Help us with Permaculture garden, woodland projects & DIY in NE Scotland


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    Hi Workawayers!

    We are Ben & Jane in the process of realising our dream of creating an eco-wellness centre in rural Scotland. We are easy going and flexible, we love meeting new people and hearing about your travels and experiences / aspirations and are happy to provide advice and support wherever we can but equally happy to learn from you too.

    We are looking for awake & free people who are interested in helping us out with the following roles:

    Land and Gardening
    Weeding / planting / mowing / trimming trees / hedges etc / use of strimmer and possible chainsaw depending on experience. Help with clearing the ponds and developing paths, herb garden and permaculture forest garden.
    Looking after chickens and other animals.

    General DIY (Do it Yourself)
    Helping repair and restore windows and other aspects of the house, painting and decorating, general support for DIY projects.

    Accommodation is in our separate self contained Annex which has its own entrance , 3 bedrooms and a shared living room and kitchen . We ask for 3 hours a day help and you would provide your own meals, with 2 days off per week or alternatively 5 hours a day for 5 days with meals provided. We are flexible on start / end time if you want to fit your hours into less days and have more time off.

    At the moment this workaway experience will suit people who are self sufficient and able to look after themselves. We are in the countryside but there are buses every hour to Inverness and Aberdeen and also to our local town which is 5mins away by car, we also have a local garage you can walk to for basics.

    Please do get in touch if you have any questions thanks Jane and Ben

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope people visiting the House will make new friends and learn about the local culture. They will have a chance to improve their English as well as enjoy staying in a beautiful part of the world and getting time to visit the Scottish Highlands and North East Coast. There is good public transport and you can get around easily using a combination of local buses and trains which are within easy walking distance. We have bikes available to borrow.
    You will have the chance to take part in any health & wellbeing activities taking place at the house while we are there as well as learn about sustainable living, permaculture, organic gardening and living toxic free. We are also happy to share our other interests as mentioned above including mountain biking, dance, circus skills, music, foraging and art - just ask!

    We are on the main number 10 Stagecoach bus route from Inverness to Aberdeen (we are 10 minutes from the bus stop) so its easy to get to our local towns of Keith or Huntly or further afield.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Help in the Garden - pruning / clearing land / clearing the ponds / vegetable gardening / strimming / weeding / mowing / chopping and stacking wood / clearing the drive and loads more outdoor help!

    Looking after the dogs (giving them loads of playing, love and attention) when they are at the house.

    DIY - helping mainly Ben (but sometimes Jane) with painting, decorating, restoring windows, creating a new kitchen and much more.
    Help in the House - occasional cleaning / cooking / laundry etcHouse sitting - looking after the house & garden while we are away (dogs will be with us).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation will be in the annex of the main house. Usually workaways will have their own room but sharing may be required. We can accommodate groups of friends or couples no problem. The bedrooms will have beds, bedding, electricity, heating and access to full bathroom, with shower etc. You will also have access to shared living room space with TV and also to a communal kitchen. You will need to cook all meals for yourself - our agreement is that you will provide your own food and help 3 hours a day for 5 days a week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Beaches, mountains, forests are the main attractions. There is a beautiful castle in Huntly 5mins drive away . We are close to the famous Spey river along which there are many whisky distilleries which you can visit.

  • 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

    We have fast broadband and run our own business from the house using wifi emails internet etc most days

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Would welcome people in their own campervans and have space to park up in your own wild space

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week or 5 hours a day 5 x week

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