Enjoy our cob cottage with us and learn about sustainable living and more in Victoria, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We're a young family of four living in our little hand built cob cottage on our families sustainably farmed sheep and agroforesty farm. We are both natural builders, Michelle is also an artist and currently studying with the School of Shamanic Womancraft. Nick runs a landscape and gardening business. We have two daughters, Lyra Raven who is 4 and Ariana Rue who is 11 months old. Both girls were born at home, they are the 6th generation in Michelle's family to live on the property.
    We live as close to the earth as possible, with a composting toilet, a reed bed grey water system, a woodfired combustion stove, a solar passive designed cottage, a solar system and our vegie patch. A variety of other people live on the property, we share a community dinner together every week.

  • 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 with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    The home we live in is a very unique cob house that we have built ourselves and are still building so if you're interested in natural building we have much knowledge to share. Nick is an experienced gardener especially in regards to Australian natives. Michelle is a sharer of the women's mysteries and uses her art as a way to share knowledge of the cycles within nature and our deep connection to them. We live communally with lots of other skilled humans including agroforesty, traditional timber framing, herbal medicine, sheep farming, puppeteering and more.

  • Help


    We are looking for people to help with a variety of things including gardening, natural building, cooking and childcare.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will be sleeping in a beautiful 4m canvas bell tent. We will provide all bedding. (We only have people staying during the warmer months October through to April as the nights are a little cold for camping in winter) You will share our home and kitchen, cooking meals together. We eat organic and local where ever possible and cook healthy nourishing meals and can happily cater for different dietry requirements such as vegan or vegetarian.
    We're currently installing an outdoor shower but until that's ready, showers are up at the main house on the property where the owners of the farm live (Michelle's parents), we only shower once a week to save our precious rain water. We have a composting toilet that everyone shares in emptying and cleaning.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the Otways in Southern, Victoria. A twenty minute drive from Lorne on the Great Ocean Road which is a beautiful place to visit with gorgeous scenery and wonderful swimming beaches. There is also lots of beautiful rainforest walks and waterfalls to visit. There is a train station 10 minutes from our place. You can catch that train from or too Melbourne (approx 1hr 45min train ride).

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 363175466242