We live on a property of 23 acres. It is primarily native bush land with some fruit and nut trees. There is plenty of space to walk in nature, feel the tranquility, hear the bird songs, and maybe glimpse a kangaroo or possum.
As it has 2 buildings we have a Wellbeing Centre here for workshops and therapists to work out of.
The workshops are of an alternative nature, usually for 1 day but occassionally for overnight retreats. You would stay in the dormitory in the wellbeing building. And if there is a weekend retreat you could stay in our house.
At the moment we have 13 chooks and Martin the rooster, 2 little dogs, and a cat.
All our children have moved out of home so my partner,Urs and I live here. He speaks German and Swiss but I speak only English.
TV watching is not our thing but we love watching a film on the weekend. There is a large collection of DVDs here. We do have a tv available for you, though.
Also we love good food so meal time is important. The food we eat is wholesome and healthy,sometimes vegetarian and sometimes with meat. And the wine we drink is local and delicious! :-)
Rain water here is what we use with a dam for backup with the garden,toilets.
We can offer dormitory accommodation including WIFI and TV viewing. As we are 10 minutes out of Mount Barker it is important you have your own car/transport or at least a driver license as there is not a bus stop nearby. .
I am a Massage & Craniosacral Therapist so if you have body issues i can help you as well. :-)
Urs is a fencing contractor so works hard and is away most of the day but we will have clear communication for you with all projects.
Please contact us with any questions.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are friendly and very community minded so know of what is happening locally. As we have raised 6 children we are aware of the needs of young people socially and personally so will accomodate as best as we can. Some Sundays we would be able to take you places of interest in the area and Adelaide.
Urs is Swiss from Basel so speaks German and Swiss but I speak only English. I am originally from North Dakota in the USA. We both have been here 30 years.
We have friends that are German,Austrian, Polish, French, Canadian and American so maybe you can connect with them as well.
The help we need is with gardening, pruning, weeding, mowing, whipper snipping, garden bed making, cleaning, laundry,cooking and maintenance such as painting. Not all at once! :-)
We can offer dormitory accommodation in a separate house to us including WIFI and TV viewing. There are 3 bunk beds in one room and 2 bunk beds in another room. Each bed is covered with a mattress protector and single fitted sheet, plus a pillow. We have some spare blankets. There is a bath, a shower, toilet, washing machine, clothes line, and dryer. Lounge room with TV.
The kitchen has an electric cooking stove and a wood heater plus reverse cycle cooling/heating. All crockery, cutlery.
You are welcome to cook your own food or join us at our house next door. We would love to taste your cultural cuisine!!!! Cooking may be requested from you as part of the exchange.
We are new to this (having helpers come and stay) but will help you as much as possible in exploring the region, finding sites which interest you, perhaps even taking you places. This area is known for its beauty, bushwalking, the beaches are 50 minutes away, there are swimming pools in most towns. You can ride a bus from Mount Barker to Adelaide in 30-60 minutes, depending on the time of day.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week