Help on a permaculture small holding and to create a health and wellbeing retreat centre in Central Victoria, Australia




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  • Description


    We are a family of four: Jane 52, Glenn 56. Our adult son also lives in an adjoining shed.

    We live on a 5.5 acre hobby farm in Central Victoria, where we grow all our own organic food. After leaving a frantic city life 5 years ago (incl London and Melbourne) we now live a sustainable life, contributing to the building of our ethical and healthy local community. Jane is a yoga teacher and Glenn a Shiatsu Practitioner and disability worker.

    Plans are underway to build a Healing and Education centre on our property where we will offer health and yoga retreats and courses, as well as permaculture and sustainability. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this exciting time in this project.

    Particular skills we are after:
    - gardening, or an interest in learning and getting your hands dirty!
    -filming and photography
    -social media and marketing skills
    -building and renovation skills
    - admin and organisational skills to assist Jane managing the projects

    Please get in touch to find out more details of the projects and what a working week will look like.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Experience and learn about permaculture, organic farming, and sustainability. Contribute to the development of the Healing and Wellness Retreat Centre.

  • Help


    There are a variety of duties on our small family permaculture hobby farm and around the house.

    In the Spring, the main jobs include weeding and maintenance of the vegetable and fruit trees and berry beds, propagation and planting of vegetables, making compost, mowing etc.

    In the late summer and Autumn, the main jobs is harvesting and preserving the abundance from the garden as well as propagation and making compost. All year round you can care of the chickens and sheep.

    As we approach the opening of our healing and education centre in 2021, we require volunteers to help with admin tasks setting up systems as we grow. Current skills required are good organisational and computer skills. Ideally some interest or skills in photography, filming and editing, marketing and promotions including social media.

    We also welcome people who have some experience in building.

    There is capacity for a volunteer, to initiate their own creative project within the scope of the property.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We are currently changing and growing our accomodation offers.

    Available from late January. Tiny house pictured on profile.

    The tiny house is the accomodation for volunteers who can stay for a minimum of 1 month stay. Ideally we are interested in some interns for a season, 3 month stay.

    Wifi is not available in the tiny house. Unlimited wifi is available at the main house, in many of the rooms and seating areas.

    Food is provided, 3 Meals per day, most of it is grown here in the garden. We eat varieties of food and cuisines from around the world. Please note we are meat eaters, and produce and eat lamb meat and eggs from the chickens.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Flexibility with working hours so volunteers can fit in other activities, such as seeing the sights if they wish.

    About Taradale : it is a small town in Central Victoria. We are 15 km from Castlemaine which is a thriving and culturally rich town (including artist and environmental sustainable communitiies) in Central Victoria Goldfields region. There is limited but very connected public transport with a local bus during the week between Taradale and Castlemaine; and a train line with easy access to Melbourne (approx 1 hour away) and Bendigo 1/2 hour away. Taradale itself has an eclectic mix of locals, with many interesting social events and has its own local Wine and Produce store that serves coffees, wines and pizzas.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have 5.5 acres, plenty of space to park. Option to park closer to the house, to access power.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 day a week. Not including breaks.

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