Help us to create a completely non-profit health retreat in Couboeira, Galicia, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a surfer, recreational pilot, freediver and have sailed all over the world. Last year I sold boat number 12 and purchased a campervan. I love travelling and exploring and surfing. We recently purchased a small 4 acre property in Galicia, NE Spain. It has 2 houses, a cottage and a large barn which is the only structure that is habitable right now.
    There is a fantastic high quality spring that is piped to the property. The property has been uninhabited for many years. The valley is occupied by several organic small farmers of different types. They are elderly and in Summer need our help. My long term vision is to create a sustainable organic, low carbon footprint retreat. Living a simple but meaningful existence. I would like to move towards my own 12 volt electricity supply from solar wind and water. There is a small mill house on the property that many years ago supplied electricity to the valley. I am hoping to resurrect/replace the machinery and get it working again.
    I don't drink, dont smoke, definitely don't do drugs. I love nature and peace and quiet. The area around my property abounds in walking routes, mountain bike routes and there are multiple uncrowded good surf breaks starting at 15 minutes drive away. I have 3 soft long boards and 2 longboards. You will need to provide your own wetsuit. This may now no longer be an issue due to our relationship with the Surf School. Have taught many people to surf.
    For 2020 we are going to focus on establishing fruit trees, Vegetable gardens and Chicken house incorporating free range area.
    We have struck a deal with a local surf school to provide you with gear, lessons etc . for around 15 euros a day including board wetsuit etc. The surf school is owned and run by a really nice man who is a passionate surfer and good all round human being. They will provide surf training and equipment for you so that you can surf independently of me provided you have your own transport. Otherwise you will need to wait for me to take you to the beach and use my boards. He also has similar core values and beliefs to myself in terms of how to teach beginners and what true surfing culture means.
    Galicia is known for being extremely friendly and generous spirited people.
    If you feel like experiencing true paradise. Look no further than Galicia.
    The property we own has a small stream running through it, has many fruit trees. It is truly a wonderful peaceful location. Now that we have cleared much of the property it has become more usable. We have several hammocks located on the property so you can get away from things and just chill.
    We throw frisbee, make jam, have dinners with our neighbours.
    The neighbours have been permaculture farming all their lives. They make their own butter, cheese, grow their own vegetables, provide almost all their daily needs from their properties. We help them and each workaway this summer will have an opportunity to work there to gain experience and assist these ageing neighbours with farming.
    The knowledge they possess isn't in books. Its knowledge gained from years of farming and worth so much.
    This coming season we want to .....
    Buy a 9 seater bus
    Get the old bread/pizza oven functioning.
    Build a large swing over the stream.
    Get more usable accomodation.
    Establish a vegetable garden. A herb garden.
    Establish and build a website.
    Establish a community centre and then .....
    Run free English classes for the locals.
    Run free Yoga classes.
    Have regular pot luck get togethers at the community centre.
    Help our elderly neighbours with farm chores during the summer.
    It is our intention as stated to establish a health retreat on the property (totally non profit) and our wonderful community looks forward to seeing you all come back year after year.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have many years of surfing experience having surfed all over the world. I am more than happy to teach people to surf and fit the work in around the surfing and exploring. We are now partnering with the Surf School in Foz. They will supply all the equipment and provide instruction as part of your stay on our property. I will supply accomodation and purchase most of the food but would want travellers to prepare the food and wash up etc. The project of restoring the property is going to be such a wide ranging experience. The property is very rustic now but is a gorgeous natural setting with a stream running through the property and numerous fruit trees. We may need to stop work to make jam from the fruit when it is ripe! And will always stop work if the surf is good. The local towns of Mondonedo and Lourenza are very close and on the Camino Norte and Santiago trails. Lovely towns to visit. We are close to the coast and towns like Ortigueira where the July Celtic music festival happens. The valley of Couboeira is very active in promoting sustainable agriculture and welcoming to foreigners.

  • Help

    Help

    I am looking for people with stone building skills, plastering skills, electrician skills, brush clearing, horticultural skills. Gardening skills. Cooking skills. Carpentry skills. Or just hard workers who like surfing.

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Zulu: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Very basic accomodation. In Tents pitched inside the barn. Later when the houses are habitable there will be better accomodation. I will buy most of the food for normal basic meals, but want the workaways to prepare it all and do washing up etc. Alcohol/ beverages are not included. Snacks are not included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    So many local towns around that are on the Camino Santiago Trail. Celtic music festival in July in Ortigueira. Surfing mountain biking and hiking. The Catedrales rock formations are 20 minutes away. We are 6 km from the nearest town. Nightlife is zero unless you have a car. There are no buses. We are not walking distance to the beach or towns. You will need your own wetsuit and sleeping bag!

  • 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

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