Rejoignez-nous dans notre eco retreat de montagne, La Safor, Valence, Espagne



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    We are looking for helpers to stay 3 to 4 weeks in our home in the La Safor mountains. We accept couples and have a self contained apartment for volunteers or a bunk bed room in the main house.
    We need a fluent Shpaish /English speaker

    Welcome from Trixie and Allan. We've lived here in this place of many wonders since 2005 and want to share its magic and healing energy. Join us, a couple of elderly adventurers, to stay in this amazing place which is too much for us to manage alone.

    Some healthy cooking experience would be a bonus and a sense of humour essential. We need help to keep our wood stoves supplied with logs and kindling in winter. You would also be helping with laundry and cleaning. No ironing!!!

    We also need a helper in the main house upstairs to support Allan who is in need of companionship and some vegetarian meals occasionally if Trixie is out. Trixie is an artistic crafts person andlives for her animals, nature and permaculture garden and her granddaughter Elsa, 4, and the new baby Enzo born in May 2022. They live nearby in the small town of Villalonga, the 'pueblo'. There are tasks to share in the garden: watering and preserving garden furniture, art projects and mosaics, river bank conservation and permaculture compost making.
    Our animals: 2 dogs (that need walking) and 3 cats. We also have hens and a rabbit... our compost helpers 😉

    We are just 30 minutes from the blue flag beaches of Oliva (warm volcanic springs) and Gandía. We are on the Via Verde route in El Raco Del Duc, La Safor Valencia. It is one of the feeder routes of the Camino De Santiago de Compostela. You can get your first stamp at the hotel in Villalonga. We welcome sports climbers. Gandia pitches and Benicadell are very close and we have a local guide who can teach you and transport you.

    Mountain bikers... We have 7 mountain bikes- need a bike enthusiast to maintain them... and you can explore our amazing hiking tracks and cycle routes like 'La Forada'. The river is great for wild swimming and we have a pool.

    Specialist upcoming projects that we would like some help with:-
    Our wish list...
    - Building a new Hen coup.
    - Building a wooden porch and retreat cabin/tiny House/writer's retreat and outdoor kitchen and shower incorporated into our existing retreat in 'the Buddha Garden' outdoor sleeping area on terraces down to the river Serpis
    - A yoga deck and a yurt on a disused irrigation canal
    - Turning a big storeroom into a gym and games room with a pool table
    - Bike maintenance...
    - Tiling in the downstairs apartment

    Our house, is named after 'the Window', the huge hole at the top of Mount La Safor, one and a half hours from Valencia and Alicante airports. We're on the disused railway which starts from the port of Gandia - the Ducal home of the Borgia, a vibrant medieval city; markets, theatre, cinema, concerts, great restaurants and bars, shopping centre, train station... all half an hour away from us. It's known as the 'Via Verde', a 13km walk of unsurpassed limestone crags to Lorcha, Moorish terraces and orange groves, punctuated by five exciting tunnels hugging the River Serpis gorge. We're in the Cirque de La Safor... a huge crater said to be an 'energy portal'.

    Allan is growing old 'disgracefully' and he loves to hear your adventurous stories but is quite deaf now.
    The apartment has a separate entrances, a seperate courtyard with trees and terraced organic gardens with fruit trees down to the river... great for wild swimming. Trixie often has her granddaughter Elsa, born May 2017 who comes regularly for adventures and art and the animals while her mum is working as a translater for a software company and studies self love coaching. She will have a new baby in May 2022.

    We believe in contributionism and that we are all equally responsible for the smooth running of this very special place, sharing the work, our love made visible.

    We don't ever forget you are volunteers and you get to choose what you get involved in here.

    In summer our local, Diddley Cafebar, has regular live music on Sunday evenings.

    The house is eco-friendly (18 solar panels) and all our 'grey' water goes to the garden. We are working towards zero waste. We have wi-fi and a music hub for you to plug your phone into to share your music.

    About us:
    Allan had a heart transplant in 1986 and was a teacher. Our Fiesta of the Heart is 26th Feb. It’s our open day. He loved climbing, running, cycling, swimming, sailing, kayaking and theatre. After the transplant, he worked as a volunteer with the less able in all of these and taught sailing for the disabled in Keelder Water for The Kalvert Trust. He's a champion swimmer (in the Transplant Games) but he's now in need of support and companionship.

    Trixie ran a vegetarian, organic, Fair Trade, whole-food restaurant and worked with adults with learning and physical disabilities. Kindness gratitude and non judgment are at the heart of our place here as is herbalism and nutritional therapy. Trixie is a crafts person who spins wool, knits (Fair Isle and Arran), crochet and sews draws, paints and writes. She studies nutritional therapy and likes a paleo diet and can share these skills and loves cooking, baking and making bread, (vegan and vegetarian food always available here, though we are flexitarians). She loves animals, wild flowers, people, walking, swimming in the river, meditation and music.

    She rescues and cares for stray dogs and cats abandoned in the mountains. At the moment we have 2 dogs and 3 cats in our care.

    Constantine is a Moldovan refugee who left his home when Russia invaded in 1992. He lives in a separate apartment under the main house and does most the heavy garden work. He speaks Moldovan, Russian, Rumanían and Spanish fluently.

    Come and visit to see if you'd like to spend time with us on retreat or join our small community for a longer period to lend a hand with various projects. Your ideas of how you can contribute are always valued. Bienvenido to our wild river gorge and our home.

  • 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
    Compagnie pour pers. âgée
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Here Workawayers from different countries and with unique skills meet and learn from each other and explore this fantastic region. Learn bread making, baking, fermenting and food perpetration, spinning wool, organic horticulture /permaculture and nutrition and improve your English.
    Learn the law of least effort and being present...
    mindfulness x

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Cleaning in the house, help with laundry. No ironing!!! There will be some decorating. There is conservation work on the river bank, keeping paths open and tydying the garden, and some woodwork. We want to build another outdoor kitchen and Tiny House cabin.

    In winter, helping keeping the home fires burning, chopping kindling, bringing wood in from the wood stores, stacking logs and filling the log baskets etc, Walking the dogs.., feeding the cats, dogs 2 rabbits etc (when Trixie is away) We've rescued 12 dogs over the years abandoned in the mountains and found most of them homes... 2 live here permanently and 3 cats.
    - Help with gas bottles...
    - Helping with shopping and sharing the daily tasks keeping the communal spaces and rooms ready for unexpected visitors.
    If Trixie's away... making pots of coffee and breakfast/ brunch in the morning, help preparing brunch or lunch and dinner for Allan who is a pesci/vegetarian) if Trixie is out, sharing the household chores and meals with beer, wine and stories!
    - House sitting.
    - Tidying up in the house, leaves in the yard etc... All year round...making compost and recycling...'there is no trash!', nothing is wasted here and we are moving towards zero waste.
    - We are making mosaics all round the garden and this is ongoing.
    - General help, sharing skills, stories, songs and being part of a 'family'...
    - Being present in the moment. .

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Moldavian: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement


    A self contained two bedroomed appartment overlooking the river gorge with its own entrance and courtyard or a double bunk bed room in the main house upstairs.
    In summer, down in a hideaway, the ‘Buddha Garden', there is an outdoor sleeping and cooking retreat, and the river Serpis is just at the bottom of our garden, great for wild swimming. . We have Wi-Fi Internet connection from a satellite dish on the roof. We use Zoom and WhatsApp and Facebook messenger as phone signal is limited here in in this ribbon of wildness, the river Serpis gorge.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We have WiFi internet access and English TV from a satelite connection, a piano, a banjo, and mandolin.
    We'd love you to help us with our Spanish.
    Our local music bar, Diddley Cafebar has great sangria and live music on summer Sundays
    (3 kms) walking distance! On Thursdays in summer the live music is at Restaurant Monte Corona (5kms)
    Learn how to make a traditional Valencian Paella here in our Paella kitchen.
    There are 7 Mountain Bicycles available for your use.
    Trixie's daughter lives in the village and works as a translator and English teacher. She has a little girl born in May 2017 Elsa who is often up at the house.
    Trixie would love more painting and to do Batik, and can teach you wool spinning and Fare {Isle knitting and bread making. Is there anything you would like to offer to teach?
    We are happy to offer couch surfing accommodation if you are traveling up the east coast between hosts.

  • 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

    We welcome digital nomads, and are happy to accept financial contributions (towards food) in lieu of work hours, to be discussed on application.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Our track has limited access so no good for big vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Flexible 25 hrs per week (each volunteer) 2 days off (of their choice) per week

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