Join us in a Mountain Eco Retreat, The work of many hands, in La Safor, Valencia, Spain.




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    Welcome from Trixie and Allan. We've lived here, in this place of many wonders since 2005 and want to share it's magic and healing energy.
    We now have 7 mountain bikes and a piano.
    Join us, a couple of elderly adventures 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 would be great.
    Our home schooled granddaughter lives nearby and needs playmates and play school activities and we welcome families with a young child.
    Share the tasks of the garden: watering, cleaning the pool, some decorating and preserving garden furniture; art projects and mosaics; river bank conservation.
    Also we are in need of volunteers help transfer Allan to his wheelchair. He is quite disabled now, and to care for our animals, walking dogs etc. .
    We are just 30 minuts from the blue flag beaches of Oliva (warm volcanic springs) and Gandía.
    We want to build a wooden retreat cabin /Tiny House and outdoor kitchen and shower incorporated into our existing retreat in 'the Buddha Garden' outdoor sleeping area on terraces down to the river Serpis.
    We want to make a yoga deck and a yurt on a disused irrigation canal.
    We offer adventures breaks for all abilities, climbing, caving,, painting,, cooking. .
    We are wheelchair friendly and offer support for the less able and can offer Eco-tariff accommodation to hostellers (backpackers and cyclists).
    We are on the Via Verde route in El Raco Del Duc, La Safor Valencia. It is one of the feeder routs of the Camino De Santiago de Compostela. You can get your firsts 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 and you can explore a vast complex of caves, with a local guide, containing possible Neolithic paintings and artefacts recently discovered nearby.
    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 (from the port of Gandia, and the Ducal home of the Borgia, a vibrant medieval city; markets, theatre, cinema, concerts, great restaurants and bars, shopping centre, train station... half an hour away from us), to Alcoy. It's known as the 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 Piccu'
    We take people to help us in winter or occasionally in the summer season (only if we need house sitters) to house/dog/cat sit and water the garden.
    We live downstairs in 'The Hovel', 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’ loves Rugby.
    The appartments have a separate entrance, courtyard with trees and terraced organic gardens with fruit trees down to the river... great for wild swimming in summer. You'd be in the main house with other Workawayers, hostelers, couch surfers or paying guests guests.
    Trixie often has her granddaughter Elsa, born May 2017 who comes regularly for adventures and art while mums at work. They live nearby.
    Occasionally when it’s quiet, Trixie likes to visit family or take a retreat, leaving Allan, four dogs, four cats, 3 hens, a rabbit, and the wood-burning stoves... to fend for themselves in this beautiful peaceful place. Then she needs someone to stand in for her and support Allan, a kind, non-judgemental mentor in her absence.
    We believe in contributionism and We are all responsible equally for the smooth running of this very special place, sharing the work, our love made visible.
    You might have to contribute to the food budget and shopping occasionally when there is a lot of us and no paying guests.
    Allan is getting less able and it would be great to know we will be supported by a great team of Workawayers, keeping this special place cared for and warm in winter when it can be cold.
    We'd have a hen ‘sanctuary’ to rescue old hens..
    We have renovated the under-build to make a 'refugio' to welcome walkers, cyclists and pilgrims.
    We don't ever forget you are volunteers and you get to choose what you get involved in here.
    We all share the work of the household and cooking (Trixie can teach you about cooking and nutritional therapy) also general housework and garden maintenance and we have great walks in the mountains and swims in the pool and river and there are warm volcanic springs not far away for winter swimming. In summer our local, Diddley Cafebar, has regular live music on summer Sunday evenings.
    There will be conservation work, keeping paths open, on the river bank. There we are preparing a place for groups to meditate.
    The house is eco-friendly (16 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. English TV is available (at the request of a wheelchair user).
    Our organic terraces and trees could also do with supporters.
    You would be sleeping upstairs, in the main house (four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two sitting rooms with wood burning stoves.
    About us:-
    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 and none judgment are at the heart of our place here as is herbalism and nutritional therapy. Trixie spins wool, knits (Fair Isle and Arran) and sews and studies nutritional therapy. She likes a paleo diet and can share these skills and loves cooking, baking and making bread, (vegan and vegetarian food always available here). 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 four 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here Workawayers from different countries and with unique skills meet and learn from each other and explore this fantastic reagion,
    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...
    mindfulness x

  • Help


    We need Help to get the house ready for summer visitors. 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, tiling floors/walls and rendering, 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 store, stacking logs and filling the log baskets etc, walking the dogs.., feeding the cats, dogs and a rabbit 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 4 cats.
    Help with gas bottles...
    Helping to bring in shopping and sharing the daily tasks keeping the communal spaces and guest 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.
    We'd like to install decking over a disused irrigation canal for a yoga deck.
    General help, sharing skills, stories, songs and being part of a 'family'...
    being present in the moment.
    House sitting.
    You are invited to put on courses here and our house is availabe as a resource.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanglish, some French

  • Accommodation


    In winter, a double bedroom or twin room or bunk bed room and there are two sitting 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', There is an outdoor sleeping and cooking retreat, and the river Serpis is just at the bottom of our garden, great for wild swimming.
    There is there is a music hub to plug in your phone/lap top to share your music, 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 Skype and WhatsApp and Facebook messenger as phone signal is limited here in in this ribbon of wildness, the river Serpis gorge.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have WiFi internet access and English TV from a satelite connection. We have loads of DVDs and CDs and a piano... Trixie needs lessons.
    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Flexible 25 hrs per week (each volunteer) 2 days off (of their choice) per week

We are on the disused railway from Gandia to Alcoy. The 13 kms from our house to Lorcha is on the Via Verdi with 5 exciting tunnels through the Rio Serpis gorge.
We have two guitars here for you to play.
La Finestra, the hole at the top of La Safor. It overlooks the house
Bruno and Blanko Yin and yang cats
Benicadell only a cycle away.
Casa from the other side of the River gorge.
Little Chupito and Mikaël have found there forever home here.
Trixie can teach you to spin sheeps wool.
Outdoor retreat terrace in the 'Buddha Garden' overlooking the river gorge.
Casa is Eco friendly. We have 11 solar panels.
Learn to make a Paella
View from the panoramic kitchen windows.
Trixie with three of our rescued dogs. We've saved 11 over our 9 yrs here.
Wild swimming in the River Serpis below the house.

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