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Wanted warm sunny communityplace to heal for mother and child due to bereavement

Can anyone offer a place in a community in the sun for a few weeks or months to adjust to the death of my son's father? I am very creative and good with food.We can offer some work exchange or cash as long as there is space/time support for personal process. Need a place with other kids , my son is used to communal/offgrid lifestyle springwater and veg garden nice community and peaceful happy living . Open to suggestions! aeonlove@yahoo.co.uk

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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 a very practical person wanting the space to grow or make things or writer/musician/artist needing a quiet place to work in exchange for some help on the farm.

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Need community partners

I have an ground-floor flat (3 rooms) needs refurbishing, near beach and far from Lisbon - Portugal 60 kms on north-west. Plus an woodland (3,200 m2) on countryside at 6 kms from the flat. In the land I have a project to build an fence-wall and build an accommodation (30 m2) permitted of free licence, an green-house 20 m2 with an garden for fruits trees, chickens etc on permaculture life style. I enjoy cycling and hikes, camping etc. If you wish more details please contact me: predispor@gmail.com and I will let you know. Jose

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Single Parents

Are there any single parents out there that want to live communally in some way or another somewhere or another? I am 46 and my son is 10. We're not hippies, vegetarians or spiritual seekers, just "ordinary"ish people and struggling to settle in a normal life in the UK after a long time abroad and we're pretty lonely to tell the truth. I spent about 13 years in India and 4/5 other years backpacking around the middle east and se asia. My son was born and raised in India unit he was 6.5. We've been back in the UK four years and both really struggling with the isolated life here after many years of a full social life in the sun in Goa. My kid needs educating and I'm not patient enough to homeschool alone although I'd be up for sharing homeschooling with similar people and kids of similar ages. Otherwise he needs to be in school. So I need to be in the UK for the next 8-10 years to get him educated or somewhere abroad with free or home education and be able to earn a living... and then I want to go to warmer climes again. If any of this sounds interesting to you... please get in touch. Thanks Ruth and Eden NB. I've had several replies, it seems, from single men looking for partners. I'm not looking for a man here... unless he is a single father with a son around about the 10 year old mark!!!. I'm absolutely 100% NOT LOOKING FOR A ROMANTIC/SEXUAL PARTNER, so if that's your tack... please try elsewhere. Thanks

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Wanted:caravan parking or barn/yard to rent/anything??

(Updated Apr'17)I'm medically retired NHS paramedic and looking for parking to rent for a touring size caravan in which i live full time.Currently im staying on authorised camping and caravan sites in Warwickshire/Oxfordshire no longer desperate to move, just looking for something a little longer term. Ideally a quiet spot on a farm or in a forest/woodland area or small certified caravan site. May consider a work on site arrangement in lieu of rent if mutually beneficial.I currently work part time as a photographer and writer but ive experience with heavy plant and machinery and large livestock /heavy horses and have an hgv license. I will also consider caretaker/security/warden position for cottage,house,cabin,bothy ,forest or woodland etc or as live-in or on-site caretaker /housekeeper in lieu of rent over winter months or longer term - Ive plenty of experience and can provide references if required...must be a pet friendly arrangement (I have a cat companion). Unlikely id be interested in a large commune or spritual development centre to be fair so if you are one please dont waste your efforts writing to me.(so many do) Ideally im looking for highlands or islands of Scotland or Yorkshire Dales, but I'll consider other parts of UK (Northern England /Wales /South West).

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Retired couple needed

70 acre totally secluded organic farm in the Black Mountains needs a couple who can keep a general eye on the place when the owner is away. Light tasks such as receiving guests in two holiday lets on the grounds will be asked for. Accommodation available.

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Wanted.. A new home, Mid Wales / Shropshire area..

Hi.. Im a well Travelled, Spiritual 53 year young, Woodman/ Metalman/ Handyman/ Traveller/ Outdoors man. I live in my hand build motorhome and tow a workshop on wheels.. Im now looking for a very quiet park up or to move indoors for myself and my cat.. I want to move back to Mid Wales/ Shropshire area.. Anything concidered... Thank you and Blessings. 07707640282 Spike...

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Room in a Peacefull House

Large single room available to rent (possible Housing Benefit)in my 2 bedroom terraced house in Mid-Cheshire. Reduced rent as I continue to renovate and re-decorate. Not available till after New Year 2017 Good Luck

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Peacefull park up engine or horse..North Wales

Lovely wilderness place off grid for 6 months offered in return for some general basic diy.No cats dogs or fowl and owing to a person with a criminal record freeloading spoiling the balance previously,a statement of no criminal record is requested along with a reference.Thanks.

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Lady Carpenter

Hi,my names Sam I'm a lady Carpenter in my late 40's looking for a lady or group of ladies who need someone to help around the place in exchange for a place to stay. Wether it be an out-building I could convert into a liveable space, a plot I could build a small chalet or put a caravan.As you can tell I'm looking for a long term placement not temperary. As well as being a time served Carpenter by trade I also have maintenance skills,love landscaping and gardening,The list could go on but I'll leave it there for now. Why am I asking for a lady ? well I've worked in a male environment for most of my life,I have no problem with men in general ,but wish there to be no confusion about how I'd pay my way.So If your a bloke,sorry but please don't reply you'd just be wasting your time and mine.Besides I would much rather work in a female environment. I'm a hard worker with an easy-going outlook on life, Have never been in trouble with the law,Am not religious but have no problem with those who are. I have a good sense of humour (which I believe is a must in today's world ) . I plan that whatever spare time I have I'll make handy crafts and sell at local fairs ext to sustain myself. I have worked my entire life ,I wish to live closer to nature among good people in a more sustainable way ( I no longer want to be a member of the rat race ) I want my excistance to make a difference. Basically I'm looking for somewhere to call home and someone to call friend ,if you think you could be that place and person then I look forward to your reply. Cheers Sam

message posted by Samantha Staniforth
looking for like minded people

Hey lovely people I am 36 and looking for a small area of land I can rent and put a yurt on for myself and three kids. My partner died nearly five years ago and I know I need to take my children to live of the land to help them heal and am looking for help to complete this. I hope someone can offer some help or advice I am not work shy and work on a farm at present thank you for taking the time to read this message shannon xxx

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9 acre Finca Catalonia

9 acre finca has olives, almonds, vines and 3 bed house ,lovely views, 4 kilometers to village which has everything - in need of repair and tlc, sell for £35,000 or will swap for something of equal value, canal boat or WHY

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Expression Small School in Central Portugal

Hi, We are looking for alternative Teachers and interested families for a new project opening in Central Portugal. We are a large group of home educating parents who are setting up an International School here. Children can attend from 4 to 18 and we support them in a relaxed and unpressured environment. They learn by projects and interested lead learning activities. Please feel free to get in touch if you have a background in Teaching, but are looking for somewhere where you can work alternatively with the children without the need for exams, tests, and national curriculum control. We would love to hear from genuine Teachers who have a passion for learning and at the same time are looking for a move towards a more relaxed way of life. We are based an hour from Castelo Branco. The website is www.expressioneducation.co.uk or we are on Facebook at Expression Education. Thanks, Zoe

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Nature and Art Project in Catalonia, Spain

Location Catalonia Spain. Hi, we have 28acre farm (which we are renovating) situated amidst pine, almond olive and fig trees. Forming paths and walks through the pine forest.gardening and bee keeping. The ajacent town has a train station with links to Rheus and Barcelona therefore airports. I am a textile artist,looking for inspiration in the beautiful surrounding countryside. looking for someone with similar interests to share the dream, also to help with care of invalid husband - taking for walks, and drives etc, to the many places of interest in the area - including the coast. an interest in renovating old furniture etc. no ideology - just peace and nature. good wine area! The farm has a large barn which we are hoping to convert into spaces for artists. We are making paths and walks through the pines. Other ideas welcome. Clean driving- licence a bonus have a 6 seater car. Carole. please reply to Carole

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looking for caravan tenant to help out on smallholding

Hi, I have a 12 acre smallholding- horses, cats, dogs chickens.and lots of gardening and field maintenance! postcode is GL16 8PB, I am just inside Wales.Forest of Dean. Please get in touch if you would like more info.

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Looking for property in the UK

On the look-out for an off-grid property or one in need of major development within the UK - ideally one that could be developed into two properties. Land of around an acre included. Anything considered upto £65K - cash now waiting.

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French property lying idle - needs ppl with skills to bring it back to life

Anyone interested in living in the French countryside - Charente region - rolling hills, plenty of greenery/forestry and in the middle of farming country near Confolens? Very sizable property suitable for community living after some renovations. I am happy to consider rental offers or accommodation in exchange for renovations; house habitable already with water/elec etc - barns also available for renovation and expansion of living space. SO MUCH POTENTIAL, seems a shame for it to be lying idle :(

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Sicily land with rustic house to rent or buy

A place in the sun in Sicily to rent or buy, Lovely place in the countryside with olive groove, almonds prickly pears and much more. An ideal place if you want to live off grid or pretty much self sufficient. I will consider it for rent or sale or a payment plan.

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young couple looking for small piece of land to rent

Hello! Dan and Maddy here, and Boosh the dog! We are a couple in our late twenties looking for a small plot of land to park our caravan on, preferably with potential workshop space, in exchange for a bit of rent and/or a helping hand with any jobs you might need doing. We are both hands on, outdoor folk and feel we could be useful to have around. Dan is a carpenter (with chainsaw ticket,landscaping, building) , and Maddy has some experience gardening and in animal husbandry.We just want a simple existence, with enough space to cultivate a veg garden and perhaps keep a few chickens. Some sort of water source would be necessary, electricity would be a bonus but not essential. Also we can build a composting loo if necessary.We are both drawn to the sea (particularly surfable waves!) so the areas of interest are Cornwall, Devon, Pembrokeshire,Yorkshire and the west coast of Ireland but we dont want to be restricted by this so are open to anywhere green and peaceful! After moving around quite a lot, travelling and wwoofing ,we both want to set some roots down and feel part of a community. Thanks for reading and look forward to hearing from you if you think you might have a suitable spot.you can also email madeleine.pooley@gmail.com Cheers!

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Companion/Partner

Hi,There seems to be nice people on this website,I tried dating sites but didnt like them,I would like to meet a real nice man gentle and kind.I am a nice person honest and genuine in my early sixties,separated,Thank you for reading this message.Monalisa.

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Help Needed in Bulgaria

I am in my early 60s, a single women who still is inspired by the wonders of life in all of its goodness. I have just moved into my little house in the Stara Planina mountains near Troyan in Bulgaria and would like to find someone to help me restore my beautiful but neglected home and to create fruit, veg and flower gardens. The house is very isolated being 3 kms from the village and about 2kms from the nearest neighbour, the access track is bad, more suited to a donkey than a car ! My old van does just about make it but it is very bumpy in places. The benefits are well worth it though, no noise or light pollution, serenaded by owls and jackals at night, the only other sound is from the little river. The house is very old and I want to restore it using the traditional methods it was originally built with. I need to make interior stairs, build a wood store, compost toilet and solar shower. To create gardens of beauty and a chill out area with pizza oven and outdoor kitchen for a few glamping tents. I need to enclose the land with a cow proof fence and lots of repairs to the access track. There are trees to cut back and scrub to clear, I am also wanting to cut and lay the hedge along the garden boundary. Birds to be listened to, a lake to be swum in and beautiful clean mountain air to be breathed, fun to be had and laughter to be heard ! The house is small but you will have your own single room so when the weather is colder I can only host one person, for the summer I will buy a large bell tent and furnish it to make a glamping space so can then have 2 people, friends or a couple.. There is electricity and the water comes straight from the mountain, so no chemicals. The installation of a water heater for the shower is my first job. This area of Bulgaria is very rich in culture and natural beauty, as I am new to the area I will be going out exploring and visiting local sites so we can have trips out together. Whenever I go into the village or town you will be welcome to come along. I will supply a mountain bike for your use. I live a very relaxed life, being at one with my rural environment. I enjoy sitting around a fire outside when the weather is warm enough, sharing stories. If you are a musician or singer that would be great. I eat mostly veggie but have the odd carnivorous moment.

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New members wanted for housing coop

Hello prospective housing coop member - 105 Scraptoft Lane, Leicester was set up 2 years ago as a housing co-op in order to provide a home for 6 people. It is a detached house 3 miles from the centre of the city but in a wonderfully green oasis. The large back garden connects to a shared space (with the occupants of the two houses to our west) where there is a polytunnel, studio, cabin, pond, forest garden and beehives. And that in turn leads into allotment gardens, 6 of which are worked by these 3 houses, whose gardens are linked and whose inhabitants co-exist in a friendly and co-operative manner. So we have an urban frontage, with bus stops outside the door and a public park, and a rural backage with hidden gardens and trees and space and opportunities. The present occupants are a home educating 59 year old granny, her 25 year old son and girlfriend, and 17 year old daughter. We are all Aspies. 105 was set up to provide secure housing for people who may find it hard to manage all the 21st century skills needed to maintain independent living on their own, and with a permaculture interest (although the more experienced permaculturist has left). We are variously a CSA founder grower (Community Harvest Whetstone), a science school techie, a Magic the Gathering player and tournament judge, a dancer-in-training, a re-evaluation counsellor, singers, board game players, fire lovers, cyclists, campers; vegetarians, meat eaters and raw foodies; non-smokers. We have rabbits, a cat, a snake, praying mantises and very soon, a dog. We have two generous sized rooms available on the ground floor, one of which could be self-contained to some degree. We each pay (some with housing benefit) £72 a week rent, plus a share of the utilities (currently £5 a week). There are solar panels and solar thermal hot water heating, double glazing and gas central heating. An enormous rainwater collection tank in the garden. Large kitchen, sunroom, sitting room, downstair WC and shower as well as upstairs bathroom. The challenges of administering this house and garden need to be shared: at the moment most of the work lies with the old one :). Do get in touch if you want somewhere to live which offers the building of relationships through the shared work of maintaining paradise! A commitment to frequent communication is essential. There is the opportunity to buy loanstock in the property but it is not a priority.

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Partner/girlfriend wanted for land/home development and living the dream...

Hi, been living and travelling on my own now for a few to many years and feels like it would be better to be with someone now. I've a few acres of land i live on but my motivation to work on my own is fading. Have been away living abroad a lot but now feel like meeting someone and sharing the dream is the next step. I've caravans and buildings and a few acres, its fairly rural but not far to shops and a city, Cambridge is 30+ mins away by car. Play a lot of music, violin, guitar etc, am into yoga and meditation, would like to be running holistic workshops also, here and abroad. If any of this reminds you of you lets chat ............ If your single, free and any of this interests you get in touch and we can chat.....Thanks M

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UPDATED. LIVING ON THE LAND, EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITY, CATALONIA. SPAIN

Rural, spiritual retreat center, www.anantasacredspace.com is looking for a conscious couple or two friends who are practically minded, interested in simple, clean living, permaculture, forest gardens etc. who would be happy to exchange their skills to help maintain this beautiful space and become part of the Ananta team. Opportunities possible for either 6 months of the year or all the year, long term or short term. Stone cottage or yurt accommodation provided. For a taster experience there will be volunteering opportunities from November 2017 - April 2018, meet ups with the founder will take place this Spring/Summer in Somerset, UK. Contact here for more info. Thanks

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FreeSpirit Community Living Camp... 2nd-7th Aug 2017

FreeSpirit Community Living Camp offers a wonderful opportunity for all to enjoy five relaxing and inspiring days living together as a community within the beautiful surrounds of the Wiltshire countryside. FreeSpirit is all about bringing liked mind people together, so that we may inspire one another to live more sustainable and fulfilling lives. Over the five days we will be living, working and playing together as a community with an intention of co-creating a harmonious and nurturing environment, where everyone is welcome to be themselves and are invited to share in making the camp a very special and vibrant experience. Alongside this, there is an inspiring blend of creative, playful, informative and healing workshops for all to enjoy offered by members of the community.  The camp also encourages creative independence for children, as a safe space to make friends, explore and play, whilst offering adventurous and imaginative activities. Support the day to day running of the camp, learn new ways to be more sustainable at home, discover new forms of creative expression, feel the support of kind, generous and wholesome people, let yourself relax, open up and re-discover your natural state of wellbeing. Open to all, families, couples, friends and individuals… we invite you to come and share in creating the magic of FreeSpirit!! Venue: Bush Farm Bison Centre, West Knoyle, Wiltshire BA12 6AE Tickets: http://freespiritcamp2017.brownpapertickets.com Enquiries: freespiritcampbookings@gmail.com Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651783188457141/ Ticket Prices: We wish for this event to be 100% inclusive and wouldn’t want anyone to miss it for money reasons. Although there is a set price, we also offer the option of paying less if the price is truly out of your range. Please drop us an email brief explaining your circumstances and we will see what we can work out. We offer this in trust, that folks will honour the spirit in which it is offered.

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Do you need a maintenance man / gardener for your Midlands country estate? Decent van dweller seeks peaceful place to park.

Favour for parking spot returned by me in the form of weekly building and garden maintenance work on your estate. If you have enough permanent work to employ me for up to a minimum of twenty hours per week (or up to forty hours per week that's if you have plenty of work) then I would be most interested in negotiating a salary for working for you and also a charge for parking and living on your land. I'm a quality and very capable multi skilled worker who has been employed in technical building and grounds maintenance and construction positions at various places in the past including large hotels, schools and other large establishments. I hold good references from past employers. I'm ideally searching for a land or estate owner who is based in the countryside, anywhere within the Midlands / West Midlands / Shropshire / Staffordshire or Worcestershire areas of the UK. I am a decent, respectable, well spoken, hard working, forty eight year old, presently single, peace loving, alternative minded, river cottage biased male van dweller who has an eye for detail and a love of nature, wildlife, camping, living off grid and being outdoors. I am fit and healthy and I don't take drugs. I'm not very materialistic and I choose to live a simple, cheap and very legal life living in my standard sized Ford Transit van. I am looking for a safe and peaceful place to park on evenings and weekends or full time parking if I worked on your land. I would be very open to renting out a large garage or secure shed too if you have one for let in order to store my stuff which is currently in storage elsewhere. This isn't a necessity though if you do not have any storage! I would be happy to act as a watchman while on your land or provide occasional company for an old person or for any woman who lives alone and who would like to feel more protected or less lonely. My van is taxed, insured and roadworthy. All I would need would be: access to an external cold water supply, access to a washing machine,bin,tumble drier and or clothes line. I would be very happy to shower outside behind a screen at the rear of my van using my own low voltage hot power shower system so I would need no access to any house other than for letter collection that is if you were happy for me to use your address as a care of address for my post. Very occasionally I may need a 240 volt connection but I do have solar panels and extra batteries on board so this would be very rare. I would be happy keeping myself to myself (if preferred) parked up in a quiet corner of a field or in someone’s country garden or estate where there is access to the road. I own a new high quality Balmoral lawnmower which gives perfect stripes on quality lawns plus other garden equipment and many other tools. I'm a country loving man who does not enjoy crowded town and city areas and I am fed up of parking over night in laybys on noisy main roads or in busy places in towns. I would love to find a nice spot to park up in the countryside on private land somewhere.I would also be open and willing to integrate with a group of nice peace loving, alternative minded people on a nature biased commune set up somewhere in the Midlands area too. If you have up to twenty or more hours of work per week then I would be most interested. If you are interested and if you are based in the above areas of Britain (or anywhere in the UK if you have enough permanent weekly work) then please get in touch! I very much look forward to hearing from you. We can then arrange to chat over the telephone and meet up to discuss the terms. Kind regards, Gram.

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Anyone wants to share this with us?

We live in Finland and have found that we need an alternativ timeshare home in southern Europe. Why own a holiday house or second home alone when one can share? I have been looking for places in southern Europe. This house in Italy has now popped up again after having been taken off the market some months ago. I just love it! Maybe you want to share it or a similar one with us? Please write to me to tell me more about your dream of a house in the south of Europe. We would love to find a place where we can host courses as well as spend holidays with family and friends. http://www.gate-away.com/property_detail.php?id=107497

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Seeking a peaceful house share or communal space not too far from London

I am a 40 yr old female of Indian origin. I am currently abroad but looking to return to UK in mid April. I am seeking a house share or communal space that's low in rent or accepts work as exchange. I have very good office administration/ event planning skills. As I have been away for a few months I am looking for a relaxed,friendly and peaceful place to arrive in and settle for 2-3 months. I am a vegetarian, into holistic living, enjoy walks,nature, travel,yoga, meditation. I am quite independent and value my space but also like meeting new people. I follow an Ayurvedic diet so would need to prepare my own meals except on occasion when I could share food communally. I am not looking for positions requiring a lot of physical activity due to health reasons. The place needs to be in close proximity to London which is where I usually live. I don't have my own transport so would prefer somewhere that has good bus or train connections.Get in touch if you know of anywhere! Thanks.

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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 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. Thank you.

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Long term volunteers needed on self-sufficient farm in Norway

We are a young couple, who run a small organic farm in southern Norway, producing food mainly for our own consumption. We have farmed here for 3 years now, with the help of many woofers along the way. Our goal at the moment is to produce as much of our own food as possible, while living in a way that is environmentally sound, and close to nature. We grow our own grains (barley, wheat and oats) alot of root crops, and as many other vegetables as possible. We also keep two milking cows, and make our own cheese, butter etc. We have chickens for eggs, and sheep for meat, and a working horse who helps us plough the fields and transport firewood etc. We also have alot of forest which provides us with all our firewood needs. After these first few years we are really feeling the need for long term volunteers, as opposed to woofers, who generally only stay one month. We have started to find it a bit draining to have new people here all the time, especially when we find ourselves teaching people the same things over and over again. We also believe this is a great opportunity for people who want to learn about small-scale farming, self-suffiency and living on the land, and the longer you stay, the more you learn! Of corse we are still very much on a steep learning curve, but we feel we have alot to share already, and if anyone had a particular interest then we would be happy to try to teach them as much as possible, e.g: growing vegetables, home dairying, traditional haymaking etc. Our farm is very old, and needs lots of restoration work. All the buildings are made of wood (mainly log-built) so we would love to have someone with carpentry or building skills, but any practical skills are useful of corse. We live a bit old-fashioned in many ways- we don't have a tractor so all the farm work is done manually or with the horse. We also don't have an electric washing machine or a fridge, and we don't have a bathroom. Instead we use a compost toilet, and a do our washing in a bike-powered machine. So if you want to stay here, you must be willing to live without many modern comforts. We do have running water and electricity. We would like this to be an exchange, so we would give you food and lodgings in exchange for your work. Ideally we are looking for people to stay several months, or even years! But if you can't stay that long but are really interested just contact us and we can discuss it! email: hanna.testroet@riseup.net

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