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We live on a very remote and beautiful finca in the Genal valley, near one of its small 'white villages'/'Pueblos Blancos'.
Our long term plan is to create a self sufficient sanctuary for study and recovery, while tending the land, its people and its' animals. The total land is 7 hectares made up of forest, including chestnut and cork oak trees, part fruit trees and part garden.
We have nearly completed the restoration of the old farmhouse and are focusing on tending and improving the garden and its' soil, maintaining the fruit trees and general infrastructure and land improvements.
The land is totally off-grid. We have a solar system for electricity, hot water and compost toilets. We have one dog, three cats, four chickens and a female donkey.
I am from England, where I worked as a Steiner Kindergarten teacher and Biographical Counsellor. I am studying Biodynamic Agriculture and Bee keeping and am also interested in local medicinal plants. Our project here is evolving out of Anthroposophy.
We would welcome people who are open to longer term commitments but also short term (minimum 2 weeks depending on the project). We are particularly interested in those who have tree surgery skills, path building and maintenance, dry stone walling experience and other land and garden management skills.
People who have the ability to work autonomously and productively are welcomed.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Travellers would benefit from living in a very beautiful environment in the forest, using their skills and learning new ones.
The Genal Valley is thought to be the seventh most bio-diverse place on the planet, so it is an exceptionally lovely place to be.
The village of Genalguacil is walkable, via a steep donkey track (about 30 minutes) ~ The village has a big art gallery and several bars.
We hope our travellers will be flexible, creative and committed to hard work to help our planet and each other flourish. We mainly need help working on the land ~ in the garden and with the trees.
Our priority this year is to improve our infrastructure and access to the forest areas.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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Accommodation would be 'rustic and basic', at least whilst the refurbishment of the main house continues, we can only offer a spacious tent/Bell Tent with use of composting toilet and shower facilities.
There is a good network of footpaths for exploring the valley on foot.
There is a daily bus to and from Ronda, leaving the village at 7.30am and leaving Ronda at 4.00pm
I would say that here would suit people who like to live a simple life, deep in nature.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Please discuss on application.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week