Help with bioconstruction and eco renovation in an abandoned village in Castilla yLeon, Spain

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  • Last activity: 02/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hi everyone,

    We are Pablo (Spain) and Eva (Netherlands). Together with our baby girl Ayla we live in a formerly abandoned village in northern Spain. We are interested in bio construction, alternative living, sustainable resources, ecological gardening and regeneration of the surrounding mountain/ forest.

    At the moment we are building a little straw bale house in a hexagonal shape called 'flexagon' after the principals of Tom Rijven. Straw and clay walls mainly and we just started with the roof and the finish coat of the walls. We are looking for people who are skilled or interested in carpentry, construction and con building and are interested in joining and learning about biocontruction for the months of April, May and June.

    Next to the building project we have many other projects around the village. As are the gardens/ fruit trees/ bee hives/ cutting firewood and maintaining and improving existing constructions.

    Pablo works part time at a garden center and brings back many plants and trees to give a new home. We noticed that since the baby is born, it takes a lot of effort keeping up with all the projects we have running here. Because with the job on the one hand and the baby on the other, we have our hands quite full and could really use some help :)

    We are interested in hosting people who can stay a minimum of three weeks. We like to get to know our visitors and that our visitors get to know us and learn in depth about the project and we noticed from previous experience that one or two weeks stay tend to be too short.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
  • 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

    Exchange knowledge about permaculture gardening, forest management, woodworking, bioconstruction, tool maintenance, alternative off-grid living.

  • Help


    We are looking for independent people with a DIY mentality who appreciate nature and an off-grid lifestyle. We aim to live responsibly and autonomously, and to be resourceful with what we gather from our surroundings.

    For the coming season we will work on the following:
    - roof building
    - Carpentry floor work
    - Building dry stone wall
    - Garden maintenance; weeding, planting etc. while learning about companion planting and permaculture, creating structures for the plants (and us?!) to climb in.

    The skills that would help us here are; Carpentery, masonary, construction skills, garden knowledge, own ideas and a strong back and mind ;)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending on the time and your preferences we have a small guest house with a couple of single and double beds, a caravan with a double bed, and a big camping area for you to put a tent or campervan.
    Outside compost toilet.
    Inside and outside shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village is surrounded by nature, good for long walks and mountain bike trails.
    We are about 20 minutes away from the city by car where the bus station is also located.
    We will try to help you get where you want to go and if you want, we can also do something together.
    We are 1,5 hrs away from the beach, and 20 mins away from a nice swimming area with waterfalls.

  • 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.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have no problem with pets as long as they are well educated and can live peacefully together with our free range chicken.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 583366963247

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