A magical place in the Asturias hills, Nava, Spain - small projects indoors and outside




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    UPDATE *** workawayer welcome when travel restrictions are lifted *** Currently help needed with: collecting wood for next winter, vegetable garden maintenance, building of a shed and outdoor furniture, placing gutters and water storage. End of summer: painting wood outdoors (windows, balcony, roof).

    After traveling and living as a global nomad for 15 years, I've found a little Piece of Paradise in a Spanish nature reserve in Asturias. I've been a Workaway volunteer myself and really enjoyed the concept; now it's my turn to invite volunteers and offer an unforgettable place to stay, in exchange for some straightforward easy and rewarding help to make this a unique place. This is a healthy place; NO smokers please and NO drugs (also not outside).

    This is a rehabilitated mountain cabin with the most magnificent views and encounters with unspoiled nature. It's too nice to keep to myself! I want to create a place where people can meet each other and themselves, to stay for a while and to add their bit of specialty to it. I'm a down-to-earth, honest, straightforward, uncomplicated person, respectful towards others and myself; I hope to meet volunteers with those same values.

    It is off-grid, using solar panels for energy and a natural water source; a normal indoors toilet, bathroom, toilet, and kitchen. I'm heating on wood and if necessary gas heaters to chase out the crispy morning cold in winter. Beware: the water may be off at times - you may need to skip a shower now and then!

    The location is remote with the nearest town (Nava) 7 km down the hill (20 minutes by car). It would be best to have your own wheels; of course I can give you a ride into town (which also has a train station) or city when I'm going there. There are several other cabanas around; cows and horses mow the grass and are true musicians with their bells. You can expect visits from salamanders warming up in the sun while you do the same, vultures soaring around, deer and donkeys passing by at diner time, bats at sunset. The area is well-known among hikers who are kindly offered a coffee once they got lost past the 'private road' sign; you can see the Picos de Europa as well as the sea.

    I'd be very happy to practice my Spanish - to which I haven't dedicated enough time to, but I can manage normal conversation... Spanish speakers mostly welcome! As well as Dutch, English, German, French speakers. max 2 volunteers at a time.

    Pets are surely welcome, as long as they are well trained and good company. I don't have pets myself, since I'm often away from home.

    Please mention in your message the dates you'd like to stay. Thanks!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice

  • 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

    You'll experience freedom here; unspoiled and true nature; and if you're interested I have some stories to share from all around the world. I'd be surely happy to hear and learn a bit about your life, where you're coming from and where you're at. You'll experience the off grid life which is in this case very comfortable - but consciousness of use of resources is expected.

  • Help


    Indoors: constructing simple kitchen shelves and desk, creating some decorative things from locally harvested wood, etc.

    Outdoors, depending on the weather: wood cutting, sawing, trimming bushes, clearing a part of land and creating levels for vegetable garden, building a sitting area and outdoor kitchen.

    If you have experience with adobe building, cob and especially tadelakt: please find your way to me! I'd like to do some indoor adjustment (in bathroom and living room) and build an outdoor oven, but I need an experienced guide. I'll make you an apple pie in the traditional Asturian oven!!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, German, Spanish, French

  • Accommodation


    Off grid, fully equipped mountain cabana. Shared bathroom, kitchen, living room - be aware: it's a small space when bad weather forces us to be indoors. One bedroom available for workawayers, so if you're alone it'll all be yours and if there are 2 volunteers you'll share the room. Super comfortable double bed + double sleeping couch in the living room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mother nature determines the schedule: when the sun is out, we'll take advantage of it with outdoor jobs and when it's raining there's stuff to do indoors. I'm not living with the clock but you can expect to be busy for about 2-3 hrs in the morning and 2 hrs in the afternoon... more or less. Weekends are off - whichever 2 days you decide to be weekend. On the days that we're 'working' I provide food and drinks - I'm happy to take reasonable dietary wishes into account and I'd be happy to share the kitchen: you're welcome to show off with your chef's special recipes or join in experimental cooking dishes with local products.
    On days and other time off there're endless footpaths/mountainbike/motorbike trails straight from the doorstep meandering through the area. The coast is about 30' drive and Picos de Europa appr. 1 hr drive (Pongo closer by); in winter small ski resorts at appr. 1 hr drive. Nava (village down the hill) has several local bars, restaurants, shops, the weekly market as well as a cider museum for which the area is famous (lot's of places to taste and buy as well). Asturias is mostly known for it's unspoiled nature, rough coastline, empty beaches, green hills and wildlife. Plenty of outdoor activities i.e. wildwater rafting close by.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

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