Come help our non-profit yoga eco farm grow in Otranto, Italy

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  • Activité récente: 15 juil. 2024



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  • Description


    PREMISE: We are requesting a 1-month minimum commitment.
    Exceptionally for a specific project even less would be ok.

    Hello! I'm Silvia, founder of a Yoga Eco Farm in Otranto, Italy!
    This is a not-for profit organization that has the goal to inspire people to a more eco-conscious and mindful lifestyle, promoting a sustainable approach to life, involving a deep connection with Nature, and personal growth based on the principles of Yoga and Permaculture.

    I've been living in New York City for decades, and after this hectic city life I felt the need to reconnect to Nature, learn to grow my own food, and create a community that cares for the people and the natural environment alike.
    So, I started to develop this vision, and found the perfect land in beautiful Otranto, just 5 min walk to the town center and the Mediterranean Sea, but still rural and natural, where we can all experience and offer an alternative meaningful lifestyle in harmony with Mother Earth but still comfortable, abundant, and full of social activities.

    2024 will be our 8th year of operation!
    We are very excited for what we've achieved so far: renovated all the structures, built a yoga shala, planted hundreds of trees and plants to create a food forest.
    We offer hospitality to hikers with their tents or renting our owns. We offer regular yoga classes for tourists and the local community alike. Sometimes we have workshops and people staying for few days, sometimes it's just one night. We also have organized events related to Yoga, Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Natural Living, and Spirituality. Cultural, culinary, music, dance and art events have been also offered: we want to have fun together, create and nurture a community, inspire each other, and provide an interesting alternative in nature to the stressful life in big cities.

    Who we are looking for.
    At this point we are mainly looking for 2 responsible and trustworthy people that can commit to at least 3 months, ideally longer, who will take care of keeping everything clean, organized and well maintained, do some gardening and maintenance, prepare the tents and welcome guests in our absence. It's also important for one of the two people to be a yoga teacher and lead one or two classes per week. Ideally also one of the two people has some knowledge of how to do regular maintenance in a household and take care of a permaculture garden. We are looking for problem solvers, nature lovers, positive thinkers, with a proactive self-driven approach, and high work ethics.
    At some point we may need other volunteers for specific tasks, but it would be more short term.

    It is either in rooms carved in stone or in a glamping tent with real beds. Single or double occupancy only so that privacy is guaranteed. Bathroom is shared. The common kitchen and hang out areas are under a pergola outdoors.

    We provide mainly vegan food, a lot of it coming from our organic garden. Sometimes there may be also some eggs, fish and cheese. For us it's important to give priority to harvesting the super nutritious fruits and veggies from our garden, and learn to be less dependent on grocery stores, transforming the produce into delicious and nutritious meals, and find various ways to preserve it maybe online or following our grandparents' recipes.
    We often have lunch together, taking turns to cook for the team. Breakfast and dinner are more casual and individually planned.

    More about the work.
    The agreement indicates 25hrs per week. For us it's more important to accomplish tasks. If you are fast and can still do a good job in less time, you can go for a swim earlier! Just do your job with care and brain.
    Work may involve maintenance, gardening and agriculture, vegetarian cooking, cleaning and organizing, feeding the cats, helping during events, teaching yoga or other workshops if you have a specific knowledge or talent to share. Occasionally there could be some construction and renovation work as well, but we're almost done with it.

    You will have the chance to be involved in all these various activities depending on personal interest and capability, but ideally, we are looking for people with a specific knowledge to be more focused on one or two areas. We will strategize and plan together but there will definitely be room for self-driven individuals to take care of their tasks independently and creatively. In particular:

    - Permaculture and regenerative agriculture. We are looking for a passionate person with some knowledge and experience in permaculture and regenerative agriculture. We'll brainstorm solutions and strategies together offering the experience we've acquired so far. Tasks may be taking care of the vegetable garden and the food forest, pruning, planting, cutting the grass and weeds, irrigating, mulching, propagating plants. For the right person this could be a great opportunity to learn and practice what you love and see the results of your work. We also have a lot of books to deepen your knowledge.

    - Construction, maintenance and carpentry. We may need to build some pergolas, furniture with pallets, compost toilets, painting and plastering walls, some outdoor paving, and in general there are always things to be fixed all the time. Again, we'll strategize together and then you can work independently. So, if you like to build with your hands, find creative solutions and solve problems this could be a very stimulating experience for you!

    - Yoga. We would like to find a yoga teacher that speaks Italian and English to teach some of the classes, or maybe some specific workshop. Our students are mainly beginners and interested in a meditative practice, so we've been offering gentle vinyasa and hatha yoga so far. We would like to incorporate more mantra chanting and kirtan events. We use a small harmonium, and it would be great to share its beautiful loving sound with the right person, or pair it with another instrument.

    - Hospitality. We offer accommodation mainly in tents to hikers and other conscious travelers that usually stay for one or few nights. One of our daily activities is to prepare for their arrival, keeping the common areas clean and organized, preparing their tents, making the beds, doing laundry, meeting them at their arrival. If you are a social and friendly person and you like to make people feel welcome and at home this could be a very rewarding task for you!

    Since we usually receive many applications for the limited spots, before making a final selection we'll ask you to answer a questionnaire and we'll set a skype or whatsapp call to have a better idea if we are a good match for each other.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you so much.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et 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

    Silvia is an architect, yoga teacher, permaculture designer and she's been living part of the year in New York for over 10 years. She's been traveling a lot around the world, also as a workaway, so it's always fun to share travel stories.
    We have a lot of local friends coming to spend time with us and share the traditions of this part of Italy. Also the travelers that stay with us are usually super interesting people that have a lot of experience to share.

    The goal of the project is to offer a platform to learn, share and enjoy; creating a network of local and international like minded people that want to make the world a better place.

  • Aide


    Our project promotes sustainable and holistic lifestyle, inspired by Permaculture principles and Yoga philosophy. Tasks may involve:
    - Gardening and caring for the land according to Permaculture principles, planting, watering, weeding, earth movement, harvesting etc.
    - Construction projects: outdoor landscaping and paving, building pallet furniture, pergolas, compost toilets. We want to follow principles of natural building construction and sustainable design.
    - Help to keep the property clean, well-organized and in order.
    - Help in preparing meals for the team, and in the transformation of the harvest, e.g. making jams and preserve veggies
    - Support during events and workshops
    - Teaching Yoga, if qualified
    - Help with hospitality, preparing the tents or rooms, doing laundry, welcome guests

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Italien: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    We have renovated two rooms partly carved in stone, which sleep one person/a couple in one and one person in the other. There's a shared bath. We also have a glamping tent to accommodate a person/ couple. There's a shared kitchen, bathroom and common areas that will also be used by the people visiting. The project is about 5 min walk from Otranto center (groceries, cafes, laundry) and the Mediterranean Sea.
    We offer mainly vegan food. We usually have lunch together after working in the morning. Breakfast and dinners are more casual and up to the individual.
    Wifi available on request, not for downloading movies or heavy stuff.
    No smokers preferred.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We offer vegan food and lodging in exchange for 25-hrs per week. The area is gorgeous: Salento is the tip of the heel of the Italian boot, the sea and the countryside are beautiful, full of traditions and town celebrations. We'll be happy to suggest excursions and share our secret spots. Otranto is a great little town right on the Mediterranean Sea and our land is 5 min walk from it. Sometimes we invite our volunteers to join us for some special events, town parties, dinners around our area.
    Otranto is reachable by bus and train; closest airport is Brindisi.
    We'll pick you up in Otranto when you arrive.

  • 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

    Currently our Wi-Fi can be turned on and off with a device. It's not available to watch movies or downloading heavy stuff but you're welcome to use it for regular browsing, video calls, and light things.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have room in our garden to park a campervan, it's not covered but in shade most of the day.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    25 hours per week

N° de référence hôte : 939994832182

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