We are a professional couple with a 1/3 acre property in a lush valley on Waiheke Island: a short ferry ride from Auckland. We are developing the land inline with Permaculture principles. We welcome travellers with an an interest in learning more about Permaculture practices and all aspects of organic gardening/farming. We appreciate the practical input on this project and the added enthusiasm of those others who are similarly committed to ecologically-conscious living. Solo traveller preferred. Short term (7 day minimum) or longer term. Vegan household. Any experience with computers & online marketing is welcome, too. CURRENTLY preparing the Property For Sale ... and need help tidying the yard, cleaning the house & packing household items & furniture. If you are fastidious & like to make things orderly NOW would be a good time to visit!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You'll get to know the micro ecology of worms & soil and the reality of waste as it recycles into usable resources. You will learn to love mud, muck and the amazement of the growing world. You will acquire the language for tools, plants and many processes. You will experience the satisfaction of seeing hard work transform into built benefits & honourable work. You will witness how well everyone lives here.
Activities on this property are very physically demanding. You need to be STRONG, FIT & ENERGETIC (or at the very least willing to become so whilst you are here). Tasks include: taking daily care of the chickens (clearing their coop of poop, feeding, treating & chatting to them. Tending existing plants (watering, weeding, feeding, pruning, debugging) planting fruit trees & vegetable seedlings, saving & propagating seed, garden bed construction, trellis building, path making, earth step construction, shed & shelter building, terracing, swale forming, native re-vegetation in riparian zone (creek), worm farming, scything, mulching, collecting resources (eg seaweed /cardboard /manures for compost making). General light maintenance around the property (could be sweeping decks & driveway / cleaning gutters / cleaning windows / moving wood / emptying compost buckets or even cleaning the car occasionally ...etc).
Room in recently built Studio-Sleepout: Separate room 2.5mx2.5m, single bed. Separate bathroom. Fridge + tea-coffee facilities (outdoor sink). Full use of house kitchen Make own breakfast & lunch - food provided + inclusion in shared evening meal.
We also offer camping/sleeping outdoors (for couples or extra travellers) about 30 metres from the buildings in a 2person hiking tents under a gazebo. With air mattress and bedding - plus the usual use of all the other facilities.
Organic food provided (vegan/vegetarian/our own eggs) Sorry we don't eat or provide meat or poultry. Prefer no regular alcohol or drinking on site.
Walking distance to bus stop. Walking/cycling distance to beach (1.5 km). Bicycles available. Inclusion in family trips to village and/or beach, if desired.
Lots to do on Waiheke Island - coastal paths, forest walks, sea kayaking, cycling, sitting in the sun, swimming, vineyards & wine tasting, classes, workshops & cultural festivals, art galleries, restaurants/cafes/bars, clubs, live music, theatre & cinema ... plus views views views of lovely boats, bays, rocky coastlines and quirky island characters.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4 hours a day (this includes helping with the evening meal and cleaning own accommodation)