Living simply in an eco-village on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia



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    Perfect place and arrangement if you are having paid work nearby or looking for :)

    NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, but willingness to learn, help and respect ARE ESSENTIAL :)
    Carpentry, Plumbing, landscaping skills are a plus!

    There is plenty of farm jobs around: strawberries, avocado, ginger, hospitality ... and it is also what you can create.
    At the moment, I am offering less hours in exchange of basic accommodation. (Around 15hs/ per week).

    All sort of help is welcome! More than skills, I need people willing to learn/ share/ do/ hands on!
    And if you have carpentry, building, electrician, landscaping & survival skills :) it is a mega plus!!!

    Please, apply only if you are open to experience something different.
    It is very important to me that you are willing to learn/ share, able to follow instructions and really keen to contribute!

    If you are just looking for a the 'normal' home or a free stay, touristic place then make us both a favor; go to somewhere else; there are plenty of other options - I just want people here that is choosing something beyond the 9-5 life style and keen to reduce their footprint by living simple.

    This is a project that cultivates alternative and 'soulstainable' activities.
    At this stage, everything is very basic. So, low down your expectations - this is an experience about detachment, simple life style and being resourceful enjoying the Nature.

    It is on one piece of land in an ecovillage and I am keen to transform it into a collective space for travelers that seeking for something beyond in the journey of living.
    I ended up here after many years volunteering/ workawaying in many ecovillages around the world.

    The project is in early stages, so we need help on building, fixing up things, renovation, gardening, art projects, cleaning, weeding, cooking... plenty of options! :) it is a combination on what are your interest/ want to learn + skills + what needs to be done and the weather!!

    TRANSPORT... You will make the most of this area if you come with your own transport.
    However, I am happy to pick you up from Maleny town or Landsborough or Beerwah train station.

    TASKS... will be mostly light work (or in bigger teams for heavy work) and will probably take up about 4-5 hours each day, or longer if you're enjoying the task. Jobs can be adaptable to what you love doing it and change all the time, but some skills needed are:
    - carpentry
    - plumbing
    - builder
    - creation of pedal power appliances, such as a pedal powered washing machine
    - general gardening maintenance
    - organizing/ cleaning/ creating a relax/ community space
    - up cycling - creating things from nothing or 'rubbish'
    - painting
    - brush cutting
    - etc etc - you tell me what you can/ want do too!!

    THE PLACE & SURROUND... the place is perfect for who values freedom, space to be and spend time in Nature.
    We are nested amongst organic farmers, music & food festivals, cooperatives, amazing wild life, swimming holes, in a valley, 20 minutes to Maleny and from Maleny; an extra 30 minutes to the beach. Australia Zoo can be arranged within a short drive.

    Besides of the place at the Ecovillage, I am also involved in a farm focused on regenerative agriculture towards a landtrust for young farmers ... so, now and then we travel there too! :)

    Please, apply only if you are keen to:
    - learn to live simple,
    - create positive change through gardening/ farming
    - experience a different life style through choices we make as consumers
    - be open
    - challenge yourself
    - be/ make friends
    - willing to share and teach us too

    If you are just looking for a cheap, touristic place then there are plenty of another options!
    Please, bring your willingness to learn, share, laugh, play, interact and so on.

    Enjoy life and invest time in things you love!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Permaculture, Biodynamics, Living in anecovillage, my travel experiences around the world at Intentional Communities, Living Simple, Gardening, eating weeds, alternative life style, English as a second language, etc.

  • Help


    At the moment, we need help with:
    - all things related to fire season prep: weeding, burning (yes! I don't like it, but fire brigade asked us to do it, collecting wood laying around, etc etc )
    - creation of efficient systems of usage of space
    - setting up the home: carpentry work, painting, creating home, bit of renovation, loads of upcycle
    - make things out of bamboo
    - on going gardening: orchard, veggie garden, new garden beds, removing weeds
    - set up food production systems
    - create off the grid projects: rocket stove, pedal power washing machine, etc etc - you named it and we wanted it!
    - update on social media and video making
    - photography

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I'd love to learn Italian, Spanish, Japanese ...

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own space or not (it depends of the occasion and time - please ask as this is a dynamic place and things change week by week).

    Some travellers told me that is luxury as they have their own space and freedom to cook, others tell me that it is too basic. So, that is very relative...

    Basically, I give you some options on your arrival and you are always welcome to BYO tent or van.

    There is a great hot shower outdoors and composting toilet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We do love host people keen and open to a life style close to Nature and living simple.
    We want to host travellers that seeking for a real experience in life where we can become friends, share our hearts, have conversations and actions on how to make a better world, how to grow food, generating alternative energy & regeneration system, care for Gaia and Self.

    Preferer no smokers and people that engage with life in general.

    If you are just looking for a place to be a tourist; there are plenty of another options for you in somewhere else.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 to 5 hours per day (depends of arrangements)

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