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We are a magical peaceful Vegan eco Lodge - we are 15 kms outside Knysna on the beautiful and magical Garden Route, South Africa. We are a beautiful country smallholding on the edge of the forest with a project music studio.
We are just 15 kms from the beaches and just outside of Knysna on the Garden Route, a very safe and protected national Reserve with forests and lakes.
Due to the Covid Lockdown we have had to migrate to more permanent tenants so have less work in hospitality than before, however we do still offer our forest tents, camping and offer vegen meals.
We do still need Workaway volunteers adhoc during the year to help maintain forests and pathways and other projects of housekeeping,
maintenance and gardening and we always need help seasonally especially in Dec and January which includes some aspects of hospitality and cooking.
We ask that you stay for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks. Currently we feel 1 month is ideal as it takes both Host and Volunteer a while to settle in and make headway with projects and to get comfortable with each other.
We are offering a varied experience and welcome assistance on some or all of our projects.
We do prefer Volunteers who are over 23 years of age with some worldly experience and can speak good English. Being in the country and a quieter country lodge that is not always busy or often you may be the only Volunteer, it is not ideal for younger Volunteers who want to socialise a lot. However if younger and are keen please email a motivation as to why you would fit our needs and enjoy the more country peaceful vibes
We need assistance on many levels with housekeeping, maintenance, reception, workshops though these only happen a few times a year, with occasional creative projects from soirees to holistic retreats.
We have stared a new smaller organic garden so need help there with making beds veggie planting and weeding. creating forest pathways, camp sites, building timber decks and walkways in the forest, clearing dead scrub and bush from forests for fire protection, liaising with and taking care of Guests needs, Reception duties, Bookings, internet marketing, social media update, blogging, assisting with cleaning, , plus sustainable initiatives and building initiatives and maintenance.
General work where help is needed.
Organic veggie Garden - weeding, preparing beds for winter/summer, planting
Reception - Welcoming guests
Marketing, Social media, blogging
Forest pathways - clearing and marking out where to go- building steps and timber decks & wood walk ways
Cleaning and overseeing the help in the Cottages and Tents
General Maintenance - painting, fixing etc
Building - forest kitchen, timber decks, forest shower, tables, benches - helpful to know power tools
Gardening - lawn mowing, general weeding and tidying plus re planting
We are involved in adhoc musical Outreach projects in the 'Townships'
We do Vegan catering for Guests plus Vegan Cooking lessons
Recordings and Events - Help may be needed adhoc if you are interested in music, we do specialist project recordings and host a few small musical events during the year -
DAYS and HOURS:
This will vary depending on projects we are working on. Full days = extra time off on other days.
You work 5 days on and 2 days off, if there is weekend work, days off will be in the week.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS FOR YOU
We offer volunteers a dome Tent as your accommodation and sometimes a Cabin if we are not fully booked - WINTER WE DON'T TAKE VOLUNTEERS
FOOD AND MEALS: We offer supplies for 2 meals per day, Breakfast and Dinner
COMMUNAL MEALS: We try and eat Dinner communally at least a few times per week, on evenings we do not eat together we supply pulses, veg and rice for you to cook your own meals.
DAYS OFF: Meals are for your own account with your own supplies cooked in your own kitchen.
WE ARE A VEGAN MEAT AND DAIRY FREE PROPERTY
- We are on a taxi Route and we do go to Town a few times a week.
- Bicycle, we have a bicycle available for you to use
Laundry: You will have to do your own laundry - we have a machine available.
Animals: we have 4 cats, plus w more at our daughter's house, some duties may include P etc sitting if we areaway.
We are surrounded by nature and welcome the wild life that comes visiting like monkeys and baboons.
INTERNET: There is free internet for emails and FB not for downloading movies etc
ADVENTURES: We get free adventure activities from time to time which Volunteers can make use of plus visits to ethical animal Sanctuaries carrying for elephants, monkeys, Lions and birds
SOCIAL: We do go out to eat in the Town from time to time and you are welcome to join us (Restaurant meals are for your own account)
SIGHTSEEING: We also take Volunteers on sightseeing trips in the area every now and again so you get to experience the beauty of our area.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Learning about our way of life being more sustainable and eco and Vegan!
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Interacting with local Staff and their way of life
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Possible outreach interaction with Africa Township Musicians learning and seeing their way life
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A choice to visit to the Rasta Community - the only legal one in South Africa
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Experiencing the wild life and nature of the area
upkeep and planting of small
organic veggie garden
mark out and clearing of forest pathways
clearing dead brush and scrub from forest
building timber decks and walkways in the forest
maintenance of buildings, painting roofs
reception / guests/ bookings, internet
social media marketing
music studio assistance
small time building and maintenance
gardening - mowing, weeding, and raking
Accommodation for workaways will be a dome Tent, or if available a Cabin or Forest Tents, all have beds and linen plus shared kitchen and communal bathrooms.
In the high season times, Dec and January it will only be a camping tent.
What else ...
As we are in the Country having your own transport is a plus, however we are on a 'local taxi' Route, which takes you to Knysna for general sightseeing of the town and lakes, plus all the shops and restaurants, the last Taxi back to our way is around 7pm.
We will collect and take Volunteers into Town when we have errands to run which is almost daily or every second day.
Any special pick ups or drop offs will incur a petrol fee to cover costs of fuel.
We often get free adventure experiences and offer this to Staff and Volunteers, as the area is well known for the myriad of Adventure activities like hiking, forest walks, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, swimming, kite surfing, abseiling, forest canopy zip line rides, animal sanctuaries, bungy jumping etc. Though some of these are a half hour to an hours drive away, many are 10 - 15 km's from us
We are 15 minutes away from 2 of the most beautiful pristine beaches and the main town of Knysna which is surrounded by forest and huge lakes.
Locally ( near us ) there are yoga lessons and you can paddle on our lily pond and go for magical forest walks. We also host adhoc meditation and inspirational breath sessions on the property.
Within walking distance there are farm stalls, an arty cafe, country road walks and forest pathways.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
we have an eco camp ground with compost loo and cold shower
How many Workawayers can stay?
maximum 25 hours a week
Alex will be missed and his calm
Lucy you are a champion and there's
Alex will be missed and his calm
Lucy you are a champion and there's
Go well Andrea's wishing you all the best, Love from all at Peace. Xx
More than anything we are very happy to see
I’m so grateful for the 2,5 months that I’ve stayed at yours! Not only that I loved your pretty little farm a lot and the tasks to maintain this special place; this time with you also had a long-lasting effect on me: Your way of seeing and experiencing the world was absolutely inspiring for me! Beginning with smaller things
She was friendly, polite, considerate and easy to chat to, plus an excellent helper and worker, in fact to the point where we had to tell her to take
In the morning, I often started with assisting in preparing the lovely vegan breakfasts that
She comes with loads of experience in many areas and is really good with people, helping around the house, reception, guests and gardening , she also makes a great vegetarian stir
We did different type of tasks that we were not used to, and we loved it, as cleaned cabins and chales and cook for a big quantity of people, we learned a lot. We really enjoyed!
As Jen is a vegan chef, she tough us differents ways to do food not using
Helen all the best with your Workaway Travels and may they continue to enrich your soul, mind and body.
Love from us all at Peace
You are certainly a beloved member of our family don't forget that! We miss you lots and so look forward to having you back here or seeing you in your beautiful Country of
The work was varied, fun and was tailored to my interests. I
The area is quite beautiful and even a city girl such as myself learned how to do a bit of gardening! I worked there for 3 weeks, and felt so comfortable there that I stayed on an additional week to house
Thanks for all your hard work, and taking responsibility of the farm whilst we were away.
All the best with your Travels and future plans.
Nienke is one of the most inspiring and hardest working person I have ever met! She seems to find all the little jobs one has wanted to do for ever and just gets them done. A great co worker with others managing staff and motivating
Thanks Christina for that lovely review -
What a pleasure it was to have you work with us. You soon became part of the family in a BIG way! ;-) You worked so well and were so willing to do anything, and were really good at it all too! Your garden is growing well and we all miss you.
Lots of blessings for your road ahead and I
I felt home instantly and being surrounded by nature was simply beautiful!
The work is easy-going and fun, a bit of everything - some gardening, checking-in and greeting guests, preparing food, feeding the horses (cuddling the cat (;...). There's always something you can do and I felt that even