Join us at our Vegan Haven in a lush valley of the Great Swartberg, South Africa


South Africa


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    My vocation as a veterinarian has taken me on an enlightening journey, exploring the meaning of compassion, embracing VEGANISM and creating a spectacular permaculture garden on a small farm in a lush valley of the Great Swartberg, to heal the Earth, grow food, and raise my own consciousness. In this way I hope to inspire others to create a caregiving society.

    The vision for the farm has recently expanded to encompass intentional community and we are actively seeking permanent and semi-permanent members as educators. as well as guests and volunteers.

    We are creating a dynamic learning community dedicated to developing our capacities for regeneration through personal transformation, inspiring paradigm shifts towards more ethical living in harmony with non-human nature. Emanating from a theme of non-violence, we offer elucidating dialogue in vegan philosophy, and intend to present courses and workshops in vegan education, including all aspects of agroecological farming, inventive plant-based cooking, animal communication, yoga, meditation, authentic/sustainable living, and the creative arts.

    We produce a wide variety of gorgeous vegetables of the best heirloom varieties. The farm is 22 ha comprising 1 ha cultivated vegetable garden, a river lined with poplar forest, a dam, and hill (koppie) leading onto karoo wilderness...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    Learn about vegan lifestyle, permaculture, agroecology, growing food, seed saving, animal communication and many other lessons from nature.

  • Help


    The beautiful permaculture gardens require tender care, and some hard work. Tasks may include bed preparation, weeding, seed sowing, weeding, making cuttings, weeding, making compost, watering, transplanting, pruning, chopping wood, harvesting.

    We currently need some expertise in irrigation systems set up.

    Helping with food preparation and cooking is something we strongly encourage from everyone as we all eat together three times a day in the farmhouse kitchen.

    There are various small construction projects In progress, including construction of pergolas, general woodwork, plumbing, plasterwork, painting, creating pathways and opening up areas along the river course, building a treehouse, if any of these activities takes your fancy.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We offer English and Afrikaans practical communication. I am personally interested in improving my Italian.

  • Accommodation


    We have three rooms with two and four single beds respectively and a decent ablution block with hot showers and composting toilets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is relatively isolated, although access is easy from good roads. There is no public transport. With a good vehicle, volunteers can access some of the most spectacular scenery in the country including dramatic passes, gorges, waterfalls, and the extensive untouched wilderness of the Great Karoo.

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    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

    There is wifi in the main farmhouse with rooms and an extensive stoep available for volunteers to use.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is ample space by the river and forest to park all manner of motorhomes.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs need to be kept safe and secure.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day on week days, and 1-2 hours on weekend days

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