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We are lookingfor 2 helpers... one to live in the main house and also a companion/assistant for Allan to live in our downstairs appartments from the end of November 2021 till the begining opf April. 2022
Welcome from Trixie and Allan. We've lived here in this place of many wonders since 2005 and want to share its magic and healing energy. Join us, a couple of elderly adventurers, to stay in this amazing place which is too much for us to manage alone.
Some healthy cooking experience would be a bonus and a sense of humour essential. We need help to keep our wood stoves supplied with logs (which we buy in usually) and kindling to light the stoves around the house. They would also be helping with Allan's laundry and cleaning his apartment and occasionally to keep him company to give him a break from Trixie 😉
Allan has recovered from a long illness and is quite frail now but has a wicked sense of humour when he's not being curmudgeonly. He loves sport and adventure but from the comfort of his armchair now. He loves to watch and talk about Rugby and Cricket.
We also need a helper in the main house upstairs to support Trixie who is an artistic crafts person and
lives for her animals, nature and permoculture garden and her granddaughter Elsa, 4, and the new baby expected in May... They live nearby in the small town of Villalonga, the pueblo.
There are tasks to share in the garden: watering, cleaing the pool, some decorating and preserving garden furniture, art projects and mosaics, river bank conservation and permaculture compost making.
Our animals: 4 dogs (that need walking) and 3 cats. We also have hens and 6 rabbits... our compast helpers 😉
We are just 30 minutes from the blue flag beaches of Oliva (warm volcanic springs) and Gandía. We are on the Via Verde route in El Raco Del Duc, La Safor Valencia. It is one of the feeder routes of the Camino De Santiago de Compostela. You can get your first stamp at the hotel in Villalonga. We welcome sports climbers. Gandia pitches and Benicadell are very close and we have a local guide who can teach you and transport you), mountain bikers (we have 7 mountain bikes- need a bike enthusiast to maintain them) and you can explore a vast complex of caves, with a local guide, containing possible Neolithic paintings and artifacts recently discovered nearby.
Specialist upcoming projects that we will need help with:
- Building a wooden porch and retreat cabin/tiny House/writer's retreat and outdoor Spanish kitchen and shower incorporated into our existing retreat in 'the Buddha Garden' outdoor sleeping area on terraces down to the river Serpis
- a yoga deck and a yurt on a disused irrigation canal
- Turning a big storeroom into a gym and games room with a pool table
- Bike maintenance... ongoing urgently
We occasionally host retreats for writers, artists, and yoga, led by teachers who bring their clients. We are wheelchair friendly and offer support for the less able.
Our house, is named after 'the Window', the huge hole at the top of Mount La Safor, one and a half hours from Valencia and Alicante airports. We're on the disused railway which starts from the port of Gandia - the Ducal home of the Borgia, a vibrant medieval city; markets, theatre, cinema, concerts, great restaurants and bars, shopping centre, train station... all half an hour away from us. It's known as the 'Via Verde', a 13km walk of unsurpassed limestone crags to Lorcha, Moorish terraces and orange groves, punctuated by five exciting tunnels hugging the Rio Serpis gorge. We're in the Cirque de La Safor... a huge crater said to be an 'energy portal' like Machu Picchu.
Allan lives downstairs in 'The Hovel', one of two apartments under the main house. Allan is growing old 'disgracefully' and doesn't join in with us much now but when he does, he loves to hear your adventurous stories. He lives in his ‘Man Cave’.
The apartments have a separate entrances, two seperate courtyards with trees and terraced organic gardens with fruit trees down to the river... great for wild swimming. Trixie often has her granddaughter Elsa, born May 2017 who comes regularly for adventures and art and the animals while her mum is working as a translter for a software company and studies self love coaching.
We believe in contributionism and that we are all equally responsible for the smooth running of this very special place, sharing the work, our love made visible.
We don't ever forget you are volunteers and you get to choose what you get involved in here.
In summer our local, Diddley Cafebar, has regular live music on summer Sunday evenings.
The house is eco-friendly (18 solar panels). We are working towards zero waste. We have wi-fi and a music hub for you to plug your phone into to share your music.
Allan had a heart transplant in 1986 and was a teacher. Our Fiesta of the Heart is 26th Feb. It’s our open day. He loved climbing, running, cycling, swimming, sailing, kayaking and theatre. After the transplant, he worked as a volunteer with the less able in all of these and taught sailing for the disabled in Keelder Water at The Kalvert Trust. He's a champion swimmer (in the Transplant Games) but he's now in need of support and companionship.
Trixie ran a vegetarian, organic, Fair Trade, whole-food restaurant and worked with adults with learning and physical disabilities. Kindness gratitude and non judgment are at the heart of our place here as is herbalism and nutritional therapy. She is a crafts person who spins wool, knits (Fair Isle and Arran), crochet and sews draws, paints and writes. She studies nutritional therapy and likes a paleo diet and can share these skills and loves cooking, baking and making bread, (vegan and vegetarian food always available here, though we are flexitarians). She loves animals, wild flowers, people, walking, swimming in the river, meditation and yoga and music.
She rescues and cares for stray dogs and cats abandoned in the mountains. At the moment we have four dogs and three cats in our care. Come and visit to see if you'd like to spend time with us on retreat or join our small community for a longer period to lend a hand with various projects. Your ideas of how you can contribute are always valued. Bienvenido to our wild river gorge and our home.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Here Workawayers from different countries and with unique skills meet and learn from each other and explore this fantastic region. Learn bread making, baking, fermenting and food perpetration, spinning wool, organic horticulture /permaculture and nutrition and improve your English.
Learn the law of least effort and being present...
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There will be some decorating. There is conservation work on the river bank, keeping paths open and pruning trees and trimming hedges in the garden, decorating, and some woodwork. We offer cheap lodging (eco tarriff- if guests don’t drive to us) to backpackers and cyclists. We want to build another outdoor kitchen and Tiny House cabin.
In winter, helping keeping the home fires burning, chopping kindling, bringing wood in from the wood stores, stacking logs and filling the log baskets etc, walking the dogs.., feeding the cats, dogs 3 rabbits etc (when Trixie is away) We've rescued 12 dogs over the years abandoned in the mountains and found most of them homes... 4 live here permanently and 3 cats.
- Help with gas bottles...
- Helping to bring in shopping and sharing the daily tasks keeping the communal spaces and rooms ready for unexpected visitors.
If Trixie's away... making pots of coffee and breakfast/ brunch in the morning, help preparing brunch or lunch and dinner for Allan who is a pesci/vegetarian) if Trixie is out, sharing the household chores and meals with beer, vino and stories!
- House sitting.
- Tidying up in the house, leaves in the yard etc... (all year round) ...making compost and recycling...'there is no trash!', nothing is wasted here and we are moving towards zero waste.
- We are making mosaics all round the garden and this is ongoing.
- General help, sharing skills, stories, songs and being part of a 'family'...
- Being present in the moment.
You are invited to put on courses/retreats here and our house is available as a resource.
A double bedroom or bunk bed room and there are two sitting/lounge rooms and two bathrooms upstairs (one has the laundry facilities and is wheelchair friendly. There are two more bathrooms downstairs in the two apartments. .
Or, in summer, down in a hideaway, the ‘Buddha Garden', an outdoor sleeping and cooking retreat, and the river Serpis is just at the bottom of our garden, great for wild swimming. There is a DVD and CD player and lots of DVD and CDs. We have a Wi-Fi Internet connection from a satellite dish on the roof. We use Zoom and WhatsApp and Facebook messenger as phone signal is limited here in in this ribbon of wildness, the river Serpis gorge.
There is a self contained flat down under the main house available for a couple in the winter (December to May.
We have WiFi internet access and English TV from a satelite connection. We have loads of DVDs and CDs and a piano, guitars, banjo, mandolin.
We'd love you to help us with our Spanish.
Our local music bar, Diddley Cafebar has great sangria and live music on summer Sundays
(3 kms) walking distance! On Thursdays in summer the live music is at Restaurant Monte Corona (5kms)
Learn how to make a traditional Valencian Paella here in our Paella kitchen.
There are 7 Mountain Bicycles available for your use.
Trixie's daughter lives in the village and works as a translator and English teacher. She has a little girl born in May 2017 Elsa who is often up at the house.
Trixie would love more yoga, painting and to do Batik, and can teach you wool spinning and Fare Isle knitting and bread making. Is there anything you would like to offer to teach?
We are happy to offer couch surfing accommodation if you are traveling up the east coast between hosts.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We welcome digital nomads, and are happy to accept financial contributions (towards food) in lieu of work hours, to be discussed on application.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Flexible 25 hrs per week (each volunteer) 2 days off (of their choice) per week
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