started on your own project. And I am showing you how you can end up having a complete house with property only starting with 0-2000 euro and the skills and mindset learned here.
I am also open to sharing some ideas on how to start small businesses with minimal effort and capital, to create a constant flow of income with no or minimal work, so that you can free your time to create a better life and explore the world and yourself.
For those who are interested, I share my spiritual insights and mental techniques to reduce resistance and discomfort in your life, and improve the communication with your loved ones.
The official language on the property is English, but you may also practice your Spanish there or on the cultural excursions we do with long-term (more than two weeks) volunteers.
The area is rich on experiences, so we can choose from a huge variety of possibilities in our spare time. Anything from bathing in river waterfalls, hot springs or natural SPA's and going to the beach, to go mountain walking/biking, rock climbing, cave exploring and visiting towns/cities and local culture like vineyards, olive gardens, ruins, archeological sites, museums, castles, theme parks and water parks (June). My favorite is the local towns monthly organized "Tapas Rounds" where you get a map and walk from restaurant to restaurant paying only 2 euros for Tapas and a beverage. A great chance to get new friends in the local communities and to try out their best food and vine.
Volunteering include building on the Earthship (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️2), Aquaponics system (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️3) and any other self sustainable inventions (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️4) we want to build together. There will also be a chance to do Permaculture and landscaping.
- Landscaping and gardening.
- Creating wonderful international dishes (and eating them too).
- Building solar panel, wind turbine or a water pump from scratch.
- Building compost toilet, biogas digester, greenhouse, foundry, rocket mass heater, rocket stove, evaporation fridge,
- Practicing constructing an Earthship (tire walls, tin can walls, bottle walls, vaulted roof, woodwork, electricity, plumbing).
- Building Earthship systems (water, electricity, sewage, heating, cooling, food production).
- Building Aquaponics systems (from small kitchen window systems to large greenhouse systems).
- Experimenting with inventions and permaculture.
- Making art.
No experience required. But you need to be positive and willing to make an effort.
You need to have a sense of practical work and be solution oriented.
And you need to be willing to contribute to the team with motivation and teamwork.
If you can lift 25 kg and climb a ladder (not even at the same time), you'll be fine.
English (Fluently), Norwegian (Native), Spanish (conversational)
Volunteers will share the upstairs bedroom with very comfortable wooden bunk beds. Single beds with double mattresses. No need for a sleeping bag. Bedding (duvet, pillow, duvet & pillow covers, sheet, and a blanket is included in the stay. New clean bedding every second week. The beds have reading lights, private storage boxes, storage shelves and curtains for privacy.
Indoor WC, outdoor compost toilet.
Indoor and outdoor showers with hot water.
Electricity: 220V, 12V. USB and 220V charge outlets.
No WiFi (!) But fairly good outdoor phone/data coverage.
Fully equipped kitchen with stone pizza/bread oven, fireplace, electric oven, microwave, electric stove and gas stove, fridge and freezer.
Living room with a large fireplace, Dining table with chairs.
Laundry: Once a week I can take care of your laundry when I go to my apartment. There is hand wash laundry detergent available at the property. And we made a DIY 50 liter(!) hand-cranked solar washing machine/dryer for anyone to use.
Outdoor dining area with tables, chairs, and shade.
Indoor and outdoor workshops and storage.
Private secure outdoor parking and camping facilities.
Outdoor hammocks under a huge tree.
The house is still being renovated/rebuilt, but most of the living areas are finished.
Yet, the impression will be dominated by tools, materials and unfinished work, here and there.
We decide the menu together and go shopping for the food and pick from the garden. We cook together and take turns being the Chef. Food scraps are composted in several different ways.
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- produce its own WATER (rain catchment, storage, filtration, solar heating), its own ELECTRICITY (solar, wind, hydrogen, bio gas), Its own BIO GAS, COMPOST and WATER for the garden.
- uses the phenomena of nature to COOL DOWN (ground cooling and cross ventilation) and to HEAT UP (solar air and water heating.) the house and the attached greenhouse. And to store the heat in thermal mass.
- produce its own FOOD. Either by traditional earth growing indoors, or with Aquaponics (like in my case).
- recycle grey water to water the indoor garden and refill the toilet cistern.
- recycle black water to water the outdoor garden and to produce natural gas for cooking, heating and cooling (fridge, freezer). It also uses the sun to treat the black water to become compost for the outdoor garden.
- is build by recycled materials, by the owners and volunteers to reduce costs and at the same time spread the idea out into the world.
To get an idea about what kind of work we are doing on an Earthship, search YouTube for the documentary: "Earthship Solution Full Version AMVgrow-Reloaded".
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- Is a completely self sustainable mini eco system that takes care of itself and just produce ecological food all year round with about zero work (10min a week) and energy used (50W/h). It produce any kind of vegetable, fruit and herbs. And also eatable fish and freshwater shrimps.
My system will grain up the food scraps thrown in the kitchen sink to feed the black soldier fly farm and the red wriggler worm farm. The larvas and the worms turns the food into extremely concentrated nutrients for plants. Then the filtered nutrient liquid drips in to the aquaponics system and into small bottles for sale. So the only work is to pick the food from the greenhouse, eat, throw the left overs in the sink and push a button. The over population of larva, worms and shrimps will enter the fish tank by themselves and become food for the fish. The fish also eat duckweed that are being automatically fed directly from the grow trays in the aquaponics. The fish poo dissolve in water and microbes living naturally in water and on the pebbles supporting the plants in the Aquaponics system convert it into plant nutrients and at the same time clean the water that is returned into the fish tank. The shrimps live in protected habitats at the bottom of the fish tank, cleaning the fish tank and providing for extra fish food. The worms also lives in the plant trays, eating dead leaves and roots, keeping the system clean and at the same time produce nutrients and fish food.
To seed the system I just spit the seeds back into the plant trays as I am eating the food. That's all the work I do.
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We normally do a lot of experimenting and invent and build many different things in between the normal work. Things like a wind powered washing machine, portable bottle size solar operated refrigerator, portable solar generator, Greenhouse window modules with Air and water heating capacity, adjustable shade and special security system built in. We do soldering, welding classes and glass cutting classes.
And we experiment with perma culture, inventing systems like the 5 liter water bottle self watering mini greenhouse.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
25 hours work week (5 days a week, 5 hours a day)