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help welcomed with our refuge project in Barton Creek valley, Belize

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  • Última actividad: 11 jul 2024

DISPONIBILIDAD

  2024 

 Estancia mínima:  Al menos una semana

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  • Descripción

    Descripción

    We are inviting you to come and stay and help with the building, development and running of this refuge project, consisting of a 3 acre smallholding, a 1.5 acre orchard, and 212 acres of pristine rainforest in a remote area of Belize which we have been building since 2021. You can find below the bullet points for the overall project. For now, we need people to help with the smallholding and the orchard, and the daily running of the place, including gardening, some farming, some building, care of the animals (many chickens, ducks, guys, turkeys, some sheep, some goats, two milking cows). Over the next few months, we are planning to do some more building (a wooden cabin on stilts, a clay oven from local clay, and the further development of our 40-ft container and porch, where our solar system, electrics and fibre-optic Internet connection are located). If you have any kind of skills with sustainable, simple building, that is a preferred bonus. You need to be comfortable living primitively.

    As it is the tropics, daylight hours are precious and the day starts early, around 6.00. We have a local couple visiting most days who take care of food preparation, but you would obviously be welcome to join in with that (harvesting and preparation, including sourdough bread, yoghurt, kombucha, etc). You would be doing tasks together with some local helpers.

    The main aims, objectives and principles for this holistic, sustainable project are:
    • Protecting rainforest flora and fauna, land and water (under threat of logging for cattle ranching)
    • Protecting endangered species (nurseries for rare tropical trees, breeding butterflies, protecting birds, etc)
    • Sustainability & Organic Agroforestry, carbon credits (planting 10 trees for every tree felled)
    • Organic farming, Permaculture, Regenerative agriculture (SoilFoodWeb) including fish ponds, apiaries
    • Setting up a community lab of citizen scientists, using regenerative agriculture microscopy to take soil and compost samples for studying microbiology to inform our farming and gardening
    • Sustainable architecture with natural, local materials (adobe clay, slate, lime stone, local wood & bamboo)
    • Maintaining, reclaiming and re-discovering indigenous Mayan traditions and rainforest remedies & healing
    • Eco-Retreat Centre and Refuge, with workshops and training courses, on sustainable living, farming and psychotherapy (including couple therapy, group facilitation and therapy training)
    • EMF white zone: one of the largest zones on the planet without man-made electromagnetic radiation
    • Land and water management in line with anthroposophical understanding of living water (water & flowforms)
    • Local community projects (oriented towards future independent governance) generating security and wealth for empoverished by working sustainably with rainforest (cacao, coffee, xate, medicinal plants, spices, and many more products)

    We are serious about turning this part of the planet (the whole upper reaches of a secluded, remote valley), into a fertile, self-sustaining, non-toxic, abundant little paradise, that can serve as an inspiration for others, and for our future, using the principles of organic, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry. I have been an organic gardener for 35 years, but I have been studying the soil food web for a couple of years, and am inspired by partnering with nature and the soil biology. I am setting up a citizens' lab with a microscope (for sampling and investigating soil microbiology), and have had Permaculture consultants help me make a plan for the next few years, which I am inviting your participation and help to manifest. We are aiming to make this an inspiring beacon project for the rest of the country (which is pretty lost in chemical farming, with some notable, inspiring and helpful exceptions).

    You will have the possibility to learn the whole spectrum of organic regenerative agriculture (Elaine Ingham soil food web, Matt Powers, Chris Trump (Korean natural farming)), agroforestry, as applied to both animals and plants. We are aiming to make this a holistic fairly self-sufficient ecosystem, which will produce abundant food to eventually set up and run an eco-retreat and therapy centre. There are many activities and small projects which you can dedicate yourself to, according to your own preferences depending on what you want to learn, e.g. looking after the animals and helping them multiply, market gardening, composting, fruit trees, soil sampling and microscopy, and a variety of projects ranging from tilapia farming to vanilla production.

    We have a cabin with a double bed and a hammock. We are in the process of building more accommodation and further buildings, including a compost toilet (you are welcome to help and learn about that, too). We have high standards for our diet, way above the rest of the population around us, with imported organic staples from the US and our own fresh organic produce, high quality grass-fed dairy and meat.

    As our property is off-grid, supply of electricity is limited and so is use of technology. However, we do have Internet via fibre-optic cable - probably the best connection in the region. We live quite simply and primitively, and you need to be comfortable with proximity to animals. The place is hot and humid, but you do have the creek to cool off, just 25 steps down a slope.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Jardinería
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Ayuda en una granja
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    You will have the possibility to learn the whole spectrum of organic regenerative agriculture (Elaine Ingham soil food web, Matt Powers, Chris Trump (Korean Natural Farming)), agroforestry, as applied to both animals and plants. We are aiming to make this a holistic fairly self-sufficient ecosystem, which will produce abundant food to eventually set up and run an eco-retreat and therapy centre.

  • Ayuda

    Ayuda

    There are many activities and small projects which you can dedicate yourself to, according to your own preferences depending on what you want to learn, e.g. looking after the animals and helping them multiply , market gardening, composting, fruit trees, soil sampling and microscopy, and a variety of projects ranging from tilapia farming to vanilla production.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Alemán: Fluido
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Intermedio

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    Este anfitrión ha indicado que está interesado en compartir su idioma o aprender otro.
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  • Alojamiento

    Alojamiento

    We have a cabin with a double bed and a hammock. We are in the process of building more accommodation and further buildings, including a compost toilet (you are welcome to help and learned about that, too). We have high standards for our diet, way above the rest of the population around us, with imported organic staples from the US and our own fresh organic produce, high quality grass-fed dairy and meat. There will be three meals a day.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Este anfitrión ha indicado que le encanta acoger a nómadas digitales.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Este anfitrión puede proporcionar un sitio para autocaravanas.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Este anfitrión dice que acepta a viajeros con mascotas.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

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

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 339891589345

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