Permaculture farm and bush retreat near Raglan, New Zealand



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    Kia ora,

    This is an off grid bush retreat/permaculture farm situated in Pakoka Scenic Reserve, looking over beautiful Aotea Harbour. It is run by Dan and Merve. Our vision is to create a space of creativity, sustainability and Love. We are interested in many areas including art, building, permaculture, sports, music, science, bushcraft, yoga, self improvement and more. We always look forward to share and learn any ideas of alternative thinking, curiosity, creativity, knowledge and experiences.


    Dan is a multi-skilled and innovative technologist. He worked as an engineer and electrician before becoming full time in our land. He knows a lot about sustainability, electricity, building, plumbing, solar power... He is a natural at problem solving and creating solutions. He enjoys spending time with our animals, surfing, outdoors, dancing and music.

    Merve is a scientist by trade, now working as Permaculture Educator/Designer. She also trained by local Maori on indigenous connection to land and growing food. She loves experimenting and learning. She has vast knowledge on Food forest designing, preserving, fermenting, Maramataka and Moon Calendar, Herbs and invisible structures. She enjoys hiking, outdoors, sewing and creative work i.e making crafts, art..


    Our land is settled amongst native trees of a Scenic Reserve. We are located 25 minutes *Out* of Raglan . We have multiple spaces to enjoy and explore.

    ☆ INDOORS ☆

    CASA - Main house
    Kitchen (fully equipped), Fire place, instruments, board games

    • Open space with couches to chill, read, make music, yoga etc
    • Instruments

    SANAT - Create & Flow
    • Creative space for artistic expression
    • Drawing table, paints & brushes
    • Pottery Wheel
    • Art display

    ☆ OUTDOORS ☆

    • Gardens
    • Orchard/Food forest
    • Beeyard
    • Farm animals (Goats, Cows, Chickens, bunnies)
    • Loop Track - Pakoka Reserve
    (Native bush & Swim spot)
    • Trampoline & Slackline

    • BBQ
    • Gas califont shower
    • Composting toilets
    • Solar power for our lights and to charge our devices.


    We offer a full immersion on Permaculture Living, applying these principles to our Land and our lives to design a better life for all. There is a lot of practical skill and knowledge you will gain during your stay including but not limited to energy systems, forest gardening, off-grid designs, preserving food, building, food forest design and maintenance, building garden beds... This is an experience of dipping your toes into a new world where a different way of living is possible. It is a great opportunity for those that want to experience land living.

    You will also have access to our library of permaculture, gardening, and health books as well as other resources such as paints, tools and instruments during your stay should you want to use them.

    With the knowledge you gained living with us, it's possible to start your own project or simply become more aware. We suggest staying longer to maximize your experience and learning.


    We have many projects going on. We are looking for someone who is passionate about nature, creativity, Permaculture, and personal growth. Someone that is physically fit and have self discipline. Who also is ready to immerse themselves fully in all areas of what it takes to run a permaculture farm. We can customize this for you to enhance your experience. Please be clear on what you are capable of and what you would like to learn. (See below for details about it)

    Aotea Harbour, Raglan, New Zealand
    (25min from Raglan town, 50 min from Hamilton CBD and 40 min to Kawhia).

    2 week initial trial period
    4-6 week total internship following a mutually successful trial period

    3 hours/ day
    5 days a week

    We grow, trade, forage and hunt a majority of our food. Although we eat mainly vegetarian, we enjoy homegrown or hunted meat occasionally. We also milk our goats when we can. (More details below).


    Please read all carefully before writing to us just so you have a good understanding of what you are going into, if you have any questions please ask as we are very open people.

    We can arrange pick up from Raglan.

    We would like all Workaways to arrive on Sunday (no later than 3pm) as then we have the afternoon to connect with each other, show you around the farm and let you settle.

    We are detailed people and always go for our best, we have passion for what we do and we are loving people.

    Please when mailing us please use (CASA) as the “subject” this is to assure us that you have read everything.

    Thank you for reading, we really appreciate this.

    One vibe, One tribe

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    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

  • 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

    So many benefits, such an amazing place to be. Learning here is endless.

    There are a list of activities that are here.

    •Animal communication/integration
    •Arts and crafts
    •Bush craft
    •Bush walking and learning
    •Ecosystems / guilds
    •Energy systems
    •Food Forest and Forest Gardening
    •Healing Zone (Meditation, Forest Bathing)
    •Learning about sustainability
    •Outdoor Sports
    •Permaculture Principles, Ethics and Applications
    •Preserving food
    •Playing/Learning instruments
    •Renewable energy and solar energy
    •Slack line ( balancing )
    •Survival skills
    •Surfing (Beginner's and advanced)
    •Swimming (Jump-rock)
    •Water systems

    Around you can visit:

    •Raglan (Surfer's heaven)

    •Karioi Area for walking and tramping (Kariori is an extinct volcano and offers spectecular west coast views from the summit)

    •Ruapuke beaches and Pirongia Forest Park

    •Kawhia (a small town with a hot water beach and a gorge to visit. They also have amazing fish and chips :) )

  • Aide


    Our farm is highly dynamic as it operates a wide range of permaculture systems, research projects, infrastructure expansion and also new land regeneration projects.

    You will be included in tasks such as food forest management, digging, building /with clay, compost making, transplanting, building terraces, installing food forests, making firewood, weeding and planting. On top of these, you will be also doing daily living tasks like cooking and cleaning. Depending on your interests and previous experience we can also provide individual projects.

    For these types of help, the individual must have these personal skills.

    •Attention to detail
    •Positivity and motivation
    •Clean and tidy
    •Kind and respectful
    •Fun !!

    If you feel you have want it takes, we would love to meet you and have you a part of the team.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Turc: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
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  • Hébergement


    We will provide private accommodation. We have a private room and plenty of spaces to enjoy at our farm..

    we are only asking 15 hours/week- optional; Currently we are going under a lot of changes/challenges in our farm, which limits us financially. We came to the conclusion that we need to make a change to be able to offer this learning opportunity. We kindly ask you to take part in food costs either by contributing $70 weekly per person or providing your own food during your time with us. We did our best to minimize the cost so that it's possible to share nice meals all together. Please let us know what option you would like to do when writing to us.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Raglan is close by which is a very good surfing place which we enjoy going to from time to time.

    We also have many activities to do as well including bush walks, creative spaces...

    Thank you for reading, we really appreciate this.

    We looking forward to meeting you and look forward to the good times ahead.

    One vibe, One tribe

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Échange culturel: (4.8)

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N° de référence hôte : 633499226697