We are an organic farm and permaculture project located a few meters off the coast in Huelmo, about 45 minutes south west of Puerto Montt, Chile.
We work with biodynamic and permaculture techniques in various aspects and have free-ranging chickens, ducks foraging on the beach, a horse, dogs, and a good handful of outdoor cats.
Our garden is on the hilltop overlooking the ocean and is a bountiful vegetable and medicinal herb production system with cultures of raised hügelbeds (wooden cores creating a water retaining reservoir of nutrients) and borders of rocks from the beach (to catch and store heat). Through the application of: biofertilizer, compost, bokashi, mussel shells, seaweed, and mulch soup, a healthy and productive ecosystem is generated and sustained.
We prioritize valuable learning experiences and the good and peaceful life.
This is a great place for those interested in learning about permaculture and living simply. We practice principals such as self-sufficiency, bartering, utilizing local resources, listening to and working with nature, and taking time to observe and contemplate as we develop positive connections with the land and its people.
We are also interested in recieving anyone with previous sailboat experience, to sail and restore/repair.
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Roundwood Timber frame house in progress
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We strive to live a balanced, healthy life.
By participating in our holistic lifestyle, there is no doubt you will learn something about the environment and yourself you did not expect.
We are passionate to be more self-sustainable and are always expanding, we welcome new ideas and perspectives on the farm.
There is always lots of projects here at the farm. Examples being... maintaining and expanding the garden, fence building, feeding and caring for the animals, using creativity to build with recycled materials, roundwood construction, bee keeping, sailboat restoration, natural farming methods such as nendo dango fukoka's technique, harvesting vegetables and medicinal herbs from the garden, chopping and collecting fire wood for hot water, cooking with in-season vegetables from the garden, producing and conserving jams, sauces and fermentations.
And always sharing thoughts and ideas in a welcoming environment.
One of the bigger projects on the farm is the construction of a strawbell, roundwood timber frame house using different natural building techniques. We would LOVE recieving anyone with previous construction experience or knowledge!
The minimum stay is 2 weeks however, if all parties are in agreement, we offer the opportunity to stay for longer (6 months to a year) and oversee various projects on the farm while immersing yourself in permaculture, biodynamic and holistic living.
In addition; any physical rehabilitation skills you may have, such a kinesiology, yoga, physiotherapy and anything related to spinal cord injury treatment is a plus!
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Here we have several different options.
1. We have various bedrooms to share .
2. There is a large 3 bedroom tent to stay in with mattresses provided.
3. Bring your own tent and we will find you a spot with a view of the sea.
4. If you have your own van etc you are welcome to use this during your stay.
Even when the provided accomodation is full, Those with their own shelters are welcome to share and paticipate at the farm.
The meals are healthy and large. The ingredients we have grown are used to cook meals for everyone throughout the week. We provide oats for breakfast. Meals consist of lots of vegetables from the garden, occasional seafood, homemade sourdough integral bread, and gifts from the garden and our feathery friends. Where we are located we have the oppurtunity to easily collect mussels and other sea life during low tide to include in our meals!
We provide nutritious and bountiful meals but we do not practice an open kitchen. Between mealtimes you are welcome to bring your own snacks. Also there are small neighborhood markets within a few minutes walk where you can buy snacks, however please note the nearest supermarket is a 30+ minute bus ride away! For those who have certain dietary requirements I recommend bringing your favorites with you (Puerto Montt has lots of affordable street vendors and markets).
What else ...
To arrive from the bus terminal in Puerto Montt take the bus to Huelmo (with final destination: San Agustín) takes 40 minutes aprox and drops you off directly at the farm.
Another option is to take the bus to Calbuco (there are 2 different routes from Puerto Montt, you need to take the one that goes by the coast...por costa) and get off at Huelmo. The Farm is then about 1.5 kilometers walk.
Sometimes we go to Puerto Montt and can arrange rides.
On the weekends we encourage you to explore and get to know the area. There are lots of beautiful places very close such as.. Puerto Varas, Volcán Osorno, Saltos de Petrohue, Frutillar, Chiloe, Calbuco and Cochamo, all accesible from here by bus.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
25 hours a week. Depends on different circumstancies, like the wheather and current projects.
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The Seawater. Refreshing.
The Host. Inspiring.
Nos pone felices que hayan aprendido y disfrutado de nuestra granja.
Las esperamos en verano, la granja es en grandiosa en esta temporada!!
Mucho Amor y éxito en la vida!
Caro Y Os.
Carol is a fantastic cook and has taught us both about
Éxito en sus nuevas aventuras.
Mucho Amor Para Ustedes!!!
We were grateful for all the knowledge in
Muchas gracias por toda la ayuda que nos dieron. Fue una buena experiencia compartir con Uds.
Vuelvan cuando quieran, aquí hay un pedazo de Uds.
In our time there we learned a lot working in the permaculture garden, using alternative construction techniques and bread baking, and enjoyed harvesting (and eating!) fresh seafood.
The food was amazing, especially when we found reason to
Gracias chicos y suerte!
Our first workway experience was very good and more than worthwhile. In addition we met many nice and lovely people. We learned a lot about gardening, having an healthy diet, how to build earth-bag house and even some kind of ship's boy duties.
In Huelmo the
She stay whit us two months, and after some time, he took over the place and coordinate the work whit other workawayers. Any host would be glad and proud to receive them. Thanks blanquita, we miss you and love you a lot!
Wish you the best of lucks!
Do not hesitate to host Victor. He is a well-behaved young man with a good heart and a sharp mind.
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