Volunteer to help transform our land in Connacht, Ireland and help out with general tasks around trees, land and house

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  • Description

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    We, Georg and Bettina, are an elderly couple. Originally from Austria and Germany, we have lived in the West of Ireland for the past 35 years next to a lake a 4km away from the county town and 20 km away from the sea.. We are bilingual.Originally we came to Ireland for an adventure and to live with nature in the wilderness and build a place which would serve us and others and eventually create a wildernis park and create a place that would serve us and others. Over those years we have partly transformed the bare and infertile bog land into a wooded garden. We planted over 3,000 trees and built our own timber house. We lead a quiet lifestyle, we both love hiking and cycling and at times to play games, we meditate, work on the land, write and work on transforming our mind as well as the land. Georg has written a book on energies and places. Bettina has published in 2016 a poetry compilation and does collage work besides working on the land etc.. At times we like to sing and drum and in winter love to watch films around the fire place. Our place and lifestyle offer themselves for reflection and it would be helpful if people who come to stay with us also like to have some time to be by themselves and with the surrounding nature and can entertain themselves in between. We eat simply and not much meat. We have a humus toilet in the house instead of a flush toilet. Once a week we go shopping into the nearby town.
    We would love to continue to transform our land into a wildernis parkland and keep what exists well maintained. In autumn we mostly collect leaves and clear the garden and later we are thinning out trees to create more space and make light, we also have to clear out our shed and clean the house thoroughly. We would like help and advice with a website which is in the making and get some help with that. Even at other seasons there is always a lot to do on the land and around the house, be it cleaning ponds, weeding, cutting grass, painting etc. .There is also space for people to play with their creativity e.g. by sculpting dead trees on the land or creating sculptures in whatever form...(someone who was with us and helped us on the land felt inspired to decorate a kind of totem pole. She found it a lot of fun and in the end said ' we could call this 'artaway' instead of workaway')...so if at times you feel inspired to create something on the land ''work away' at it....

    It would be nice to share the cooking with those that stay with us and be in community, so that we can enrich one another sharing the beauty and peace of this beautiful place by a small lake in County Mayo.
    Our preference is to have people stay who are flexible around work and leisure times and see their time with us as a 'whole' experience rather than a time divided into work and leisure. at times it would be nice to share a hike or an outing together and show people the area and do things beyond just working...

    PLEASE NOTE....We are generally looking for help for a min. of 1 week and a max. of 2 weeks

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We bring together 3 different cultures (Austrian, German, Irish).
    question their mind set
    helping to transform the bog land into a wooded garden/park

  • Help

    Help

    all year round maintenance of our place
    cleaning shed and areas around the house
    cleaning ponds,
    weeding and cutting grass,
    washing walls,
    painting,
    in autumn and winter and early spring thinning out trees,
    storing and stacking timber
    raking leaves
    help to set up a blog,
    and generally taking part in our life

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, german, some french

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    a small single room and/or a larger room with a king size bed for a couple
    humus toilet
    1 bathroom shared all.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    the small town(Castlebar) is is in45 minutes walking distance. from our place into town there is no public transport, our place is quiet and fairly secluded, reached by bike or walking or together with us by car.
    we live by a small bog lake which is very cold but accessible for swimmers
    local sights: bog land in our vicinity, Westport(18km away, to be reached by bus or train from Castlebar (local town). Westport is a very scentic town with pubs and restaurants, the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, which one can climb
    we can make outings together to beautiful areas of which our area has plenty and nothing too far from us.
    Galway can be reached by bus (90 minutes away) from Castlebar.
    Castlebar has an arts centre, a lake, a cinema, pubs and many shops..

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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