We live on a 50 acre rural property with three houses, and we currently have 8 adults and 5 children living here. My partner Gregor and I live in one of the houses with our two small children, and you would mostly spend time with us, other volunteers, or sometimes, other residents. Some of our interests are growing food, native bush regeneration, natural learning, peaceful parenting, self development, and learning how to live together in community.
Our projects include food gardens and orchards, rainforest regeneration, and making native fruit jam. We are in the 'ideas stage' of creating a group of homeschooling families here, so we're always interested to share ideas with people about raising children and natural ways of learning. We're in the beautiful Numinbah Valley near the Gold Coast, a half hour drive from Nerang train station, and half an hour from Murwillumbah bus station. We can pick you up from these places, or the Gold Coast airport, as there's no public transport in our valley.
The property is very scenic, in a valley between two national parks, with dams, a big creek flat, a waterhole for swimming and lots of wildlife. Activity ebbs and flows here, with some quiet family times, other times with volunteers, family and friends visiting. We are a community, but that doesn't mean we all spend every day together. We have bigger group meals about once a week, and other meals are smaller groups or self serve. About every two months we hold camping gatherings on the creek flat, with up to 50 people. Optus and Telstra work here but Vodafone does not. We have mobile wifi, available for moderate use.
Our helpers usually love their time here, and want to stay longer.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Our community project: We're hoping to create a small extended family or tribe to support each other in the journey of raising children, and give the kids (and adults) a different experience. If you are interested in how intentional communities form and work, and what the benefits might be, you might find a stay with us rewarding. However we are very much in the early stages, so please don't expect to find an enlightened group of people with perfect practices! Living in community takes a lot of learning. Likewise, we would like to live sustainably / regeneratively, but we are only at the beginning of that journey.
Land and wildlife: We live in a beautiful biodiverse area, and we have knowledge we can share with you about local wildlife and ecosystems. We have a rainforest tree planting program on our beautiful creek flat, and a small native plant nursery, as well as being close to several beautiful national parks with lots of bushwalks. There's a glow worm cave just 5 minutes drive from our place. We also have a range of knowledge and practices about gardening in local Australian subtropical conditions, and some knowledge of no-dig and permaculture principles. We aim to produce as much food as possible to feed ourselves (a work in progress!)
We're looking for people who would like to help with child care, cleaning, household help, gardening, landscaping, weeding, watering, rainforest regeneration, handy work, or property maintenance. I'm also looking for someone with marketing skills to help to develop a marketing plan for a native fruit jam we make :)
We ask for your help for 4 hours a day if the work is physically hard, like digging, or 5 hours if it's easier, for 5 days a week. But we are very flexible and happy to talk it through with you, if you would like to have a different arrangement. In exchange we give you all your food, but not treats or alcohol, though we are happy to pick them up for you. We love to show you our beautiful region, and are happy to help you get around when you have free time.
English, German (some residents)
Accommodation is your own room, either in a 'mining camp style' accommodation block or in one of the residents' houses. Wherever you stay, you will have access to a bathroom, living room and kitchen, and a covered outdoor area to relax in.
We can accommodate most diets, as long as you are happy to share a kitchen with people with other diets! We prefer non smokers, but if you smoke, check with us and we can see if there's a space for you. If you have particular needs or circumstances, please let us know before you arrive, so that we can be sure we can accommodate you.
Days off can be spent bushwalking, swimming, or visiting local towns, beaches, attractions and national parks. We are close to the Gold Coast and 90 minutes from Byron Bay. There's no local public transport in our valley, but there is always someone coming or going, so we are happy to help you get around on your days off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week