Learn about wildlife and our life on our finca in southern Catalonia, Spain

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  • Última actividad: 28 mar 2023



 Estancia mínima:  Al menos una semana



  • Descripción


    Hi! We are looking for self motivated people to help us on our farm with maintaining our olive grove and forest areas, helping to improve accessibility and biodiversity. Other projects we are working on now and would love your creativity and help with are: building a second compost toilet, upgrading out outdoor kitchen into a more welcoming and warm structure (using straw bales and cob and also building a rocket stove mass heater), and building steps with bottles, stones and mosaics.

    This is a fantastic time of year to join us and soak up some peace and tranquility, with comfortable weather and nature bursting into life all over the valley.


    Do you have experience in building🔨 simple structures? Please get in touch and join⛓️ our future mission to build... a dome (cúpula) for sound🎶, yurts, shade shelters, building with cob and glass bottles, cutting and milling wood (pine) into useful timbers, tree houses, benches, outhouses for storage and shelter, root cellar, excavating old tunnels and caves...
    Please come and join us by sharing your skills 🌰🌱🕸️ 💗

    Hi! We are Silke and Nick. We moved from Scotland to our finca, a 20 hectare valley of olive grove and mixed pine forest, in Southern Catalonia 5 years ago. We are following our instincts to live in harmony with nature; to care for, restore and cultivate this land. Now we invite good people to work, rest and play here, to join us in learning, growing, creation and exploration.

    Our dream is to co-create a community of like minded people who will join us in holding a healing space for sharing skills and abundance, so that people such as activists can flow through to build and restore their capacity to contribute to the healing of this world.

    Silke is a sound healer and a facilitator for The Work That Reconnects. Nick is a practical handyman, creative gardener, and stone wall builder extraordinaire! We both love cooking, foraging, hiking, permaculture, being silly, learning new things and welcoming people to our amazing land. We have high hopes to meet the right people, to invite to join our project and live here with us in community to steward this land.

    Our place has got so much wild space to explore. We are developing a network of colour marked paths through this beautiful and peaceful valley of long abandoned terraces. It is a richly biodiverse ecosystem full of magic and mystery, and it is a total joy and honour to be here, witnessing beauty and observing and learning about the interconnectedness of all the plants, animals, insects, rocks and soil around us. We are working hard towards self sufficiency and future food security. A huge part of our vision is to create the space for people to deeply connect with nature in many ways, as from this a mutual healing of people and planet emerges. We always say that "the land has worked on us more than we have worked on the land". One of our main ongoing projects is the designing and planting of a forest garden in the olive grove behind Silke and Nick's house. So much to do, so much to learn! But how? That's where you come in!

    We are looking for self motivated people with energy and enthusiasm. We absolutely love to share what we have learnt and also learn from others. We are equal beings here, working together and taking turns to do everyday jobs like cooking and washing up. We have backgrounds in working with communities, running workshops, foraging, permaculture and gardening. We have no official permaculture training however, we are self taught, so are really interested to hear the experience of others. We are seeking to learn and share, exchanging skills to increase the sustainability of our lifestyles for the maximum growth, learning and well being for all. So get in touch and tell us about you :-)

    Our place is in the hills about 30 minutes drive from a few towns, and totally off-grid with solar panels and only rainwater catchment, so if you come here you need to be EXTREMELY careful with water. No hot running water and composting toilets. Telephone reception is limited; you need to climb a couple of minutes up the hill to get signal, but we do have satellite internet in the house. We have space for volunteers to park up a camper van and will normally accept travelling pets. As for animals, at the moment we have three cats, two dogs and 14 chickens (with new chicks on the way). We live simply and try to reduce consumption and waste as much as possible. We treat the land as provider and teacher, so please do not bring non-biodegradable cosmetic products.

    We love music, singing and dancing! Please bring instruments and teach us how to play ours! In the evenings we also like to play games and watch films, or take space and time for ourselves to meditate, read and study.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
  • 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

    We love to share our growing knowledge of the wildlife here, as well as our experiences and processes on the finca, such as how we prune the trees and maintain the forest, making biochar from the prunings then processing, charging and applying the biochar to the land.

    There is so much to see in the surrounding areas, especially if you like walking, cycling and exploring. We are about half an hour to drive to the sea, and we are also very close to the Ebro delta with its rich variety of water birds. Inland from us you can find ancient cave paintings, a gorge to swim in, and lots of old villages rich in history and crafts. It is a very inspiring place to live and we are looking forward to exploring it more ourselves.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    Things we work on throught the year: building an outdoor kitchen and compost toilet for a yurt, building water storage, digging swales, making paths, pruning and maintaining the olive grove (we prune the trees in January and February, and we normally harvest at the end of October/ start of November), making and processing biochar (composting and infusing charcoal with organic matter to build and improve the nutrients and water retention of soil), transplanting trees and plants. If you really want to get your hands in the soil then come and see us!


    Here are some specific activities and skills we would love to learn about or have help with, so if you can do any of these we'd love to hear from you... even if you don't have experience in these but have bags of enthusiasm and energy then we'd love to see you too!

    Knowledge of growing food in a semi-arid climate. We are learning and experimenting all the time. Any experience of optimising water collection and usage will be particularly appreciated. We have plans to expand our rainwater catchment and storage areas and want to develop these very soon. We are currently deepening our knowledge with a practical regenerative soil science course.

    Map making and development of marked paths through out the valley. We want to create beautiful hand drawn maps and a guide book of our land to show paths and landmarks, to help increase access for walking. Wildlife photographers, drone operators, treehouse builders and geologists will be particularly welcome!!

    Building! Benches, swings, signposts, storage sheds, huts, treehouses and one day.... a dome for sound! Please get in touch if you would like to go on the list for helping us to build the dome. We want to start this in about a year or two maximum.

    Woodworking and forestry. We need people to help us with forest management, surveying, felling, extracting, milling, building a lathe, etcetc!

    Language exchange. We are learning Spanish and Catalan so if you can speak them with us then excellent!

    Website and social media. We are notoriously terrible with updating our digital platforms. Some help and encouragement with this is always welcome... Calling photographers, graphic designers, and anyone who is more computer literate than us... Which isn't hard! 😂✨

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Intermedio

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  • Alojamiento


    Accommodation - we have a caravan and tents for volunteers to stay in and we hope you will be very comfortable and happy. There is also another house that needs a little work (no plumbing).
    We have a dry compost toilet that we take turns to empty (about once a week depending on how many people are here). Cold, quick showers only.

    If you like to cook, great, we love cooking together and sharing recipes with new friends. We eat a mainly vegan diet apart from eggs from our chickens and very occasionally some meat or fish if it has lived a good life.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    We are quite tucked away and don't like to drive out and use too much petrol unnecessarily, so if you want to go out and about a lot whilst you are with us, you will need your own transport. In your time off you can relax here on the finca, walk, create something, whatever you feel. We are two hours south of Barcelona, in Tarragona region, and the closest city is Tortosa, closest town is El Perello (25 mins). There is so much nature to explore surrounding us, with sights such as the Ebro river and Delta, the cave paintings on our doorstep, and the amazing caves in nearby village Benifallet, the Coves de Meravelles. There is also some good cycling along the nearby via verde, an old train line.

  • 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

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Our driveway is quite narrow (approx 3m) so get in touch if you have a large vehicle to discuss

  • 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: 872955135383

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