Aiming for a zero-waste community and Spirit building - Takaka, New Zealand


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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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    Enthusiasm abounds in sunny Takaka, where the microclimate is friendly to the growing garden!
    We find a deepening sense of community and mutually beneficial support in beloved Golden Bay. Most of our helpers find this a special place and enjoy a longer time here with our practical life-styling and ever-evolving model for harmonious shared living for a beneficial future.

    Sunshine, the visionary who facilitates our community, is a near-retirement nurse who has plenty of co-operative projects under way and needs your help to bring them to fruition! In terms of the helpers that thrive in this environment: we favour the enthusiastically competent and people who take the initiative with our collaborative projects.

    This household often times also has a sprinkling of creative young children visiting.

    We have an evolving duty-roster household with shared participation in our kitchen culture.

    We are committed to healthy living: If you are a cigarette smoker, please seriously consider using organic while you are here. Please inform us in advance of your arrival if you are a smoker.

    DIET: Omnivores with vegan tendencies; we are intending on living gluten-free, reducing sugar, minimal nightshades, grain-free where possible, and minimal waste.
    We are a soda free household! We boycott multiple corporate food and food-related companies who support unsustainable environmental practices. We are aiming for a low carbon footprint lifestyle but can't deny the difficulty of such a task without significant sacrifice of comfort and convenience; God help us all.
    We offer a shampoo bar and ask you to consider suspending your plastic bottle use while here. If you use sprays of any kind we ask that you use it/them outside only, so as not to contaminate the indoor environment closely shared by others.
    EMF (electro magnetic frequencies): as of January 1, 2019, we ask that you place your phone in the “black box” and minimize your use of the cell phone, using it outside, in the lounge, library or your personal space only when necessary. If you are a first responder (as I am), cell phone use in kitchen-dining room while on duty only. The ease of the wifi culture belies the deadly consequences creeping across all population levels.
    As our internship program takes first priority,
    please check with us to see if we have any helper spaces available. From time to time we do have available space.

    Interests in:
    -Healthy living
    -Zero waste (eventually)
    -Responsible attitudes/positive intentions/integrity
    -Doom (no doom here)
    -Shared social navigation
    -Minimal use of chemical influences (fragrances, industrial cleaners, detergents, soap). Please consider giving up all your scented products while here. Some of us are chemically sensitive, although your hygiene is important.
    -Laundry: we use magnets and minimal detergent.

    We invite you to help us all live optimally with your enthusiasm and expertise. As a part of the household you will be joining us in our gardening, food preparation, and quasi-sustainable culture. We assume your shared participation in maintaining the Homestay for all of us.

    -4 Hours a day, for 3 initial days:
    -4 Hours a day for five out of seven days, or 20 hrs weekly.
    Exchange can be four hours of your daily time for three initial days with time spent occupied with garden, property, household, or assisting in related adventures. Beyond 3 days is negotiable dependent upon conditions borne of trial.
    If you arrive later on the first day, those hours can be made up during the rest of your stay here.

    We offer:
    - Cozy sleepouts
    - Participation in shared meal creation utilizing our garden produce and healthy and whole food ingredients.
    - An open-minded, ethical, and intellectually world-wise household.
    - Walking distance from significant cultural assets; local Takaka township, marketplace, and community gardens.
    - Bicycles. Easy ride to the beach and within range of Te Waikoropupu Springs.
    - Laundry access
    - Broadband Internet - no Wi-Fi after 10pm but cable access available.

    In our ideal scenario, you would join us in fostering healthy community. We currently organize ourselves around holistic lifestyle; committed to organic gardening and use of modern consciousness technologies. Interests include: communications (NVC, The Work), healing arts, gardening, hosting, shared meals, treasure maps, education, health and consciousness. [Large library, as well as range of education/health tools, available.]

    We are agents of social change dedicated to building resilient and healthy community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    This place offers a rare opportunity to slow down, dig deeper within, nurture your spirit. Though we work in the garden and garden related areas four hours a day, five days a week, you are encouraged to spend your other time taking advantage of the unique opportunities offered here in the Takaka area. I also have a background teaching English as a second language and am happy to help you improve your English. I have a deep well-versed background in the human development movement. We teach The Work by Byron Katie and offer ongoing support for the work.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are involved in extensive gardening and invite you to share in our healthy garden practices. We also have building projects happening on the property

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Spacious 3 bedroom home, lounge with fireplace, big dining area and covered back porch, indoor- and outdoor toilets, and sleep outs on the property. Reflection pond and pizza stove. Calm and kind household environment.
    Breakfast is self-serve from a variety of choices, lunch and dinner prep is shared, by roster (sign up). Meals are organic, GF, non-corporate as much as possible, and made from scratch. No GMO. No sodas. No canola oil. Minimal honey or raw sugar.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bikes available here. We are biking distance from multiple beaches, PuPu Springs, and cultural events happening in town. We maintain a clean, orderly house and a high level of enthusiasm.

  • 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

    Please contact me for further details.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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Host ref number: 661571437993