Learn earth building skills, helping us to build a straw bale home in Waipara, New Zealand


New Zealand


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  • Description


    Hi, we are Francois, Kate, Mateo and Max. This year we are building a Straw bale home, on a very special piece of land in the Waipara gorge. The home is being made with as much recycled, low or no carbon foot print materials.
    We are about to start on the earthen plastering stage of the build, and would love help from people interested in this.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

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    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I believe we have a lot to share, and visitors could learn a wide range of skills.
    Range of Earth building skills, garden planning, planting, forgaging, and preserving the produce,
    Weaving with flax and willow,

  • Help


    We are looking for strong, fit, energetic people, with a real interest in earth building. Tasks could/will involve, making earthern plaster (3 different types), applying plaster on different substrates (including strawbale walls). Working with lime plaster, Helping run workshops, .
    Help with cooking local/wild food meals, Preserving wild foods

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have two sweet small huts/cottages, one at the gorge made from straw bale.
    And another in waikari in our back garden.
    I would love to share cooking meals, I am a cook by trade and sharing great food is important to us.
    We cook from the garden and paddock, organic or wild food mostly.

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    What else ...

    Waipara is a beautiful region with lots to see and do, we love to get to the coast for free diving, and coastal foraging. Head to the hills for a tramp, or sample some delicious wines from down the valley.

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    • Can host families

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

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