Help us create a retreat centre and with our market garden in Castlemaine, Australia

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We run an organic/biodynamic foodbox business in Castlemaine & a raw food cafe . We live on a property 10min. Out of Castlemaine on the side of an old volcano & surrounded by farmland with not a house in sight but only 2.2km from suburbia. We are building a retreat space where people can come & learn about raw food, do yoga, meditations, massage & learn good communication techniques. We have a market garden & 50 odd fruit trees partly established. We have sites for tiny homes & a sight for BnB space with 2 caravans & a shipping container awaiting renovations. The projects are diverse but all with the ultimate aim of building a space that is close to self sufficiency & feels like community for anyone whoever shares it.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    If you are interested you will walk away with more knowledge of any of the following; English , raw food, food box systems & what's happening in our food system world wide, new meditation techniques, new communication techniques, working with Australian timbers, meet wildlife (depending on the time of year & your luck there are kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, snakes, blue tongue & stumpy tale lizards & large numbers of birds), songwriting is always an option if you have an interest & we hope you will have made new friends.

  • Help

    Help

    The projects have diverse aspects so there are plenty of options ~ we use as much recycled material as possible & as much fun/art as possible in all our projects & prefer to think outside the box whenever the opportunity arises & take the creative road;
    *️️️️️️Stonework ...is always welcome and we have quite a lot of beautiful stone on the property which has reef rock running through it.
    *️️️️️️Building.. we are renovating caravans & shipping containers for BnB spaces as simply & beautifully as we can
    .... we are building a guest shared bathroom with composting toilet
    .... we are building a new chookpen & fencing that allows us to direct them to different areas in the market garden
    .... we have a yurt with a selfloading compression ring to move to a new site
    *️️️️️️Sewing their are canvas adjustments to be made and we have access to an industrial sewing machine
    *️️️️️️Gardening/farm work ... there is ALWAYS gardening with a market garden & fruit trees & there's also work on garden irrigation that is on going at this point in the project
    *️️️️️️Language... we are currently learning German, Irish & Auslan (Australian sign language) but have also learnt small amounts of Spanish, Italian & Bhasa Indonesian & loving languages we are always happy to learn more.
    *️️️️️️Art .... artists are valued & welcome

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Irish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a Caravan with a double bed for workaway people to stay in which has a stove & a kettle but all meals will be provided & will be vegan & mostly raw & we eat together.
    Families are a possibility
    There is no smoking on the property & we respect all life & ask that those visiting do also whilst they are with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live a simple, minimalist life which somehow manages to be very busy. We do not eat animals or animal products request that visitors respect this. We do love our food though & you will never want for fresh fruit & great meals & delicious raw deserts.
    We have been host to many volunteers over the years.
    There is enough misery in the world & so at home we focus on joy & creating a beautiful peace filled space with plenty of laughter, fun & creativity mixed in
    Castlemaine is on a train line that links you to Melbourne & right up to Mildura. If you have a vehicle then there are great daytrips to the Grampians, caves, the beach & there are always exhibitions and events happening around town as it is an active art/workshop type of area.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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



Host ref number: 672331587623