Be part of a larger community of about 40 people on 40ha in the Byron Shire, the hub for alternative lifestye in Australia



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    The three of us share Lotus Ponds, a 0.25ha block with a mud-brick house. I (Mitra) am British and have also lived in the US, India, Russia, Nairobi - and have worked on both renewable energy, and currently on tech work for a large non-profit. Sean is a surfer and musician, Kate is passionate about gardens and permaculture, and Luisa is French and joined us initially as a volunteer. We are part of a larger community of about 40 people on 40ha, with a variety of interests from meditation, to yoga, to weekly community dinners.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • 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

    The Byron Shire is known as Australia’s hub for alternative lifestyles. Our house is part of Gondwana, a larger community.
    The three of us living at Lotus Ponds are inspired by Dance (5Rhythms, Open-Floor, Contact); Permaculture; Surfing; Osho; Cooking; Music and Nature; in the rest of Gondwana community you'll find many other inspirations from Advaita to Yoga, tell us what inspires you!

  • Help


    We are always glad of help with our 1/4 ha - projects like building the vegie garden; trimming back the ever enroaching bush, or projects around the house.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The arrangement is 2 hours in exchange for accommodation, looking after your own food but sharing our kitchen. Accommodation depends on who else is here, depending on season and space it could be in a cabin, a bed in one of the living areas, or one on an upstairs deck. We can discuss when we talk. There’s also space if you prefer sleeping in your own tent or van.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Gondwana, the larger community that Lotus Ponds is part of, has a community house and hall with weekly community dinner and meditations, yoga, table tennis & pool tables with levels of activity that depend on who is here.

    We are about 15 mins drive, or an easy hitchhike, from Byron Bay (and all its tourist attractions); Brunswick or Mullumbimby and 2 mins from the beach.

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    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

    We are on wireless NBN so that means about 24Mb down, 4Mb up, shared typically among 4 people, slightly unpredictable (weather, overloaded tower etc), I use it every day for video calls. There are plenty of pleasant spaces around the house to sit quietly, make a call, etc, and currently we all work mostly from home.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There's room for a typical travel van next to the house and we sometimes host people who prefer to sleep in their own space. There is not space for anything bigger.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    2 hours/day (look after your own food)

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