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OUR VISION AND HOW WE CHOOSE TO LIVE
To empower humanity, inspire connection and to awaken our true potential through experiential learning.
We are currently accepting volunteers and have a 6 week minimum stay requirement, should you have any of the specialist skills we require, we may consider hosting you for a 4 week stay.
We have been welcoming international volunteers to our home for over 6 years, living together in a large barn in the middle of the forest. 80% of our land is an old growth forest reserve and for the cultivated land, the overall vision is to produce fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock and honey for ourselves, guests and eventually to the surrounding communities.
From January to April, we hold our own week long retreats of personal transformation to guests from all over the world and we host retreats led by international practitioners. There may be opportunities for volunteers to participate in our own retreats at a discounted rate.
Much of the work here is of a physical nature, however, the main requirement we ask for is to have a positive attitude, flexibility and a willingness to work and learn. As we are all living together, we are all responsible for various communal tasks in our free time as this is essential for basic cleanliness and comfort which is in the spirit of the retreat center e.g. keeping the kitchen clean at all times, bathrooms, our bedrooms, indoor and outdoor communal spaces.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Life here offers opportunities to practice honest and effective communication, the gift of giving and serving others, the capacity to live in balance with nature and our environment, the art of creative expression and the value and dynamics of cooperation. Our home has become known as a safe space that nurtures personal growth and provides an opportunity to develop personal life skills.
There will be opportunities for Sharing Circles around a fire, or open place. It is a moment for each person to share their feelings from the heart, freely and without judgment. It is a powerful tool to create connection with each other. To have the courage to show vulnerability and to open our hearts, allow others to see who we truly are, and to recognize themselves in ourselves.
Travelers can be exposed to the local community of farmers in the area.
The predominant language spoken here is English though there are usually native Spanish speakers as well.
Fun stuff to do here: cultural exchange, walking in the forest, hiking up the mountain or to the thermal springs, swimming in the lake or waterfall, jam sessions, deep and meaningful conversations, hanging out at the beach, drinking in the beauty of the landscape and establishing connections and support, in the form of life long friends, travel companions and re-connection to oneself and feeling the healing power of nature.
In general, the help can involve; renovation, maintenance, construction, chopping wood, landscaping, gardening, digging, sowing seeds, cooking, baking, cleaning, hospitality, road maintenance, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, beekeeping, marketing, fundraising, admin help on computers. Work depends on the time of year and priority of our needs.
If you have any unique skills or experience in any of the above list, we would love to hear about it. Preference will be given to volunteers who can assist us in our immediate needs. Gardening work may only be available to experienced gardeners. We especially welcome help from master gardeners, yoga teachers, massage therapists, healers, nutritionists, beekeepers and social media professionals. We do try to match your skills and passions to the work available through priority is Always given to our needs at the time. Volunteers need to be flexible, as work shifts and work days may vary from week to week. Hours consist of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.
We encourage our volunteers to host skill-based workshops of things that they are passionate about during the free time. In the past, volunteers have offered yoga, guided meditations, Tai Chi, massages, energy healing, etc. When we share our knowledge, our passions, we can all learn from each other.
From 30 Sept 2019 to 30th April 2020, we require a 6-week commitment. We ask all our volunteers to commit to staying for this period as we feel it takes this amount of time to fully integrate into this environment and for us all to have the best possible experience. After the first week, we will review your situation with you to check you have settled in and that you are able to live in alignment with our core values. Our high season in the summer, is from 1st Oct through to 30th April, during this period we can accommodate 25 to 35 volunteers at one time. In the winter (May to September, when the weather is colder and wetter) we may drop to 10 volunteers or less. From 1st May 2020 to 1st Sept 2020, we only require a 4 week commitment.
There may be a possibility of staying on longer though this would be discussed after arrival and would be by mutual agreement. As in any relationship, it will ultimately depend on our mutual experience and on the degree to which initiative, quality of work and commitment has been demonstrated.
To apply, please try to contact us in advance and let us know which Monday you would like to arrive, how long you would like to stay for, what your skill set and abilities are, why you would like to come here and what your contribution would be.
Please let us know if there are any health concerns you would like us to be aware of.
We ask everyone to arrive in Osorno on a Monday in time to catch the local 2pm bus. The bus will drop you off at the end of the road. From there you have 2 options, first option is to have a car bring you down, we can arrange this for you if you confirm with us. The cost is $6000 pesos per car ride which can be divided by the number of passengers being picked up. The second option is to walk down a distance of 5k which will take about 1 ½ hours. You can take an overnight bus from Santiago on a Sunday night to arrive in Osorno for Monday morning.
We live at the barn which is furnished with bunk beds, a kitchen, a living space and bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag and your own towel. (We recommend that your sleeping bag is at least suitable for temperatures of (0/–5). The nights are always cold even in summer. Showers are provided.
In the summer months, Nov to Mar, camping is also available in the old-growth forest near the barn though you need to bring your tent (your own ground sheet etc,). It gives you more privacy and it is useful for going on trips.
Cooking is done on a wood fire stove and is communal. We provide 3 meals a day, 7 days a week which are mainly vegetarian.
There is limited electricity though you can charge your phones and laptops.
We have Wi-Fi, however it is not high speed. It is not for downloading movies, You tubes, updating your devices or streaming. We are charging 1000 Chilean pesos a week per person, payable on arrival for your full stay. This will provide internet usage for emails, what’s app, limited skypes and SMS messages only. Should you require additional wifi access for streaming, downloading or updating we suggest you purchase a Chilean simcard before arriving (Movistar is recommended). Lets focus on the opportunity, we have here to engage in deeper human relationships.
A washing machine is available for use in the afternoons. Hand washing buckets are also available.
As we are opening our home to you, we are only able to receive volunteers who have a commitment to a healthy and holistic approach to life and who truly appreciate the beauty of nature. In our way of living here, we try to stay as close to nature as possible therefore and we will not accept any of the following on our property:
- Wastage as in the misuse/neglect of our property and littering (we value and preserve all that is here)
- Pets (as we already have disharmony between our 2 dogs and 1 cat)
- Excessive noise (let's enjoy the sounds of nature and the tranquility of this sanctuary)
- Poor timekeeping
This is fundamental to us and we are committed to our policies. We reserve the right to ask you to leave if you are having difficulty aligning to our core values. There will be no negotiation on this. If you feel you cannot align with our policies, then you should consider applying elsewhere.
Please remember that it is Your responsibility to have the correct insurance whilst travelling and volunteering. we do recommend that you have insurance in place before leaving home especially in relation to any medical coverage. To ensure your insurance policy fits your requirements, make sure to read everything in your policy including the small print.
Workaway and HelpX both recommend using World Nomads for insurance.
So that I know you have fully read our profile, please include “I have read your profile thoroughly” when messaging us and the Monday date you are thinking of arriving.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Love and light, Helen and Greg
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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