Permaculture farm and bush retreat near Raglan, New Zealand

  • New Zealand
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  • Last activity: 28/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Kia ora,

    This is an off grid bush retreat/permaculture farm situated in Pakoka Scenic Reserve, looking over beautiful Aotea Harbour. It is run by Dan and Merve. Our vision is to create a space of creativity, sustainability and Love. We are interested in many areas including art, building, permaculture, sports, music, science, bushcraft, yoga, self improvement and more. We always look forward to share and learn any ideas of alternative thinking, curiosity, creativity, knowledge and experiences.


    Dan is a multi-skilled and innovative technologist. He worked as an engineer and electrician before becoming full time in our land. He knows a lot about sustainability, electricity, building, plumbing, solar power... He is a natural at problem solving and creating solutions. He enjoys spending time with our animals, surfing, outdoors, dancing and music.

    Merve is a scientist by trade, now working as Permaculture Educator/Designer. She also trained by local Maori on indigenous connection to land and growing food. She loves experimenting and learning. She has vast knowledge on Food forest designing, preserving, fermenting, Maramataka and Moon Calendar, Herbs and invisible structures. She enjoys hiking, outdoors, sewing and creative work i.e making crafts, art..


    Our land is settled amongst native trees of a Scenic Reserve. We are located 25 minutes *Out* of Raglan . We have multiple spaces to enjoy and explore.

    ☆ INDOORS ☆

    CASA - Main house
    Kitchen (fully equipped), Fire place, instruments, board games

    • Open space with couches to chill, read, make music, yoga etc
    • Instruments

    SANAT - Create & Flow
    • Creative space for artistic expression
    • Drawing table, paints & brushes
    • Pottery Wheel
    • Art display

    ☆ OUTDOORS ☆

    • Gardens
    • Orchard/Food forest
    • Beeyard
    • Farm animals (Goats, Cows, Chickens, bunnies)
    • Loop Track - Pakoka Reserve
    (Native bush & Swim spots)
    • Trampoline & Slackline

    • BBQ
    • Gas califont shower / solar showers.
    • Composting toilets
    • Solar power for our lights and to charge our devices.


    We offer a full immersion on Permaculture Living, applying these principles to our Land and our lives to design a better life for all. There is a lot of practical skill and knowledge you will gain during your stay including but not limited to energy systems, forest gardening, off-grid designs, preserving food, building, food forest design and maintenance, building garden beds, spring water supply and water solutions...

    This is an experience of dipping your toes into a new world where a different way of living is possible. It is a great opportunity for those that want to experience land living.

    You will also have access to our library of permaculture, gardening, and health books as well as other resources such as paints, tools and instruments during your stay should you want to use them.

    With the knowledge you gained living with us, it's possible to start your own project or simply become more aware. We suggest staying longer to maximize your experience and learning.


    We have many projects going on. We are looking for someone who is passionate about nature, creativity, Permaculture, and personal growth. Someone that is physically fit and have self discipline. Who also is ready to immerse themselves fully in all areas of what it takes to run a permaculture farm. We can customize this for you to enhance your experience. Please be clear on what you are capable of and what you would like to learn. (See below for details about it)

    Aotea Harbour, Raglan, New Zealand
    (25min from Raglan town, 50 min from Hamilton CBD and 40 min to Kawhia).

    2 week initial trial period
    4 week total internship following a mutually successful trial period

    3 hours/ day
    5 days a week

    We grow, trade, forage and hunt a majority of our food. Although we eat mainly vegetarian, we enjoy homegrown or hunted meat occasionally. We also milk our goats when we can. (More details below).


    Please read all carefully before writing to us just so you have a good understanding of what you are going into, if you have any questions please ask as we are very open people.

    We can arrange pick up from Raglan.

    We would like all Workaways to arrive on Sunday (no later than 3pm) as then we have the afternoon to connect with each other, show you around the farm and let you settle.

    We are detailed people and always go for our best, we have passion for what we do and we are loving people.

    Please when mailing us please use (CASA) as the “subject” this is to assure us that you have read everything.

    Thank you for reading, we really appreciate this.

    One vibe, One tribe

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    So many benefits, such an amazing place to be. Learning here is endless.

    There are a list of activities that are here.

    •Animal communication/integration
    •Arts and crafts
    •Bush craft
    •Bush walking and learning
    •Ecosystems / guilds
    •Energy systems
    •Food Forest and Forest Gardening
    •Healing Zone (Meditation, Forest Bathing)
    •Learning about sustainability
    •Native bush eatibles
    •Outdoor Sports
    •Permaculture Principles, Ethics and Applications
    •Preserving food
    •Playing/Learning instruments
    •Renewable energy and solar energy
    •Slack line ( balancing )
    •Survival skills
    •Surfing (Beginner's and advanced)
    •Swimming (Jump-rock)
    •Water systems

    Around you can visit:

    •Raglan (Surfer's heaven)

    •Karioi Area for walking and tramping (Kariori is an extinct volcano and offers spectecular west coast views from the summit)

    •Ruapuke beaches and Pirongia Forest Park

    •Kawhia (a small town with a hot water beach and a gorge to visit. They also have amazing fish and chips :) )

  • Help


    Our farm is highly dynamic as it operates a wide range of permaculture systems, research projects, infrastructure expansion and also new land regeneration projects.

    You will be included in tasks such as food forest management, digging, building /with clay, compost making, transplanting, building terraces, installing food forests, making firewood, weeding, planting and water supply systems. On top of these, you will be also doing daily living tasks like cooking and cleaning. Depending on your interests and previous experience we can also provide individual projects.

    For these types of help, the individual must have these personal skills.

    •Attention to detail
    •Positivity and motivation
    •Clean and tidy
    •Kind and respectful
    •Fun !!

    If you feel you have want it takes, we would love to meet you and have you a part of the team.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent

    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.

  • Accommodation


    We will provide private accommodation. We have private rooms and plenty of spaces to enjoy at our farm..

    We are asking 15 hours per week, 3 hours a day from 9am to 12 midday -Monday to Friday. This gives us a good balance of a permaculture farm and have time for ourselves to enjoy.

    Currently we are going under a lot of changes/challenges in our farm, which limits us financially. We came to the conclusion that we need to make a change to be able to offer this learning opportunity.

    We kindly ask you to take part in food costs either by contributing $120 weekly per person or providing your own food during your time with us.
    We did our best to minimize the cost so that it's possible to share nice meals all together.

    Please let us know what option you would like to do when writing to us and that you have understood the food contribution.

    Thank you, we really appreciate this 🙏

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Raglan is close by which is a very good surfing place which we enjoy going to from time to time.

    We also have many activities to do as well including bush walks, creative spaces...

    Thank you for reading, we really appreciate this.

    We looking forward to meeting you and look forward to the good times ahead.

    One vibe, One tribe

  • 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

    4G full bar cellular reception

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 633499226697

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