This small farm is tucked away between typical Andalucian orange orchards and the nearby hills covered with olive trees. It is next to the Rio Grande. The river flows well from autumn through to spring but in summer it is very shallow, in spite of its name.
With the help of friends and just one or two volunteers at a time, I am in the early stages of developing the land close to the river into a more productive organic fruit orchard. There is also a small vegetable garden.
Volunteers come for a few months of the year to help with caring for the trees, clearing and digging around them, mulching and watering. You may also be asked to help with digging and planting in the vegetable garden. English is our common language.
On the land there is a small house which is being repaired and rebuilt. There is space for tents, and a yurt. It is in a peaceful and quiet rural location. The nearest town or village is a 10 km walk away ........ In other words, this is the perfect place to get back to nature, get away from it all and to experience a more simple way of living.
I eat a plant only based diet (vegan diet) and almost all the food I have is raw. I invite you to share this way of eating and in learning about raw food preparation. Or if you prefer you can prepare your own cooked food.
Please note that in respect for the land and for the other people who come to share this beautiful place I do not accept smokers, the drinking of alcohol or the use of recreational drugs including cannabis.
The minimum length of time to stay here is for 2 weeks and usually it will be fine for you to stay for 3-4 weeks or sometimes longer. This is so I get the chance to get to know you, and you also have a good opportunity to learn how things work here and so that you can fully appreciate the benefits of living a more simple, off grid and nature based lifestyle.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This is a chance to learn about and experience simple off grid living and share time with one or maybe two others who appreciate the beauty and tranquility of being in nature. You can also learn about preparing natural plant based food. It is also an opportunity to learn from others about different cultures, interests and experiences.
Work experience varies and it most often includes work in the garden. We are also some times in the year doing small building projects. Your skills in natural and sustainable building and construction would be especially appreciated.
I am looking for helpers with experience in ecological ways of building and construction and who prefer to use materials that are sustainable, such as straw bales, earth building, hemp or adobe. I am also looking for someone who knows how to do stone step building.
While the house is being rebuilt I am only able to offer tent accomodation. Food for breakfast, lunch and evening meal is provided. If you are already eating an all raw food diet and wish to continue, then please let me know, as some of the foods that you are used to having may not be available locally. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have.
The house here is in the process of being rebuilt and so only tent accomodation is available at the moment. Bedding and pillows are provided.
Most volunteers wash or bathe in the river or if you prefer you can have a bowl of warm water in the temporary shower room or take a bag shower, in or outdoors. The toilet here is a separation system dry compost toilet.
There is no washing machine, refridgerator or mains tap water. All water has to be collected, carried or pumped. You can wash your own laundry in the river most of the year or in a bowl of collected water.
The nearest airport is Malaga which is just 50 km away. You can easily get a train or bus from the airport to the Maria Zambrano central bus/train station in the middle of the city and then from there take the bus to Coín. Volunteers are usually picked up by car from Coín or you can take a taxi.
The beaches of the Costa del Sol and the natural park areas of the Sierra de Las Nieves are about 1 hour away by car. The cities of Granada, Seville and Cordoba are also not too far to reach by public transport or car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Usually 5 hours per day, 5 days a week