A warm welcome to the Workawayer who´s reading this. My name is Josep and I recently became the official house owner of this remote, serene and beautiful property of Santa Pau located in the La Garrotxa region. Along with the house, I have inherited chickens, a shepherd dog and 2 cats from the previous owner. If you are looking for a place to ground yourself through quiet meditation and peaceful relaxation, away from the hustle and fast-paced life where the only sounds are the forest winds and creatures then this can be your temporary sacred paradise. I am eager to start a few projects such as converting the small field that used to be for sheeps into a permaculture garden, expanding the chicken coop and have them be free-ranged, refurbishing the sub-house next to the main house, making apple cyder vinegar from organic apples, harvesting fruit trees on the property, any physical contribution. On top of food and accomodation, I also provide bicycles, a motorbike or a van which you can use if you want to explore La Garrotxa or attend famous local festivals.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
La Garrotxa is the home of many volcanoes so there are very beautiful national parks and museums to visit. At my home, we will learn the beginning stages of turning a land into a self-sufficient place with all the comforts because the main house is fully equipped with necessities and also we will be going on mushroom picking together which is a very popular thing to do in the area. Any ideas to help the place grow are very welcome. Besides that, I am also a scuba diving instructor and had dived in many countries so if you are interested in this sport I can advice where are the best places to learn and dive. I am pretty easy going as I once was a traveller too so I'll gladly exchange stories or even talk about our spiritual journeys as I am interested to know who you are as a person too.
I have a full time job and thus I cannot be working side by side the volunteers everyday, however during the times I am available, I´d be happy to be a tour guide to some historical places nearby with the car.
From AUG to mid-OCT
Mostly outdoor projects, please select the ones you are genuinely interested in or have experiences with:
-Converting the small field that used to be for sheeps into a permaculture garden
-Expanding the chicken coop and have them be free-ranged
-Making apple cyder vinegar from organic apples
-Harvesting fruit trees on the property
-Mushroom picking in the wild
-Any other physical work contribution
From mid-OCT to Dec
-Refurbishing the 300 years old sub-house next to the main house; painting, decorating, cleaning
-Gardening winter vegetables
-Collecting wood for heating
Daily general help all seasons:
-Light house work
-Feeding cats & chicken and collecting eggs
-Watering plants & weeding
Catalan, Spanish, French, Portugese, English
There are 3 bedrooms and one shared toilet in the main house for the volunteers. Suitable for one family with kids, or a couple or 2 friends. Kitchen and eating space will be shared communally. For food, I will either bring you groceries shopping to get what you need once a week or I will pay you a weekly allowance and you can walk to the nearest supermarket.
The easiest way to get here if you are flying in from Barcelona is to take a bus to the city center and from there take a 2 and half hours bus to Olot Bus station which I'll be picking you up from. During the summer, there are rivers about 15mins drive from the property which you can take a dip in, visit La Garrotxa National Park and museums, Santa Margarida Volcano, little chapel in the middle of the volcano crater in Santa Pau, the nearest beach at L'Escala is one hour away with a car, I highly recommend Olot town festival known as ´Festes del Tura´ happening in Sept which is 15mins drive away. In winter, the nearest ski station is one hour drive away to the Pyrenees. I am able to drop you off at the nearest bus or train station if you are unable to drive to see these places.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week