Sustainable off-grid mountain cottage rebuild and agroforestry project in County Mayo, Ireland



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  • Descrição


    David (Designer), Cameo (Interior Architect) & Fuji (rescue dog) live here in the West of Ireland overlooking Lough Feagh & Clew Bay on 31 acres of mixed woodland/reforestation & pasture land amongst the mountain range.

    We are both fully vaccinated (2+booster). 100% plant-based diet. 3 meals a day included.

    This volunteering opportunity suits those who can drive as the property is remote. Multiple camper vans are welcome. We have a camper with mini log burner that can be occupied. It is our only accomodation at present so ideally we are looking for camper van folk ONLY until we build a guest cabin bunkhouse later this year. We have ample space to park up with stunning views & access to compost loo/hot solar shower.
    Later down the line we will have a guest cabin but as we are starting out its all new and part of us learning how to host.

    We are a young family (36) and are hoping to grow the roster in the coming years so will need some help to build our home nestled in between Croagh Patrick Mountain & Nephin Beg National Park which there is a view of both from the property.

    The house is a traditional cottage made from local Red Sandstone and we intend to repair using ancient techniques, passive principles and 100% sustainable approach. No concrete at all. The house will be 100% off-grid using Hydro & Solar for electricity, coppice wood and compost/geo-thermal for heating & hot water. There is lots to learn on this one. We have plans to build a 5 acre Agroforestry food forest, large veg patch, green house, spa & guest cabins.

    When the house is complete we can pursue our other interests & ambitions for the smallholding. We are interested in climate stabalising solutions through respecting and evolving natural systems. Carbon positive agroforestry, Composting, permanant tree crops, copicing & soil development.

    Im also interested in off-grid utilities using renewable energy. Solar, wind, hydro, compost & geothermal heating, spring water, coppicing and planting.
    Promote biodiversity and design resourceful plans for excessive water on the land through careful tree planting design based on porous root systems of certain trees and nitrogen fixing species amongst an edible landscape.

    15 acres is pure reforestation so has been left to wild for many years, we suspect it fits into the category of Temperate rainforest but are yet to get this officially confirmed. Excellent for foraging wild foods & mushrooms. This site also has a Neolithic burial chamber so is shrouded in folklore & the wonderful Irish mythology. There are no end of tales you will hear from locals. The neighbourhood is very friendly and welcoming to all.

    Our local beaches are known for some of the best surf breaks in europe. There is sailing, kayaking & swimming to be enjoyed all over the county.

    One of the first things we will build is a sauna & plunge pool so after each day we can relax and enjoy the views. If you have a musical instrument and plenty of laughter that is also welcomed as here in Ireland we love a good old jam session.

    We have a large camper van with double bed, log burner, kitchen, fan, solar panel and multiple USB ports for a couple or individual volunteer.

    Multiple camper vans are welcome all year with 24 hour access to compost loo/solar shower.

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Prática de idiomas
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras

  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    The folklore of Ireland is vast and deeply ingrained. The mystical history will engage any guests here whilst learning many traditional sustainable building techniques. Cameo has worked with wood for many years and is a keen spoon carver.

    With the emphasis on passive & off-grid there is no end of problem solving and design sulutions that will engage any hungry mind. I have some experience with renewable energy from my degree in Design.

    With multiple volunteers there will be oppurtunities to meet other travellers and develop need friendships and expand your network.

    We are fun, friendly & open-minded people so we encourage enthusiastic interested people to join us.

  • Ajuda


    We have some experience with developing property & renewable energy. Cameo is a decent amateur carpenter and im confident with plumbing & electrics.

    We require stonemason works using traditional lime ONLY. No concrete on this site at all. The property needs to breathe. Lime plastering & pointing.

    Woodworking to re-build the timber roof before insulation & slating.

    Build off-grid sauna/jacuzzi to make some days fun too!

    Screed work using cork/lime mix to insulate internal walls. Earth plastering to finish.

    Underfloor heating, pipework for heating via solid fuel stove feeding radiators. Earth floor.

    Electrical wiring for solar, batteries, lighting, etc. 12 solar panels on-site ready to install. I have done smaller projects on camper vans.

    Hydro exploration to use the power of our stream to power the property. I have done research and feel positive about this. Very exciting as it will provide surplus of free green energy.

    Willow living events dome. A living building.

    Reedbed grey water systems.
    0% chemicals. 100% organic.

    Building greenhouse from scrap double-glazed windows.

    Beginning an Agrofrestry food forest of around 5 acres.

    Build & maintain veg patch.

    Build compost loos, cabins, shower hut, bunkhouse, kombucha bar, spa & all other wonderful ideas. We encourage your design influence.

    Plant trees. Deep breathe & disconnect from the exhausting modern world! Wim Hof practice daily in lake if you are game.

    Plenty to do so please come and help us and enjoy wonderful mystical scenery, Irish warmth & a good old cup a tea!

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Intermediário
    Francês: Iniciante

    Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
    English is our mother tongue. I speak a little Spanish and want to further my learning of Italian. Cameo spoke basic Swahili many years back and also wants to further her Italian. We have a small project in Northern Tuscany which we will return to in 2023 and will also require volunteers one day. This is why we want to learn Italian above all other languages now.

  • Acomodação


    Ideally we want camper van folk ONLY until we build guest cabins or bunkhouse.


    We have a large camper van with double bed, log burner, kitchen, fan, solar panel and multiple USB ports for a couple, individual volunteer or 2 friends content to share.

    Multiple camper vans are welcome all year with 24 hour access to compost loo/solar shower.

    Its very remote so ideally you would want a vehicle. You can borrow bicycles. 30mins cycle into Newport.

    100% plant based. We encourage volunteers to cook occasionally and share your culture for food.

    Mountain spring drinking water.

    Running/swimming some morning. If your interested.

    We intend to have more volunteers when possible like in summer or we welcome camper vans with plenty of scenic spots to park up.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    Sun, sea, surf, kayak, sail, hike, mountain climb, explore, live music, traditional pubs, food, parks.

    We are overlooking many lakes, the archipelago & many mountains. We are nestled in between the famous Crough Patrick Mountain & Nephin Beg National Park. You can see both from the house! There is no end of stunning wilderness to play in.

    We have many Blue Flag beaches here in Mayo and the longest coastline of all the counties. There are also Green Flag beaches. Our local beach Mulranny has great surf and is one of these prestigious Blue Flag beaches. We will surf regulaly once our house is complete. You are welcome to join. 3mm suit for summer is OK otherwise its 5mm winter suit, hood & boots.

    I would also like to do daily group meditation, yoga & even some cold water training in the lake. Your welcome to join me or not.

    One of the first things we will do together is to build an off-grid sauna & jacuzzi so that will also be fun.

    I have volunteered in South America, Africa and Europe on similar projects. Cam also lived in Tanzania and has volunteered with multiple architecture charities. We both volunteered in Calais in 2016 to rebuild the camps for refugees.

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  • Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    We are very much digital nomads who are beginning our journey to escape the overbearing modern world. We use our unlimited data to hotspot achieving 5G in areas due to the new mast at Westport.

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    We have some stunning spots to park up with scenic views of mountains, lakes & national park. You can use composting loo/solar shower 24 hours.

  • Pode aceitar animais

    Pode aceitar animais

    Possibly however this could be complicated as we already have issues with our 2 year old rescue chasing sheep. Would need to be discussed.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Precisão do perfil: (5.0)

Intercâmbio cultural: (5.0)

Comunicação: (5.0)

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 482587479582