Plant trees, live simply on top of a mountain in Catalunya, Spain



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    We are Ben and Will, living simply, off grid on nearly 8 hectares in the mountains above Tivissa, Catalunya. We’re working with our small herd of rescue animals, olive and almond trees, and the land to make a sustainable life here, for us and to share with others; exploring techniques of regenerative agriculture, permaculture, syntropic agriculture... As a gay couple we aim to increase queer visibility in rural agricultural endeavors and strive to provide a safe encouraging space for us all to connect with the land.

    We are looking for 1 or 2 people at a time, to come work with us, from one to two weeks or longer if it works for everyone.

    Who we are:
    We are both 34 years old, from the state of Wisconsin, in the northern midwest of the United States. After 10 years living in London, we’ve found our way here. Ben has been living here for 3 years, and Will is now living here full time for the last year after travelling back and forth to London at first. We speak English and Castellano, and Ben speaks German.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    You will learn about natural building, principles of organic farming, soil building, dry stone wall repair, shepherding skills.... and much more!

  • Help


    Some of the projects we are working on:

    Restoring the second and third rooms of our old Shepard’s hut - using natural building materials and techniques

    Fixing fallen terrace walls

    Various small carpentry projects

    Preparing Gardens

    Building Fences - all of our existing fences are built with olive wood, which we collected and prepared for building from pruning the overgrown, previously abandoned olive trees.

    Preparing future vineyard site: building fences and clearing brush from these terraces and others

    A massive tree planting will take place in mid September (approx 174+ small trees)

    A smallish Almond Harvest - September

    Olive Harvest - starting November
    - pruning of overgrown olive trees while harvesting if suitable.
    - chipping the prunings for mulch

    Forestry work: thinning young pine stands for fencing material. Cleaning forest cover to reduce fire risk.

    Cutting, collecting and chopping firewood.

    A bit of low-key shepherding - hanging out with the animals if they are in a pasture near the road and to direct them as necessary.

    Any other projects that come up or inspire you!

    We are living on the mountain with our dog Truman, who is very affectionate, although he has very few boundaries - he thinks everyone wants to kiss him. Our very inefficient mouse control cat is Dexter.

    Beyond these two we have Max the pig, Bodhi and Junya the donkeys, Myra and Minnea the sheep, 1 chicken and 2 ducks. These animals all come from a rescue and have lived with us on the mountain helping work the land for the last 2+ years.

    We are looking for helpers that are excited to take part in the beginnings of our mountain farm. We have learned a lot in the last three years to share with you and look forward to learn from your experiences.

    Photo notes:
    the beach is playa del torn, 30 minutes drive down on the coast.
    The little river gorge pools are a 40 minute drive.

  • Languages spoken

    Catalan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation we can offer is in our 5 meter bell tent that is set up in a private area in the mountains (although only a quick walk away from our house). When the weather cools, it has a wood stove for heating. There is a double cot, good for 1 or 2 people, and furnished very comfortably!

    Toilet: simple, composting and outdoors, under an olive tree with a great view

    Shower: we have a very basic outdoor shower set up

    Electricity: minimal 12v solar electricity - enough to run lights at night, charge phones and tablets and other small items.

    Food/cooking: we will provide a hot vegetarian meal in the evening, or cook together/you can cook if you like to.
    And provide food for communal or individual breakfast, lunch and snacking.
    Our small indoor kitchen is available to share, and we can set up a outdoor cooker at the tent too.

    We have one neighbour, who we live quite closely with, Suami, who lives a 5 minute walk away with his 2 well trained goats. Close enough to see each other whenever you want to, with plenty of room for privacy. He is Catalan, fluent in English and Castellano too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in the mountains a few km away from the medieval Catalan village, Tivissa, around 2,000 people (15min by car - 35 min by foot down, 50 min by foot UP) On the road to Tivissa you pass a font and a bolsa of mountain spring water, and rock climbing routes.

    The land is terraced, with mainly olive and almond trees and a few figs that were previously cultivated here. The land was abandoned for 20+ years.

    We work as much as possible with things that come from the land or that we find thrown away in town.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    Just ask

  • 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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