Help on an off-grid low-impact permaculture project in Devon, south west England.


United Kingdom

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    We are a husband and wife team living in the picturesque county of Devon in the south west of England. Our home is an off-grid permaculture project comprising of 10 adult and 8 child members.

    Our lives are filled with gardening, bringing up children, animal care, processing firewood, managing woodlands, pumping water, hosting volunteers and visitors, holding consensus meetings, maintaining and building structures, running courses and events, fixing things, maintaining solar and wind power, administering the needs of the Co-op, and gently managing the pastures and ancient hedgerows. The land is comprised of approximately 42 acres of which 17 acres are semi-natural ancient woodland, 22 acres are pasture and the remainder is naturally regenerating scrub and hedgerows. There is a stream along the most north-westerly boundary at the bottom of our sloping woodland.

    It is one of the most beautiful places to live. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city and basking in the wonders of nature, the co-operative is full of magic and adventure. We hold the intention to create a thriving low impact community, a place where we can explore ways of living gently on the earth and inspire others.

    As your hosts we provide delicious home cooked, and depending on the time of year organically home grown food. We live with the rhythms of the seasons and cycles. There may be a specific project we are seeking your help with, or more general tasks. Whilst our lifestyles can be physically demanding at times, we try as best as we can to integrate the principles of earth care, people care and fair share. This means that we care about you as our volunteer and welcome you into our home.

    Located near to the incense filled streets of Totnes town, and the beautiful jurrassic coastlines and devon moorlands. We are always happy to share maps and favourite spots for your days off. That's if you even feel to venture off the land (many don't!).

    Looking forward to connecting with some work away folkes this summer xX

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Travellers will benefit from the immersion in nature. Our location is breath taking, the community itself is friendly and welcoming, and we share our communal meal every friday evening in the style of a pot-luck curry. We speak English only and so offer a great opportunity to improve English vocabulary skills. We are always keen to share stories and experiences, learn new things and make new friends.

  • Help


    We maintain a small personal and communal food garden and look after some life stock, namely chickens. We would like some help maintaining these, maintaining composting systems and some grassland managment (which could involve some scything). We are also planning some building work, mainly working with wood.

    There are always the odd make and mend jobs which pop up, e.g. fencing, furnisher repairs and hedgerow pruning.

    Experience is always valued, and we can show you the ropes/ our style of working too.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    At the moment accommodation is a small 3 man tent in our camping field. This field overlooks the famous 'hey torr' on the Devon Moorlands. You are welcome to bring your own tent.

    It's essential that you bring your own sleeping bag.

    All our toilets are compost toilet systems. We have an outside adapted bucket shower that you are always welcome to use, as well as the stream at the bottom of the forest and/ or if you are feeling adventurous you are welcome to fire up the woodland hot tub.

    There is a communal bender with cooking facilities and a wood burner/ socialising area for cooler evenings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As mentioned, this place itself is a vast 42 acres and offers plenty of scope for exploration. Nearby are the beaches of Blackpool sands, Strete, and Torcross, further along and still accessible by public transport is the coast line of Salcombe and Garra Rock.

    Inland the Devon moors are vast and filled with beauty and abundance. From an ancient oak woodlands at Dart meet to historic towns of Chagford. It's easy to lose your way on the moorlands!

    We are also 6-8 miles from the towns of Totnes and Dartmouth for those who have maxed out on nature and need a few luxuries (or coffee shops!).

    Living in a community means that there are regular lift opportunities to nearby towns. The nearest train station is Totnes, and buses run locally. We are also happy to help make dream plans happen when we can, if a car is needed.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 621374583938