Vegan family building eco retreat in Andalucia, Spain



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    We are an English Family living close to the National Donaña Park.

    We are a young family from the hills of Derbyshire, who moved to seek the sunny outdoor life. We built an eco home in the UK, but we wanted to slow down and chill out a little, where we could grow all our own veggies and be off grid.

    We sold up and travelled around ourselves in our land rover defender Jeffery(*️️️️️️️kids call him "Vancar") we started to look for a base where we could create something that could eventually bring in some income with Airbnb. We want to be more competent with natural medicines and grow our own herbs and veggies to be as self sufficient as possible. Not just for the benefit of ourselves and our kids but for the planet. We are on a plant based diet and have been for a few years now. In March we found "home" between Seville and the Coast, right on the border of the national park. We have alot of work to do on the garden to get ourselves to be self sustainable, so we still need to work hard some days and we relaaaax some other days too .. well as much as you can with two little ones.

    I am an electrician by trade, i have built 3 of my own homes before and the last 8 years built up my own sustainable energy company. I can't wait to get in growing food at home along with medicinal herbs in our garden.

    Lydia (*️️️️️️️️️️️️️ my partner in crime) was a (before we met )yachty (sailing teacher/and first mate) and she had her own business being a wedding filmographer before we started our family. We were climbers when we met but havent had the time recently. She loves art, history, animals, nature, walking and cooking. We both love to learn and always interested in listening to people's stories and sharing skills.

    We love nature, yoga, learning about natural remedies. We have a little boy 5 (obsessed with hoovers and anything with a switch) and little girl 2 ( loves animals and singing and her brother).... and a 3 week old boy. hence why we could do with the extra hands at the moment. We have a lot of land and plenty of work to do on it too.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Situated beside the scenic protected nature reserve of Doñana.
    Our home to over 9 acres, 10 orange trees, olive trees, 5 lemons trees, cherry trees, pomegranate trees, fig trees, carobs trees, grapefruit trees, lavender,rosemary trees and lots more . We live here with our 2 little kids.... we don't have any pets yet but we have a few animals now and then from the park visiting our garden.

    Seville Buses go every 1 hour to and from Villamanrique, a small, charming village just 30 mins walk minutes away. Here, you can also get straight buses to Sevilla or the beach!!!

    45-minutes drive – Sevilla, the Spanish heart of arts, gothic architecture, and culture. Go tapas bar-hopping, explore magnificent plazas, discover the ancient churches, take an evening stroll along the Guadalquivir river, then cosy yourself into a truly authentic flamenco pub and dance your soul out until sunrise.

    15 minutes drive – away is El Rocio, the mecca of everything flamenco. No paved roads, only horse carriages, welcome to the Wild Wild West. Be sure to catch the annual Romeria in May, a 2-week giant spectacle which gathers over 100,000 pilgrims to dance, sing, and eat, all to honour the Goddess of life.

    Step into the World Heritage site of Doñana National Park and find yourself immersed in the astonishing wildlife of Southern Europe. Try to spot the illusive Iberian lynx and catch a glimpse of the splendid flamingos flying across the horizon, as you explore the park’s marshes, forests, beaches, and lagoons.

    30 minutes drive – Get sun kissed and dip yourself into the ocean at what the locals call “The Coast of the Light” or Matalscañas. Watch the towering sand dunes shift in a dazzling dance, and stroll along the 120 km of pristine, sandy beaches. Bring a tent for an overnight camp and watch the wild deer take their night baths in the moonlight.

  • Help


    We are looking workawayer/s. Must speak basic English.

    We will need a workawayer who is energetic, healthy & fit, friendly, happy to help with chores, if your not helping with the kids, you will be doing jobs on the land, no fear of power tools or getting messy!!

    The tasks for summer 2019 is;
    Continuing to build an extension(*️️bathroom, bedroom, pantry)
    Renovating a storage room to a bedroom and bathroom.
    Gardening and Planting
    Buliding a treehouse for kids
    Renovating the airstream
    Digging a new septic tank and building a shower house
    Fencing work

    workawayers with experience of Childcare, any skilled labour work experience is a plus.

    The work will be flexible, we can work together on how everyone works best together!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Really we are looking for people with their own caravans/ camper/ or tent. We are a good 30mintute walk from the centre of the village.

    we have an open air bathroom with shower, sink and toliet.

    We can provide stables for cooking (*️️pasta, rice, potatos, and some veggies!) And you will be invited to meals on some nights if you wish join us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bring biodegradable toiletries, sunscreen protection, hat, summer clothes, swimwear,mosquito repellent,a head torch and all good energy.

  • 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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