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

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  • Description

    Description

    Our project is located in a natural park, surrounded by forest, primarily of cork oaks, with running water all around. It’s an idyllic, peaceful place. The nearest (small) village is a thirty minute walk up the mountain from our valley. We are creating a retreat/workshop space and forest garden. There are lots of mature trees, vines and bushes onsite, including orange, mandarin, lemon, fig, apple, pear, quince, avocado, pomegranate, peach, apricot, kiwi, plum, grapes, cherry, persimmon and olive. There are also some edible mushrooms that grow wild onsite and in the surrounding area. We like to work with nature, help build the soil and maintain a habitat for wildlife. There are many kinds of insects, lizards, snakes, wild boar, foxes, badgers and other animals in the area.

    Our diet is vegan, except for occasional local eggs. We eat lots of fresh fruit (whatever is in season here) and veg. There is potential for foraging 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 two showers and a washing machine. There is a large old stone water tank that makes an excellent dipping pool in the summer.

    Nuestro proyecto está ubicado en un parque natural, rodeado de bosques de alcornoques, con dos arroyos pasando dentro de nuestra finca. Es un lugar idílico y tranquilo. El pueblo más cercano está a treinta minutos caminando de nuestro valle. Estamos creando un espacio de retiro / taller y un jardín forestal. Ya hay muchos árboles maduros, enredaderas y arbustos, incluyendo naranja, mandarina, limón, higo, manzana, pera, 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, lagartijas, serpientes, jabalíes, zorros, tejones y otros animales en la zona.

    Nuestra dieta incluye mucha fruta fresca, verduras y huevos. Una dieta vegan es posible aquí. Existe la posibilidad de buscar alimentos silvestres en la finca y en 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project

  • 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

    There is currently one person permanently onsite (English, fluent in Spanish) and we normally have at least three volunteers. Interests include permaculture and sustainable living, massage, calisthenics strength training, philosophy/politics/science/economics, and improving Spanish language 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 tres voluntarios. Intereses incluyen la permacultura y la vida sustentable, política, económica, ciencia, filosofía, el masaje y el entrenamiento de fuerza de calistenia. Nos encanta mejorar nuestros habilidades en español.

    Por favor, cuéntanos sobre ti en tu respuesta; por qué le gustaría venir y trabajar con nosotros, cuánto tiempo desea quedarse (un rango está bien), qué experiencia relevante tiene y qué le gusta hacer con su tiempo libre. Incluya la frase "plena naturaleza" en su mensaje para que pueda estar seguro de que ha leído el perfil. Gracias.

  • Help

    Help

    Our current (as of Summer/Autumn 2019) infrastructure projects are to build a small wooden dorm with bunk beds, build some rocket mass heaters and masonry stoves, and to do some landscaping work, building steps and improving paths.

    The other major area of ongoing work is on the land. This includes; clearing the site, maintaining fences, preparing firewood, irrigating, tree pruning, composting, mulching and a little gardening.

    The routine activities here include; cooking, watering, cleaning and tidying, and generally supporting one another.

    The focus at the moment is on infrastructure. However, the site has great potential to be a forest garden, and we are looking for someone to work on this as well. If this aspect is of particular interest to you, you can work independently, and are willing to stay for a few months, please get in touch.

    There is also some mural-style painting to be done - we have some structures with curved corrugated metal sheet walls that need nature-themed, maybe abstract pattern-based decorating inside and out. If you're specifically interested in this, please mention it in your message.

    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 couple of 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 and good organisation are also very important to us. There is a trial period of one week for all new volunteers.

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    Los proyectos de infraestructura actuales (a partir de verano/otoño de 2019) son construir una nueva casita con literas, construir unas estufas rocket, y mejorar los caminos and escaleras exteriores.

    La otra parte importante de trabajo está en la tierra. Esto incluye; limpiar el sitio, mantener las cercas, preparar leña, irrigar, podar árboles, hacer compost, abono y un poco de jardinería.

    Las actividades de rutina aquí incluyen; Cocinando, regando, ordenando y generalmente apoyándose unos a otros.

    El foco en este momento está en la infraestructura. Sin embargo, el sitio tiene un gran potencial para ser un jardín forestal y buscamos a alguien que tenga ganas de trabajar en esto. Si este aspecto te interesa particularmente, puedes trabajar de forma independiente y estás dispuesto a quedarte por unos meses, por favor, mándanos un mensaje.

    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 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 (ala Marshall Rosenberg). Hay un período de prueba de una semana para todos los nuevos voluntarios.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Greek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in yurts with stoves, in 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 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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Compost toilet
Wild flowers in October
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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