Permaculture heaven needs helping angels! In MacDonald Valley, Australia



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    Our country retreat is located in the MacDonald Valley, a beautiful 2 hour drive from Sydney.
    Our Retreat is both an educational centre as well as a tourist eco-holiday retreat where people can rest regenerate and learn about Permaculture.
    We follow permaculture principles and live harmoniously with the ecosystem around us. We grow organic food, look after a range of animals, grow food forests, teach about aquaponic systems, composting, mud brick building, ceramic and tile making, food preservation, basket weaving - and how these systems are all connected.
    If you love these things and want to learn then this is the place for you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    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

    Volunteers will be able to gain several cultural experiences, mainly:
    - Farming lore and permaculture principles
    - Interaction with leading international permaculture experts
    - An extensive library of local history and farming
    - Interactions with local community
    - History of first settlers
    - Indigenous history in the valley

  • Help


    We are looking for experience/volunteers to help with a range of tasks:
    - Gardening (maintaining fruit/food forests, veggies, herb garden)
    - Landscaping/farming/fencing/building
    - Painting rooms
    - Animal feed & care (ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, quails & fish [aquaponics], bees)
    - Cooking
    - Cleaning (stripping/making beds, cleaning rooms)
    - Maintenance of previous workshops (mandela gardens, aquaponic systems, beehives)
    - New projects around the property.
    - Seasonal nut harvest

    If you have specific skills in these fields we can potentially offer you a longer stay.

    We invite people who honour and respect the land, always try their hardest and are willing to learn. The focus is on a lifestyle living within permaculture principles, using the land and resources provided. All jobs will follow these guidelines and we ask you respect our lifestyle while you live with us. Some projects will be continuing on from where previous volunteers left, others you may start yourself, especially if you have previous experience.

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  • Accommodation


    In return for your help we can offer a generous experience in sustainable living, a chance to sit in on the workshops being held at the property and learn new skills, interactions with several greatly skilled and knowledgable locals, the chance to expand your knowledge exploring our three abundant libraries, and finally the chance to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities this 4 star luxury eco retreat has to offer all the while being immersed in the Australian bush.

    You will have a private room inclusive of a double bed, indoor toilet & hot water shower. All facilities are hotel grade standard. You will have access to wi-fi, full kitchen facilities, outdoor pool, BBQ, billiard table, darts and endless surrounding bush land! Every Saturday we have a communal yoga session at 8am

    This is a drug and smoke free environment, and we request you drink responsibly while on the premises.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Finally, we highly recommend having access to a car if you wish to take day trips exploring the surrounds.
    A 30min drive takes you to Wiseman's Ferry (Hawkesbury River) where water skiing, fishing, boating, camping facilities and more are available. Rivers surround the area and are good for swimming in, and spotting local wildlife. There are two famous pubs in St. Albans (Settlers Arms, Fickle Wombat) a 15 minute drive from us, which have live music and where locals jam with home made instruments. There are many walking, horse/mountainbike/motorbike tracks to explore, through 2 national parks and a world heritage site (Part of the Blue Mountains Heritage Area). For food/shopping needs there are carpooling options with locals.
    The closest beach 1.5-2 hours away (Central Coast).
    Please note there is no mobile reception, but we do have wireless internet and a landline. Please keep in mind this is a remote retreat that offers opportunity for peace and quiet.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 549681927338