Help build a retreat space in a natural park near Malaga, Spain

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    This is an off-grid project, access is by walking path only. The nearest (small) village is a thirty minute walk up the mountain from our valley. We are lucky to be surrounded by trees and running water, hidden in a cork oak forest with no immediate neighbours. It's an idyllic and peaceful place. We are creating a space where retreats and workshops can be held, and are also working to build a forest garden.

    In a former life I was a software developer and later a massage therapist, before realising that I would rather live in a forest than a city or a village, and now I have the opportunity to do so whilst managing this beautiful project.

    There are lots of mature trees, vines and bushes onsite, including orange, mandarin, lemon, fig, apple, pear, quince, avocado, pomegranate, peach, apricot, kiwi, plum, grape, cherry, khaki and olive. There are also edible mushrooms that grow wild onsite and in the surrounding area. We work with nature, helping build the soil and maintain a habitat for wildlife. There are many kinds of insects, birds and animals (including lizards, snakes, wild boar, foxes and badgers) in the area.

    Our diet is vegan (staples are brown rice, potatoes, lentils, chickpeas and sunflower seeds) except for occasional local eggs. We eat lots of fresh fruit (whatever is in season here) and vegetables. We also forage for wild food onsite and in the surrounding area.

    We have a solar electricity system, enough for all reasonable purposes - lights, device charging, power tools and kitchen appliances. We have solar hot showers and a washing machine. There is a large old stone water tank that makes an excellent dipping pool in the summer.

    I try to maintain gender balance amongst volunteers and men and women are treated equally here. There is no tolerance for sexism or macho attitudes.

    Este es un proyecto sustentable, accesible sólo por sendero del bosque. El pueblo más cercano está a treinta minutos caminando de nuestro valle. Tenemos la suerte de estar rodeados de árboles y agua corriente, escondidos en un bosque de alcornoques. Es un lugar idílico y tranquilo. Estamos creando un espacio de retiro / taller y un jardín forestal.

    En mi vida fui programador y después masajista, antes de darme cuenta de que preferiría vivir en el bosque, no en la ciudad, ni en el pueblo, y ahora tengo la oportunidad de hacerlo, mientras que manejo este proyecto bonito.

    Ya hay muchos árboles maduros, enredaderas y arbustos, incluyendo naranjo, mandarino, limón, higuero, manzano, peral, membrillo, aguacate, granada, melocotón, albaricoque, kiwi, uvas, cereza, caqui y oliva. También hay algunos hongos comestibles que crecen silvestres en el lugar. Nos gusta trabajar con la naturaleza, ayudar a aumentar la vida del suelo y mantener un hábitat para la vida silvestre. Hay muchos tipos de insectos, pájaros y animales (incluso lagartijas, serpientes, jabalíes, zorros y tejones) en la zona.

    Nuestra dieta es básicamente vegana (las comidas bases son arroz integral, patatas, lentejas, garbanzos y pipas de girasol), incluye muchas frutas frescas y verduras. De vez en cuando comemos huevos. También comemos alimentos silvestres que se encuentran en la finca y los alrededores.

    Tenemos un sistema de electricidad solar, suficiente para luces, la carga de los dispositivos, herramientas eléctricas pequeñas y electrodomésticos de cocina. Tenemos dos duchas y una lavadora. Hay un gran y viejo tanque de agua (alberca) de piedra que hace una excelente piscina para immersion.

    Mantengo una balanza entre hombres y mujeres, y tratamos todos iguales. No soportamos sexismo ni actitudes machistas.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    I live here all year, my girlfriend is with me about half the time and we normally have at least four volunteers at any time. Interests include permaculture, natural building and sustainable living, massage, gymnastics/calisthenics strength training, philosophy/politics/science/economics, and improving Spanish language skills. Also games, riddles and puzzles.

    I can teach you how to do handstands and other bodyweight skills, as well as how to build and maintain strength, mobility and flexibility. In a former life I was a massage therapist, and I'm happy to share/teach those skills.

    Please tell us about yourself in your response; why you would like to come and work with us, how long you’d like to stay (a range is fine), what relevant experience you have, and what you like to do with your free time. Include the phrase “plena naturaleza” in your subject line so I can be sure that you’ve read the profile. Thanks.

    Actualmente hay una persona permanentemente en el sitio (inglés, pero con fluidez en español) y normalmente tenemos por lo menos cuatro voluntarios. Intereses incluyen la permacultura, construcción natural y la vida sustentable, política, económica, ciencia, filosofía, el masaje y el entrenamiento de fuerza de calistenia. Nos encanta mejorar nuestras habilidades en español.

    Te puedo enseñar como hacer el pino y otras técnicas físicas,así como desarrollar fuerza, movilidad y flexibilidad. Era masajista, y también me gusta enseñar/compartir esas habilidades.

    Por favor, cuéntanos sobre ti en tu respuesta; por qué te gustaría venir y trabajar con nosotros, cuánto tiempo deseas quedarte (un rango está bien), qué experiencia relevante tienes y qué te gusta hacer con tu tiempo libre. Incluye la frase "plena naturaleza" en tu mensaje para que yo pueda estar seguro de que has leído el perfil. Gracias.

  • Help

    Help

    Our current (as of winter 2020) infrastructure projects are to finish a small earthbag/timber building, build some rocket mass heaters and masonry stoves, and to do some landscaping work, building steps and improving paths.

    We have quite a substantial garden planted, a mixture of annual and perennial plants, and this will require maintenance throughout the year, watering, mulching, etc. There will also be more planting later in the year as well as soil-building work.

    The routine activities here include; cooking, cleaning, watering, soaking and sprouting legumes/grains, making water kefir, harvesting fruits and cultivated/wild plants, gathering and cutting firewood, composting, extracting clay from our soil, pruning, maintaining the fences and paths, bringing supplies down the mountain, and generally supporting one another.

    We are looking for volunteers that appreciate being in nature, and that genuinely enjoy a physically active lifestyle. The site is a 15 minute walk from the road along a steep mountain path, and you will probably walk at least a few kilometres a day just getting around the site.

    We value open-mindedness, adaptability, the ability to question our entrenched beliefs, a problem-solving mindset, and clear, direct, non-violent communication (ala Marshall Rosenberg). Tidiness, efficiency and good organisation are also very important to us.

    Los proyectos de infraestructura actuales (a partir de invierno 2020) son construir una nueva casita con superadobes, construir unas estufas rocket, y mejorar los caminos y escaleras exteriores.

    Tenemos un huerto bastante grande, una mezcla de plantas anuales y perennes, y necesita mantenimiento todo el año. Además, siempre hay algo nuevo para sembrar.

    Las actividades de rutina aquí incluyen; cocinar, limpiar, regar, brotar leguminosas, cosechar frutas y verduras, preparar leña, hacer compost/abono, extraer arcilla de nuestra tierra, podar los árboles, mantener las cercas y senderos, bajando cosas desde la carretera y generalmente apoyándonos unos a otros.

    Estamos buscando voluntarios que aprecien estar en la naturaleza y que disfruten de un estilo de vida físicamente activo. El sitio se encuentra a 15 minutos a pie de la carretera a lo largo de un empinado sendero de la montaña, y es probable que usted camine al menos un par de kilómetros al día para moverse por el sitio.

    Valoramos la mentalidad abierta, la adaptabilidad, la capacidad de cuestionar nuestras creencias, una mentalidad de resolución de problemas y una comunicación clara, directa y no violenta (de Marshall Rosenberg).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Greek: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in yurts with stoves, in one of our tents or your own tent on the land or possibly in the attic space of a building we have here if that is preferred.

    El alojamiento es en yurtas con estufas, en una de mias, o su propia tienda de campaña o posiblemente en el espacio del ático de un edificio que tenemos aquí, si eso es lo que se prefiere.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated in a forest. There are lots of great walking paths from which the natural beauty of the area can be appreciated.

    The nearest airports to us are Malaga and Gibraltar, and Ronda and Estepona are our nearest “big” cities.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our front door :)
Cane spiral summer shower
Big yurt with a view of our little valley
compost toilet and sink
The traditional stone pool full and about to empty onto the land - good for irrigation and refreshing dips
The view of the valley

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