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LIVING WELL EXPERIENCE WEEKS: this land is calling you home...a loving response to what is being asked of us as humans at this time on Earth...

We are excited to share with you our new developments here at the magical Living Well Centre in Cornwall, where we have established a community held by nature-based teachings. Through recent winter dreaming, we are offering a response to what is being asked of humanity at this time on Earth, and to the visitors who have come here, this year we will be sharing The Living Well Experience Weeks. This summer, we invite guests to become part of co-creating community over a five day period each month, and to share the learning journey of what it means to live more consciously, allowing you to take this learning home and live it- being a co-creator of a new conscious way of being for humans on this Planet. We will be offering medicine wheel teachings and practices, healings, fire and water ceremonies at our ancient holy well, pilgrimages to local ancient sites, wild food and native medicine foraging, dance, sacred sound, story-telling, yoga and bodywork, all designed to support our awakening to the sacredness of all life and become part of the solution and a new story for the Earth. We will enjoy this glorious gift of life together, feasting on delicious home-cooked vegetarian/vegan food, celebrating around the fire and nestling into beautiful natural buildings within three acres of bountiful gardens and woodland. We will recover the Ancient nature-based teaching of our ancestors, which provide us with a time-tested map to living in balance and offer tools to create what we yearn for in our hearts – conscious, loving relationship with ourselves, each other and the land. Outside of the Living Well Experience Weeks we offer guests a beautiful space to retreat, connect and receive a bespoke range of treatments, teachings and sessions available each week by arrangement. If you hear this call and are looking for an experience of deep connection to your self, others and the land, to learn and grow together, please visit our website www.thelivingwellcentre.co.uk or email us on enquiries@thelivingwellcentre.co.uk for further details. Many thanks Warm wishes Rachel, Linda, Jenny and Leonora.

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Room to Rent

I have double room to let. The location is Glasgow.On the outskirts in kings Park area. £220 PCM does not include bills. There is currently two folks including myself at the property.My aim is to get a like-mind of folks in setting up a Radical Routes Housing Co-op in Glasgow. Any further questions please feel free to ask...:@)

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Looking for a Happy place

Am happy lady of 57 looking for a new life ideally shared house with similar happy people not bothered too much about age group ,ideally near the sea .Happy to muck in with everything,would be able contribute to possible purchase of property long term.Am not hippy /new age traveller or eco warrior! But love the countryside animals and like to grow my own produce.Would love to make new friends and meet like minded people.

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Needing transport

I'm a pensioner vith little money I would like a citroën BX or a Mercedes stationwagen or a Mercedes or Iveco van so I can find a home in the countryside.

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Rare opportunity to come to Canada

Hello everyone! My partner and I are starting a big project from scratch where your help is welcomed. We are building a retreat centre that will provide a space for people to develop spiritually, physically and psychologically. If you are enthusiastic, physically fit and willing to work in construction to build wooden cabins and gardens, please contact us. Our location is spectacular: an unique natural setting by the ocean in rural Nova Scotia. We will provide you with accommodation and healthy home-made meals. Helpers are needed for summer season from June till December 2018. Look for us at www.maregold.com

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looking for somebody

hi everyone,I am a lady late fifties looking for a partner to go halves buying barge in Holland or france for alternative living,saved half but not sure I want to do it alone,not the same adventure.sure there must be somebody out there,preferably male whom is in same situation,late fifties,slim,blonde,grey??sense of humour and quite arty,anybody want to share an adventure??please email helenprentice1@googlemail.com.lifes too short have means for business on boat as already run small business etsy making clothes,also not afraid of hardwork and quite handy with drill etc so project boat also posssibility

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Mature Student looking for something to do and somewhere to be for the summer.

I am a mature university student, ex-serviceman, non-meat eater with experience in property management, retail management, living and working on a fruit and veg farm and communal living, looking for something to do and somewhere to be from June-September. I am looking to offer some of my time and what skills and muscle I have, in exchange for living somewhere quiet(ish) with food included. For the right position, with the right people and in the the right place I am willing to travel almost anywhere in UK and Europe. I have more strings to my bow than said here, (or I perhaps realise!) plus, I am very open to learning new skills and can supply excellent references. I am happy, willing and ready to listen to all offers, so, if my advert has raised your curiosity and you want to know more, please do get in touch. As my Granny once said, ‘you don’t know what you will find unless you go looking!’ Many thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from people soon. DG.

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Spiral Visions

--Please see below an intentional community vision that we would like to see fully manifested and are looking for other like minded potential members to grow it. Write to us with your contact details if interested saying why and how you feel you could be part of it. --In the short term we are part of a north London household that doesn’t embody this long term vision but it is in transition and could be an ideal place to take the vision forward. If you fit our long term vision with the values and ethics we need then you many also be interested in joining us in this holding phase. Ultimately it may be that we rebirth elsewhere in or outside London. --Again get in touch if this vision calls to you and if you have what it takes to be part of this holding embryonic visionary phase...spiralsofresilience@mail.com --*****Intentional Community - Vision Statement *******-- --To have an intentional spiritual co-op community of conscious co existence embedded in values of respect, co-operation and ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. To create a culture of community building , group process in growing & living together and transitioning to sustainable living. To hold heart centered non violent communication and use consensus in decision making where appropriate with agreed levels of autonomy. --To share food and eat together depending on the rhythm and energy of our livelihoods. To support community by sharing rent and bills. To have some common values that we believe are essential for living together; --Respect for each other’s differences and for their personal space --Respect for communal space to create a home that is mutually comfortable and safe. --Maintaining a communal space that is clear and harmonious for all to enjoy. Clearing up communal space after use. Having agreed quiet zones and times. --Participating in weekly allocated domestic tasks and chores. --Appreciating we all have our own friends, family and colleagues who we have to visit and who we are responsible for at all times. Sensitively arranging use of communal spaces to entertain guests. Being willing to negotiate with others for use of communal space. --Being committed to communicating effectively with each other & participating in alternating fortnightly meetings re infrastructure and mutual support. --Our broader aspirations are ; To become resilient as individuals, as a community and as a hub in the broader community. To acknowledge we are inextricably linked to the seasons, the elements and our larger body of the earth. To live with as low a carbon footprint as we can. To responsibly recycle and compost. To save energy; switching off lights and appliances when not in use. To eat local ( to grow as much food as possible in our back garden); To grow food for and with our neighborhood in our front garden; To practice permaculture practice and ethics of Earth care, people care and fair share. To participate in any local Community Supported Agriculture/ box scheme; To be active members of any LETS (Local exchange and trading system)/ Timebank ; To support thru membership and/or participation local grassroot community and transition/ sustainability initiatives. To always have active representation and membership in any associated housing Cooperative ctttee. To seeks repairs and renovations that are as eco as possible. To use non toxic domestic, gardening and decorating resources. To car share where possible. To share tools and resources generally where possible. To acknowledge and actively practice being inhabitants rather than tourists in nature

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Farm life in Northern Poland

I am Polish but was born in Britain and have lived in Zambia and Canada. 20 years ago my partner and I bought a 30 hectare run down farm on the edge of a small village in the beautiful forested Kashubia area of northern Poland with the intention of living as self-sufficiently and sustainably as possible while also integrating with the local community and possibly finding others to share the farm with us. However it soon became clear that this way of life would not suit my partner and he became a full time English teacher with much of his life spent in a town 25 kilometers away although he still harvests his firewood from the farm's own pine forest. I on the other hand, with the help of many wonderful WWOOFers have continued to develop a large organic vegetable garden and keep sheep (for wool), horses (for farm/forest work and pleasure) and chickens. Milk, cheese and butter come from a neighbour's farm. I am also a hand weaver and spend the long winter evenings weaving shawls, scarves etc. My other great interest is alternative theatre and I work with a group of young people from this area, researching local history and creating plays which tell the stories we discover. I also help with local music and theatre festivals. The farm is rich in wildlife, birds and plants with lots of different habitats, marshland, ponds and birch woods. Other people in the village include builders, a mechanic, teachers and forestry workers. Three years ago I moved out of the farmhouse into a small cottage nearby and I live there alone - no TV, fridge, washing machine etc but good internet, radio and time to sit on the porch and observe birds and animals and the changing seasons. I am 65 years old and still have many plans and dreams for what I would like to do here - there is so much potential but even with WWOOFer help I find it difficult to do much more than keep myself in home grown food (being vegetarian means I supply about 75% of what I eat and give away/sell some too). I am looking for someone, preferably two people - friends or a couple, who would like to come here on a woofer basis but with the option of staying longer and becoming more involved in developing some land based activities. You would need to be practical and independent, able to live in a fairly isolated place (the village is quite far from any shops or pubs, with poor public transport connections!) and not mind living very simply - the only accommodation I can offer is a well insulated wooden cabin with a wood stove and a butane gas cooker but no electricity or running water. A solar installation to generate electricity might be possible to install at the cabin but I don't want to do this until I meet someone who really undestands these systems. I am happy to share my cottage bathroom (wood fired hot running water!) as well as occasional vegetarian meals and electricity-lit evenings. If you decided to stay longer than a few weeks you would need to have or find a source of your own income for anything you need other than what we can produce here. This place would suit either very practical persons wanting the space to grow or make things or writers/musicians/artists needing a quiet place to work in exchange for some help on the farm. Parking your own caravan / mobile home and connecting to the grid would also be an option.

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Wanted.. Home indoors Mid Wales / Shropshire area..

Hi all.. Im a well travelled, spiritual, 55 year young gentleman. I currently live in Scotland and Im looking to move back south to be nearer to my family and friends. Im looking for a rural and very quiet place to move indoors down in Mid Wales/ Shropshire area, I have a campervan and trailer so need good parking.. I want to be able 'Pay Rent' and 'Not' do work for rent etc, I have been taken advantage off to many times thank you.. I need peace, quiet, and tranquility. Anything concidered... I have no interenet at home,so prefer a text message or call, I will ring you back. Thank you and Blessings, Spike. 07707640282 ...

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A non-profit community hostel in London

We’re in the process of starting the first-ever community eco-hostel in London. The vision is: ‘A hostel in London where people who share values of social change, sustainability and well-being can connect and inspire each other.’ The hostel is a non-profit social enterprise: we plan to reinvest any surplus to offer people who do pro-bono volunteer work subsidised accommodation when they come to London. The vision includes: - Communal meals around a long table each night, where people can meet other people with shared values. - Workshops and discussion groups in the evening, so that people from different places can inspire each other with stories about the work they do, and build networks and alliances together. There's a nice one minute video introducing the project at www.ecosoulhostel.com If you like the idea, it would be great to hear your thoughts and reflection on it. We'd love to talk with people, and would love to hear ideas from people with experience of communities and potential collaborators. We're currently developing the business plan, and so expertise in charity/social enterprise structure and governance, and property procurement for non-profits especially welcome. Do check out the video at www.ecosoulhostel.com

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Looking for a like minded "au pair"

Hi there, We're a little big family of 6, Kim (40, dutch), Fred (37, French) and our four kids Mayi (9), Leo(7), Woody (3.5) and Frida (13 months). We're living in the Ariège, south of France, in a gorgeous spot. We are looking for a kind of like minded "au pair", who is familiar with or interested in attachment/natural/unconditional parenting, to come and stay with us for a longer period of time to help with our 4 children. We are homeschooling/unschooling, and would like you also to help with setting up the organic vegetable garden and some help in the house! Some keywords to describe us and things we care for : free birthing, co-sleeping, nappy-free, extended breastfeeding, non-violent communication, permaculture, biodynamic gardening, fermentation, homemade, wool, knitting, woodcarving, photography, no smoking/drugs/alcohol, barefoot, simple living, community, sacred plant medicine... We are living in the Ariège, in the foothills of the Pyrénées, in a rented house settled in 47ha of organically grown land. Amazing views on the mountains ! A very rich social network with many alternative people living around us. Our main job is to take care of these young kids so help with them would be very much appreciated, especially if you have some special skills or talents that they can learn from. We are looking for a "big brother" or a "big sister", to be part of our family for some time. It can get a bit hectic, chaotic with all these kids, but also very funny ! We have a big bedroom to offer (which is also used as a play room), in our house, so it is a bit challenging to have a lot of privacy ! Luckily the kids go to bed pretty early so at least evenings are calm ! We are pretty unconventional in our lifestyle, not sending the kids to school, not working, mainly trying to lead a simple life, as freely as we can. We eat good, local organic food, try to ban plastic from the house, use only eco friendly products, limit the exposure to EMR. Well, if you feel like joining our little crazy family for some time, please get in touch ! Fred & Co

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Permaculture/forest garden in France

Permagricole Near Bordeaux France Project Permagricole: Members needed My brother and I are setting up a permaculture/forest garden project on a large scale in south west france on a farm that was a cognac producing farm 15 years ago. It consists of a cognac distillery, which is huge and in good sound condition consisting of buildings roughly the size of 6 large houses put together. It has 100 acres of meadow land, a lake, hedgerows and trees. My brother is presently running an organic farm in Orkney and will only be in France on occasions. I am planning to live on the farm permanently from this spring and looking for other people to join the project. We are in the very early stages of setting up the permaculture project, which will probably take years! We also don't know how the land will grow and what will work well. We hope to produce some food by the summer. By spring we will have accommodation available within the building. So for the time being to keep the project funded we are looking for people who can finance themselves, maybe artists and or creatives (potters, jewellers, carpenters, painters who would like to set up their own workshops (theres loads of building spaces) and also be interested in communal living (eating and cooking together) with permaculture ethics at it heart. I am planning to set up a blacksmiths forge and there is the beginnings of a carpentry workshop. We will charge a peppercorn rent to cover bills and food. As with all projects the plans adapt to fit. Let me know if this sounds interesting to you and if so lets chat and share ideas. Kath

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Help Needed on our Small Farm - www.manorfarmthornfalcon.co.uk

We are looking for people to exchange part time work on our farm for accomodation and food. Very comfortable self catered accommodation in our "hut in the woods". Beef Cattle, Vegetable Boxes, Bees, Chickens, Ducks, Trout and Ferrets. Ideally a couple or friends and a long stay would be welcome. Check out our website for a detailed description of our approach to farming and pictures....

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Lady seeking help

Lady seeking help on 20 acre organic farm. we run a small hideaway campsite I grow some vegetables and fruit. and produce jams eta to sell on site keep a few chickens for egg production 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. for any of you artistically inclined, there is a container needs camouflaging, to help blend in . help in the garden I am situated on a Biological heratage site the Lancashire coast There is an RSPB site nearby. There is also a boatyard and canal just over a mile away and numerous public footpathes 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.'

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Looking for a place to be in my yurt

I am looking for a bit of land (farm/smallholding) or largish garden to live in my beautiful 18ft yurt. Ideally for now I need access to electricity (via a extension lead) until I get a solar rig sorted. And need water obvs. Happy for it to be semi temporary (6 months ish) or longer term. Can offer help in return or rent. I have experience in many things including 25 years childcare experience, housekeeping/cleaning, animal care (incl horses), can help on land/in garden and am a qualified and experienced massage therapist. Would consider anywhere in south east or south west of UK but ideal areas are East Sussex, Stroud, Wiltshire, Bristol. Would also love to be somewhere warm and sunny in Europe but there would need to be a source of income as well. Be great to hear from anyone who would like to discuss possibilities. Feeling hopeful ! P.S. Can provide references and have an up to date DBS

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Accommodation, Pembrokeshire

House share available for one or two persons in nice victorian house in small hamlet by estuary in south pembrokeshire. Use of whole house and productive organic garden overlooking the waterway.English as a Foreign Language tuition available as an option.Working studio in house also.No extra utility bills. DSS ok. I am into personal development but not dogmatic.Contact either via this site or direct on 07392060754 or oakapple5@yahoo.co.uk Thank you.

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Do you have a small camper van to hire?

hello I'm walking the wales coast path in fortnightly bits and I wondered if anyone has a small and reliable camper van that you would be willing to hire out for two - four weeks a year? I'm in Norfolk so would really need it to be somewhere roughly between Norfolk and Wales if possible. Many thanks jill

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Swap my sail boat for land

Hi I have been trying to sell my 30 foot sailboat in order to buy a smallholding in France to spend my latter years out of the rat race and living sustainably ,due to brexit the boat market seems to have ground to a halt so thought I would try the old bartering system .I have spent some years restoring my pioneer 9 (1966) with new diesel and new epoxy under the waterline .in healthy market ,worth about 11 k . So I wandered whether anyone out there may be trying to sell a place in France(though anywhere considered) with maybe an acre of land that might like to try their hand sailing ? Can deliver in spring .Please drop me a line , regards , Chris .

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One room simple eco houses in mountains of south spain need summer caretakers!

Hey! we are a group of parents who organise a free school/forest chool/democratic style school for our kids in wooded valley in the Alpujarra mountains of south spain, there are three one room strawbale and mud houses that house the teachers during the school terms, they will need people to live in them over the summer, 4 months in total, mid may to mid September, you can take a week off here and there but to basically be in them more time then out! In exchange that you'd whitewash inside and out and linseed the floor (we buy materials) and give the houses a bit of love :-). The houses are located in Beneficio, which used to be a community but is now more a sort of free village/squat with home made shacks and houses and a very diverse mix of people, Its a 25 min walk uphill from the car park, there are small solar systems in the two bigger houses, and theres water coming from the spring in pipes. There is a water storage pool for swimming (if its been cleaned out!) and a really beautiful view of the mountains. This would suit independant hardy rugged folk! Would suit couples or a group of friends or 2 small families If your interested please contact me on +34672543933 or email cheskaj@hotmail.com, thank you!

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would anyone like to come and help us in Bulgaria ?

Hiya everyone.......... I'm Annette, and with my Husband Chris... have this wonderful little farm here in Bulgaria, And, as you can probably imagine, were always needing a little extra help around the place. currently, I have 5 horses....3 Donkeys...Ducks and Chickens and rabbits, we also have 3 Dogs and 3 Cats. So, we were wondering if there is anyone out there that has their own little home, such as a caravan or a camper van that would like to drive over and park in our field in exchange for helping us out, we can supply electric and water to your little home, and of course, if you help us, the parking and electric and water would be absolutely free. Bulgaria is a wonderful little country, Which is right next door to Greece and Turkey, and we get about 300 days of sunshine each year, even today, the sun is out. Interested ? if so drop us a line, our email is... annetteandchris333@yahoo.com Oh.. one other thing, not sure if I'm getting my messages properly ?, so dont forget to include your email... thank you. Bye for now. Annette and Chris.

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Wanting to get out of the rat race!

We are looking for an enthusiastic couple (non smoker or drinker) who are willing to help both in the house and gardens a few days a week, in exchange for accommodation, living in a log cabin which is situated in an old orchard away from the main house in a quite and peaceful position. If you have a craft skill such as wood carving ,sculpture art etc or can teach meditation, art, yoga etc. you may be able to sell you products or run some courses from here as well. We live in a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing area in the Monnow valley on the South Wales/Herefordshire border. For the last 27 years we have aimed to lead a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. We try to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We have our own supply of water from the bore hole, we have installed PV solar panels and a bio-mass boiler. We endeavour to grow our fruit and vegetables throughout the year in our large and productive vegetable garden and greenhouse/polytunnel (without any sprays or chemical), When in season, we will provide you with vegetables, fruit, eggs from our free range chickens and honey from our bees. We mill our own wholemeal flour using a stone ground mill for our bread and rolls and we also make our own pasta, preserves, drinks etc. If you are a couple looking for a quite peaceful life living mainly off the land, please email us at jandfong@gmail.com

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Mature man/woman needed in exchange Food & lodgings, southern Bulgaria

Hi...I'm 63 year old female young at heart & have to say a bit of a spiritual hippy, I enjoy yoga and meditation. I bought my house in southern Bulgaria, 2015 this will be my first winter here, I call it my grand design as I didn't realise what a mammoth task it would be to renovate, its mostly done now but I still need bits of diy doing and funds are running low. Hence why I'm looking for a volunteer. I have myself done voluntary work all over Europe. Firstly you need to love cats and dogs as I have 2 of each. Bulgaria is very beautiful but its a very simple life in the villages, the people are very warm and friendly but its not for everyone. we have 5 stores and a few bars in the centre. I'm looking for someone who will suit this lifestyle, and who will be able to help me do odd jobs like chopping kindling or plastering a few holes, clearing digging garden, and help with cooking etc anything else would be a big bonus for me, in exchange I offer food and lodgings. I speak a little Bulgarian but its a difficult language so have limited conversations with villagers and it can get lonely at times, so the company would also be nice. The location is in Stara Zagora region & around 50 km from Greek border. I live in a mountain village 30 km from the nearest big town, I do have transport and generally go to town weekly, as long as you don't mind a rustic lifestyle, and your not a big meat eater (I mainly eat chicken) but cook well balanced meals. If like the sound of Bulgaria & looking for somewhere to spend the winter or perhaps more permanent. If you like your own space there is a caravan available which can be hooked up to electric. In exchange for around 4 hours work (mon/fri...negotiable) I offer good 3 meals a day. I am easy going and enjoy yoga and meditation so this opportunity would suit someone more mature who is wanting a relaxed lifestyle. Get in touch with any questions you might have. Thanks for reading this and have a nice day. namaste

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Helper required

ALLERTON WILLOW SPA AND RETREAT. Recently acquired 5 acre smallholding in a rural village setting 3 miles from Kettering, Midlands. We have a gated landscaped gardens that includes a stream, 3 cascading ponds, orchard, stables, paddocks, fields, children play area and spa. To use permaculture principles alongside traditional techniques to meet the aim of building a holistic family mini farm, spa and physical, mental and spiritual retreat that also offers fresh healthy food, open to the public. We carry a small number of sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, guinea fowl and pea hens/cocks and plan to increase numbers. We aim to also acquire horses, site dormant bee hives, a variety of other fish and wildfowl as well as to develop home-grown organic produce. The land does not presently have organic certification but is kept organically and the livestock live as naturally as possible. We’d love your help in all types of maintenance to the grounds and ponds as well as assist with livestock, fish and hatching, plus support in preparing the retreat for the spring summer and autumn seasons. It goes without saying that the tasks will be interesting and varied and sharing of information and skills! The work is in the development stages so it can be a little physically challenging, so please bear this in mind when applying. With a minimum commitment of a long weekend , not only will you have the obvious food and accommodation in caravan or yurt, you can also utilise the spa swimming pool, hot tub, gym and steam room facilities plus help in transportation to and from local amenities. Please feel free to get in touch for more information. Looking for 1 or 2 people (couples welcomed) Spike Khan 07746901761

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Building Community

Building Community is an organisation that practices and facilitates the community building process first described by M Scott Peck. We offer taster sessions and full workshops. Please sign up to receive information and see more on our website https://www.buildingcommunity.co.uk or our Building Community Facebook page.

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Need a place in a wild area in Wales (what matters is it being the RIGHT PLACE )- please read the bit in the ** if you think you might want me around!

****Please help me out with things like planning permission, details like what sort of environment the space is - i.e. a wooded area with an open space is really helpful - and things like that; I'm a first-timer here!**** I'm looking for a place to live and to practice (herbs - I'm a Herb-Witch, and pretty good, and Reiki-Seichem and crystal-healing) in a wild place, I think - to set up my own home (I've got several designs for a roundhouse drawn out) as a sort of forest-and-herb-garden and keep a few goats (or a milk-cow or two), etc. in a Wholistic and Biodynamic manner (some acres (I'm not sure how many, but a decent amount of space is useful - I'm guessing at 3/4 useable acres, but I don't really know yet) of land). I'll need a spring water supply or a clean stream on the land for water (no municipal water, it stinks). As for rent or a price for living on the land - please say how low you can offer, as I'll be living off my family's money until I can get enough saved up from working with the herbs and making Flower and Gem Essences (I won't be able to pay much at all, so I'm really hoping to be allowed some sort of long-term agreement of being guardian of the land and living on it). Oh, and proximity to a town with decent shops (organic food and so on) would be useful, but again, not essential. I try and keep media-free (ie. no TV/radio/newspapers or social media) as much as possible, but I'll need access to the internet (not WIFI if possible - it gives me headaches) and electricity every so often - to check my emails and write my blog. ** (I've sort of studied "Living in the Freedom Frequency", and books of that nature and I'm earnestly trying to live in freedom and abundance, after a lifetime of fear and lack (which my parents live in, and I don't like it).Also, I'm rather a private person, and I'm trying to, essentially, work out my purpose and how to fulfil it and how I'm to go about this move I'm not sure, as I can't drive (nor do I want to), and I've never had a "proper" job in my life (alright, I'm 20, but still..) - essentially, I'm living sideways to the "normal" and accepted world, and trying to reconcile what I see with how I feel inside, and feeling conflicted as I can't seem to find a place that is RIGHT for me yet - too "weird" for most folks, including those who are more "weird", so it's been a long and hard journey for me so far - I am trusting, but never foolish about my trust, and am absolute about honour, especially keeping my word, although I don't think much of a lot of the laws that exist in Britannia (the ones that aren't of benefit to ordinary folk, anyway). In a way, I'm trying to find where I belong, and how and to be able to be ME completely (and something tells me that I need to be in Cymru), and I'm still not really sure how to go about it, so I've been learning skills as fast as I can - and I'm fast; especially with things like sewing (I can hand-sew a simple dress very neatly inside of 24 hours if I don't have much else to do), and working on my stories (2 short stories are finished, 4 longer stories are begun and 2 more are about to be begun) - I feel that I somehow live outside of the monetary world, yet I know that I need SOME sort of income in order to have what I need to survive and thrive in this world (eg. for getting rare-ish books), especially as I haven't got access to wool, a spindle and a loom yet, otherwise I'd only need to buy in imported food (like coconut oil, which is a wonderful thing) and things like specialist bottles and jars and so on. In addition, I can cook and bake very well (I've got a sourdough going, and I make excellent bread).** I'm very good with herbs, and I'm hoping to be able to set up my own stillroom (old word for a place to process herbs) and work from there, making all sorts of different remedies, including Flower and Gem Essences (I've already made half a dozen of the latter as Mother-Essences), and so on, and practising my Crystal Healing. I can also look after animals quite well (I like goats), garden a bit (with instruction), and live off-grid comfortably and easily. I have a simple lifestyle and needs, and am fairly minimalist about most things. (I sleep on sheepskins on a bedroll on the floor, all of my clothes are organic or second-hand (unless I've made them myself from second-hand fabric), I'm happy without electricity/internet and spend most of my free time reading, writing or sewing (I can make simple clothes if given time and some help with cutting out), and also I'm a Tarot reader (Arthurian Tarot) and Witch, and I can sing well in several different languages (including Finnish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh), and am quite a good storyteller at times.). I prefer NOT to live vegetarian/vegan (it doesn't lead to optimal health for me, and I try to base my diet on the principles outlined in "Nourishing Traditions"). Please contact me if you have space or know someone who does, or know someone who could help me to clarify things- my email is rfsk7b@gmail.com!

message posted by Rhiannon Lynn
New Community - France

We are thinking about changing direction! Our 'not for profit', spiritual Retreat is nearing completion after five years of blood, sweat, tears and fun. We're now looking at creating a 'like-minded' Community offering artisans, artists and creative beings the opportunity to come together to live a fulfilling and peaceful lifestyle. Could you live in Rural France and contribute skills, passion, ideas and calm on a medium to long-term / permanent basis whilst contributing to running costs and creating a rewarding, working community? We are looking for ideas, ingenuity, integrity and kind beings to come together. Have a look at our current website - BEFORE CHANGING DIRECTION and see the potential! www.sangharetreat.co.uk Can you - make? bake? create? grow? do you want space and peace to explore your desires and thoughts? Open to creative ideas from like minded beings looking for peace of mind. Hoping to hear from you soon - Steve

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I would like to visit a community for a day

Hello all, I am looking for a way of introducing the idea of community living to my seven year old son, and I would really like to visit a community for a day (preferably within 100 miles or so). As a child I lived in several intentional, and not so intentional communities, and as an adult I lived for a couple of years in a co-op in Bristol. Community living isn't something that I've thought about for many years, but it's a way of being in the world that I enjoy very much. Added to this, I have a child who seems to be profoundly lonely, and I feel that the way we're living just isn't working somehow. I would really love my child to be able to experience living with other children. I'm looking for ideas, inspiration, maybe an invite to lunch!! I'm in Tiverton, Devon (although probably moving in June) so if anyone near by ish is feeling particularly hospitable, please, please get in touch-we'd love to meet you :-) All the best, Laura (and Moses)

message posted by Laura Brammeld
Accomodation and little money

I am looking for a good place with bright people to give all my good qualities. Exchange really you might say, or better friendship. Anyone with a good proposal or negotiable idea I would be pleased to communicate. Thanks in advance :)

message posted by John 1
Off Grid Island Life for a Family - Ireland

A unique chance for a family with toddlers to make a home on the beautiful 650 acre private off-grid island of Lambay, 3 miles off the coast of Co Dublin. My wife Brooke and I came here from England and are raising our 2 toddlers (1 and 2) on the island; we would like to home-school but would need help and the support of a small community in addition to the 4-5 resident workforce: a companion for Brooke; playmates for the kids; help with schooling, kitchen garden and maintenance. A cottage and use of kitchen garden (and possibly a workshop) is on offer in return for educational / gardening / building skills and a genuine commitment for a long-term stay. The island operates as a small cattle / sheep farm and is also developing its rental accommodation; it is resupplied weekly by boat. Island life can be demanding: offer suited to mature, financially stable and level-headed applicants.

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