Bio-Construction & Permacuture hands on Help needed in Organic Family land situated in an Alternative/Traditional rural area of Minas Gerais - Brazil

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a bilingual family by nature; mum is Anglo-Indian, dad is Brazilian and kids are mixed up!
    Came from England to raise our children in a more natural way . We have 4 kids, 3 of them born at home.

    We invite you to come to experience with us a set of practices, principles and activities about many subjects related to 'a Sustainable Transition' into a more natural life.
    Learning by a daily 'Hands On' approach, helping with the many chores of the land (planting / permaculture / agroforestry / landscaping / bio-construction / animal care / kids / life / etc...)

    We have a camping area, a dormitory that fits up to 4 people or a simple but cozy eco-chalé, depending on what scheme we will arrange you to stay!
    Our land is a 3ha piece of land situated in the midst of the Mantiqueira Mountains, located in a peaceful and rather easy going rural neighborhood, in a very beautiful and touristic area of the South of Minas Gerais.

    There are also many waterfalls and many other natural attractions in the nearby towns. (Car needed!)

    Here in Moksha Bhavan (the name of the property - in Sanskrit, ' The Abidance of Liberation (Total Freedom)) we have been 'doing the transition' for 7 years since we arrived from London (2010).
    We are constantly looking for tangible solutions in aspects such as Ecological sewage system, organic food and sustainability, as well as Education, Free Health care and new co-creative Economic systems.(O Manual da Transição Sustentável - Manual's handbook of The Sustainable Transition)

    We also appreciate good music and arts, as the Family have an artistic tendency.

    Thyagi has been working for many years as a teacher, a musician and a workshop facilitator while Maria is a painter, artisan, healer and looks after us all!!
    Our aim is to make self sufficiency in the Agro-forestry style a norm while developing our social technologies of co-creating, working and celebrating together.
    Our interaction is at the center of our relationships, as we appreciate and value what you may bring to share with us too.

    The neighborhood has been a site for alternative minds since the seventies, and it still remains being an important reference in the Eco-Vila World movement.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • 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 tend to organize the week as 'a module' of 'The handbook of the Sustainable Transition.', which is a set of principles, values and practices that proved to work well in our experience in 'a transition to a more sustainable life'.
    Each module should cover a whole lot of practices organized per systems, such as : Bio-buildings / ChickenTractor / Warms / SAF's / Pruning ...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We are offering supervised workshops in a few different subjects covering AgroForestry management with permacultural principles; A set of guided practical opportunities to learn new skills such as carpentry, Agroforestry bio-construction, permaculture, natural living, etc...
    We expect from you the willingness to take active part in the project and learn the practices used here, as well as share your own knowledge, if you so wish.
    We commit to teach and supervise your techniques and always guide you to the safest way of getting it done!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Camping / Dormitory / Eco-Chalé

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    São Lourenço is a very touristic town from where we can get supplies. There are many waterfalls around the nearby towns, such as São Tomé das Letras, Baependi, etc.. (Car is needed)
    The whole area is very rich in Natural resources, such as Cave systems, rivers, etc...
    There's no public transport to-from town from where we are, although we go to Town quite often, and you can always catch a lift!
    We may need to collect you to-from the Bus Station, otherwise just paying a Taxi.

    We do the Taxi job here in our neighborhood but in this volunteer scheme we don't charge a set price but do appreciate the costs towards our petrol :-) (after food, petrol is our biggest bill)
    From the Land, there are buses at the main Road that go to São Lourenço, Soledade and Caxambu.
    (4km dirty-road path).
    We have limited Internet access on site that can be available in case you may need to check bus schedules and other urgent affairs.
    A WiFi connection can be hired separately If Internet connection is required during your stay. (with your own device).
    We also ask for a small daily donation of R$10 p/person towards Electricity bills and Gas, as we provide Hot showers and Cooking facilities, as well as bed sheet when it's required.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    up to 4 hours a day per person (max 25/week)





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