Learn about self-development and help with our home and animals in rural St. Gallen, Switzerland



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  • Description



    I am Anita and have an organic farm on a beautiful site overlooking the Säntis mountain. I dream of sharing this special place with people who would benefit from the time with animals and nature, yet all my farm chores keep me from realising these as soon as I'd like!

    I have already renovated the farmhouse, so it now has several lovely guest rooms. Further finishing touches, outdoors as well as in, would really help make this an even more special place.

    Then there is the process of connecting with the world/right people - yet online/computer work really isn't strength, so creative input in this area would also be a fantastic help!

    This is a meditative, therapeutic, healing oasis, where energy is a central topic - a burnout retreat farm.

    I'd be super grateful for help with all manner of practical odd-jobs around the house and garden, whilst getting new input to spark ideas to diversify the offerings from this special site.

    This is the perfect Stay for self-development enthusiasts: physically, mentally and emotionally/spiritually.

    Why not come for a win-win exchange and use the time here to work on yourself whilst helping me work towards my dreams?

    We are excited to hear from you and see what your talents may be.

    Anita :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    We hope to encourage you to follow your own dreams!

    We are each fulfilling dream-projects:
    - Anita studying dog pack behaviour and sheepdog training;
    - Ellie exploring different methods of collaborative approach working with young +/traumatised horses.
    If you too are interested in animal behaviour and effective, fair, co-working between humans and dogs/horses, we will definitely have plenty to talk about and practically explore together in these areas.

    Depending on the time of year you come, you will be able to learn all about the seasonal activities on the farm: you learn to live with the rhythm of nature, the animals and the weather.

    You will be living & working with a native German speaker, as well as a native English (UK) speaker, so language practise with a native speaker in both is covered!

    We are always innovating, adapting and improving what we do here and how we live. We frequently discuss larger “Life Topics”, such as – why we are here; who we truly are; what we came here to do; Laws of the Universe; how energy flows, is blocked and unblocked/cultivated; difference between Black and White energy; human evolution – frequency and dimensions and much, much more!
    In this regard, you will surely learn some new world views (none of which we prescribe to others – we are curious minds, always striving to respect each being’s Free Will!) and we’d be fascinated to hear your views and experiences too.

    Ultimately, your interests will determine what you learn! :)

  • Help


    The garden help is influenced by the time of year, as well as what your interests/strengths are. We aim to be as self-sufficient as possible, in order to enjoy lovely, yummy, organic, homegrown products :)

    There are chickens, sheep, horses, cats, dogs, ducks and rabbits - you'd be doing a great service if you enjoyed quietly spending time with them, to acclimatise them to human company.

    We are also grateful for skilled all-rounders to help with handyman and craft tasks around the house, such as electrical and carpentry. The handyman tasks would be just in our personal home, as the guest rooms were renovated professionally in 2017, as mentioned in the accommodation description.

    In the household, cleaning and cooking are also available tasks for skilled and enthusiastic volunteers :D

    We have paid employees to take care of the work relating to any paid guests we have, so what you could help with, would be relating only to private needs, odd jobs etc.

    Once you get to know our various dreams in more depth, we are also always happy to receive support and input on how to fulfil them – anything from website advice, through to video editing and authentically portraying our offerings would be greatly appreciated!

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You are welcome to stay in one of the newly renovated guest rooms – there you will find a desk & chair, two wardrobes and a bed with two mattresses, which can either be stacked as a single, so you have more floor space (e.g. for stretching etc.) or a double bed can be created. Next door you have access to your own private bathroom, with jacuzzi bathtub, WC and sink. These rooms are on the first floor of the farmhouse with spectacular views of the sunrise and mountain Säntis!
    We will share the kitchen, where we eat two communal* meals around noon and evening. Our kitchen is stocked with organic, regional and seasonal produce.
    *Communal usually means: Anita (farm owner/project pioneer), Ellie (intern/dream realiser) and Workaway (you!).
    At times, there will then also be paying guests joining our table (we offer rooms for guests taking part in one of Anita’s dog courses or on holiday here with their horses).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    About you - to get the most out of your stay with us and really fit into the team well, it is essential that you take responsibility for your life; you believe in and actively partake in self-development, as we do daily too.
    Ideally, you are open, generous, patient, honest, friendly, respectful, positive and flexible. You will bring innovation, creativity, good energy and enhancement to what you do!

    About the location – we are in Katon St. Gallen, in the East of Switzerland (German speaking part) and are located in a hilly, rural farming area, situated 769m above sea level. The bus stop is 20min walk from the farm and the nearest village is 3km away. The farm is situated on an open, sun-exposed plato, on a positive forcefield site.

    About us – Anita (57 y.o.) – my dogs (I currently have 6) are never far from my mind or my side. In my spare time I love to do sheepdog training. I took over my parent’s farm nearly 30 years ago, on the condition it would become organic. Since then, I have utilised the nature, animals and farming to support youth projects, work with disabled individuals and burn-out patients. My motto is “Quality living for all” – a way of life I aspire to for myself and my animals, as well as educating others on along the way.
    I spent 5yrs in America prior to taking on the responsibility of the farm, so speak fairly good English. I am a qualified burnout therapist, gardener, dog trainer and organic farmer. I never tire of learning and am always looking at what nature and the animals have to teach me!

    Ellie (30 y.o.) – I am passionate about horses, nature, sport and energy/spirituality. I am English and have been in Switzerland nearly 3yrs now (one in a nearby eco-village community, two on Anita’s farm). I grew up bilingually, and have lived in Germany, Norway, Austria, America and the UK, which I believe has contributed to me being world-open and curious of people and their ways with life. I am doing an internship with Anita’s non-farming projects and learning everything from video editing all the way through to medial work, which keeps my life majorly fun and diverse!

    In your free time - you are welcome to make the most of the facilities here, e.g. seminar room for yoga; workshop for creative projects or read books from our DE/EN collection.

    You are also warmly invited to join me (Ellie) on some of my spare time activities (hiking, biking, sledging, skiing…) and I can show you some of my favourite spots or we can explore new regions together :D I am excited to meet and spend time with you!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is a desk and chair, with an amazingly, inspiring view in your room! There are also other rooms available in the house, should one of these feel better for you.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are dog-friendly Hosts!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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