Help us develop a permaculture garden in Ain-Dara, Lebanon



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    Hello everyone!
    We are a small group of Lebanese friends, we run a rural camping site near the river in our village Ain-Dara, we are not simply a camp site, and we are located in the valley near a pine forest. The location is only 35 km away from Beirut, on altitude 1200 m above sea level, the location is very majestic with its trees and landscape, the area includes the “Shouf cedars natural reserve” a beautiful place for hiking and exploring ancient and historical cedar trees, There you will find Wonderful spots with magical views and moments that you will never forget.The season in our location starts in April till October, during this time we work on tree house construction and river decks, we also start the season with some gardening, organizing the place and landscaping the land, Basic facilities like electricity, running water, field-kitchen and toilet have already been made. Most of the work is (very) physical and makes you dirty (or wet). We choose to settle in this valley because of the clean air, pure water and wild nature and wish to share the experience of being here with others.
    We are looking for people who are willing to assist and exploring together and sharing thoughts and ideas.
    There is a cute and friendly white dog named Zina in the premises.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    We wish for our visitors to experience the possibilities of independent living in connection with that which the land offers. You will also be able to understand and engage with a community of people from different backgrounds and various countries. Taste our food and drinks, and experience occasional events that we hold in our camping spot and in our village including arts, live performance, eco- tourism rides, traditional life experience and social affairs. You will see people herding their sheep and goats, you will be inspired about all the ways in which you can build your live outside of the prescriptive path by 'normal' society.
    The nearest supermarket is 10 min walking from our spot .Sometimes you will be with just a few people or alone (although we try to have at least 2 volunteers at the same time). If you are used to a life in the city and a lot of social interactions, this loneliness can be deeply nurturing, but also extremely confronting. Without all the city distractions, most people are faced with their longings, fears, expectations and boundaries. Moving through these you have the chance to come to a place of deep surrender and wonder, and to a connection with yourself and nature that feels extremely alive. This can be a difficult process though, since you will also be living in a tent or sometimes a small cabin ,and we ask people only to come if they feel ready to accept this challenge and are able to carry themselves in this process.

  • Help


    The help at hand in the land will be mostly physical and basic, there will be planting work, harvesting, chopping some wood, we are developing our permaculture gardens. We are building with raw wood from our land. We casually clean the river and the decks, we collect the sorted garbage.
    We appreciate help for gardening, painting structures projects and general help.
    A lot of things to do :) At most we like willing and interest .

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: 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.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Since we are not yet finished with the structures of the cabins, we sleep in our tents, or outdoors in hammocks during summer, so the tent is your home for a while, kitchen and toilets are available in the spot.
    Good and healthy food are important to us, usually we eat fresh homegrown veggies. we will supply food and share our meals together, it will be fun and interesting to share preparations too. We are flexible and open to discussing arrangements that will suit everyone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we have our SUV that we use for transportation . for small distances we have a bike that you can use and ride in the valley and enjoy beautiful scenery. we always have ways to entertain you and enjoy your time with us , our friends have daily trips to the Capital Beirut, where you can enjoy city life in your free time , we will guide you with the local map and touristic sights.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    location near our campsite for campervans / Motorhomes to settle

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    we are animal friendly

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 789759796985