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Farmstay, ecohotel/retreat centre in the green mountains of Antioquia, Colombia

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  • Last activity: 23 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are looking for a longer term volunteer, 1 person, a couple, or a small family, that has own initiative, loves cooking and doing some farm work. Basic ability of speaking and understanding Spanish is a must.
    For the period of half May until beginning of August we are looking for a volunteer / volunteering couple / friends, that can help us with the organization of a retreat and do farm staying for a short period. Experience with hospitality, and with cooking for groups and serving is most welcome / a must. Good exchange conditions.

    For our beautiful project in the green mountains in Colombia, we always need some extra help in the ecohotel / retreat centre, and in our farm. We are always very glad with volunteers that love cooking, also vegan and vegetarian meals. We love to learn and exchange new recipies.

    This magical place in the mountains above the clouds, offers a perfect place for anyone looking to deepen their spiritual journey through connection to self and nature, or just to find the peace and stillness away from the busy world, while having the comfort of a hot shower and fully equipped outdoor kitchen with breath-taking view, from the Camping Zone and the Eco-Hotel.

    Me, Heidi, as a single mother I made a conscious decision to start building up my life project here and that of my children, in the green mountains, surrounded by rivers, banana palm trees, forests, birds and hiking trails. I am from the Netherlands and I am living here in nature with my two Colombian - Dutch children, whilst being part of the eco-community around me, consisting of Colombian and foreign inhabitants that are implementing ecological and spiritual practices, based on ancestral and permaculture values and customs.

    Together with Carolina and her daughter, Colombian, who came through workaway and have now been included in my heart and team, we are managing the ecohotel and developing the retreat centre, focusing on personal and collective healing and well-being, in the mountains of the municipality of Cocorná, department of Antioquia, in Colombia.

    Our project is a perfect place for camping, or staying in the hotel, also with children as they have ample space to play and many wonderful kids to connect with in our community and activities available in the mountain life.

    We highly value that you have experience in taking care of a farm: agriculture, animal care. And that you have an eye for cleaniness. Experience in hospitality, service to guests, and cooking nice meals is highly valued as well.

    Loving dogs and cats, plants, flowers and locally grown food is a must and expressing own initiative and responsibility we highly value.

    * I started this project 4,5 years ago. Some years ago I was part of another project, for which we invited volunteers. Most reviews that you see are still from the previous project, also in Colombia. We welcome you now to our new project in a beautiful part of Colombia!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 project is situated in a Conscious Eco-Community Zakuye, in which weekly traditional ancestral gatherings such as Mambeadero (sharing the sweet word of wisdom around the fire in a circle) and gatherings (community building project gatherings) are happening and everyone is welcome to participate and experience this ancestral way of life.

    You have the opportunity to meet with a traditional indigenous family from the Sierra Nevada who live close by in traditional houses and near the maloka (indigenous community space), to learn from their cosmovision, spiritual practices, weaving techniques and traditional way of eco construction.

    You can meet and visit the other Colombian - international families during the events that we organize.

    You have the possibility to learn or improve the Spanish language.

    We have yoga classes in our Tambo two times a week.

    You can learn more about permaculture, eco building, and traditional rural practices.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Co-creation amongst conscious people is the heart of our project. Therefore, your abilities and capacities are mostly welcome! We are looking for:
    * Tasks in and around the ecohotel: cleaning, making guest rooms nice, attending guests, making a small fire in the Tambo, wood collection, cooking meals and serving them.
    * Volunteers that can help in the permaculture garden, compost and animal caring.
    * Carpenters that can help us to make more furniture, compost toilet, maintenance, are mostly welcome.
    * People with experience re. on line marketing, making good videos and photographs, website making, social media, are most welcome
    * Can you prepare delicious vegan or vegetarian food, wow great!
    * Volunteers that have a background in (alternative) education (and /or special education dedicated to children with dyslexia), to acompany my children with their education.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We can do a language exchange of teaching my children English, and I can teach you Spanish. I am personally also interested in learning and practisising French, Portuguese, and Hebrew, in exchange of teaching Spanish.

  • Accommodation


    We can offer you a tent at our camping zone, which has a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a compost toilet and hot shower. You can make use of the ample comfortable and beautiful Tambo as a comunal space to read, work, participate in yoga classes, sit around the fire, singing circles, etc.
    Warm meal is included.

    For farmstay sitters that we are looking for now, we offer a stay in a nice private room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    - We offer a beautiful, quiet, and comfortable place to stay in the middle of nature, with a spectacular view over the mountains. You have the possibility to participate in community activities and meet nice people. We offer healthy food and and a family environment.

    - You can enjoy birth watching
    - You can go hiking to nearby rivers, waterfalls and pools
    - You can go to the yacuzzi and swimming pool nearby
    - You can participate in mountain bike tours
    - You can go paragliding and other extreme sports nearby.
    - You can go to the local museum in the village of Cocorná, which is very interesting.
    - You can participate in yoga classes, singing circles, dancing and other events that we organize.
    - You can jump on our big trampoline.

    We are very flexible and open for new ideas and initiatives. You can participate in making bread, jam, muesli, and other healthy vegetarian food.

    It would be nice to let us know well in advance about your travel details (confirm by telephone).
    The village of Cocorná is 45 minutes in bus from Rionegro and 2 hours in bus from Medellin.
    From Cocorná you can take a mototaxi that will you bring up to the mountain. The last small piece you do by feet.
    Or you can go in a 4x4 taxi almost unto our place.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our space has the optimum conditions for digital nomads, as have access to unlimited wifi, and there is a comfortable comfortable working space, where you can work, enjoying a healthy smoothy or a nice coffee, looking out over the mountains and letting yourself inspire by the spectacular view over the mountains and hearing the birds singing.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept pets but you should inform us first, because we have a dog, and three cats. So, then we can see whether it can be a good match. But there is space!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum 4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 411567477999

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