Join our reforestation building projects and be a part of our eco community in Knysna, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a call to all those who would like to create change, collaborate, and co-create a new story. A story in which people live in harmony with each other and the natural world. A story in which the well-being of future generations is safeguarded and secured.

    We are taking direct action in the face of pressing environmental and social concerns. We have the tools to restore degraded landscapes and ecosystems. We have the knowledge and skills to create networks and communities that can co-create new ways of approaching life, new ways of working together, collaborating and co-creating from the heart, restoring a personal connection to the Earth and all life that she supports.

    We would like to invite you to be a part of this new story. We would like to share the skills and knowledge that inspires and empowers people to restore their connection to the natural world, and in so doing restores the ecological integrity of the spaces around them.Taking practical steps to creating a world that honors all life, and creates abundant possibilities for future generations.

    Our volunteer program is a central pillar in meeting this objective. We offer an immersive learning experience, engaging heads, hearts, and hands, in service to nature, co-creating holistic systems that support regenerative lifestyles and communities.

    We are piloting holistic and innovative ecosystem restoration models, reforesting degraded land, and developing climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. We are in the process of establishing a living learning center, to share skills and knowledge, as well as an agro-forestry project to grow nutrient dense chemical free food for the community. We have set up a nursery to propagate trees and plants for the agro-forestry and forest restoration project. We have set up a sawmill to process invasive vegetation into timber for our carpentry workshop, and plan on experimenting with tiny house construction.

    The program is for individuals who resonate with this vision and the work that we do, and are interested in being part of our community project for a period of time.

    We are looking for short term volunteers (3 weeks) with the opportunity to take on a longer term positions for certain individuals with specific skill sets that are needed on the land. The program for short term volunteers is dependent on the projects we are working with at the time.

    As a community, we have the opportunity to learn from one another, to discover and explore the power of collaboration and co-creation. Spending time in community provides us with the opportunity to explore new ways of being, relating to ourselves, each other and nature. In this space we learn, and grow and create together.

    The space is a meditation retreat center, and we practice various natural health and wellness modalities, both as individuals and as a community on our path of personal and collective evolution and growth. Some of these include meditation, yoga, flow arts, sweat lodge, plant based eating, and natural medicines. We invite you to connect deeply with yourself, and with nature, to act mindfully, and to consciously co-create with us.

    The work exchange is for two plant-based meals per day, accommodation, as well as the hands on learning opportunities that this project offers in practical permaculture, agro-ecology, agro-forestry, ecosystem restoration, horticulture, soil creation, plant-based cooking, herbal medicines, woodwork, music, art, and more.

    We work together for 5 hours each day and have weekends to rest. We prepare and eat meals together & helping in the kitchen is another task for volunteers to get involved in. In a community, we share responsibilities. We provide plant based cooked meals, salads and smoothies for guests at our retreat center too.

    There is space to host talks or workshops. We encourage you to share your skills, knowledge, and passions with the team or with the local community.

    In your spare time volunteers have the opportunity to explore and utilize the beautiful facilities on the land, participate in our community events like yoga & meditation sessions and music evenings.

    We are positioned right next to the indigenous forests of the Garden Route National park, inhabited by ancient trees, diverse plant and animal life, including the mysterious Knysna elephant, vervet monkeys, baboons, the knysna lourie, and much more. We are about 30 minutes walk from the Homtini river, which offers opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, swim, or adventure down the river gorge. If you have a vehicle, you can explore the nearby towns of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield over weekends.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Our volunteers have the opportunity to learn both theoretical and practical knowledge about building soil, channeling and storing water, regenerating degraded landscapes, growing organic food, natural medicines, nutrition, plant based living and loads more.

  • Help

    Help

    The land and infrastructure require immediate expansion in a number of areas, thus requiring the physical capability and presence of more than one or two individuals at a time. We offer a program of energy exchange for volunteers to be able to live and work with us on the land and learn experientially about nurturing the relationship between themselves and nature to keep the flow of healing energy alive with creativity and enthusiastic participation!

    We have a beautiful organic vegetable garden, which we have recently expanded. The garden itself is a tool for both practical and academic education about how to grow food with permaculture methods, how to harvest produce and save seeds, how to identify and utilize medicinal plants and how to connect with mother earth.

    The property is on the boundary of the indigenous Knysna forest. So we are thinning out the alien species on the land and reforesting the land with indigenous trees, this is a project which we will oversee for the next fifteen years. At the moment we are doing a lot of clearing of thick alien overgrowth, this is quite physical work, but very good for working out all the muscles in your body, getting into a healthy sleep cycle and it requires little to no experience or knowledge to participate, only a happy and enthusiastic attitude to be fun and exciting!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Afrikaans, Dutch, Portuguese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers are expected to bring a tent. Camping is free for volunteers. Please bring a sleeping bag/own bedding and pillow. Small wooden huts that sleep two people each, equipped with a clean linen and duvet are also available by arrangement. Please specify what your needs are.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a river gorge 1 km from our land, the hike to get there is through a beautiful descending rivene path of thick indigenous forest. it's a fun way to spend a sunny day! There are no restaurants, hang out places, grocery or other shops nearby. We live an hour out of the nearest town.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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

The comunal dining area
Nishi, Your host.
There is a place here for peace.
Organic veggies grown with love.
The communal Kitchen Area
Sandra, AAA Rated, volunteer planting a Yellow-wood tree
Harvesting honey
Our monkey-proof garden
Cleaning the Forest, preparing the ground for new trees.
Harvesting Gum poles from the plantation.
Pine logs harvested from the plantation
Cutting planks on the woodmill
Emily, the best volunteer ever.
Sharing a Sweat Lodge experience.

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