Eco-projet à Leon, en Espagne : Rejoignez-nous !

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  • Description


    We are a constantly evolving project based in a stunning off-grid mountain location. We have built a cob wood and earthbag house, an earthbag kitchen, a pallet kitchen, some solar showers, epic gas shower building, and long drop compost toilets.
    We have a large permaculture style garden and try to live a sustainable life up here.
    This was where I was based when I bought up my children but when they grew up and wanted to do proper education I had to relocate to the UK and put things on hold here.

    until 2020 I split my time between the two countries;
    pre covid i spent periods of time in the UK to earn some much-needed money to continue this project.
    since the pandemic changed everything i have been able to be present much more here. and am setting up online wellness work, ( Pilates Yoga Breath , Mindset & wellbeing workshops) and a Patreon account for the project, between the two we hope to earn enough to enable us to be here most of the time.

    We are looking for volunteers throughout most of the year but mostly May - October. Unless you have some super roofing skills or are amazing with natural wood work in which case apply whenever and we will see what we can work out!

    We also really need a holiday at some point so will be looking for land sitters for a couple of weeks out of peak season, if you fancy coming to stay with minimal work except looking after the place, watering the garden if needed and cuddling the cats we would love to hear from you.

    Its a really beautiful area, right next to the Picos De Europa (an amazing mountain range) with an open-air swimming pool at the end of the road,(only open in summer) wild swimming in the lakes and rivers.

    There's loads of wildlife around (bears wolves wild boar, loads of bird of prey) amazing walks, climbing horse riding, biking, skiing...... Leon City is only 40kn away with good transport connections....
    Its lovely here.

    In the past we have had lots of horses chickens and goats sharing the land; things are ever-evolving, but at the moment we only have cats a dog, and hopefully soon some chickens.

    We live totally off-grid here, so be prepared to live without hairdryers, straighteners, easy instant hot water. ( except the shower)
    It gets very dark at night when there is no moon and can get cold at night even in the summer as although we are only in the foothills of the Picos we are still pretty high up.
    Walking to the town and in the surrounding mountains requires sensible footwear and some kinda practical clothing is advisable (neither are my strong point! )

    We use only eco and biodegradable products, soaps, shampoos, etc., so please bear that in mind when coming to stay.

    the solar Shower is basic and depends on sunshine to warm them.
    the gas shower should work all year round.
    The toilets are long drop-style compost toilets.
    No plastics or sanitary products to be put on them, please.

    Accommodation is in a cosy caravan or a bell tent.

    Its a great place to visit and work and the local town is fantastic;
    Very traditional Spanish, (we are the foreigners in the town! )
    There are lots of free tapas and cheap drinks to be had in the local bars, the people are very friendly and although we feel like we are miles away from anything, in fact, everything essential is within easy walking distance.

    There are regular Feve trains and buses from Leon to Boñar, and one a day from Bilbao all the way here. a couple of Alsa buses pass through here too so do ask if you need some travel help. ( feve trains are often not on internet travel things like route planning maps but they do exist and are a good way to get here... )

    If you've read this far you must still be interested! So get in touch!
    Jobs we are working on this spring and summer include :
    *️️️️The garden. Always so much to do.

    *️️️️General maintenance of the land (strimming, grass cutting, keeping brambles at bay, etc)
    *wood collection
    * wood chopping for firewood, and debarking for use in building

    Useful skills include: carpentry, gardening, general labouring / helping on projects,
    carrying heavy things, & holding things still! ,

    Veggie and gluten free cooking skills very welcome, I love to cook but i also love to cook with other people and learn from them too, and its lovely to be cooked for!

    SKILLS Required
    Patience, stamina, ability to work on your own or in a team,
    digging, not minding getting dirty or hot and sweaty,
    ability to adapt to new situations
    Spanish speaking a def advantage but not essential as we speak English mostly here but the town is very Spanish.

    We also need help in setting up some technical things,
    help with word press website,
    fotos and video, and other marketing,
    SEO, and clever things like that, that we are useless at!

    Fixing and finishing (or possibly helping us take it down and replace) the roof of the house) remains a key need. as Covid prevented our man who can , from getting here and it's getting more urgent now 3 years later!
    this is a tricky job so if you have great roofing skills we particularly want to hear from you ( do bear in mind this is not a normal roof or an easy job so ask for more info) This is skilled and problematic work, so we do have some budget available for this.
    Please do get in touch if this sounds like something you can help with.
    I can send pics and we would need to talk about it before committing but this is a key need.

    If after reading all this, you are still keen, get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique/internet
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    *️️️️️️️️️️ eco building skills,
    *️️️️️️️️️️ off grid living experience,
    *️️️️️️️️️️ spanish / english language spoken here and in the town its all spanish so helpful for improving spanish or english.
    *️️️️️️️️️️ veggie and vegan cookery skills sharing, occasional opportunities to join yoga and pilates classes, a
    * Amazing walks and wildlife.
    *️️️️️️️️️️ permaculture style organic gardening and food preserving.

  • Aide


    We have an almost finished wooden round house (now not round as we extended it massively! ) that really needs to be finished, so some one with practical roofing skills, skills would be ideal for this task.
    We have budget for this as its a huge job and we are out of our depth. The roof may need to be completely taken down and re done so we are looking for professional help with this at the moment.

    We also need help with general work, repairs, the garden and maintenance around the land.
    Many of the tasks are reasonably physical and it can be hot up here (but also can be much colder than many people expect for spain)
    We are 1100 meters high , so please try to bring appropriate clothes. and something waterproof, esp outside of peak times.

    WE do usually have some old work clothes available to use tho,, if you are travelling light and don't have anything.

    I am also looking for help with aspects of my other work, any help with photography or vidio skills, social media management, , video editing,, content creation or similar would be much appreciated. and could open up voluneterrig possibilities in the cooler months for anyone who doesn't mind living in a possibly snowy climate & / or those who w to take advantage of the ski ing opportunities in San isidro

    Anyone with vegan /veggie cooking skills is also welcome as keeping us fed is very useful too, I get to learn new ideas too and it frees me up to do more other things 😊
    We expect volunteers to share in cleaning up the comunal spaces, washing up etc.

    We usually have alot of fun with our volunteers. But also appreciate everyone's need for space and privacy at times.

    we love hosting couples and groups of friends too, especially out of peak season.

    please check out our feedback to get more of an idea about life up here,
    The fact that many volunteers come back or send their friends says alot .
    but like anywhere, we are not for everyone, so Im happy to schedule a call with you to make sure we are a good fit for each other and we dont waste each others time.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement


    You would be staying in a cozy caravan or or bell tent. Or you can bring your own tent ,
    we welcome vans here in the warmer months
    (As a write the track is covered in ice so not possibly to get right here in your van.
    Even in summer most can get up here but some cant.... depends on your van and your driving!
    happy to chat about that too.

    Accomadation here is basic and rustic!
    Compost toilets, Solar showers, although we are improving every year and getting more luxurious!
    We now have many more charging places, for lap tops cameras phones etc. as well as a big fridge freezer for keeping your beers cold, and one of the 3 new all year round showers is up and running
    The Solar showers are dependant on the sun to provide hot water
    Be prepared to adapt to a simpler way of life while here!
    no hair straightners or hair dryers or electric kettles or toasters!

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Please contact me for more information; and to find out who will be around and what projects will be happening when you would like to visit, as this is an often changing thing!

    There are decent transport links to Leon the local city and from there u can take a bus or feve train into Boñar where we will meet you.
    If u are coming from Bilboa or anywhere on the feve train line from bilboa to Leon you can also take the feve direct to Boñar.

    If u need any specific info. Please ask.

    I am in the process of setting up an online Wellness Memebership based up here, so there is often opportunities to join yoga pilates and other health and wellness classes .
    We are right in the middle of mountains and wild woodlands, full of great opportunities to explore by foot or bike.
    Wild swimming areas and the Picos de Europa mountains are all close by.
    IF you are a climber you will be in paradise here. Especially if you have transport as we are 2o mins from several world class climbing areas.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    If u have mobile wi fi! We usually have good connection up here and u can have a space with a desk to work 😊 there are also plenty of bars within walking distance in town with Wi Fi. we just use our mobile data up here to run our work and personal life....

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    If your van can get up our track you are welcome in your vehicle Our ford transit does it regularly and our huge bus and Mercedes horse box got up and down a few times before settling here. The main problem is if you are super low to the ground which some vans are. we are happy to advise. If you are worried there maybe alternative places to park available a few mins walk away.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    For peace of mind the Dogs need to be well behaved. And Not sheep or cat chasers, or kept on a lead up here. We have cats and a very sociable friendly bull terrier dog and are hoping to get some chickens . so regarding your pets please feel free to ask and if we can we will accommodate

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    4-5 hours, 5 days a week with some flexibility. Depending on the work we are doing .

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