Experienced workawayers wanted for collaboration with eco-retreat in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Colombia



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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description


    Nestled in a valley of the world's highest mountain range Sierra Nevada, next to the Caribbean sea; join our journey in creating our dream eco-retreat!
    We have 2 hectares of land sitting next to virgin forest with plentiful creeks and waterfalls to explore, and located a mere 2 kilometers from the entrance of Park Tayrona; where you will find Colombia's most pristine Caribbean beaches.
    We are Octavio and Hanna - a Spaniard and an Aussie who jumped off our rat wheel to follow our dreams in creating a magical space to call home and to share with other, like-minded individuals.
    Our plan was and has been to build an eco-retreat using as much natural material and processes as possible. This includes cabañas made of locally sourced wood and bamboo, a bamboo yoga space and a huge natural swimming pool that compliments the surrounding environment.
    In just under 3 years now, we've built our 10 meter ceiling central kiosk, a 15 meter natural swimming pool, 5 cabañas, a temezcal sweat lodge and a traditional Kougi cabin. Our kiosko sits alongside our huge Cobb oven and most beautiful bamboo shower looking out into the jungle, and this has become the heart of our experience in building, cooking and creating a paradise. We invite you to share in this amazing experience we're undertaking and guarantee you'll have a rewarding time ☺️

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They say it's better to know a little about a lot versus knowing a lot about a little, and that is true in our case. We're experimenting, learning as we go... and for all you creative people looking for a break from the continual pace of traveling this opportunity will not only enable you the chance to stop for a while, but will also allow you the chance to create! Share your knowledge and experience and come join us as we do the same.

  • Help


    Update - we need 2 experienced volunteers for July & August, 2019!
    We are finally open for business! We still have many finer details to make (including furniture making, art, gardening, veggie cultivation), but this is our first year open so we need to firstly focus on satisfying our guests. How can you help us? What skill set do you have? There is always a lot to do so we need self-starters. Tasks include greeting guests, cleaning the natural swimming pool, assisting in the kitchen with food prep and dishes; and helping out wherever needed. At the moment it is mango season and we have approx. 40 mango trees which need cleaning up after - so collecting mangoes and processing them into pulp, marmalade and smoothies will also be a big part of the job. We’re super flexible and like to have fun, and with our guests it’s so far been pretty intimate and relaxed. We’re looking for good energy, responsible and reliable, happy to help whenever needed, and someone or a couple who can integrate into the family for at least 1 month.

    Also read below - you still may be of interest:

    After hosting more than 100 volunteers in the past 2 years, we’re now looking only for volunteers with particular expertise as we prepare to progress our eco-retreat to its finishing stages. The skills we are looking for are held with carpenters and agriculture. Our natural swimming pool is a lot of work and takes diligence and attention to detail. Anyone with experience in this area will be highly valued.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, English

  • Accommodation


    We have a cabaña with beds next to our natural swimming pool that you can enjoy. We get a constant supply of fresh water from the mountains, and we've built a nice shower to bath in. We can cook for you (or you can cook for us 👍), and we have a magnificent cobb oven to make pizzas and fresh bread! When it comes to meal times, we appreciate many sus chefs - many hands make light work. Our diet is mostly vegetarian and always delicious and healthy. We live and eat close to the source - homemade marmalade, bread, yoghurt, etc. It is beautiful here in the jungle, with howler monkeys and fruit trees and tranquility. So this is really a great opportunity if you're looking to reconnect with nature, take some time out, and help us shape our vision.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many creeks and natural water holes around the area to explore, as well as several native indigenous groups you can visit. 2km up the road is Park Tayrona with it's beautiful beaches, and other beaches close by which can be accessed also. There is 3G network on the property (we recommend Claro), and for transport we have a truck. We're looking for only the right people and to stay for as long as possible to get into a rhythm, but don’t stress if you don’t have so long a time to spare - for the right people we will accept you for as long as you have to offer us. Octavio and I both love to cook and I am a beginner yoga instructor, so during your stay you can expect to breathe in lots of fresh air and have the time to reconnect with nature and with yourself, whilst the reward of being a part of creating what we hope will be an incredible space.

  • A little more information

    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

    25hours a week max

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