We have a large and varied finca (farm) in rural Spain, close to the coast, airports, trains, mountains & villages as well as the awesome catalonian cities like Barcelona. We are setting up as permaculture, organic, self-sufficient, off-grid, ecological and a wildlife haven. We have goats, chickens, a dog and many geckos!
After many years planning, we moved into our farmhouse this last year and still have much to do and little in the way of luxuries. This will not be home away from home for sure, we live a very minimalist life but one rich in health and well-being.
I had a long career as an IT specialist in London and my partner Eliz is Hungarian and she loves to cook great food, is a qualified RHS gardener and very talented and driven. For sure, you'd never be bored and would gain life skills and a great experience. Our ethos is about caring for our World by doing what we can locally, working hard, enjoying life, not harming others, being independent and building a centre of excellence for permaculture - with your help!
Now this is important, we are really busy here and can only take on mature, experienced and strong helpers who can fit right into the daily routine and challenging projects!!
While we are keen to provide learning opportunities, we simply don't have time for full time teaching or providing courses for those who are mainly out to just have fun. Good luck to you but for our needs, that won't work :)
While here, you will learn a lot but be realistic about us and yourselves. This will help manage expectations and you will have a more rewarding visit.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We speak English, Hungarian, some German and of course, Spanish.
We are building a centre for Permaculture, the first in this area. There are many important life skills from this ethos alone but we'll also pass on our skills and knowledge of farming, animal care, ecology and building practices e.g. how to build a straw/cobb shelter or a dry-stone pathway.
Depending on preferences, we would encourage you to join us exploring and enjoying our part of Spain and in your own time, borrow a mountain bike, hike the hills, swim in the nearby sea or explore local villages.
Depending on the season, we tend to work within temperate periods i.e. not during the hottest times of the day! We'd much prefer to do short periods of focused work and then rest and enjoy life.
You'd have very clear instructions, only enough supervision as needed, work across farm activities as appropriate to your abilities, learn from us and others we spend time with e.g. off-grid group workdays.
We are very safety conscious, work within limits and skills, set reasonable expectations and appreciate motivated and exceptional people who will help us make our finca special.
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.
Initially we will provide a tent with a mattress only (bring your sleeping bag) but one of the early tasks will be to complete a small casita up on one of the terraces, which would offer future guest & workaway accommodation.
We may also be setting up a caravan soon.
We can provide for a vegetarian diet but usually include our own organic chicken or goat meat, 3 meals a day.
We are several kilometers from nearby villages and off-grid as far as public transport is concerned. However, from our local town, there are very good bus & train services. We are only 40km from Reus airport also and 100km from Barcelona. We have a mountain bike for your use.
Being in the hills, there are hundreds of pathways to explore and even our own finca is 12Ha and offered abundant walking and exploration.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There is good mobile data coverage.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week