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


United Kingdom

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  • Description


    *Update August 24th.*

    As its getting colder here now so the bell tent is going away for the winter.
    However I might be able to accommodate for the right person.
    We are looking for someone with building expertise (wood) for an number of projects..
    One being an indoor climbing wall. And outdoor hay shed/tack room.
    Also someone who can work with leather. Can potentially pay some travelling money for the right person.

    My name is Patrick. Like many others, my travel last year was cut short due to the pandemic and when
    I came home from Peru I decided to explore alternative ways of living.
    I've fenced off a few acres of my parents land and I'm living in my yurt with my puppy Dana by the river Endrick. Its a truly magical place.

    My mum Pauline and step father James live up in the house up at the farm with their dog Jack.
    my mum is a natural horsemanship lady and we have two horses here, Cary's and Fisher.

    We also have some hens here that give us eggs every morning.

    I love workaway! I've volunteered a lot in my life and didn't find out about it until a couple of years ago. Needless to say I had a fantastic experience with workaway. Hoping to share and create with others.

  • 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 make and practice healing work with plant medicines. I also work with kambo. I'm happy to share this knowledge with anyone who is committed and interested.

    My mum would also love to share time in the arena with the horse with someone keen to learn about relationship and what horses can teach us about it.

    I have a fantastic workshop in the barn that Workawayers can use to make things from wood.

    I make and sell some products for a little online shop to support myself. Ceremonial pipes, tinctures, balms etc. Happy to share my know how with people who show interest.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are trying to grow some food for the first time this year and have very little experience. Someone who has a knowledge of permaculture would be fantastic. I've managed to get lots of mushroom spores into logs over winter, hoping for a autumn filled with edible mushrooms around the place. And we are slowly getting food in the ground.

    My mum would really appreciate some help with the horses (she is 70) so someone with a love of horses would be fantastic.

    We also have a number of building projects we hope to get on with this year.
    Building a climbing wall in the barn, building a roofed structure for storing hay and logs. Also a huge composting system and some outdoor tables and chairs. Pizza oven.

    There is lots do do here, the tasks is varied. Many tasks requiring two people, I've been struggling along myself doing what I can over winter.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Beginner

    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 large comfy bed and warm duvet. Extra blankets provided.
    The tent also has a log stove for keeping warm in the cold evenings and for cooking.
    You will have a gas stove for making coffee in the tent.

    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.

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 646278862833