Nature Based Permaculture community project on Isle of Skye looking for motivated long or medium term volunteers


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  • Description


    We are the proud custodians of a young permaculture project at Rubha Phoil, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

    This is a beautiful 15-acre peninsula covered in stunning native woodland, with breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat to the mountains of Knoydart and the small isles. Lichen-covered trees, a rich under-storey and an abundance of birdsong create a feeling of wilderness that is usually hard to come by. Otters and seals are regularly spotted near the shore as well as 70+ different bird species. If you're lucky, you might even see some dolphins or whales.

    The aim of the project is to educate and inspire people about permaculture and the vital role it can play in helping communities work with nature to become more resilient and self-sufficient in the face of today's global challenges. We hope to make permaculture attractive and achievable for anyone and highlight its place in modern life, and plan to do this by creating a beautiful working example.

    Within the woodland there are some clearings which are used to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. We keep a couple of ducks and chickens. There are several camping pitches and a number of small huts which give visitors the chance to sleep close to nature, while still having the option of a hot shower and cooking facilities.

    We are in the process of making a permaculture design.

    If you use the word banana cake in the subject of your email, we know that you have read our profile and you will increase your chances for a positive reply.

    We would like to remind you that we live on the West Coast of Scotland. During autumn and winter, we are sometimes blessed with some pretty dramatic and impressive weather. Strong winds and horizontal rain are not unusual. That means that it is possible that you might be working inside quite a bit. Sometimes on your own. If you can't stand this weather or your own company for more than an hour or two, it is best to apply for host that lives somewhere less exciting.

    Rubha Phoil is also the base for a consultancy specializing in helping and teaching people to design and create their own vibrant, thriving, highly productive natural ecosystem and edible landscape.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Sleat peninsula on Skye is a hot spot for Gaelic culture with Scotland's Gaelic College situated a few miles away. There are regular traditional and contemporary musical events, talks and other community-led events.

    This is a great opportunity to learn about and experience permaculture in the observation and design phase, organic vegetable growing on different scales, forest management, composting, animal husbandry, running a campsite, connecting people with nature, plant identification, bird watching plus loads of fun!

  • Help


    We are looking for up to six motivated volunteers. We are working hard on fixing things and we need help supporting visitors and tourists. We would welcome individuals and/or couples on a long or medium term basis 2 weeks or longer. During the summer months, preferably longer term.

    At this stage in the project we would particularly welcome people with building/DIY skills and we would be happy to discuss a fair exchange.
    We also need a webdesigner with experience of wordpress and some artists to make beautiful signs and wall paintings.
    We have a few projects waiting for a small group of volunteers who don't mind some manual labour: Making paths, removing invasive species and demolishing some old wooden structures.

    Other tasks we require help with include:
    - helping plant a polytunnel with delicious vegetables and an aquaponics system;
    - weeding and seed saving;
    - compost making
    - fixing and maintaining buildings;
    - helping to make a permaculture design for the site
    - feeding and tending animals;
    - miscellaneous jobs such as removing invasive species, collecting seaweed for composting, ecological surveys, litter picking...

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch

  • Accommodation


    We have several huts and caravans that are used for volunteers. We provide outdoor compost toilet facilities and there is a shower next to the reception. Meals would be provided in a communal kitchen and living area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Skye is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, with dramatic mountains, seascapes and native woodland, fascinating geology and fantastic wildlife. There are many beautiful walks that can be made from Armadale and bikes can be hired locally. Skye has a strong traditional music scene, and prides itself on the wide range of arts and crafts that are created by local people.

    Rubha Phoil is very close to Armadale pier where the ferry comes over from Mallaig. There is a post office and shop less than 10 minutes’ walk from the site and a few hundred metres further on lies the village of Ardvasar, with a hotel/pub and community hall. There is a bus service to other parts of Skye and Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland.

    We expect volunteers to be self-motivated, hard working and mindful of the sensitive natural environment they will be living in. In return we will provide good food, and a comfortable, welcoming place.

    - We cannot accept dogs or other pets. Sorry no exceptions, our wildlife is important to us.
    - We are an alcohol and drugs free project. If alcohol or drugs are important in your life, this is not the right place for you.
    - Although the communal kitchen is normally vegan, we don't impose that on other people in their own spaces.

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    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

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