A little about us:
We run a small holistic project located in Brazil, near Salvador, Bahia, in a beautiful natural setting full of mango and other fruit trees, palms, etc. It lies near the charming, seaside village of Arembepe (35 minutes walking distance from the beach).
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We believe in the loving healing power of nature and animals; our dream is that more and more people become integrated to this powerful, unique love, for the good of adoion, celebrations of nature and healing crystal bowls, as well as some individual therapeutic treatments. However, since we are a very small project, with few people, these courses and workshops usually run only once or twice a month. It is a quiet and secluded place in which one can rest and relax. We are in the process of laying the groundwork for further development of our innovative healing project: it's own unique characteristic is the presence of our resident family of healing dogs, which give the guests their company and affection. This works as a very deep therapeutic experience. We also offer retreats for nature & dog-lovers, writers and persons engaged in other creative or academic activities. Our place is ideal for unwinding, studies and inspiring periods of creativity.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
It is a quiet and secluded place in which one can rest and relax. We are in the process of laying the groundwork for further development of our innovative healing project: it's own unique characteristic is the presence of our resident family of healing dogs, which give the guests their company and affection. This works as a very deep therapeutic experience. We also offer retreats for nature & dog-lovers, writers and persons engaged in other creative or academic activities. Our place is ideal for unwinding, studies and inspiring periods of creativity.
Here you can share many acnowledgements about ecological issues and you can learn a lot about Brazilian history and culture, specially from Bahia with its unique afro-brazilian livestyle.
There are 4 principal lines of help specifically for WorkAwayers at this time: help us to publicize the project via the internet and web site improvent (wordpress); help to care for our 12 very friendly, small dogs and if you enjoy, to play with them; and help with the maintenance, building and expansion of the physical space in order to receive our clientele in a more professional fashion and wellcome our guests. You may concentrate on one or be involved in a combination, depending on your skills, interests and our current needs.
Here are the working areas in which you'll be able to help, depending on your abilities:
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- Actually we need some extra help on social media / promotion, marketing, traffic & SEO improvement on the internet.
- We need web-designers with professional experience, to help programming some more in our site / skills to handle an interactive site.
- We would like to generate some more professional photos and videos of our activities.
- We also need those with experience in promotion and marketing to aid with social media and developing more outreach on the internet, developing literacy with computers and technology are always welcome for us too.
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- Animal care: there is a family pack of 12 friendly, small dogs and we would really appreciate help looking after them; playing with them, preparing their food, feeding them and cleaning up after them as well :) We need to keep them clean and we also have to give them medicine and sometimes bring them to the vets, if needed. This all means that an animal-loving nature and / or veterinary skills are all welcome. Come and see what paradise looks like through a dog’s eyes. We are sure that our loving pack will appreciate all the care and attention you give to them and we would be very thankful for your help too!
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-- Gardening: as the land itself has many plants and trees, part of the task necessary for receiving visitors consists of helping with physical upkeep: keeping nice the garden, cutting wood, planting, watering, cleaning, pruning, raking, general maintenance.
-- Composting: we are very aware and careful with the environment, do have a compost and some work on it, but we are not a permaculture project. We do not have a vegetable garden - we do receive our vegetables from a partner organic farmer.
-- Help on planning and making a very small herbarium into which ants can't enter.
-- Alternative energy technology: we would like to install very simple alternative energy technology, for instance a very simple solar-heated shower system, if there is anyone interested in working in this area.
-- Carpentry: build some hanging cupboards for supplies and fix/make some pieces of outdoor furniture.
-- Electrical repair: repair some electrical installations in the buildings and outdoors.
-- Making handicrafts for decorating the place, mainly out of our local, natural materials such as palm leaves, or painting, creating clay objects or other arts.
-- Artistic projects, for instance some wall-paintings or a mosaic for decorating the wall of the outdoor kitchen.
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-- Courses and workshops usually run only once or twice a month; you will be asked to help. If the courses /workshops are offered by our project, you are welcome to participate free of charge. If they are offered by outside professionals, it will not be possible to participate for free, but usually our volunteers can have a special discount.
-- Now and then we receive retreat or vacation guests. In this case you will be asked to help to organize, look if it is everything fine and help on clean up the lodge before their arrival, receive them well.
Right now we have a nice free-standing room which could be shared with other workawayers with its own bathroom, or it might be possible to stay in a tent with a nearby bathroom or in a hammock. We also have two beautiful little free-standing houses made from wood, natural materials and adobe for guests, and workawayers may can stay in them when there are no guests. Please bring your own lightweight sleeping bag (preferably linen or cotton) or your own bed and bath linens, although these can be purchased relatively cheaply nearby should you need to. Laundry can be done here. The best clothes are light ones that don´t stick to the body: cotton, linen, etc. It is also very important to bring mosquito repell ent and a flashlight.
It's important for you to know that the day here starts early to take advantage of the cool morning and allow you time for exploring in the afternoon, and that the emphasis is usually on maintenance tasks. For this reason, we expect that you will help us responsibly, with good will, and feel satisfied with your contribution.
During your first week of stay, you will be helping mainly on maintenance jobs. After you are a bit more familiarized with the project's demands, you will receive some tasks that are more adapted to your abilities and that involve responsibility. This first week is therefore a good time for you to think about how you might best contribute to the project using your own skills and creativity.
Of course, you don´t need to have ALL the desired skills, but any you do have in these areas will be greatly helpful!
FILLING YOUR BELLY AND FILLING YOUR DAYS:
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You will have 2 free days a week. On these days you will be responsible for providing your own food. On the other days you will get the ingridients to make a healthy and nutritious breakfast and be able to prepare lunch using fresh local vegetables, which we will provide. Our food is mostly vegetarian. If there is no lunch at the place, you will be given the right amount of money, for which you can try some good traditional food in the village, or buy aliments and prepare your meal. Dinner is on your own responsibility, but mostly at our place there are nice leftovers you can eat in the afternoon.
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Our holistic centre facilitates deep connections with nature and you will usually be invited to participate in the courses or workshops, when they are running, although at present there are on average about one or two workshops per month. However, if you are interested, you may learn more about some of the holistic therapies offered. In addition, if you have an interest in practicing, or teaching us about any of your passions while here, for instance painting, arts, crafts, yoga, meditation and any other holistic abilitie or therapies, you are more than welcome to do so.
The surroundings include the charming fishing village of Arembepe, which has an historical background and stunning beaches offering bathing as well as other attractions which can be arranged at a reasonable cost. Based on the time of year, availability and length of stay, these might include; surfing nearby beaches, fishing with local fishermen or a little gem of a gym blessed with a beach view and sunset behind it.
One thing worth noting: over the entire coast of northeast region of Brazil, including Bahia, there can be dangerous currents (riptides). Ask us for further information as soon as you are planning to swim.
The property itself is surrounded by a small, rustic community with a little supermarket and a few tiny stores 600 meters away, lots of nice greenery, riverside vegetation, wild birds, monkeys, etc.
At the property itself you can spend your free time unwinding, enjoying nature, the hammocks and the swimming pool, playing with the dogs, opening coconuts to drink their water, using the internet, working on your own creative projects or writing, etc. Otherwise, there's not much happening on the property at night: perhaps some conversation and music, internet use, watching the beautiful starry heavens and maybe enjoying a funny frog concert.
It´s easy to reach the historic city of Salvador da Bahia, or other nearby beaches, as there are a good number of buses that travel the highway between Salvador, Arembepe, as well as many other places of interest. These include: Praia do Forte, Imbassaí and Reserva Sapiranga Atlantic Rain Forest (which are worth googling to know more about!). Salvador itself boasts museums, shops, parks, movie theaters, concert halls, open air concerts and performances, etc. Also, if you want to make a trip to Chapada Diamantina (look this up if you are not familiar), the transport links are easily within reach of the place and very straightforward.
MORE INFO :
The owner, Evelyn, was born in Germany and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She has degrees in communication and arts, and environmental studies and has lectured in these areas. For many years she has had the vision of creating a space that will further the integration of the human being with nature.
The place is run along principles of environmental preservation, a positive energetic balance, reuse and recycling. We expect our guest to respect this, as well as to assume temporary responsibility for the smooth running and growth of the project.
The possibility to observe the pack-behavior of our gentle dogs in their free and natural space, and to make analogies to our own social behavior is a really amazing experience. The dogs willingly invite you to be in their environment, and will probably enjoy being near you, while working with us, hang around, relax or go for a walk in the garden.
But, if you are allergic to dogs or cannot sleep if they are barking, unfortunately we will not be able to invite you to stay with us here.
We mostly are able to provide the use of our wireless internet service, if you bring your own computer/ tablet/ phone. Sometimes the official internet provider is not working for a few days, in which case you can go to a nearby internet café in Arembepe. Some of these also have printers, scanners, and fax machines in addition to broadband internet service.
STAYING WITH US:
We request that you stay between 4 and 6 weeks, although in special cases we can arrange a different length of stay, depending on the specific type of help you are able to give us. If you are a veterinarian and only have less time available to stay in our project, we can do an exception. Our dog family will thank you for your special loving attention.
We would very much enjoy having people around with a positive attitude and if you are interested, here you can hear and learn a lot about Brazilian history and start to get a feel for the very unique local culture of Bahia, and we would love to hear about your culture too.
One last thing, as we get lots of enquiries, it is useful if you could give us as much notice as possible when applying. To help us get an idea of whether we are a good fit for each other, we would ask you two questions when first getting in contact:
1. What specifically attracted you to us?
2. How do you think you can help us best?
Come help us with some greatly rewarding work and meanwhile immerse yourself in the rich and unique culture of Bahia, like no other part of Brazil!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
22,5 hours/week + helping prepare meals and clean up afterwards.
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