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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 with maybe an acre of land that might like to try their hand sailing ? May deliver to France in spring .Please drop me a line , regards , Chris .

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General Genuine Enquiry

Hi , I was originally looking at your site for my son , knowing he would be perfect for an "off grid" lifestyle , it's something I have always wanted to do , but thought I was now too old (52) and there to my surprise was a couple of notices for the mature person .So I thought I'd let you all know I'm here and to contact if you want . Thanks Abigail

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Helping Hand Wanted

We are looking for a labourer/craftsman for a six month period from September 2017 to February/March 2018 to carry out various indoor and outdoor work through the autumn and winter period. The core skills we require are carpentry, solid DIY experience, land management, knowledge of eco living and fit and healthy for occasions where lifting heavy objects is required. We are asking for 6 hours a day, 30 hours a week. Working times may be flexible depending on the work load and progress of jobs. Accommodation is available in a bedsit or alternatively a parking space is on the land for a van. Are you compatible, energetic, warm, mature, positive, calm, respectful, reliable, good communicator, consistent and not shy of work for a fair return? We are in situated in Mid Devon amongst woodland and rolling hills with very close access to Dartmoor. Main road links along with rail links are readily accessible. We have 3 ½ acres of land to manage and are commencing the next stage of building our small retreat which includes re-developing current buildings and establishing new facilities. We are now at a stage of requiring additional help with carpentry , clearing land , dismantling old structures to replace with more modern rustic buildings for accommodation and courses run at the retreat. What we have to offer is a beautiful space to enjoy and explore and room to park your vehicle. We have full facilities with toilets , a hot shower , small kitchen (which occasionally requires flexibility of use if a workshop is on) and access to laundry equipment. A food allowance and stipend will be available for exchange of your labour. If you are interested to join us on our project please forward information about yourself, the skills you can offer, examples of previous work and any references.

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Offering land to share

Isle of Wight, plot of land offered for veg growing, ideally some one who is really interested in sustainable living, having a cuppa and a natter, preferably female. I have a no dig veg plot,Orchard and keep a few sheep. Also love planting trees and watching them grow. Xxx Bec

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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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Longest-Term Thrival-Survival

Where could I an elderly state-pensioner promoting peacefully-progressive sustain-worthiness, either fit into an existing "Sustainworthy-ing" community, or real on-the-ground or on a Not-For-Profit e-site such as the three I submit to the public (below).. Or how might I find a few people to found and develop a "sustainworthying" community ? Please see my background situation and present-continuous "predicamant" via www.lifefresh.co.uk and www.one-human-living.com and via the House of Lords 'democratic-reach-out'. http://lordsoftheblog.net as MilesJSD. Warm regards, John Miles

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Permaculture/forest garden in France

Permagricole Near Bordeaux France Project Permagricole: Help 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 building s 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 early next year and looking for other people to help on the project. This could be long term or short term depending on what work. Short term: work would consist of 25 hours per week in return for healthy home cooked food and accommodation which will be basic at first but the plan is to build rooms within the building. There is already a toilet, shower and kitchen. Alternatively it would be possible to live in temporary tents/yurts etc if that is preferred. Long term: we are also looking for someone who has experience on a large farm and some experience with permaculture, this would be paid work. I have some experience with organic growing but not a lot regarding permaculture, but I am doing some courses to learn the basics. I am also an artist-blacksmith and homeopath. I like the idea of a group of us who work, grow and cook together: an intentional community. The farm and buildings have loads of potential but any projects would need to be sustainable, ecological and good for the world ☺. Let me know if this sounds interesting to you and if so lets chat and share ideas. Kath

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Independent property for rent and help on communal yard

Located near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, we are a family looking to share our community space and our ideals. We are looking for a couple or young family to “rent” a separate independent property on our yard by helping us manage our 22 acre nature reserve, create our organic fruit and vegetable garden, run our holiday letting business, develop our space for retreats, etc. This is a new project and may develop in unexpected ways! Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

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Help needed.

old zenish organic hippy with references and good sense of humour.Not heavy work.Gwynedd area.

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Help Offered

I would love to help those with a similar outlook achieve their projects in exchange for a genuinely welcoming living environment, whether that be short or long term. I am particularly passionate about growing fruit, vegetables and herbs, using organic permaculture methods where possible and I love cooking enjoyable as well as nourishing foods using fresh ingredients. I enjoy learning new things and I'm not afraid of physical work. I work as a Lifestyle Coach using natural therapies such as yoga and meditation, herbs, homeopathy and massage to promote wellbeing. If you think I can help in any way I would love to hear from you.

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Opportunity for land based, low impact people.

Looking for people who are committed to living a low-impact sustainable life style and have land based skills for an off-grid small holding on the Somerset/Dorset border. Communal food growing/land maintenance/animal care. Will need to have own self-contained dwelling.

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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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Small Home Wanted :)

Small cottage/house/home wanted ideally near a church/chapel and stream/welI. I am a 39 year old single lady and a wanting to have a home in a community context where I can offer hospitality. Having worked in the the charity/Voluntary sector for many years I feel it would be helpful for me to have a home base to both offer hospitality and to be a launch pad from which to continue my humanitarian work. Open to area, but Suffolk, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire & wales appeal. Yurt/cabin/bricks. Homely & practical needed.

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Wanted: Happy, mature, calm, nurturing, reliable, poss spiritual lady 45-65 ish with integrity

All the above, (plus driving license if possible), desirous to become live in friend, social companion and helper for sociable lady in mid 50's with anxiety and a degree of PTSD, not interested in dating. Accommodation is offered rent free in exchange for some part time help with cooking, cleaning and other stuff around the home and a financial contribution to bills and housekeeping costs. I'm very much into good quality food and making as much as possible from basic ingredients, avoiding processed food. No palm oil, hydrogenated veg oil, etc... If you are reliable, respectful, warm and friendly with a sense of humour, integrity and desires to live in a self sufficient, permaculture type way and as green and frugal as possible, this could be your opportunity! :-) I have my own large home, 2 miles from the beach with a small garden in a popular seaside town on the south coast of England and ideally located for all amenities and transport links. I'm also looking at acquiring a camper van as soon as I can for expanding my horizons and having adventures with my companion. So someone with relevant experience (or even a van!) would be pretty wild! :-) Ultimate aim will be to found a small community for mutual support and friendship. If any of this resonates with you, please do message me with details of you and your circs, hopes and dreams at bumfodderdisposal at gmail dot com and I will respond. Include a phone number too and I will be pleased to phone you also! For some reason I never seem to get proper notifications from this site and have missed too many messages.

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1 Huge Room in Friendly, Community-Minded House-Share in Bristol

Full details here: https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/avon/easton/4605532

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Farm Cornwall

Couple with home educated 6 yr old girl and 13 yr old boy (part time) with off grid farm in SW Cornwall are looking for energetic couple/person with young children or not . To help look after the farm and animals, and occasionally be responsible for the farm when we go away,upto 15% of the time. Be around especially during certain busy times of the year haymaking/TB testing etc. We are about 80% self sufficient.20 north devon cows.We milk 2 jersey cows once a day. make cheese . 4 pigs. 50 chickens. 2 shire horses and a sizable veg patch.Over the next 2 years we hope to plant 6 acres of woodland. We are passionate about; simple ,low impact living, being close to nature, pedal powered machinery ,and our jersey milk. We re use and repair as much as possible. We are industrious and enjoy physical work we seek to find the right balance of working hard ,creativity ,and play. We live close to nature in a simple small wooden cabin. We wish to promote gentle living and are looking for quiet caring gentle people who are willing to learn. There is an insulated wood cabin 16ftx9ft available.This is not a payed poisition.Thanks Paul Harriet

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would anyone like to come and help us in Bulgaria ?

Hiya everyone.......... I'm Annette, and with my Husband Chris... ( this is His Account ) 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 Bye for now. Annette and Chris.

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Study (Peace) Haven - Haizean (Basque for In The Wind).

Help required from a person with compassion and wisdom. Clydebank/Scotstoun/Scotland needs a peace centre. The project will follow on from a book written by two writers (Haizean; currently on amazon.co,uk). A study haven run by an experienced writer/journalist. Marcel Proust, the French novelist, observed that "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes". He realised that by working with other people we learn about their cultures and become able to explore new ideas and prospects. Options that would not have occurred to us before stand out as obvious if we understand how other people experience the world. This is why, I believe, it is so important for students to have a deeper global awareness and understanding of other cultures. A cleaning lady comes in once a week. The flat has been recently redecorated - new fridge, new cooker, new washing machine, new 50 inch TV in lounge, new king size beds and bedding, new study desks and new leather seats. Digital radio in kitchen. Music system and massage chair in the lounge. Treadmill too. No parties or overnight guests. All bills included except phone. Wi-Fi available. Must be tidy and very laid back. Would suit Glasgow University student.

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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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Home/yurt and land for share. Catalonia

Im looking for 2 likehearted people who are interested in simple,clean living close to nature who would like to share this wonderful peaceful offgrid lifestyle with me. There is 1 high quality 18ft insulated, semi furnished yurt available appropriate for a couple.(I Live in a little stone cottage on the property) Monthly rent is 150euros and help with light work on the property. Includes use of washing machine , water, electricity, internet connection. I am interested in people who like a peaceful life and are interested in sustainability, permaculture and spirituality. I have 1 dog. Other pets are welcome. I have 2 other yurts 1 for guest accommdation - I offer airbnb and 1 yurt as a therapy space. I have plans to travel so am looking for people who dont mind that Im not there all the time and who are also happy to look out for the place when Im away. The property is set amongst vine yards and almond and olive groves, fig trees and pine forest. We are 7km from the nearest village with main line bus station and hospital, cafes and shops. The next big town with train station etc is just 35mins away.Fantastic rock pool swimming in the national park is 30mins drive and the beach is 1hr drive. Reus airport is 1.15hrs away and barcelona 2.5hrs. Car share can also be organised. For more info, photos or connecting via skype contact me here or via email at earthlove8@hotmail.com. Some pictures although not all, can be seen on air bnb, .https://www.airbnb.es/rooms/20406149?location=Gandesa%2C%20Tarragona&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&s=TJkQrx7u

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spiritual community wanted by mature hard working Peter Pan

Looking to visit ,work , at a mature friendly none materialistic environment ...and like minded people..xxx

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Help with ecological sustainable and off-grid building design

Hello. I am an architectural technologist based near Edinburgh in Scotland. I am happy to offer a certain amount of free help and advice to charities, social enterprises and intentional communities interested in embarking on an ecological building project. I can visit projects provided they are not too distant from home. Otherwise, telephone and email enquiries are welcome. Telephone 0131 281 9040 weekdays. Email tomwallace.tom@gmail.com Best wishes, Tom

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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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Long serving volunteer seeks refuge

I am looking for somewhere with easy access to a town or a city for my dog and I, where I can digest the past 14 months, document it and finally publish. Having supported various ecological projects, and lived amongst many intentional communities, I feel that their messages need to be heard and my intention now is to voice them and gear a career towards the restoration of harmony on earth. Perhaps you are thinking of ways you can give back but haven’t got the time to commit to a cause? maybe you have an annex or a wooden shack in the back garden that you can offer to someone in need as a way of giving back? I plan to stay for winter only and use the time for creating. I am happy to help out with something in return for my stay. A little about me: I am a 35 year old woman, a vegetarian, a singer, an activist, a participatory artist, a green fingered savvy, a dog owner, a free spirit, a compassionate soul, an off-grid enthusiast, a foodie, a nomad, a fan of mantra, kirtan and yoga… and many more things… so feel free to ask me more about myself when you contact me. Ema dog is happy to answer questions too, but most of the time, she’s happy just to eat, play, and sleep. Blessings, Elaine & Ema dog.

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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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Spain, tarragona: (co)-living oportunity on farm

7 acres, electr., water, some animals (2 horses, dog, cat´s, chicken) house, big farmbuilding with seperated living-unity and much more (small pool, greenhouse, many different trees,... ). close to a small village, between the coast and mountains. would like to find 2 or 3 persons to share the farm and a sustainable, quiet life. low-cost. ideally longterm, but experienced helpers/ farmsitters welcome as well.

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Traditional Welsh Cottage for sale

Trederwen Cottage (Welsh meaning village of the Oak!) Traditional Terraced 1 bedroom character cottage for sale in Llansantffraid Powys (on the Shropshire border) located in a charming village on a leafy lane near an historic church (St Ffraids). Set within breathtaking countryside and close to Lake Verney. Great logistics ie Welshpool approx 10 miles, Oswestry approx 6 miles, Shrewsbury approx 20 miles. Welsh coast/Borth approx 54 miles. The house itself and in addition to a double bedroom and a Multi Fuel stove, also incorporates a good sized kitchen, comfy living room, craft area, study area and bathroom. Externally there is a front garden with parking for one car. A wrought Iron gate and Bamboo archway lead to a further private garden area with covered seating area, small storage shed and a number of log stores. At the rear is a seated area with log store and further storage. The gardens are a particular splendid feature of the home. The property is being marketed for sale by Woodheads Estate Agent based in Oswestry - www.woodheadsalesandlettongs.com Asking price is £73,950. We would in particular like to hear from interested parties who are cash purchasers or those already in possession of a Mortgage In Principal. All viewings are arranged via the selling agent. Any questions or further information, then please don't hesitate to contact us directly or contact the agent.

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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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accommodation and food in return for work.

hi. i am looking for accommodation /food and expenses in return for work. i am able to do most things around houses like gardening and cleaning and car washing. i have my own transport and a full clean driving licence. please ask for more skills if you are interested. i have been living in my van for over one year. please reply soon if interested and i will answer your questions. please reply to christopherstafford540@gmail.com

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mindfull senior living in Spain

Female 65+, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta orientated, practical, looking for or would like to start a mindfullness based small senior community near coast in Alicante or Costa del Sol SPAIN, with 1-2 other mindfull living 60+. Each having a separate home, either in same area or in one house, if found. Am currently looking around in above areas for possibilities. Interests/hobbies from my part are arts and creative expression, music, holistic health & wellness, yoga/meditation, satsang meetups). 60+ and interested?? Eager to hear from you. Joya 9ave99@gmail.com

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