Experience local village life in Mokatse, Botswana and help out to maintain our retreat.

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a simple getaway and retreat space in a little village called Mokatse close to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Down to earth, simple and natural, letting nature be as present as possible on the 1.4 hectares of semi arid land. People come for a few hours or for longer to relax and rejuvenate, to have wholesome meals and and to enjoy being just being present.
    I also provide workshops on a variety of subjects: main food, health and wellness and spirituality oriented.

    I am looking at increasing the activities I do, as well as holding an exhibition of my art in October, 12th and 13th, so I need to have the area cleaned and cleared up a bit more. I have to spend my time painting and not pruning trees, so that is where you come in! :-) There are also various odds and ends that need to be done.

    Being an animal lover is necessary to visit , as there are dogs and cats as well as the local wildlife such as snakes and monitor lizards (now waking up at springtime). Respect is what counts, as there is a harmonious relationship between us all.

    Down to earth and close to earth living is what it is all about.

    About me a bit: I like to live a simple and down to earth life. I love animals (that's why I don't eat them...) and art and martial arts. Integrity and virtues are important to me.
    So too are sunrises and sunsets, honesty, gentle breezes, organic vegan chocolate, garlic (not in the chocolate...), nature, continuous self growth and awareness, chocolate (oh, did I already mention chocolate?).
    I enjoy creating delicious simple meals, playing with my animals, reading, living life, walking barefoot, and eating chocolate (oh, chocolate again...)
    And if it is not obvious by now, I am also a chocolatière :-) and an artist of various mediums, especially watercolour and terracotta clay.

    Life is my palette...

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    (My art exhibition is during the second weekend of October, so if you can play nice music with the guitar, know how to do circle singing or drumming, can share a short talk about something interesting, can help with people coming during the weekend, or anything else, then I am VERY interested in having you here at that time!)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Charity work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It is in the village of Mokatse. You can visit the village and meet the local Batswana people. There are also a few other places close by that offer local experiences.

    I also have an area on my plot where the children of the village come sometimes to play and learn. Currently I am not open, but I can tell the kids to come and you can have fun with them, and teach them anything you wish to share.

  • Help

    Help

    Looking for basic clearing and maintenance: tree pruning, bush clearing and some simple gardening.
    An area where there will be a children's play area during my exhibition needs to be cleaned up; remove grass, fix shade netting, clean open hall and fix the wooden play structures.

    You can also help out with anything that needs to be done for my exhibition/event, such as painting signs and posters, fixing minor building damage, and anything that I can think of!!

    In the future I also would like a wood fired oven built using the clay present in the area, a small water catchment/pond/pool built, more shade for picnic tables for the retreat, more permanent electrical lines for the Retreat Hall and the toilet and 'shower' area, gutters on the roof to collect rainwater, and anything that pops up!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A small room with bed, table and shelf. This room is a stand alone room, next to the Hall where people come for their retreat and activities.
    There is electricity in the room, and a tap is just outside.
    Composting toilet is a short way outside, as is a simple washroom.
    No hot water is available, unless heated by the sun or over a fire in a pail.

    All food and meals provided will be vegan. When I cook for myself you will share my meal (yummy!:-)), but since I am a bit irregular with cooking when I am in the process of creating art, I will also provide food and you can cook and eat whenever you get hungry.
    A small gas stove can be provided, and you can practice your life skills and cook over a fire. It will be that much tastier!.

    Please note that this is a vegan/vegetarian space, with also no smoking, no drinking, and no drugs (and no nonsense whatsoever!:-)) Although silliness and playfulness is allowed :-)

    (I can accommodate more than 2 people, although you will then have to sleep in the Hall, dormitory style, as the small room is only for one person.)

    (Accommodation might seem really simple, especially in terms of toilet and washing, but remember that most people take things for granted, so here you have an opportunity to respect the water that you use for washing, just by having to make some effort to heat it (if you need to), and by minimising the amount you use by washing from a pail. It brings you back to a pure connection to earth, and to recognizing just how special and precious water really is.)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For travel to Gaborone (30 km's away), there are local combi's, (taxi's as well, but they cost BWP 150 to go to Gaborone), or I can give a lift when I go there once a week.
    Closest major shopping is 15 km's (15 minutes) away by car at Phakalane, and I go there every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

    Please do not be misguided into a 'romantic' idea of what village life is like here. Most buildings are modern, cars abound, some rubbish is strewn around, and people are just living the best they can with what money they earn. Unfortunately, some people chose to use their money at the local bar over the weekends, but is that not the case everywhere around the world?
    But yes, there are a few thatched huts, with chickens pecking, goats and cows and donkeys awandering, and playing kids...:-)

    There are various activities available around the area of Gaborone, but it is best to ask me what you are looking for so I can advise.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

The view of Mokatse village from a small hilltop, with Modipane mountain on the horizon.
Another local resident drinking from the 'pond' on top of the long flat rock that is a part of The Land. This 'pond' is always kept filled with water so that the visiting animals have water to drink.
Tiny little yellow flowers arise from the dry ground after the first sprinkles of life giving rain.
Grey Lourie; one of the residents of the area.
Asian Lunch at The Land
My art exhibition poster
That's moi! With my chocolates, health products and art work behind me. I have regular markets where I sell my products.
Accommodation room left side
Accommodation room right side - bed area
A beautiful sight after a slight rain
View of the Hall and the land in front
Outdoor meal and rest space
Host ref number: 474447635724