Building a dance pavilion and other tasks in Tipperary, Ireland




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    Hello, my name is Fionntáin, you are welcome to my world :-)

    Yes, you will be happy to know that I am a human being, but first and foremost i am a Spirit Being on earth and everything i do is aligned with the Divine Energy that I Am. I share my Light principally as a singer songwriter and sound healer. My intention in living this life, is to assist in the manifestation of Heaven on Earth. It is a mission i share with an ever increasing band of people all around the world, there are millions of us, some of us simply just don’t know it yet. This mission has inspired me recently to leave my family home and a very comfortable life and live in my forest, off grid, on my own, me and the trees, following the promptings of my heart.

    As more and more volunteers come to my forest, it is clear that primarily I offer a spiritual experience in which volunteers get to live simply and simply be. Yet all experiences are spiritual, there's nothing exclusive here. My top priority is to upgrade existing spaces to provide more suitable accommodation and to erect the dance pavilion, a jewel in the forest, a dream of Divine Consciousness 🕺❤️💃 The pavilion will be timber post and beam, set in the center of the forest. The space is now cleared and posts already in place, cut from the forest. So volunteers are very welcome to come and assist in these works especially those with carpentry/building experience

    This forest, this place of calm which is for-rest, calls on all here to make a commitment to themselves. We may feel that it is ourselves, our personalities that are making this commitment, taking this journey within, but this is not the case. Yes, our bodies are crying out for more, but it is only our Divine selves that will satisfy the tears. There is nothing else to discover only that we, without exception, have been Divine all along and therefore we have everything we need right here right now, we are perfect. Everything else is temporary and will fade away, only the Divine remains. This is why everyone deserves more love not less, even those with whom we disagree. One of the principle signs of this journey within is emotional responsibility, when you realise that whatever emotion arises within you is here to help you, is looking for your love and when you give it your love you discover you are deepening your relationship with your self and therefore with the whole world. This marks the end of the blame game. There is no one to blame for any emotion you are feeling.

    'Things could not have happened any other way for you to become who you were born to be' Matt Kahn and I shall say, Things could not have happened any other way for you to realise who you already are.

    On a south facing slope, the 9 acre forest consists of 7200 deciduous trees which were planted in 2001. The views to the Mountains are beautiful. If you are looking for a peaceful secluded natural environment then this could be the place for you. Please be clear that this is a rustic off grid experience with basic facilities at present. Temporary accommodation consists of a 3 bed mobile home for visitors and volunteers. The peace and quite is what draws me here, a yearning for relaxation which has brought many challenges that in turn has gifted me the strength to love like never before.

    I ask that you are genuinely interested in and respectful of the vibration i am creating here, that you are courteous and respectful to all who come here, that you keep the mobile home tidy, that you do not take alcohol or drugs at any time during your stay, that you only smoke outdoors and that you are contactable at all times in case of emergency.

    In order to make this workaway experience work for all, i spend a lot of time and energy ensuring my profile is accurate and up to date, in Q&A sessions on video and text, lifts on arrival and departure to bus/train, ensuring you are getting good quality meals and that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. I ask in return that you give of your best whilst working with me.

    As i cannot add a meat eaters waste to my compost bin, i ask that no meat is eaten at any time during your stay

    COVID 19
    Please check the irish government requirements before applying. Also you are advised to check out your own governments requirements for when you return home. Here in this forest, we respond to all our governments policies with Love. We respond to sars cov 2 the way we respond to everything, taking our time, breathing relaxedly and claiming the joy in every moment 🙂

    This is a very quite calm peaceful place in the country side near a quite village. Some volunteers find it too quite. You need to be self sufficient. Be prepared to entertain yourself without all the entertainment provided by city life. Also accommodation is very basic and there are only a few of the appliances found in the average european household.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    I have been a workaway volunteer myself for 2 years travelling around Europe. So i have an understanding of what ingredients produce a good experience.

    Acknowledging that we all perceive things differently, what i see here in my forest is peace and quite, a Divine simple off grid life, all life is Divine, opportunities to express myself in song and sound and dreaming of a wonderful dance pavilion some day. In exchange for your presence, energy and 6 hours help 5 days a week, i offer you in return an opportunity to connect with nature, to feel Ireland in your bones, to relax and unwind, to gain some eco building/forestry experience and most of all, to simply be

  • Help



    PHASE 1
    Erecting dance pavilion and
    Upgrading a mobile home which includes installing a double door and repairs to ceiling and floor in living room. Installing a timber deck, for which support pillars are already in place.

    PHASE 2
    Ongoing maintenance :
    Gathering, chopping and stacking timber
    Cutting down small willow trees and creating willow fences
    Clearing brambles and creating walks through the forest
    Maintaining the vegetable garden
    Cooking and Cleaning
    Willow sculpture and other art creations, resonating with the vibrations of my dream and using the natural resources of the forest, are encouraged and welcomed
    Painting and Decorating

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    As noted above the accommodation is very basic. Volunteers will be accommodated in the 3 bedroom mobile home, which is situated in a large clearing in the centre of the forest, so it gets lots of sunlight. The bedrooms are unheated, so will be comfortable from May to September. If someone wishes to come during the colder days of autumn and winter, i am open to discussing their request. Pillows and duvets are provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag, towel and soap. I live in an adjacent mobile home. Please let me know if you are taller than 1.85m to ensure the available bed is suitable for you.

    The mobile home has a gas hob and sink. Perishable food is kept cool in a cold box outside. Fresh running water from my well is available. An outdoor compost toilet and a gravity fed solar shower area are provided. The shower will have lukewarm water on sunny days only from April to September. An outdoor hot water bath is available all year long

    There is solar power with enough capacity to give each volunteer a light and a charging point for a phone and, as noted above, if theres enough sun, a pc.

    At present i dont have wifi. With mobile data, I go online regularly during the day and perform on facebook live. My mobile signal on the THREE network is very good and only drops for a few seconds occasionally. My phone can be a hotspot for approx one hour most days if required.

    Food is mostly vegetarian/vegan/organic. For breakfast i provide oats/cereals, cheese, rice milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, dried fruit, seeds, and sometimes local honey and bread. Dinner is usually rice/lentils/potatoes/salads with vegetable stirfry/stew, lighter food in warmer weather. Please let me know if there is any specific food you would like. As i cannot add a meat eaters waste to my compost bin, i ask that no meat is eaten at any time during your stay. If you are cooking, it will be taken as part of your helping hours.

    I reduce, reuse and recycle very consciously, aware of my place in the cycle of life, caring for the earth with every breath i take. I ask that each volunteer separates their waste into whatever containers are provided and that the trees and plants, insects, animals, the birds and the bees in my forest are all treated with respect.

    During summer please bring an old long sleeved and or short sleeved shirt, trousers, sun hat, an old rain jacket and shoes or boots. Wellingtons, waterproofs, warm jacket and warm boots are good to have during winter. Slip on footwear is very convenient when going in and out of the mobile home.

    There is no washing machine here. Please bring clothes that are easily washed by hand.

    A 4 person tent is available, which is warm inside from May/June to August/September

    When travelling from abroad, in case you have to visit the doctor and if you are eligible, it is advisable to have a European Health Insurance card. Also you are advised to consider taking out travel insurance.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is important to know that i respect each volunteers private space, their likes and dislikes. We are all unique beautiful individuals. I do not assume that because you come and stay at my place that we are going to get along like a house on fire. If that happens to be the case, that would be wonderful, but its an added extra. Be assured that it is entirely up to each person to spend their free time as they wish.

    A small village is within walking distance with restaurant, small shop open 7days, pub, petrol pumps and post box. There are 2 caravan parks in the area and its a 5 minute drive to the nearest hotel.
    Tipperary town is 15minute drive away with shops, supermarkets, cafes, pubs, a swimming pool, library, small art gallery, cinema and theatre, all of which are now subject to Covid 19 restrictions. I drive to Tipperary Town once a week or every 2 weeks and i can offer you a lift at those times

    Local Attractions include:
    1. Superb walking trails through the Glen of Aherlow and up the Galtee Mountains. My forest is on some of these walking trails.
    2. Some small megalithic monuments, ancient wells and early christian buildings close by
    3. Cahir Castle with Swiss Cottage and Sculpture Park
    4. The Rock of Cashel
    5. Lough Gur with a wonderful megalithic stone circle (the largest in Ireland), lake walks, archaeological site and ringforts, homes of 'The Little People'


    BY AIR
    Dublin Airport is the most convenient. Best time to arrive in Dublin Airport is approximately sometime before 1pm if you wish to come straight to my place by train.

    Public Transport
    Summary: Take Bus from Dublin Airport to Heuston Station, then train from Heuston Station to Limerick Junction.
    Travelling from Dublin Airport to Heuston Station:
    The 747, which is the best bus from the Airport to Heuston Station, is NOT OPERATING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID19
    The best alternative way to travel by public transport to Heuston Station from Dublin Airport is to take bus route 16 or 41 to O'Connell Street. The bus stop for the 16 and 41 is located at Zone 15 at Dublin Airport. You would then connect with bus route 145 at Aston Quay.

    At Heuston Station, take train travelling in the direction of Cork, get off at Limerick Junction. Last train leaves at 19.00 (there may be a later train, but it means you will arrive at the forest very late, which i try to avoid). The journey takes 1 hour and 40mins approximately.

    I can pick you up from and drop you back to this train station at no cost. Please let me know well in advance so i can plan my day

    Please note: Limerick Junction Train Station is in Tipperary town not Limerick City.

    Dublin port: There are some public transport connections to the city centre where you can catch the train mentioned above. Check with your ferry company.

    Rosslare Harbour: There is a bus that leaves for Tipperary Town about 5 times each day (may have changed due to Covid 19). It takes about 3hr 30min. Check Buseireann website for bus timetable

    Plan to arrive in Limerick Junction Train Station or Tipperary Town and i can pick you up and drop you back there at no cost or if you have your own transport come straight to the forest


    If you are inspired to apply for a volunteer position, please start your message with 'Testing 123' and answer the following questions:

    * What is it about my project that inspires you to apply?
    * As it is helpful that everyone who comes here is aware of the kingdom within, how would you describe your kingdom?
    * How would you describe your relationship with fun?
    * How would you describe your relationship with relaxation?
    * It is not essential, but can you use any hand tools?
    * It is not essential, but can you grow vegetables?

    In order to see if we are on the same wavelength and if we will work well together i interview all shortlisted applicants on a video call.


    Thank you for reading my profile. May you be blessed with all the fun and relaxation your heart desires and it is so :-)


    UPDATE 2O May 2019
    3 volunteers have joined me this month and we have made great progress in clearing the forest and stacking logs. The site has been cleared for the strawbale cabin and holes for the foundation piers are being dug.

    UPDATE 7 JUNE 2019
    Foundation concrete block piers are now complete, see photos. Materials are coming soon for floor and walls. Yippee!! Big thanks to my volunteers are all their great assistance

    UPDATE 11 JULY 2019
    Ground floor is in place. Strawbales have arrived. Proceeding to get all the rooftimbers cut before we build walls. Once again, great help by all the volunteers, all of which is so appreciated. You are all helping to make my dreams come true. Thank you so much. :-) 4 person tent now available, warm from May/June to August/September

    UPDATE 5 AUG 2019
    Strawbale walls built, starting on the loft and roof next. My volunteers are fabulous. Overflowing gratitude to them all

    UPDATE 21 AUG 2019
    The roof timbers and membrane are up. So I am now permanently waterproof for the first time. No more taking on and off plastic sheets. Yippee!! I did however discover a leak in 2 bales and they are been replaced. 19 years ago I bought this land, planted the trees and designed a path running through them. I had become accustomed to regarding the path as a dream on paper. It was a very emotional moment when my volunteers revealed to me the path they created in line with the designs I penned so many years ago. A special moment. Thank you to all the volunteers envolved

    UPDATE 21 OCT 2019
    The roof tiles are on and the walls are been prepared for interior earth plastering. However exterior lime plastering is not advised during frosty weather, so that will not be completed until spring. Meanwhile, focus moves to forest maintenance, the completion of a stone bridge and water pool and plans for a vegetable garden. Again many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who help to make my dreams come true.

    UPDATE 2 MAR 2020
    After a break for the winter, we are continuing to develop the healing path including adding some new ones. The stone bridge and rock pool are complete. I am taking down the strawbale cabin, its too big and doesnt look well in the landscape. I will be building something more sympathetic. Many thanks to the Universe for everything

    UPDATE 7 JUNE 2020
    After a Covid19 break i am taking on volunteers again. Development of the forest continues and clearing for the vegetable garden has begun. Once again i am very thankful to all the volunteers who have contributed their energy, joy and love to this project. The dance space awaits helpers to commence its construction. Carpenters are very welcome to apply

    UPDATE 2SEPT 2020
    Please take all government covid19 travel regulations into consideration before contacting me

    UPDATE 16OCT 2020
    I am delighted to announce that work on clearing the site in preparation for the dance space began yesterday!! Alleluia!!

    UPDATE 16APR 2021
    Trees are cut for the dance pavilion and posts are in place ready for erection. I call on the Universe to send me all the carpenters/builders/workers/volunteers I need to build the dance pavilion or dear Universe bring me something even greater than this. Amen Alleluia and so it is and so we are free 💃☀️❤️☀️🕺

    UPDATE 28JUL 2021
    Foundations are in place

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    At present i dont have wifi. With mobile data, I go online regularly during the day and perform on facebook live 3 to 4 times a week. My mobile signal on the THREE network is very good and only drops for a few seconds occasionally. My phone can be a hotspot for one hour per day if required. Solar power limits the use of a pc so please ask if you need to use a pc and i will see if it is practical for the time of year you are considering, and so, summer is best

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Those travelling in Campervans and Motorhomes are very welcome.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes. I love having pets around. There is plenty of space outside. Inside depends on the pet. One volunteers dog ripped the upholstery. So my place will not suit some pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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