Help to reforest the land and to train our dogs at our place outside of Pune, India



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  • Description


    We are a German couple, 57 (me) and 65 (Michael) years old - but much younger at heart! We have two sons, aged 22 and 24 who are not with us.

    After having worked for four years for a multinational in India and then losing the job in 2017, my husband and I decided to return to India and have a totally different second career. This involves building up a farm and for also doing some coaching and personal development work.

    We are afforesting a large piece of land land outside of Pune in Maharasthra with the ultimate aim to produce dairy products. We are at very early stages, applying permaculture principles where possible and are looking for like-minded people to join us. We have planted 15k saplings this monsoon season based on a mix of Ernst Götsch's Syntropic Agriculture teachings and the Miyawaki afforestation method.

    We are very open-minded and love having guests. We also have a place in Pune and commute between there and the farm so that there is always the opportunity to enjoy some city life besides the village/farm life. On the farm, we have 8 dogs and a team of local people working with us but are grateful for any support in applying and teaching permaculture principles. Permaculture is a conscious choice, but not a religion for us, so do not expect us to be 100% according to the book but rather pragmatic. Teaching our farm staff is major part of our daily interactions, starting with waste separation, keeping organic matter on the land, etc...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • 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

    We run a farm of approximately 7 acres as an agroforestry system. The farm is now 2 years old. We follow a mix of permaculture & syntropic farming principles, but are not religious about them.

    We have 8 dogs that live almost free as a pack - so fear of dogs is not a good thing to bring.

    We also have a few chicken and are planning to have other livestock. The work right now is around building infrastructure and establishing the agroforestry system - varying activities from designing to planting to pruning.

    What you can learn from us is
    a) a lot about Indian flora (from Antje)
    b) a lot about any kind of infrastructure work (from Michael)

    Life at the farm is very frugal - we eat what our ladies from the village cook, we rise with the sun and got to sleep when its dark. There are not entertainment opportunities within immediate reach. Pune is about 1 hour away and Antje commutes regularly.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers with a background in permaculture or syntropic farming. Have you done a PDC and would like to apply your knowledge or do you bring any kind of background in agroforestry, then its the right place.
    What you will find is a very diverse system (presently around tree 150 species), vegetables, fruit, etc. We collect seeds and propagate our own trees in our own nursery.

    It is very hot and dry here from March to June, very wet and warm from July to October. November to February are the most comfortable months for humans. Travelers should be able to adapt to the climatic circumstances.

    Also, you need to like or at least not be afraid of dogs - because there are 8 of them :-)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    On the farm, in a container house or a hut, amenities still emerging. Very basic. To bring a tent is possible.

    Food will be prepared by local women and is Indian vegetarian with a few exceptions, cooked mainly from vegetables and crops available nearby, so nothing processed or extraordinary. Most locals will have chicken or mutton on special occasions. Food is not vegan and to provide vegan food over a longer period would be complicated due to language barrier and difficulty to shop accordingly. Breakfast, lunch and supper will be provided.

    A small shop is available in the village but does not get you much other than cookies or chips or a soft drink. In Pune, any kind of food is available (during week-end trips e.g.).

    There is the opportunity to stay with us in our flat in the city - provided we get along :-), because it is rather small.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Transportation to Pune is available at least 3 days a week through us. There are also buses. There is not much to do in the vicinity of the farm, you will have to be quite self-sufficient and interested to observe nature and interact with the locals or us. Weekdays including Saturday are very busy days on the farm, Sunday is quiet. Network coverage is patchy.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

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

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