This summer we are building a yurt.
It will go up in a boggy corner of the one-acre site, that we are rehabilitating - clearing deadwood, brambles and plastic. It was totally saturated down there by a submerged well. We have dug it out to drain the place and now have good water too!
Our son is 14-month-old mischievous angel creature who loves splish splashin, bing banging and scuttering the table. We are living in the old presbytery in the village of Annascaul on the Dingle peninsula in the West of Ireland. It is a place of extraordinary natural beauty. We have chickens, a cat, a polytunnel and a few raised beds, our own well and trees. We eat organic, (mostly) vegetarian (except on special occasions.) We are involved with local environmental groups campaigning on plastic and wireless technologies. I am an artist, writer of articles, poetry, performance. Diarmuid works as sports journalist and well-being facilitator. We run Irish language retreats, forage wild food, swim in the ocean as much as possible and strive to pay attention to the Divine Comedy.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We live on the Dingle peninsula, a place where the Irish language and traditional music is very strong. Annascaul is buzzing in the summer and there is trad in the local pubs. We are socially and politically active so anyone who stays with us will learn much about contemporary Irish society. You will also learn about wild food.
We wish for a person who can tune into and explore with this small avatar we are raising. I am breastfeeding so it wouldn't be for any long periods, just a walk in nature. Also we are building a yurt this summer down in the wooded corner so a strong manual person would be particularly welcome. Its a small place so the work is satisfying and varied work, no repetitive tasks. If there is a technically minded person we have two websites under construction - for our business ventures and we could use help on that. There is other work in the garden sowing, planting, weeding, watering, talking to the plants. Housework of course. We love cooking but the kitchen is open to all.
Its a beautiful old house, with wood paneling and high ceilings. There are two bright spare rooms upstairs. One large spacious double room facing west and one small box room with a skylight. It is a quiet place, no electrosmog, guests always sleep well here. There is oil heating and two good stoves so its warm in the winter.
We live in the village of Abhainn na Scail meaning the River of Reflections. We are a ten minute walk to the coast where we swim at a small pier or a 15 minute cycle to Inch beach - a very long strand backed by dunes, which was voted best in the country. 15 minutes the other direction is the Abhainn na Scail lake and mountains. There is a bike here you may use, we drive to Dingle town frequently, hitching is easy and safe, public transport is pricey.
We have a wired internet connection that you can connect your laptop to through the sockets but we ask you not to use your smart phone or wifi in the house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week