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.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
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.
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
English & ,learning Auslan , german & irish
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week