Co-create a food sanctuary and food forest in a bowl of mountains in Glenorchy, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    !!! Short Notice: Seeking Helpers preferably a Couple from 5 March to 10 April / Last option for Season 24 ---THANK YOU

    Dear Workaway`s…A new exiting Season lies ahead -2024!. Tucked alongside a Beech Forest and above the Precipice white water gorge, we are nicely nestled into a unique alpine Microclimate. Here on our 2.3h block we slowly maturing naturally into a coherent flow of co-creative partnership with the land and creating abundance for soul and body. The family food garden is under way and the outer landscape silently expands into a food forest system. Each evolution works co-creatively with the surroundings of given nutrients, resource and landmarks as we breaking in new grounds. The land is molding itself into diversity and harnesses all given aspects of its divinity. Plant guilds organize among another and creating a vibrant location near paradise.
    As with all physical projects and nature itself – things take time! One aspect of tapping into natures offers is to understand and align with natures cycles. As society we have created `fast action` on all levels. That often comes with a price of high pressure stress, depression and anxieties as our natural system is unable to comprehend the fast amounts of environmental and technological exposers of information and toxins. Here at our Sanctuary we learn to adapt to new `old`-ways, we tap into nature’s time and follow a rhythmic flow of seasons and natural climatic order.
    Never less the workdays are physical and life on a hillside can be hard on the body…all walks are either up or/and down! So a general fitness is of benefit. A good sense of feeling comfortable in your own space (without electronic device) is desirable as we encourage only to engage in your technology when the day is done and away from our family environment. Often you will be working at your own pace and space and engaging rather in the quietude of your own comfort. A challenge for some and a blessing for others!
    My partner and I are both qualified in supporting matters of mind and soul. As meditation Teacher and Life coach Trevor has mentored many to a more subtle and peaceful mind and has successfully helped to create more joy and abundance for those he counseled. Myself has been living and working exclusively with nature for the past 15 years and developed a devotion to serve the growing movement on plant consciousness especially through working with high vibratory food and plant medicine. My passion also involves creating new environments for plants that want to life among the sanctuary. Next to obtaining a qualification in Metaphysics, Plant Medicine and Plant Spirit healing I am a `forever student` of nature’s offers and happy to share my accumulation on growing all year around food in an alpine climate without greenhouses….something special so I got told!
    We happy to share our stories and experiences when time is given. You can discover: Living of the land/ Humanure Composting/ Gardening all-year-round/ Using natural resources for creation/ explore Glenorchy surroundings whilst collecting all sorts of resource materials/ Self-discovery, growth and soul exploration/ Seed Cycles/ Medicinal plants/ Food forest creation and from garden to table food and food preservation.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    You get a great opportunity to explore `living with the land` with magnificent views! Get insight into developing new growing spaces and what to look out for when re-shaping a landscape. Learn the traits of seasonal gardening in an alpine climate with extreme summer heat/Crop rotation/ intercropping/ Companion Planting and lots more. You will get ideas how to create a healthy lifestyle through natural plant food, herbs and eatable weeds. I hope my way of using recyclables and natural resources will inspire you to view the world more abundant & resourceful. We are also happy to explore your own personal development needs and assist in your path of inner growth, creating health within your body and mind, so come and unfold your potential!

    Considering we have such a diversity of jobs we like you to apply with your interests, expectations and skill set! We focus on a minimum stay of 8 days; longer stays will always be preferred. If you able to stay 6-8weeks you will be getting the chance to do some real cool projects! We can cater for Vegetarians but not always for Vegans and GF, that depends on seasonal timing and my flexibility as a mum so please communicate beforehand – much appreciated.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Most ground-breaking work at the start of a permaculture development has to do with physical activities. Digging, pulling, lifting, shifting, raking, carrying, pushing…. Are you strong or want to get strong? We will keep you fit !!
    What task do we offer?
    - Garden development: creating growing spaces/ making soils/ planting/ harvesting
    - Creating spaces: sheds/ campsites/ huts/ walkways/shelters
    - Gathering Resources: Firewood/ garden materials/ plants & trees/ building materials
    - General Maintenance: Weeding by hand and machine/ tidying & cleaning
    - Childcare: of our daughter (5 years)

    Because we are in the early stages of a lifelong creation, we are seeking `general labour` and `skilled talents`. If you got any of the below listed trades in your skill set please apply with some examples of the projects you worked on so we get an idea of how to use your talents best.
    - Small groundwork’s machinery e.g. little digger to do landscaping
    - Basic Carpentry to construct animal shelters/ sheds and other basic structures
    - Fencing and digging
    - Sketch and computer design to map out and visual present landscape
    - Permaculture design
    - Arborist or skilled chainsaw usage
    - Childcare

    Don’t hesitate to apply if you haven`t got these skills; there is plenty of work for all kinds of talents. Just be aware that it will be outdoors and mainly physical labour…so if you too precious this is not for you!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    = 1 Cabin
    = 2 tent site during summer
    - little Van Bed to sleep in.
    3 shared meals (no snacks included) / Shared shower in our house (very basic) and an all year around outside composting toilet system/ Phone reception limited to all brands except Vodaphone! Data use available near our house Satellite!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I also like to mention, that we ourselves live on very basic grounds. Our family accommodation is small but will cater for our joint meals and shared shower facilities. We try to implement as much food as we can from our own harvest. Eating the homegrown food and surrounding wild weeds is part of our daily nourishment. Our little daughter is the focus of our personal timeline, therefor our evenings are usually quiet and can sometimes end early. Traveling in your own car would give you more flexibility but is not a `must have`. We are happy to pick you up from Glenorchy Town at time of your arrival (Mrs. Woolly’s General Store/ Beside Camping ground).
    Well, let’s have some fun, create and be in this incredible new place and see what we can achieve with joint forces…Many thanks Love Caro

  • 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 can currently accommodate your own stay in BUS, Motorhome, Van or car, Tent sites available. No plug in power!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 488282131637

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