Come enjoy permaculture, native trees, green woodwork and low impact living in Isle of Man, UK


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    Hi I don't often check my Workaway messages, if you're interested in coming to volunteer here , please ring me -ask me for the number- or message me

    We're looking for volunteers all through the year here but it's much more comfortable in the summer! This is an established OFF GRID permaculture community spread out over three sites. There is no house, so unless you have been to a community, love the countryside or fancy glamping, it may not be for you. On the beautiful Isle of Man there is so much history and natural beauty, rare animals etc... but also added travel costs of minimum of £40 from UK. (Boat from Liverpool or Heysham (sail and rail can save a lot) and flights from Liverpool and others). We will meet you on arrival no problem. We have a permaculture project, forest garden, orchard and native Manx oak tree plantation. Chris next door is an endless source of knowledge on outdoor living, wild food, wood, yurt making, charcoal and outrageous jokes . My partner Jon is tech support and across the road is Kerrowkneale, a community with a nature reserve, tree nursery and free allotments. Accommodation is a turf roofed cabin, a gypsy caravan and a yurt, all with their own wood stoves. 12V electric for phones and tablets and music. Gas cooker and running water so not so different really (much!) Compost loo and gas shower. Also a super cool mum with her own project and lovely wooden cabin. There are bikes here and the beach is 15mins cycle away. We will show you around the island, which is beautiful and quite different from England. We love sitting round the fire and jamming, carving and eating cake in the evening. We are not veggie but veggie and vegan very welcome. We are an easy going group of folk who like to laugh and work and eat well.
    We have chickens, lambs and lots of fruit and nut trees and land that needs hacking back, mowing, planting and maintaining, as well as the various log cabins and caravans etc, which all need a lick of paint or windows fixing.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Between our group we have a lot of skills we could share. Music, permaculture, spinning, natural dyes, wild food, herbs, edible plants, fruit preserving, charcoal making, renewable power, alternative technology, sustainable building, yurt making, tree growing, vegetable growing, Celtic music, dance. The archaeology here is renowned as are rare birds, plants and animals (plus the TT races!! :0) and the Island is perfect for walking, beaches, beautiful scenery, glens, steam trains, horse trams etc.
    We are not part of the UK so have our own government (the longest continuous democratic government in world) and money, stamps, laws etc so truly a cultural experience we will be happy to help you discover.

  • Help


    Mostly there is lots of gardening, both skilled and general. But if gardening is not prefered, there is also lots of woodwork/painting i.e. on the gypsy caravan, a new cabin. DIY. Then there is Chris who needs help coppicing, yurt making etc. He knows so much about old crafts and much more. But there is also art needing placing, signs writing, and funky stuff needing painting as we are is opening to visitors this summer at weekends. So getting the place tidy, preparing educational and fun stuff is part of the plan. I would expect four hours five days a week for food and accomodation. Preferably afternoons. But if you want to mix it up however you want for more free days, we are very flexible

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am interested in learning some Spanish and polish. I'm afraid I can only speak English and a little Manx Gaelic.

  • Accommodation


    No house but a roomy cabin with living room that has a fold out double bed and fire. Also kitchen and dining room where you are welcome to cook, but I can too as I am happy to eat whatever you eat. Apart from luxuries like gin, truffles or whatever, I will buy whatever food is asked for, within reason. There is a gypsy caravan, a normal caravan and a yurt too. All have wood burners that are easy to use with practice. You will have help, don't worry. There is a compost loo but it's a good one, so don't be put off. We have showers, a tin bath etc but, also weekly stay at my mum's pretty seaside cottage to refresh is usually no problem. If you're not used to off the grid lifestyle, you will be ok as long as you're a bit tough and dont mind the odd bee or bug etc :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ah, I've mentioned lots about the isle of man above. Beaches close to home. Walks, cycling, natual history, archaeology, rare birds, beautifull scenery. The Isle of Man is a unique independent country, a different culture to UK!
    I have been a host for other volunteer exchange websites, on and off for 10yrs+. I've had about 50 volunteers and have met some fab people from all over the world, laughed a lot, learned a lot and never had a bad volunteer and also met some of the best people ever! We don't really mind if you want quiet or company in your time off. Mostly smokers here but if you don't we will go outside. We have no expectations but good sense of humour is always handy.

    It's been a long winter but Spring is just around the corner and we are looking for more progress in many areas of the Balladareree project. Taking in volunteers from early April onwards.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 546599786878