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!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
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
We are looking for experience/volunteers to help with a range of tasks:
- Gardening (maintaining fruit/food forests, veggies, herb garden)
- Painting rooms
- Animal feed & care (ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, quails & fish [aquaponics], bees)
- 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.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week