Reforestation, permaculture farm and community help in a cloud forest near Machu Picchu, Peru



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    Come live in the cloud forest and plant trees, garden, and eat great vegetarian food.
    We are a reforestation, land regeneration and natural farming project on 13 hectares in the cloud forest.
    Trees, tea, plants animals, good people, gratitude, and good experiences are our passion here.
    We are active in both our community and on our farm.

    We are located in an area of Peru famous for tea. We are trekking distance to Machu Picchu OR you can take a 75 minute car drive to the hydroelectric path which is 2 hour walk to Machu Picchu. We are a 4 hour drive from Cusco and just 3 hours from the Sacred Valley.

    It is simple life in a small farming community. It is a good place to be close to nature. The farm currently has cats, dogs, chickens, gheese, turkeys, ducks, cuy and rabbits. We are passionate about reforestation, biodiversity, soil health and kindness. Below we list our current projects and activities.

    We love ethical, kind, responsible people.
    We are looking for positive, independent, motivated people who know how to take initiative.
    People who can appreciate a fun, rustic, simple lifestyle.

    A lot of time we spend cooking great vegetarian meals for everyone. We make many basics like ketchup, vinegar, natural sodas, sauerkrauts instead of buying them. We serve excellent vegetarian meals here.

    We like workawayers that are able to spend at least 3 weeks or one month minimum on the farm.
    We will make exceptions for certain skilled/or/inspiring people.
    We have space for stays of six months or more and can help with visas for the right people.
    All people are on probation for the first 7 days.
    This is not the right place for people who want to party or drink.
    We may have one volunteer or up to ten, when you come.

    If anyone knows tree pruning or wants to make a worm compost bin we would love to meet you. We love mural artists. And someone who wants to help make a Kiln and likes pottery as we have a lot of clay that is used here in Peru on our land. Tea Experts, organic farming, botanists, scientists are always welcome.

    We are offering 1 week stays to experienced muralists and their traveling partners.

    Spanish is a primary language here at the farm. I speak English/Spanish and live with a beautiful family that runs the farm for me They are a local family and speak only Spanish and Quechua. Some days I am not available because I have a business abroad. The Peruvian family and I are permanent residents here. It is a mix of cultures here and we host people from all over the world as well. During the day there maybe local Quechua music playing, Bach, classical cello music, Israeli worship music, sometimes rock and roll or a guests playlist.

    We are Guardians of the earth and the soul.
    We are followers of the Way and believe in the care taking of the earth, it's creatures and one another.

    In dwelling, live close to the ground.
    In thinking, keep to the simple.
    In conflict, be fair and generous.
    In governing, don't try to control.
    In work, do what you enjoy.
    In family life, be completely present.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Life is learning. Everyday when we wake up we look to learn something new.

    Our schedule of projects change throughout the year based on need and season.
    We have many simultaneous projects happening at once and the work schedule and projects vary. Permaculture, compost, soil preparation and tree germination, sustainable living, fermentation, natural sodas, kombucha, natural foods, medicinal and edible plants are almost daily activities here.

    Planting plants and trees, maintaining land, painting and general maintenance and upkeep, to biochar and natural methods of pest management, animal husbandry, spirulina, orchid growth and cultivation, coffee production, tea production, cooking, web work as well as helping our local community. Painting, art projects... these are some examples of what the daily work can be. It varies throughout the year. For example: Coffee harvest occurs 1x per year. Volunteers coming in months when there is no coffee to harvest cannot harvest coffee but will be participate in the activities available in those months.

    We try to teach through example and daily practice, at times we will offer work that involves deeper learning but often the work is uncomplicated but a necessary part of running a farm. We are grateful for you <3.

    Our current projects are:

    Reforestation - Seed collecting, tree germination and planting
    Every year we have been collecting and saving a great variety of seeds from local species of plants and trees. We germinate plants and trees from these seeds. Our reforestation project mimics the natural pattern of trees in the cloud forest locally. We are now planting these trees and plants, for free, in our local community. We are just starting to grow bonsai trees because they are beautiful and may become a part of our strategy to collect funding for our reforestation efforts.

    Circle Garden and Fish Pond - Earth Regeneration
    In our land regeneration efforts we are rehabilitating a small, once chemically farmed piece of land that had degenerated soil. It will become a healthy permaculture mandala garden. This year is the second year of cover crops and we have done large scale biochar and composting efforts to supplement the soil's recovery. We have created the new architecture of the space which we will use to host classes teaching principles of earth management. We also are hoping to have 2 species of fish in the adjacent pond - paco, a local fish and koi fish. The pond is a big project this summer. Some volunteers will help us move rocks and cement the sides of the pond.

    Small Scale Spirulina, Tea and Coffee Production
    We grow spirulina, sometimes mushrooms, citrus fruits and several exotic fruits and vegetables.
    We grow and prepare our own coffee. We also hand roll our very own oolong tea.

    Small Organic Vegetable Production
    We have areas on the land dedicated to organic farming, the farm is on over 13 hectares.
    We grow more during the dry season. We just completed construction on a small greenhouse to for our vegetables in the rainy season. Volunteers help us and our neighbors farms during harvest times. We are working on creating a system here for permaculture - one day at a time.

    Butterfly Habitat
    Locally there are 500 species of butterflies. Starting last year we increased certain plants that the Monarchs love. We will germinate, plant and define specific areas of the farm to do this. Right now, greatly inspired by the Mariposario de Machupicchu we are surveying our space, collecting seeds, germinating plants and hope to create a layout for this space this year along one of the little streams on our farm.

    May 26th, 2022 uPDATE:
    BIOGAS: We are starting our community biogas project this week. We are creating a core group to help us build and install our first biogas digester in our community. Biogas is a great renewable resource and can help our neighborhood community have cooking fuel. We are planning our first Biogas workshops as well.

    New Vegetables Garden: We are working and cleaning a large space to plant a new vegetable garden and plant fruit trees. The space has a very, very rustic house that needs to be upgraded. We would love some volunteers that would like to stay long term and manage this as well.

    We actively engage with our local community to be a support and a blessing. We often help our neighbors on their farms. For example: In the last two weeks before this was written, 4 days of work were spent in neighborhood support. We helped a neighbor clean the field around their tea plants with machetes, we planted baby watermelons, we picked coffee and we planted squash seeds for our neighbors on those days. This type of help engages you directly with the local community.

    Many times a month we invite our friends and neighbors over and eat with them. The food here is wonderful and many authentic and traditional Peruvian meals are made. We also create meals from around the world: Peru, Italy, Mexico, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany and American.

    Workshops are offered on occasion, some happen on Zoom. There is a list of them on our website. During rainy season this is more common because we are doing little outside farming then. During dry season instead of a class many of the things below are practiced or experienced.

  • Aide


    A volunteer’s schedule consists of 5 hours of help a day with free weekends. There are numerous projects and tasks occurring at all times. We also host long term volunteers from the local agricultural college twice a year who earn school credits here.

    Generally your day starts at 8 am. On most days we offer an option of available jobs both inside the house and outside on the farm. An example day workers could choose from land maintenance - machete work, or tilling soil, preparing beds for planting for trees and plants or animal husbandry. Inside the house there maybe an art project (making pots for plants), maintenance painting, or assisting in the kitchen. Certain days all of us will engage in community help like planting seeds or harvesting for our neighbor's farms.

    We enjoy cooking and provide fresh home made vegetarian meals 3x a day often with fresh juice, fresh bread or delicious natural sodas made with a ginger bug. The meals are served around 9:00 am, lunch around 1 and dinner sometime between 6 to 7:30. There is always fresh fruit from the farm, popcorn, bananas, bread available. If you need anything just let us know - no one will be hungry here.

    We ask that our volunteers are flexible and adaptable because living on a working farm the duties vary daily. If you are not experienced and do not have professional skills the work we offer you will be adapted to that. Meaning basic work that is absolutely needed on the farm: preparing soil, making bags of soil for the baby trees, watering plants, weeding, assisting with cooking and helping clean up or with general maintenance.

    What we do changes throughout the year, for example coffee is picked only for about a month and a half every year so that experience is only available during that time. During that time the entire community is busy both with coffee picking and local community events so our neighbors may not eat at our house much during that time. When you connect we can give you an idea of what we are doing in the next 30 days and only a general plan for after that which can adapt to doing what is needed. Please ask any questions as our intentions are to be clear at all times.

    Tuesdays, as a group, we clean together our common spaces.
    We also ask volunteers help clean up after the meals.
    Groups normally rotate the doing the dishes after the meals.
    Sundays on the farm are quiet days.
    On Sundays we provide a simple breakfast and ingredients for volunteers to cook their own meals together.
    We welcome new volunteers Mondays through Fridays.

    When a volunteer arrives or connects with us we like to understand what interests them and try to match them with projects that can expend and support their interests as well as benefiting our project.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant

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  • Hébergement


    We are located in a rural, rustic setting on approximately 13 hectares in a cloud forest.
    The farm has natural spring water and many fruit trees.
    We have several water filters.
    We have a large shared common area which includes a dining area, a lounge and a large open kitchen.
    There is a small library of books and a projector to watch movies.
    There are two natural rustic swimming pools, a volleyball and soccer field.
    The kitchen is large, well stocked and provides 3 vegetarian meals plus fruits, juices and natural sodas.

    Bedrooms and dorms are basic and rustic - a bed, bedding and a bedside table but not much more.
    We have 3 big dorms, a few shared rooms and 3 private cabins.

    There is hot water and electricity.

    Bitel, Claro have great wifi signal in the area.
    Please bring your own phone/wifi/hotspot.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    There is much exploring to do in the area. Many people love going on local rafting trips or hiking to ruins or exploring Quillabamba. The walk to Machu Picchu is about an hour and twenty minute drive from us. From there it is a 2 hour walk and quite beautiful. On average we generally have a minimum of 5 volunteers so there are people here to do fun things with.

    We are located in an area of Peru famous for being the main producer of tea in the country, the district of Huayopata has more than 11 ecological floors. Little microclimatse that range from 4300 meters to 1500 meters. Orchids of all kinds and colors are present in the Huayopata area. Coffee, cinnamon, citrus, avocado, yucca, banana, mango, passion fruit are also grown in the area.

    The area is abundant with a variety of bird species and frequented by many bird watchers. A rare bird is the cock of the rock (rupícola peruvianus) and an attraction of the area. It is the national bird of Peru there are several zones where the cock of the rock lives. The males with their reddish feathers dance around the female and she chooses her favorite dancer, this event attracts many visitors. Among other birds that the area houses are the watchmaker (momotus aequatorialis), the bluebird (thraupis episcopus). I have seen a toucan several times in our yard.

    Locally, we have over 500 species of butterflies and plenty of other insects!

    The Huyropata area has many waterfalls and great hikes. A short drive away from us are the hot springs of Cocalmayo used since the Incan times for both relaxation and rejuvenation. It is a simple, uncomplicated farming community with a lot of wild life, great water, weather and the climate is not too hot and not too cold.

    We do not offer to pay for a volunteer's taxis, guides or collectives to explore the area. For example: if you were to visit Colcamayo Hot Springs it is 10/s for 2 hours, the collective to Santa Maria is 3/s and to Santa Theresa is 15/s. OR you can walk there. It would be a 8.5 hour walk from here which some people enjoy doing because the walk is on the Incan Trail. You would be responsible for the fees. The waterfalls we picture would include a big or small hike and a taxi or a collective to get there.

    The free activities outside of our farm include hikes and swims to the river less 15 minutes from us, hikes to some local ruins, bird watching (3 hour hike or a collective), the Incan Trail, visiting the town which has some local restaurants and lots of nature walks. On the farm you have access to the swimming pools, volleyball, movie projector, books and soccer field plus a lot more.

    Humid and warm climate with an average temperature of 21°C (70°F) . Precipitation of 2000-6000 mm. Two well defined seasons: the rainy season from mid November-mid March and the dry season from mid March-mid November.

    There is no drinking or drugs allowed at the reserve!
    Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.

  • 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

    I am a digital nomad and run a global online business. The net works here but you need to bring your own. We have a generator system if the power ever goes out. We recommend you get a few bitel chips and a modem so you have dedicated internet. Happy to advise when we connect.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have so much space.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Approved on a per pet basis. Cats are hard because we have cats.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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