Come Help our non-profit Yoga Eco Farm grow in Otranto, Italy




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    We are Silvia and Robbert, founders of a Yoga Eco Farm in Otranto, Italy!
    This is a not-for profit organization that has the goal to inspire people to a more eco-conscious and mindful lifestyle, promoting a sustainable approach to life, involving a deep connection with Nature, and personal growth based on the principles of Yoga and Permaculture.

    We've been living in cities (New York and Amsterdam) for decades, and after the hectic city life we felt the need to reconnect to Nature, learn to grow our own food, and create a community that cares for the people and the natural environment alike.
    So we started to develop this vision, and found the perfect land in Otranto, 5 min walk to the city center and the Mediterranean Sea, where we can experience and offer an alternative meaningful lifestyle in harmony with Mother Earth but still comfortable, abundant, and full of social activities.

    2020 will be our 4th year of operation, and we are very excited for what we've achieved so far, We have renovated a tiny stone house on the project site, and another stone structure to accommodate 3 or 4 volunteers... but there's still a lot of work to do!

    Ideally we would like to find a yoga teacher that speaks Italian and English, and somebody that have experience with organizing events and cooking, and that can maybe run some of the activities of the project independently during part of summer 2020. We also will offer the opportunity to get more involved long term in the project to the right person/s.
    Work may involve construction, gardening, vegetarian cooking, cleaning, helping during events, maybe promotion and marketing of the project, teaching yoga.

    The events we organize involve teachers and artists sharing meaningful knowledge on topics such as Yoga, Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Natural Living, and Spirituality. Cultural, culinary, music and art events are also in our plans: we want to have fun together, create and nurture a community, inspire each other, and provide an interesting alternative in nature to the stressful life in big cities.

    Since we usually receive many applications for limited spots, before making a final selection we'll ask you to answer a questionnaire and we'll set a skype or whatsapp call to have a better idea if we are a good fit for each other.

    Thank you.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in 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

    The founders of the project have traveled a lot around the world before focusing on this project, and they are both very happy to share their knowledge and also listening to your stories. Silvia is an architect and yoga teacher and she's been living part of the year in New York for over 10 years, Robbert is from Amsterdam and is a marketing consultant for sustainable products and a Reiki master. The goal of the project is to offer a platform to learn, share and enjoy, creating a network of local and international like minded people that want to make the world a better place.

  • Help


    Our project promotes sustainable and holistic lifestyle, inspired by Permaculture principles and Yoga philosophy, we are developing a property to make this happen. Tasks may involve:
    - Gardening and caring for the land according to Permaculture principles, planting, watering, weeding, earth movement, etc.
    - Construction projects: we have renovated a small stone building,and we are now working on the surroundings to create more accommodation options, dry stone walls, outdoor landscaping and paving, terraces, gazebos. We want to follow principles of natural building construction and sustainable design.
    - Help in the property
    - Support during events and workshops
    - Promotion and marketing
    - Teaching Yoga, if qualified

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We have a renovated tiny stone house on the project location, and another renovated small stone structure sharing kitchen, bathroom and common areas with us and the people working there during the day. We are in the process of creating new accommodations as well. The project is about 5 min walk from Otranto center (groceries, cafes, laundry) and the Mediterranean Sea.
    We would offer some vegetarian food (no meat), and we are happy to have some meals cooked and eaten together, usually at lunch time after working together in the morning.
    Wifi available.
    No smokers preferred.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We offer some vegetarian food and lodging in exchange for about 5 hrs of work a day, 5 days a week. The area is gorgeous: Salento is the tip of the heel of the Italian boot, the sea and the countryside are beautiful, full of traditions and town celebrations. We'll be happy to suggest some excursions. Otranto is a great little town right on the Mediterranean Sea and our land is 5 min walk from the historical center and the sea. We may be able to offer bikes as well. Sometimes we may invite our volunteers to join us for some special events, parties, dinners around our area.
    Otranto is reachable by bus and train, closest airport is Brindisi.

  • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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