Exchange for skills
Have building skills but willing to do anything in exchange for room and board anywhere.
Message posted by Shane
Caravan in France wanted
I’m looking for a second hand caravan in France. Preferably in a field or small site near a village or town.
Message posted by Carol Bates
Bulgarian carer wanted
Quadroplegic gentleman looking for carer 24/7. Must hold a driving licence & have some training as all care needed.
Message posted by A Harvey
Room in London
A cosy room in London, broadband available, use of kitchen smoking in Garden, 5 mins belsize Park tube, suit mature person Â£125
Message posted by Nina
Room in a Peaceful house
Large single room available to rent in my 2 bedroomed terrace house in Mid-Cheshire. Reduced rent as I continue to renovate and re-decorate.
Message posted by Martin
Anybody interested in buying a property in Bulgaria and share equally costs and repair work. Cheapest way of becoming self-sufficient eco home
Message posted by Colin
Shared housing Devon
We’re a friendly, loving, busy family looking for another family or like minded people to share a house with and live in at least a semi communal way.
Message posted by Yoshi
Looking for shared house in South Lakes area
Hi, I am 46, sustainable development student, with small dog, who needs a room in Ulverston area from 15th jan, 2014, does anyone have anything suitable? best
Message posted by Rachel
Volunteers needed for dog rescue in Bulgaria
Free living no wages. Work entails looking after stray dogs, feeding cleaning poo picking and give them some attention. Also if the dog gets ill take to the vets.
Message posted by Susanne
Gloucester gent  seeks companion[s] in city centre house, pending possible formation of rural self sufficient community in west midlands or south west. Diggers preferred.
Message posted by Alan Atkins
Small Parcel of land in Lincolnshire Countryside available to erect a caravan on, water available, no other services Â£20 per week rent (water charges to be paid directly)
Message posted by Fran Williams
Lady companion wanted for slightly disabled gent (60s) and very mobile. Share house, large garden, and seperate croft-land on Scottish Island. Must like green issues and remote country-living.
Message posted by Gregor Cameron
Help with new communal building at Faslane Peace Camp
Faslane Peace Camp is currently working on a new communal space. If you would like to help with building, making bottle walls, art, the garden, cooking, making music, etc., please get in touch.
Message posted by Faslane Peace Camp
Rural Scotland - anyone
Trying to help a friend.
He is currently looking to move out of the city, find a more rural spot to write. Could maybe share or a find a spot for a caravan/shed/bothy. Can pay rent/share costs etc.
Message posted by Paul
Very attractive trad. Scottish Cottage and Land
4 beds, oil central heating, 3 acres land, rivers, small woodland, outbuildings, stunning views, historic connections to Thomas Telford. Ideal for small holding, retreat, b&b etc..
Message posted by Jay Russell
Looking for a lil bit of land to put a yurt on in Devon, Dorset or Cornwall to rent or buy not too far from the coast.
If anyone has any leads would be soooo cool to hear from you :-)
Much appreciated x
Message posted by Maria
Characterful cottage, West Wales
If you want to escape the rat race you might like to buy our beautiful cottage. £245,000. 1/2 acre garden with a spot for veg patch or chickens. Check out the web site. http://www.cwmbach-cottage.co.uk
Message posted by Sally-Anne Hayes
Meditation retreat accommodation wanted
Hi, I`m looking for somewhere to stay for a few years to engage in a meditation retreat from next year.
I can pay a small rent/ buy a caravan/yurt etc...but i need the space. Massively grateful for any help.
Message posted by Nick Bramble
Redfield Centre open for group bookings
The Redfield Centre has accommodation for 20 people and a newly renovated hall for workshops, parties and groups. Catering or self catering alternative event eco-venue in Buckinghamshire based at Redfield Community.
Message posted by Rory Hodgson
Caravan for Sale near Odermira Portugal
Caravan for Sale on ecoliving site near Odermira Portugal, 4.5m long for two people in good condition, bathroom, toilet. Double bed or two singles, kitchen with fridge. Dry and clean. Absolute bargain 1000 euros. Can remain on site.
Message posted by Joy Foster
Looking for cheap accommodation and work
I’m a young man looking for a co-op, community or cheap lodgings. I am “couchsurfing” in London but would rather somewhere more settled. Unwaged but occasionally volunteering and will be returning to study in London around March to May 2014.
Message posted by Rah
mochecalm board & logdings for help
We live in France and are looking for help with renovating a water mill and planting on the land helpers can stay without wage but food and lodgings must like animal ,the property is rural so must enjoy that life style,friendly family of two.
Message posted by Tracy Challoner
Hi, am a gay gardener looking for gardeners into small holding/organic veg and fruit.
Live Swansea/ Neath area and have a a few hours/days to spare to help out in their small holdings/home gardens. This message is for gay men only please. Cheers.
Message posted by Ian Raby
Can anyone help
43 year old woman, looking for a static caravan with basics to rent long term, looking for beacons but anywhere rural considered from April 2014, must be long term and willing to accept housing benefit. I don\’t have a problem with helping out where needed.
Message posted by Lacey-Anne Watkins
Property to rent in Cornwall
We are three families looking for a rural property to rent together in Cornwall, preferably with an area we can grow food - an old farmhouse would be ideal. Anything considered, number of bedrooms unimportant, just as long as there is space outside for caravan etc
Message posted by Kate Megeary
Couple seeking the Good Life in Sheffield
We are a young couple in Sheffield with dreams of self-sufficiency looking to rent a house/cottage with some land to expand our current efforts. Does anyone know of such a place or have any ideas on how to find one? We’re trying to avoid money-grabbing estate agents!
Message posted by Heather & Chris
Room wanted in Leeds
42 year old professional, non smoking, quiet, left leaning, gay female, seeks house share not flat share in Leeds, 7 days per week for long term let. Only looking to share with one other and someone who is respectful and non smoking. I am pet friendly. To move Nov/Dec 2013.
Message posted by Jacqui
Looking for Paid work with Accommodation
Hello I am a light straw house builder iam looking for paid work and Accommodation anywhere in the UK and Europe please can anyone help so if you have any paid work with Accommodation please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me
please have a look at my website clayistheway.co.uk
Message posted by Alan Middleton
Smallholding in Portugal
Biological smallholding, ca 10 acres, offers one person or one couple space for cohousing (clean 1 bedroomed flat) and coworking - “living off grid”. Own projects possible.
Full sustainable living too.
Place: nearby CovilhÃ£-Teixoso.
A lot in Google to find.
My PC - very old, can’t send photos.
Message posted by Mike
I would like somewhere sustainable to live. I have an education/ youth work/ forest school background and also recycle furniture and reupholster unloved chairs etc. I am artistic, creative, musical and willing to work hard for an affordable place to live. preferably with a small workshop space. Thank You.
Message posted by Shiva
Looking for land
Hi, we are attempting to start a moneyless eco village, in the UK or abroad. Our attempt is to do so without money, promote a resource based economy and become a hub for both self-sufficient living in groups and eco building methods. Please contact if you would like to donate or make land available for us.
Message posted by Chris
Essex/Hertfordshire start-up co-op farm
I’m am looking to start a community co-op farm project on some land on the Hertfordshire/ Essex border. The land will be used mostly for growing veg and fruit. Possibly chickens for eggs. I am looking for people who would like to be involved in the project. Get in contact if something like this interests you.
Message posted by Elliot
Professional couple looking to rent rural cottage or with organic community in Berkshire, Newbury area in February or sooner with dogs and excellent references.
We are plant based eaters who enjoy organic veggie growing and are very kind and good people.
Can you help or give any suggestions? Many Thanks.
Message posted by Sue
Wanting to share the good life!
I have a lovely house, garden, woodland, orchard and meadow on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Would love to find a youngish (25ish-40ish), female companion to share it all with! I love reading, making things, kayaking, growing and cooking food, walking and spending time with friends. Take a chance! Email for details.
Message posted by James
Greek Island Stone Cottage
This is a low budget eco cottage with green technologies and no utility bills. Open workshop for artisans and self-sufficiency gardens. Ideal for stone sculptors due to free white marble! On popular Greek island of Thassos. House and land going for reduced price £50,000 see http://thassosmarblecottage.webs.com
Message posted by Peter
Free events to help your forming community happen!
Are you interested in setting up a Cohousing, Self Help, Community Land Trust, Self-Build or Cooperative housing project? ‘Getting it B uilt’ can help! These regional events on community-led housing will tell you all you need to know about getting a project off the ground. More details and book your place at http://www.gettingitbuilt.eventbright.com/
Message posted by Kathy Bashford
Dependable, Trustworthy Qualified Builder Seeks Work Vratsa Region
Time served Builder with over forty years experience in house renovations. Now living near Vratsa and willing to travel wherever works takes me.
I do not charge London prices like most local Bulgarian Builders to work on British owner properties.
Small jobs or complete renovations. I will provide you with a no nonsense quote and all work guaranteed and insured.
Message posted by Simon McMullan
Woodland for sale North Wales
Would suit one or more people, spiritual place, very strong vibration of earth energy. 2+ acres natural regen well established.Terrain is 30% flat 30% midway 30% very steep 10% undecided! Caravan uncontested on it for very long time .village walkable distance away. Excel natural water supply.On a lane. Reply with motives and experience please. This place is very special. Sale or lease.
Message posted by Tom
Short let winter cottage wanted
I am looking for a place - ideally in Scotland or Northern England to stay for a solitary retreat 28th December to 19th January 2013. Vegetarian Buddhist. Solitude and Silence essential. Can provide excellent references. Responsible and down to earth. I often need winter accommodation. I am happy to pop in on elderly relative as part of the deal as I am a “live-in” carer and love my job.
Message posted by Pippa
We have a large communal rented property in Yorkshir, which is need of tenants! We a a diverse group of musicians, actors and artists. We have a large garden whcih we cultivate, and we contribute to a communal eating budget. We are also involved in volunteering, local crafts and festivals. We welcome creative interesting friendly people, who wish to particiapte in some or all our activities!!
Message posted by Ben
Help dog owners needs home
Hi, I’m a 50 year old british woman with 9 dogs looking for somewhere to live, either a caravan or somewhere to park, or dare I wish for a house !!!!. I have been in Bulgaria doing animal rescue work, now in France, have managed to bugger my knee, need to come back to UK. I have many skills, craft work, property development, and animal welfare. If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful.
Message posted by Lisa Norton
I live in the UK and am looking for a flexible and creative residential gardener/caretaker for my start-up permaculture farm resort in Jamaica. This is not a salaried position. The plan is for us to work collaboratively, gradually developing the site, creating income opportunities and sharing the profit from income your own activities produce. No rent + free attendance to on-site courses (subject to tutor consent).
Message posted by Faheemah
Land for Good Life
Have designed an environmentally friendly house that the builders have given full quotes on and now need a minimum third/half acre on which to build it - and establish the associated growing areas for a “Good Life”. Is anyone aware of any small plots (over 0.5 acre if necessary!) in the Dorset/Wilts area, or is anyone thinking on the same lines for their future, where we could perhaps pool our ideas/investments/efforts?
Message posted by Caz
Amusing Ourselves To Death
“The problem is not that people are laughing and not thinking, but that they do not know what they are laughing about and why they have stopped thinking.” My name is Gerry. I am from Kildare, Ireland. I am looking to meet like minded people who choose books over trivial amusements (TV), human values over monetary values. Possibly to set up communal living in some way. Let us as simply and wisely as Nature, as Thoreau once said.
Message posted by Gerard O Reilly
As a lone 70 year old woman I’m looking to live in a more sustainable way within a community. I returned from living in India last year so am not used to Western isolation. At present my cottage is up for sale so money will be available to invest. I am veggie, gardener, passion for rocks, like art, reading and dabble at being creative but do not drive so public transport nearby is important. Anywhere out there for me? Preferably in SW UK but flexible.
Message posted by Caz Donovan
Want to move to Spain
Hi, Ever thought of moving to warmer climates (Spain), to live in the country side off the land, aiming to be self-sufficient by producing our own food, energy, farm shop, B/B healthy living and so on. My family and I are looking for like-minded families/people who want to get away from the rat race. Hoping to move to Spain by end of 2014 if not before. Looking at Farms with land that are for rent or buying the land. If you are interested please contact me.
Message posted by Wendy
Mother and 5 year old daughter seeking a change in life in the north of England
Hi, myself (34) and my daughter are desperately seeking a change in life, anything with 2 bedrooms considered... I’m currently living in Aberdare, I moved here to look after my grandmother while she was ill and have been here since.
There’s nothing really here for us and it’s not the nicest of places. I wish to move closer to my father in the north of England.
I can put my hands to most things, but always wanting to learn new things and help people.
Message posted by Emily Picton-Evans
Bus Stop Required
I am looking for a place to park my small live-aboard mini bus in and around the Dunkeld area of Perthshire due to work. I work full time as a carer and was previously a cook, open to either a monetary or skill exchange for somewhere quiet, access to water... a tap will do. I should mention that there is furry involved in the shape of a small vermin exterminator called Cosmo who will be alomg for the ride too. So if you have a small space doing nothing for you, get in touch.
Message posted by Sally O’Brien
Land/ workshop for rent in Hertfordshire
Hi, i am flameworker/glassblower from Hertforshire looking a place to live/work from. I have funds available to invest in a small building/ log cabin but don’t have the land to put it on. Anything would be considered, land, cabin, communities, must be in or close to Hertfordshire due to 4 year old daughter’s school commitments. Could offer tuition days as way of reducing rent. References and deposits can be provided if needed. Thanks for your time, look forward to hearing from you!
Message posted by Austin
My dream is to move to the Cairngorms/Aberdeenshire, buy some land, put very eco friendly dwellings on it, live as sustainably as possible in that fabulous part of the UK. Some of the land would be communal for growing food and communal activities. This dream (in it’s infancy) needs about 5 other single people or couples to make it happen. Are you interested in achieving a better life or maybe can offer some advice on how to go about this (or not). Thanks for reading.
Message posted by Sandie
Permaculturist seeks small cottage and plot of land to love and care for - Lincs UK
Seeking a quiet unmodernised place with a plot of land for my hens and goats etc... I am a permaculturist working towards self sufficiency. Longterm let preferred. I have 5 star references from current and previous landlords and from people that I rent grazing from. Happy to fix up a run down property. I prefer solid fuel heating/woodstove/ open fires. Looking in Lincs UK: 25 radius of Legbourne/Louth More info about me on my blog Compost and Custard:Tales from Riverside... Or find me on Facebook Naomi Ma Larkin Lever
Message posted by Naomi Lever
My name is Rae; I am eighteen and have recently completed my A Levels. I have decided to dedicate the next year of my life to exploring the world and discovering as much as I can about Permaculture and sustainable living in the process. I am looking for some like minded companions to come WWOOFING around Europe with me from February to May 2014. I am very easy going and open minded, I am looking for people who also share a passion for trying new things, learning and having fun on a low budget.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Message posted by Rae
Farmhouse & land for sale or rent in Cataunya
2.5 hours south of Barcelona - extraordinary, wild, all organic, off-grid, 200 acres land with creek with swimming holes, rustic stone house (3 bedrooms plus a 65 square meter attic), and veg gardens. Road-wise remote - therefore unpolluted - yet great access for cyclists, walkers, & people on horseback. Impeccable deeds: OIR 450,000â¬.
Or to the right people (formal contract/terms to be discussed): shared ownership/ or rent the whole (6 months minimum) at Â£750 per month incl. / or part-own part-rent.. See: www.riberola.com
Message posted by Helen Thompson
House/pet Sitter Needed in Bulgaria
If you fancy getting away from it all over Xmas/NY and would like to take care of my cat, dog and house, then please get in touch for more details.
They only need to be looked after for a couple of weeks in a town house in the beautiful city of Veliko Tarnovo. Plenty to see and do and lots of great country walks on your doorstep.
If you wanted to extend your break, I have a village house you can stay in but it’s basic and it can get pretty cold here but am also looking for helpers once the weather improves!
You’d need to supply references. Thanks
Message posted by D Thomas
Work and home wanted
Do you need someone to look after the animals? Help with painting, DIY, gardening etc and within Europe. I am hard working, I work hard but need to find a space to live and eat and bring my cat too. I am a young 41 year old women with adventure running through her blood. I will work for food and a bed and maybe a small wage if possible. Get me out this Rat Race please! I am down to earth and very good heart and I am caring. I smoke but do not do drugs. Someone out there must need help or even a companion for company and housework etc. Please do get in touch. Thank you.
Message posted by Lynette Dunn
Seeking accommodation in Cornwall
Hi, we are a couple in our early 30s seeking self-contained accommodation in mid or western Cornwall. We are both interested in sustainable living, permaculture, natural building and community initiatives, and have Wwoofed together on and off for several years on various projects around the world. Short-lets, out-of-season holiday accommodation, and part work exchange considered. We’d love to have a piece of land to start growing our own veggies, or to help look after an existing patch! We’re animal lovers, non-smokers, reliable and easy-going. Look forward to hearing from you!
Message posted by Sarah
Stay on woodland in return for help
We would like someone to stay on our woodland for an agreed time, in return for repairing our shed (cabin) and maintaining paths and trees. There is a flat space at the top, and level spaces on route down to the river Morlais. Lovely views, peaceful place. There is a compost toilet and a water barrel. It is 12 miles from Swansea, 16 miles from Carmarthen, 5 miles from Llanelli. Nearest village is Llangennech (2.5 miles). It is 4 acres, most of which we reforested over 20 yearsago.Just above a community woodland (Troserchwoods.co.uk)
behind the smallholding where we used to live (SA14 8PX).
Message posted by Ada Garton
1 man and his dog looking for accomodation/project/lifestyle change
My name is timm, I’m 37 and have experience of eco living and builds plus work experience in many trades...outdoor education/rigging-rope access/circus skills.Experienced on farms, gardens, orchards, woodlands/ mountains. Made homeless by housing problems dwp cuts ï¿½ but I have a 10 year old black lab amazing assistance dog and ME/Fibromyalgia and arthritis to deal with, I can manage most things but slowly. love music, food and my dog. If you are the lady who offered me a place on farm with chi-gung etc in the north of england please call back I lost your number!
Timm-07827 608698. Thanks for your time. Peace.
Message posted by Timm Wilkinson
Community Minded Individual Seeking Accommodation
Hi, I am looking to move into a community anywhere in Bonnie Scotland, Firey Wales and Old Blighty.
I have been WWOOFing for a good long time now. So I am aware of the work commitment of living in communities and can easily adapt to any chores required of me. Including the washing-up!:@)
I have a outgoing upbeat personality and also at times need time for meditation and Tai Chi Chuan (Soft Form)for over twenty years now practising,which I would be happy to teach if required?
My diet is vegan and enjoy eating seasonal fresh foods. I am male in my mid-forties.
Well look forward to hearing from you ..thanks for your time:@)
Message posted by Chris Tomlinson
Three bed static for let west Wales...
Hi, We have a three bedroomed static caravan to let on our tiny smallholding in the lush west of wales near Aberystwyth. It will be available in the new year and comes with its own virgin vege plot and compost loo!! The place is a bit of a tip at the moment as we are just starting to do it up so things need a little bit of vision and some helping hands are definately required!*? :) The price is negotiable depending but will be around the £100 a week mark including bills....? Energetic folk needed. Female or small family would be prefered but nothing is set in stone (transport a definate requirement!!) ... Drop us a line... :) x
Message posted by Adam Benjamin
Semi spiritual communities?
Hi there, I have been looking round to find a community or group/situation that has a semi spiritual ethos. Possibly with animals. Preferable where people come together daily to sit quietly/meditate.I suppose a bit like Rudolf Steiner. I have visited 3 communities so far, any ideas appriciated.I am single 40 yr old female with a practical & creative, experience in decorating (self employed)/horse care & teaching/gardening/children/ craft & arts.Interested in Qi gong & meditation.As a child I lived on a community for ten years so guess that has some bearing to what I am seeking.Either rent paying or work in lieu accom/bills/food.
Message posted by Kate
Lady seeking help
Lady seeking help on 20 acre organic farm.
I grow some vegetables and fruit.
I have a small plant nursery, mainly cottage garden and herb plants.
I would like to make use of a large crop of willow, for weaving projects for autumn or spring.
painting gates and house etc.
help in the garden
I am situated on a Biological heratage site situated on the Lancashire coast There is an RSPB site nearby.
Free accommodation and food provided. Peter (who recently stayed for 6 months) said: “I have really enjoyed my time here. The work is varied. And the food and accommodation are great. You get to meet a varied amount of people from all over the world.”
Message posted by Christine Dickinson
Free accomodation for general help
We have a large house in Brittany in France with a large undeveloped garden. I am looking for a trustworthy individual /couple to help with home improvement, gardening and to help develop the house to it’s full potential. I am offering free accommodation in return for help and commitment. You must be a driver and be prepared to assist me in any local trips. I am hoping to find somebody and his or her partner to enjoy a nice rural property near to a town without rent who are willing to do all I need in terms of improving my property. This is a very good opportunity for somebody wishing to experience France without a cost! Regular sailings from Plymouth.
Message posted by Jo
Tiny/Small Sustainable Housing Correspondence Group?
I am wondering if there are many others out there who - like me, are seriously considering taking steps towards a smaller and more sustainable way of life? If so - would anyone be interested in starting a discussion/ideas-sharing group?
I am a woman in my 30’s, currently renting in a small 1 bed garden in Brighton with my partner - and am researching possibilities for helping the Tiny / Small House Movement to take hold here in the UK. Not only in rural locations, but also in semi-rural, suburban and urban areas.
If this sounds like something anyone would be interested in discussing or researching further - please do feel free to drop me a line.
Message posted by Sarah
New Family member required
Hi, Me and my husband our 6 year old boy, 2 year old daughter & 1 on the way) live on our quinta in central Portugal. We live a simple vegetarian life balanced as best we can with nature. What we are looking for is a new âfamily memberâ to live with us and work on the quinta. The person would love to live with nature, be spiritual but not religious, enjoy working on a quinta and want to become part of our family, be a non smoker, love children and animals and wish to escape the system.
If this seems like the life you wish then please contact us with your details.
Single mothers are very welcomeâ¦â¦.
We look forward to meeting youâ¦..
Message posted by Jen
Female wild edible and medicinal plant enthusiast sort!
I’d like to meet an enthusiastic female who wants to build a perm-a-culture relationship in an urban environment.
I have a serious passion to start an ad-hoc countrywide movement dedicated to the restocking of the hedgerows and other suitable urban spaces with wild edible goodies. To help sustain the populace for when the sh#t eventually hits the fan and the conventional supermarket shelves are bare!
Mother Nature’s supermarket has been “open all hours” for millenniums. I think it’s now time she brought out a loyalty card!
I am 50 years old male with a vibrant spirit that has a lot less chronological years than his birthday!
Message posted by Anthony
Wanted - Family/Couple or Single Person for Joint House & Land Purchase
Along with many people I would very much like a Home/Garden/Veg Plot/Chickens etc in the countryside (but they are just so expensive!)
So, I am looking for a Family/Couple or Single Person genuinely interested in jointly buying a property with Large South Facing Gardens/Land suitable to split into (2) Seperate Homes/Gardens (but not a major Re- Build etc) North/West/East York’s or Yorkshire Dales up to 350k so approx 175k each.
If you are seriously interested or already own a suitable property and would consider Selling/Renting half, do get in touch. I’m ex Royal Air Force, quiet, tidy and considerate by nature, seeking similar neighbours.
Message posted by Graham
Celtic spain, eco living
Hi to all my name is John, to my freinds they all call me wok, I’ve lived on a Spanish island for the last 10 years and loved every day, unfortunately had to return to the uk due to illness in the family, now I realise I can’t settle down here so I’ve gotta go again. This time to Spain. I’ve found a great place in the north west, a celtic town with celtic festivals every year, and lots of concerts, it’s next to the Atlantic, land with a old buildings are very cheap, I want to start my own eco life there, growing and selling my own veggies, having goats, chickens, rabbits, and pigs, Iwant to be self contained, if any body would like to share this adventure then get in touch, life could become a little party,,,
Message posted by Wok
Gay guy looking for work
Spiritually aware, mature, hardworking, unemployed man from Durham seeks place to be with like minded people. Like working on the land and with animals. At moment working (WWOOFing) at organic vegan community farm in the south of France ... Peace Love + Bright Blessings... Looking for work .. been WWOOFing abroad, looking for something rural on land + Livestock. Also friends intrested in Nature religions. Peace + Love ... Hiya..looking for work on land or with livestock ... or refurbishment of old stone or brickwork ... honest ... hard working..mature..please get in touch ... Also interested in hearing from people open, +spiritually questing, +maturity. Who would like to share. Depth, experiences of WWOOFing. Gatherings, Life ...
Message posted by Stephen Taylor
A Place to park up in south Devon
Hi, I am looking for somewhere to park my van for 4 days a week in south Devon. Starting from september I will be attending Bicton college to do a foundation degree in Horticulture so I will need to be fairly close to Exmouth. I am pretty much self sufficient in my van but would appreciate access to a toilet (and would be happy to build a compost loo in a convenient place) and a water supply, I would be happy to either work on the land or pay some rent. I have experience in living in communities and working in a permaculture garden, a kitchen garden, a smallholding and charcoal making. I have recently started a self employed gardening business so have all my own tools for the jobs. If anyone is interested please contact me. Thanks for reading.
Message posted by Sam
WWOOFers wanted in France
We do not need any help just at the moment. Will update when things change. :-)
We are a collective in the South of France (Ariege, 8km from Le Mas d’Azil) of 8 adults/5 childen. At the moment we are building a straw bale house and a wooden house and we grow veg (permaculture/biodynamic principles) and we would appreciate some help (on WWOOFing terms ie food and bed for 4 hours a day/ 5 days a week).
Bouguet is a tiny hamlet with 10 hectares and a stream and waterfall, itan alcohol/drug free place, cigarette smokers have a special place, under the pine trees to go smoke! We are a friendly, tolerant group of people in a lovely ‘alternative’ area of France, with plenty going on. Please get in touch if you are at all interested.
Message posted by Elizabeth Woolfenden
Volunteers needed to help at Animal Sanctuary
Do you live near Drakelow, Wolverly? Bayhorse Farm is an Animal Sanctuary consisting of 6 horses, 2 pigs, 5 goats that desparately needs YOUR help. Are you passionate about animals and Tree Planting? Do you love to work with horses, pigs, goats and more? Do you want the opportunity to learn about coppicing, weaving, Reed work, Hedgerowing, Biodynamic gardening, sustainable living and more? Help is also required to fund raise for the animals feed general care. Learn the ways of the land with a very gifted wise and compassionate woman, that some consider a horse whisperer, meet her and her entourage of rescue animals. Help Please call Lizzie at 07955253134.
No questions via email please as I am putting this advert up on Lizzie’s behalf as she does not use the internet. Phone Calls only!!!!
Message posted by Carla Shaw
Land/yurt/static wanted to rent
Hi there. My fiance and I are looking for land to rent on which we could place a yurt or something similar, or even would consider renting a static caravan on some land. We are both keen permaculturalists with modest experience and skills in natural building and organic gardening (my fiance is a fully-trained and qualified conservationist). We are expecting our first child around July next year, so anything offered would have to be suitable for the needs of a couple with baby on the way. We enjoy self-sufficient living and hope to eventually buy our own land on which to build our own natural home, either in the UK or abroad, but in the meantime we seek to rent something affordable that would accommodate our desire for natural living while we work towards that goal. We would consider living anywhere in the UK.
Message posted by Lisa Hughes
Barn and land for rent in French Pyrenees
I’ve a very rural barn in Ariege, French Pyrenees with meadows, woodland, stream and fenced garden plot (neglected) which I am considering letting out to folk intersted in living in rural France, maybe looking around the area with a view to settling etc. For a period of weeks or months at a time. There are no bills, good solar system, and own spring water, plenty firewood etc. Rent would be 250 a month if you could help take forward a few small projects to make up the difference or 350-400 otherwise probably, but am open and only rent to the right people who will respect the place and my neighbours. Outdoor toilet and wash area/bucket shower. Planning to build extention for indoor bathroom with a bath and a great view in the spring. Basic but beautiful quiet spot, and functional if reasonably hardy! Can send pics and discuss with anyone interested.
Message posted by Gordon
House Guest Holiday - Also Camper Van for sale
Hi. I live in Thassos Island Greece. I am offering my home and my company for solo travellers to experience the beauty of this fabulous island. You stay as a friend with all meals supplied. I can give you advice on travel and meet you at the port. Not a hotel and not hotel prices just starting at £175 a week. I am a middle aged single woman who wants to share her good fortune of living in a wonderful place. Available all year. Please email for more information. I have been travelling for a year looking for my new home and have now found it. My lovely country cottage camper van is now for sale to a good home. She was destined to become a chicken house but is too good for that, she has many adventures and miles left in her. I am in Greece so email for full details and many photos. A perfect way to go WWOOFing. or just a great trip back to the UK£1,750
Message posted by Mandy Weaver
Early Stage, limited Kapital but masses of ideas, skills & enthusiasm. Seek like minded people interested in establishing viable sustainable housing, democratic alternative to the current failed system? In the North West of England? Currently 3 of us [1 Communist 1 Socialist 1 Green looking at various options to escape the commercial rat race, from straw bale, to self build, urban community land /building reclamation to eco~protest squatting or rural collective actions against gentrification in the Pennines. Know how to engage in community action, political organisation, with some knowledge of drawing in funding resources. Prepared to take a stand for social /environmental justice but not sure exactly where to make it? Then please get in touch & we can choose our common ground to make that stand together. There may well be more of us around than we think?
Message posted by Andrew Wastling
Renovation of Farm in Croatia 2014 -2015
We are looking for help with renovating a smallholding farm, which is near the town of Daruvar, 80 miles (1 hr 40 min by car) from Croatia’s capital city Zagreb. Types of skilled help we are looking for: exterior/interior building, fences & stonewalls, gardening, pruning, orchards. Paths, decks, bread oven. Rendering, plastering. Old barn renovation. Eco - building straw bale, cob etc. Total size of property is 1 hectare (2.47 acres - 10,000m2). There are 4 buildings, woods, orchards, field which overlook a series of fisheries (which look like large natural lakes). Beautiful natural area - full of wildlife in a farm/rural area of Croatia. Great place to explore Europe from.
We will provide comfortable accommodation and food in exchange for a 25 hr week (which can be flexi -time) meaning you could choose to work for 3 days & take 4 days off - go traveling and come back. Or just stay locally on site. That would be up to you.
Message posted by Nik
Scottish Island Living
Hi, I am looking to buy a small plot of land (1 acre) on a small Scottish Island, hopefully in the next 6 months. I am looking for a family to join me and help to build some accommodation which we would share, maybe a granny flat type of arrangement for me and the main space for the family. I envisage growing vegetables, keeping chickens etc and being as self sufficient as possible without being too fanatical about it. I am open to the type of house/dwelling. I am looking for a family with children because the island has a mainly ageing population and needs more young people and kids for the school. My definition of family is very loose, it could be any committed unit that regards themselves as a family. Everything is open to negotiation and will be discussed. I expect that this will not happen quickly but it would be good to talk to interested people so that we could compare ideas and start planning. If you like the sound of this and would like more details please get in touch.
Message posted by Carole
Where the Heart is Home
I have a house in a quiet rural village in Bulgaria where I live almost half the year. I’m looking for someone or someones to either help me or join me in living there and co-creating a peaceful healing centre. Over the last two years I have spent four periods of three months each there and just love it. There’s quite a few like-minded English speaking new-comers around both in the same village and neighbouring ones and last September we organised a music festival there which also had a Mind, Body Soul section. I am a writer, ex-rural development instructor in Africa, and a musician (keyboards, marimba, Djembe) and am very interested in healing using sound.
I have a vision for a healing retreat and am slowly moving ahead in that direction, but now I have seen the enormity of the task of renovating the buildings and realise that some helping hands are needed:-) (see www.call-in-all-angels.com) Non-smokers preferred. So come as a volunteer either short or long-term and we’ll see what works out. bliss
Message posted by Rob Hitchings
Hostel in Ruse Bulgaria
Hi, I am selling my house in Ruse as a running hostel. Ruse is a beautiful town on the river Danube, connecting Bulgaria and Romania via the only bridge. I bought the house as a renovation project 5 years ago, never intending to run a hostel, but due to the increasing number of cyclists cycling the along the Danube, as far as Austria to the Black Sea and Ruse being a major stop off point, and the increasing number of backpackers exploring Eastern Europe ... And there being NO hostel in Ruse.
A friend of mine runs a hotel here and when she was full she would ask if i would host people for the night,so with lots of encouragement I advertised and so far this summer we are living comfortably from the income and I’ve payed off my overdraft. However, I am not so accustomed to such a sedate life, it’s WONDERFUL, but my partner and I feel we have done a great job renovating the house, and its even better that it has its own income, but we would like to sell and move on to our next project. I am asking 55000 euro and it can be seen here http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Balkan-Hostel/Russe/71628?sc_sau=sfab&sc_pos=3
Message posted by Amanda Johnson
24 year-old Aussie girl looking for a unique living opportunity
I’m a 24-year old vegan Australian girl travelling through the UK. I have been house-sitting and WWOOFing since April 2013 and having the time of my life. With a two year youth mobility visa, I am interested in finding somewhere interesting to live/work/experience from December 2013 to April 2015 (or any part thereof). I have just graduated from university with a degree and masters in environmental science, particularly chemistry. I’m taking a gap year because I have realized I don’t want to pursue an academic career (and the possible resultant consumerist lifestyle) and would love to live simply on the land in a self-sufficient and sustainable manner.
I love the outdoors and have a passion for fruit and vegetable gardening, cooking, hiking, running, exploring, reading and writing.
I’m very reliable, easygoing, and don’t smoke or drink.
If you are looking for someone to help with your project, whatever that may be, consider me. I’m looking to start living my life and gain new skills and experiences. Feel free to contact me if you need a volunteer, worker, have a dwelling that needs an Australian hermit or have a crazy scheme you would like to share.
I’m writing a blog about my travels if you’d like to take a look and learn a bit more about me: http://woodstock-road.blogspot.co.uk/
Looking forward to more exciting adventures!
Message posted by Marita
Overnight Stay please Herefordshire/Cotswolds
I’m posting this with regard to the following in the hope that someone knows of anyone suitable that we could stay with for one night in Herefordshire (particularly Ledbury) or bordering counties. I live near LLandovery (further on from Brecon by about 28 miles).
Do you know anyone please who is an eco-friendly/allergy friendly accommodation provider between Hereford and Ledbury (or further towards the Cotswolds) or someone whose house is eco-friendly and who could offer a room for the night please asap (we’d provide our own bedding and breakfast)?
I would not be able to stay in a wooden eco-pod because of allergic-type reactions to the timber,
nor in a yurt or similar outdoor structure unfortunately - because I need a little more protection from smells in the open environment outside.
We are an eco vegan, alternative lifestyle couple (very much into earth-based spirituality, music, arts & crafts, festivals, natural living etc) who need to get our heads down for a few hours when travelling back home from Northamptonshire, visiting my husband’s elderly mum. As said previously; we’d provide our own bedding and breakfast.
We are looking for a low cost room which is in an eco house (or eco-based retreat centre type setting, self-catering cottage etc) as I am severly affected by M.E. and chemical sensitivities (even to natural products and herbs/spices in cooking or herbal teas etc).
We shall have a small, friendly dog with us who is very well behaved, socialable and housetrained.
Any thoughts that you have on the above would be welcome.
Bright blessings and best wishes.
Message posted by Sandra
Nudist Accommodation in Bulgaria.....
Hello ... Our names are Annette, ( that’s me) and Chris, my Hubby, and together with our German Shepherd Mr Max,
Have recently moved to Bulgaria.
Actually, we live near the City of Dobrich, which is quite close to Varna, on the beautiful Black Sea Coast. (Varna also has a International Airport, with Direct flights to the U.K. )
The Bulgarian people are so friendly, (They really are ) and although they don’t have much, (They really don’t) they are more than willing to share what they do have with you.
Anyway, Chris and I are committed, Nudists, and we have now decided to open up our House and offer Full Board and Lodgings to anyone that might be interested in wanting to give Bulgaria a try. Guy, Girl, or Couple we don’t mind.
The only thing is, you must take us as we are, warts and all, (except we don’t have any warts ) And, if Nudity offends you, then I’m sorry but that’s who we are.
Obviously, it’s getting a little bit cooler now, but we have a lovely open wood fire, to keep us and everybody warm
You will of course have your own Bedroom, but we only have one Bathroom so that has to be shared, but hey, when everyone is naked...who cares.
We are offering Full board and lodging with us for a minimum of One week, But it would be nice to have someone stay with us for the longer stay.....
Well Guys, Girls and Couples, if you are fed up living in the U.K. ( WE ARE ) and fancy coming to Bulgaria to live, drop me a line, and telephone number if you have one, and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can with our very reasonable prices...
Best Wishes to you All, and maybe we will speak with each other soon. X X X
Message posted by Annette
Oasis of Lentiourel seeking partners
The Oasis of Lentiourel is a collective of ten people living together peacefully in a beautiful rural region within Aveyron (South of France), near Saint-Affrique. We sharing a number of goals and projects to do with permaculture as well as therapy and artistic ventures.
We are seeking community-minded, enthusiastic people sympathetic with this goals especially those with an interest and/or skills in gardening or eco-construction. Speaking a little french would be helpful but not essential as we have two English residents here now already. We are a vegetarian community and eat quite simply with little dairy consumption. Just to let you know in advance, we use a dry outdoor eco-toilet system and urine is collected separately for depositing directly outside.
The farmhouse was originally built in the 11th century so it has lots of character with old flagstones on the ground floor. We heat with a central heating system that uses wood cut from our own woodland. We also heat the common living and dining room with a woodstove. We have chickens who provide us with organic eggs. There is a large greenhouse and are moving towards more self sufficiency with a large area we have planted with winter vegetables.
Costs : visitors pay a fee of 15 to 18 euros per day total. Prospective members, for a period usually up to two weeks, pay 5 to 8 euros for accommodation and 5 euros per day for food. Residents pay from 150 to 260 euros per month for their room and 5 euros per day for food (until we are more self-sufficient.) For more information check out our facebook page at :
or in french, our Oasis blog :
Oasis de Lentiourel, 12400 Saint-Affrique (France) (33) 5 65 49 21 14
Message posted by Jacques Dudon
Spiritual pagan looking for somewhere to grow
Hello. I am a 51 year old single parent with a 9 year old daughter still at home. I’m a pagan author, Goddess writer and artist living in Kent. My work experience has included all kinds of things from admin and running an office to working as a school cook, catering manager and a housekeeping supervisor in a university, organising the upkeep and maintenance of the student accommodation, academics and hotel or b&b in the summer conference season. I’m also experienced in running spiritual camps, workshops and circles as well as having taught them myself. My interests cover womens’ spiritual circles, Goddess and Earth based spirituality. I am also a Reiki master and hold a diploma in hypnotherapy.
I have for many years been interested in the idea of community living. I read all about Findhorn in the 70s and have stayed in a couple of communities during workshops over the years. More increasingly I find I am looking for an alternative way to live and experience life. I enjoy gardening and growing vegetables although my present situation is that i live in a flat with shared garden and a balcony with a few container grown veg. I’m definately seeking something - but not completely sure what it is. I love the possibilities presented by living off grid but I’m not averse to technology - just the irresponsible use of it.
I’m looking for a place to be, for my youngest daughter to grow and a place where my eldest children can visit - even if it means staying in a tent! This is really just me putting out feelers, to get an idea of what is out there. I would have to pay rent - I dont have capital and if I moved I would have to find new employment which might take time. But I have skills that could be used and Ive always been happy to learn new things and would certainly do my share. Suggestions, friends and Ideas welcome.
Message posted by Rachel Mayatt
Village needs people - lots of opportunities in Bulgaria
You’ll probably notice when you read through these messages, that there seems to be a disproportionate number talking about Bulgaria – I’m adding to that list and I’m going to explain why.
This is the poorest country in Europe and one of the smallest populations -under 7 million -and life here goes on much as it has done for generations -in the villages that is. There is the usual capitalist development focused around shopping malls in the big cities but life in the village is really the heart of Bulgaria....and this is what attracts people to this country.
Life is simpler here -it’s mostly about living with the seasons and working hard to grow food and maybe keep animals -or setting up your own business. The climate is wonderful -4 glorious seasons with a high of +45 in August and January temperatures of around -25 - that’s hibernation time! We probably have around 300days of sunshine, we welcome the rain and it’s never damp. (that means no slugs if you’re a gardener!)
I’ve lived here for almost 7 years and in that time I’ve helped around 30 other people to move past the dreaming stage, to actually living they way they want to and one of the reasons that they can do that, is that property is very cheap. But before we look at the prices, I want to refer you back to the title of this message - this village needs people. Depopulation is a fact of development - young people leave for a ‘better life’ in the city or in another country. The traditional extended family that managed the land and fed themselves, no longer works here. A lot of the population are older and now, they mostly live alone and don’t have the capacity to work the whole land or to keep animals. But that doesn’t mean that this is a sad or depressed place -people are lovely here and they love their way of life. Even though the population of this village, Voditsa, is only about 420, it’s still a vibrant and active place but everyone recognises that we need more people.
At the same time, there are an awful lot of people living in places like the UK, who desperately want to leave - people who see the pointlessness of a materialistic life that’s focused around work, mortgages, shopping and debt.....and stress. I’ve been posting messages on D&D for about 5 years and I’ve had a lot of correspondence with people – most of whom are dreamers but there’s a growing number who can see the value of life here ... and, most importantly, they have the bottle to do something about it!
Besides the quality of life, the thing that makes moving here so very attractive, is the price of property and land. I act as an agent for people in this village who want to sell property and most of those properties are for sale for under £10k - many are under £5k ... and they all have large pieces of land, 1-2000sq metres; lots of barns and outhouses and masses of fruit trees. I could also probably help you to find a long term rented property if you want to give it a try or if you don’t have any capital. Some of these properties are available on a payment plan which makes it even more accessible to people who’ve never been on the property ladder in the UK.
Voditsa is a great village with loads of potential and lovely people. Last year we had the first Luna Dolina Festival -a 3 day music festival that could be the Glastonbury of the future in a little village in Bulgaria. A bar and restaurant are opening in the centre and a couple of enterprising brothers are building a swimming pool for public use in the summer. We have a hot water spring that is going to be part of a Spa facility and various new people are thinking up great ideas -two other messages on this page are from people in Voditsa.
If you really want to step out of the economic and political trap that is the UK and you’ve always thought that money is the barrier stopping you, think again. Property here is very cheap - its affordable...your dream is affordable. There is lots of information about this village at www.stjamespark.biz or send me a message and I’ll get back to you.
This village needs people and if you need a new life, it looks like the first link is made. I look forward to hearing from you.
Message posted by Kathy McGowan