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Help with horses and explore Rundale, Latvia

  • Latvia
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  • Last activity: 28/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, my name is Laima and I am guardian of this sacred corner of the world and guardians of a herd of horses.

    I am called to share all that I have discovered and learnt over the years with you, so you too can feel the connection with the spirit of the horse and maybe be inspired to create your own safe-haven.

    It is our divine right to create heavenly reality here on Earth, a sanctuary where innocence can flourish. It is my overarching goal to reconcile human relationship with all nature and all beings.

    Only when all the basic needs of the horses are met (water, food, social interactions, freedom of movement and shelter) we can begin to talk about interacting with horses in an authentic way. When we realize the need for the horse to become a willing participant in a relationship we can begin the path towards true partnership. Ask yourself- not what the horse may do for you, but what can we offer to the horse? How to facilitate, encourage, support and inspire the horse to become hero in his/her own story.

    I offer you to experience life in the countryside, help with handling and caretaking of horses, help with garden chores, construction, cooking or even landscape art projects.

    The horses are mainly self-sufficient with large pastures, water and free-entry shelters available 24/7, but there are still plenty of things to help around. I invite you to open your eyes to different way of being with these magnificent beings NOT just riding and using them for our own purposes.

    Help in the garden or renovation/construction also possible- let me know your skill-set and we can discuss the options of your involvement.

    We take volunteers on calendar MONTHLY basis (1-30 date), 1 person or a couple at a time. We receive many applications, priority given to those who are able to fit within this guideline, as organising gets difficult otherwise.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Students learn through training sessions, and by handling the horses in the general day-to day routines. All our horses are safe and well socialised already, joy to be around and eager to participate in human interactions.

    Horses are trained with choice, voice, positive reinforcement and relaxation as the main priority.

    You may observe and ask questions during/after my training sessions with the herd. Some of the topics/methods that may be covered:

    - agility training

    - Methods for relaxation and groundwork

    - Liberty training

    - some Manual therapy methods for horses

    - yoga, breathing techniques and some Qigong


    I CANNO'T teach you:

    - Riding (please note this is NOT a riding stable and I don't offer any riding lessons at all)

  • Help

    Help

    We take only people who are interested in learning about horsemanship.

    You must be fit and confident to work with your hands and able to lift medium weights, basic knowledge of gardening and ability to do manual work is absolutely necessary.


    Volunteers help with the usual day-to-day chores in this little horse paddock-paradise such as poo-picking from the free entry stable and arena, steaming the hay, filling and delivering hay bags, grooming, taking horses for a walk around the area, fence maintenance and such.

    We have a family orchard with apples, pears, cherry, plums (just for family consumption, not selling) and a very small vegetable garden and greenhouse. We are hoping to expand this so any help much appreciated.

    Chores may involve trimming grass, pruning trees, weeding the garden, mulching and such :) (Garden work mostly April - October).

    We are developing the garden and landscape around the farm so possibility for art projects and landscape projects such as making nice fireplace, outdoor oven, tea corner etc etc. Creative visions very welcome :)

    Please note! I do not teach pottery as part of the Workaway experience. I have several long term and short term teaching programs described in my website in great detail.


    CHORES
    You may be asked to do some or all of these various random tasks:
    - filling hay (1-2h per day)
    - cleaning the stable (1-2h per day, but depends if the horses are using the stable at that day)
    - garden work (weeding, mulching, watering, pruning trees, mowing the lawn, using hand-held trimmer to cut the grass along the fences and other areas)
    - fence maintenance
    - sweeping/weeding/shoveling snow from the pavement in front of the house
    - unloading wood pellets (18kg) for heating the house
    - brushing/grooming the horses
    - collecting berries/ herbs etc
    - anything else around the farm/garden
    - walking with the horses for up to 15km
    - cycling with the horses for up to 15km

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Latvian (Lettish): Fluent
    Russian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide shared semi-private loft in newly renovated 140 building next to my pottery studio. Loft is a large open space that can be shared amongst up to 4 people (mainly I use this for hosting students and apprentices for my pottery studio on irregular basis). There is kitchen for making your own meals, shower and sauna in the adjoining building next to the loft.

    The whole property is large and consists of 150yo brick 2 story house, 500m2, where we live and host artists in residence and my pottery studio and adjoining loft and sauna house with communal kitchen and bathroom. We use loft by the pottery studio for hosting my pottery apprentices, Workaway volunteers and other visitors.

    Adjoining this is my parents large industrial agricultural farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Place is rural so your own transport is very handy, otherwise I can take you to the closest town Bauska to the farmers market/shop once a week. There is plenty of produce from the garden in the summer months too.

    There is public transport bus stop 2.8km from the farm with good further connections throughout the country.

    You have your own kitchen, where you make your own meals.

    Once a week (usually Fridays) we have community lunch together with the team here, where we take turns preparing the food.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    free wifi

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have 5 cats and female dog around with me most of the time. If your dog is friendly and well socialised it might be possible to bring them along. However please keep in mind the accommodation in the loft is shared with 2-3 other people.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 825269531382

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