Share skills and explore alternative ways of living with us in Balfron, Scotland


United Kingdom

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    We only host one volunteer at a time.
    And for a minimum of two weeks.

    My name is Patrick.
    Like many others, my travel was cut short due to the pandemic. During a difficult lockdown in Lima waiting for a flight home the decision was made to sell my flat in the city and look at living in a more natural building closer to nature.
    My parents had moved to a different area of Scotland while I was away, I had seen pictures but fell in love with it when I finally got home. I've not left.

    My space is down by the river with my dog Dana, we sleep in the yurt.
    My mum Pauline and stepfather James live in the house with there dog Jack. Between us there are some fields some trees our horses (Cary's and Fisher) and our hens. It's a truly beautiful spot. Especially in summer.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    I've been holding medicine space since coming back from a year Peru nearly two years ago. And spent many years in recovery before that.
    We are learning about healing here, rewilding our human.

    some things you might want to learn.

    Natural horsemanship.
    Making tinctures and potions.
    Make a ceremonial pipe. (in the lathe)
    How to grow mushrooms (in the tent/in the tub)
    Alkaloid extraction.

    There is a large workspace/barn kitted out with some tools and benches, you will be encouraged to be creative in here.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Over winter with the help from amazing friends the polytunnel is now operational and is a hive of activity.
    The plan is to really scale up the veg growing this year working towards a more sustainable organic kitchen garden.

    We have about 10 acres of varied environments here. I'm hoping to introduce lots of edible and medicinal plants to the land this year, a lot of which have been planted already
    We have some mushroom logs dotted around the place with more on the way.

    Work is really varied here. There is a lot going on. And a lot of cool things to learn.

    I really love to learn too....
    I am especially looking for people to teach or with working knowledge of....

    Permaculture. (no dig, swales, food forests)
    Fruit tree grafting.
    The chainsaw
    Food fermenting.

    My step father has been learning Italian for about a year online, it would be wonderful if he could practice with someone.
    I've also just bought a farm in Portugal for a doing workshops in winter so it would be great to host someone who can give lessons in Portuguese.

    We have horses. You could say that's why we are all here. As a child my mum walked miles to see them She's now 71. And for over 25 years they have been teaching her about life and relationship.
    She would really appreciate someone with a knowledge and love of horses to help with the daily task and share skills.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: 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


    Having your own space is Important when travelling I know.
    Your accommodation will be a 4 metre bell tent with a decent comfy bed and warm duvet. Extra blankets provided.
    The tent also has a log stove for keeping warm in the cold evenings and for warming the kettle of an evening.

    Food is a big deal in my world, I was a head chef in a former life.
    We love to eat simple fresh food here. Lots of fruit and vegetables but we are not vegetarian. Andy the fish man delivers fish every Wednesday and in season I might be butchering game in the workshop.

    I've stayed in Workaways myself where I worked 15 hours per week for accommodation only. And 25 for food as well. Happy to meet volunteers anywhere in these guidelines.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

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

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