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Lift share to Bulgaria end of March

Hello, I have space for 3 people for a one way trip to Bulgaria at the end a March. Approx £200 per person, route to be decided and possible drop off on way. Staying in cheap accomodation enroute. Please contact me on this site thanks.

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Looking to make some connections...

Hi, I live in the UK and I'm planning a trip to Europe this year to visit some communities and learn about this way of life. I'm interested in buying a piece of land or joining an existing community to start living simply and self-sufficiently. I am particularly interested in doing this in Europe. So far I have found a few very expensive possibilities (650 Euros for an experience week!) that do not interest me. I'm hoping to exchange my hard work for knowledge and experience. I'm considering WWOOFing and Workaway. Does anyone have any advice or information that might be useful? I'm hoping to make some connections with like minded people. It would be great to hear from you if you can help or perhaps you're in a similar position? Cheers. Jon

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2 bedroomed smallholding to let in bulgaria

we have a lovely 2 bed modern smallholding to let long term here in the wine growing region of Bulgaria!The cottage sits on an acre of land with barns and storage buildings.(more land if you want to rent) Cottage has modern bathroom , fully equipped kitchen , 2 bedrooms and lounge with wood burner, private garden and patio.With beautiful views down this quaint valley! here time has stood still ...horses and carts trundle by, the shepherds walk past with their cows and goats; the air is clean and the summers are long,perfect for growing and full of wildlife.We live in the next cottage ...we are permaculterists and have flocks of birds and a few sheep ...the village has bars , post office ,pharmacy doctors and shops ...also buses running to the nearest towns ..where both national and international connections can be made by train...Romania is 2 hours away , Turkey is 6 hours, Greece 3 hours Rental monthly is £250 Deposit £300....Bartering is a way of life here so open to negotiations on that rent...why not take a while out of the hustle and bustle and step into a slower ,gentler way of life !

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Annex for a lodger/s with communal yard and nature reserve.

Located near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, we are a family looking to share our community space and our ideals. We are currently looking for a lodger or lodgers for our 1/2 bedroom annex. We would prefer to share with fellow vegetarians/vegans and, as this is a nature reserve, we are unable to accept pets. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

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Seeking tenancy of a garden house, an annexe or a converted barn

While living in the S.E. of Devon UK, as a lodger/caretaker/gardener in an old Victorian home, I'm on the look out for an independent tenancy, in this part of the UK, choosing to live in my own space, kitchen etc. preferably also the private use of a garden, or piece of a garden. I'm Dutch by birth and moved to the UK in 2015. Living rural at the seaside is welcome, as long as there's bus-transport nearby. I'm saving for an e-bike now. The rent I can afford is max. 400 BP a month, all bills included. From July 1st 2020 I'll by able to apply for housing benefit, free to choose a higher payment of rent. I also offer work in exchange for a lower monthly rent. My skills are house/pet sitting, garden maintenance, growing organic vegetables and flowers, crafting with wool, cooking: vegetarian and a small percentage of red and white meat, plus fish. I've worked as a self employed organic caterer, childminder and nutritionist, now retired since Jan. 1st 2016. Writing, hiking, swimming and singing are favourite pastimes for me, making drawings in nature too. I'm not yet in a hurry to move, but please, when you've decided to rent out part of your property, or your home, on a long-term basis, your email message is appreciated!

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Wanted: Good woman 45-65 ish

You: Calm, nurturing, happy, strong, resourceful, empathetic, and open minded, with driving license and desire to become live in friend, social companion and helper. Me: Vivacious, sapiosexual lady in mid 50's with anxiety and a moderate degree of PTSD, not interested in dating. Many interests, including rocket mass stoves/heaters, composting toilets, living off grid, permaculture and community living etc :-) Accommodation is offered rent free in exchange for help with cooking, cleaning and initially help to declutter and organise other stuff around the home. You would need to pay your own way when it comes to food and housekeeping costs because I'm very much into good quality food and making as much as possible from basic ingredients, where practical, avoiding processed food. No palm oil, hydrogenated veg oil, etc... The eventual hope is to co organise and develop a structure that will be the launch pad for a small community to develop. If you enjoy a challenge, are reliable, respectful, warm and friendly with a sense of humour, integrity and desires to build a self sufficient, permaculture type way of living as as green and frugal as possible, please contact me! :-) I have my own large (but for the moment cluttered) home, 2 miles from the beach with a small garden and a friend half a mile away who has a garden that can be developed like an allotment. I am located in between the popular seaside towns of Poole and Bournemouth, on the south coast of England and ideally located for all amenities and transport links. For now, this means being located in town but my ambition is to find something quieter without being far from the necessities. I have just acquired a small, old motorhome too and am aiming to get out and have fun times as soon as I can find the right lady to enjoy helping me gently build the confidence to expand my horizons. So someone with relevant experience too would be pretty wild! :-) Long term goals are to research the foundation of building a small intentional community for the joy of mutual support and friendship. I am working to sell my home when the appropriate group of people have coalesced and when we have identified what direction we need to go in based on group skills, needs and resources. 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 and the times you are available too and I will be very pleased to phone you! For some reason I never seem to get proper notifications from this site and have missed too many messages so please do email me directly on the address above if you want to be assured of a reply. Looking forward to hearing from you. :-) Ad astra, let the adventure begin...! :-)

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Great Accommodation, South 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.State support is fine.£330 pcm fully inclusive.Thank you.Contact glyn james either via this site or direct on 07392060754 or oakapple5@yahoo.co.uk Thank you.

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Accomodation for help

Help/ companion wanted for slightly disabled gent, 65, on Scottish island. Large croft beside sea. Must like remote countryside and green issues.

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Living on the land

Is there anybody out there looking at buying land (and has the availabile capital) and thinking maybe there is an advantage to joining up with someone else's capital to buy a larger piece to enable living on the land. We have come to the conclusion that it may be easier planning wise to link up with someone and get 15 acres or thereabouts. We can afford, depending on area, only a handful of acres which is alot harder to try differing planning techniques. We are looking at England anywhere in from the Midlands to the south coast. Unfortunately not Wales Devon or Cornwall. Plan to be more diggers than dreamers. Anyone in similar situation want to get in touch?

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Gardener/builder wanted N. Lincs

We are in the early stages of creating a community but have bought an adjoining property and are having all the basics done professionally and to Building Standards. For the next phase we need some help getting the garden and final stages in the house (joinery, brickies, decorating, tiling etc) done. This could take 6 months or so. We have space to park up a van if you have one. The project involves our house and the (was) derelict house next door, which we have had re-roofed, new windows, all new plumbing and gas CH now and all new electrics. It was a complete ruin six months ago. Now we need the garden sorting out too and we dont have a clue. I would like a kitchen garden plus the area behind the house into a small courtyard garden. We may also require some help in the house so anyone with plastering, bricky, joinery skills can make a home here for a while. All the infrastructure is being done to Building Standards as the long term view is a community living. Which at the moment means you have to have HMO standards or people from different backgrounds cannot co-habitate. We are getting all that done. We just need people now, preferably mature people over 45 with no dependent kids, to come and help get this thing off the ground. The idea is to build a community for cool seniors who dont want to end up in commercial care homes. I'm 55, my husband is 60. There is no capital investment needed at this point. Just an interest. But in the meantime we need younger people or skilled workmen to help us build the dream. It will be you next!

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Room to Rent in Glasgow

I have double room to let. The location is in Glasgow.On the outskirts in Kings Park area. £204 PCM includes bills(electric and gas) Double glazing central heating throughout the building. Shared lounge bathroom and kitchen. Near to local shops (post office grocers..)and public transport links to city centre. For relaxation great parks near by too. In process of creating a lovely forest garden. Vegans are welcome.

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Looking for a place to live and play music.

Hello. I am a 36 year old woman. I am looking for a completely different situation for living. I want a place to live (I live in England) where I am free to sing any time I feel like it. Also, who accept DSS. Also I would like some company. If it is alone that is fine. If it is a room in your house that is also fine. I am sort of also hoping for people who know about alternative healing techniques as I am looking for complete rejuvination. If not it's fine too. Does anybody have any offers? Also I would really like to get to get together with musicians who are looking for somebody to sing. So altogether I want a place to live where I am free to sing, eg thick walls in a house or preferably no nieghbours or even better; a community where there are spiritual healers and musicians galore. A place where I can feel free and confident! Are there any offers or ideas?

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A place in southern Sweden anyone?

Hello! Interested in Scandinavia anyone? I am looking for a place in Skåne in southern Sweden where I can realize creative and "reko" (a word in Swedish often meaning local, sustainable, fair and organic) ideas. I am interested to move to Röstånga reko-village when it is built and that is why I, or we, are interested in moving to this particular area which is also close to Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen (1h). I would like to hear from you who are interested in living in this geographical area where also other exciting projects are taking form and create a sustainable community embedded in the local community. I found a building for sale which has lots of space and possibilities. It could be a good co-space and living space as well. This is not a job offer but if you have project ideas that you would like to realize and live on this might be for you. Come and discuss your community and project visions in our Facebook community page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3022899104402686/

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Very experienced Multi Skilled Estate Handyman, Gardener, Chauffeur, Large Vehicle Driver and very decent van dweller seeks handyman work on an estate plus a peaceful place to park overnight in Central England/Wales/Midlands area..

Favour for a parking spot would be returned by me in the form of weekly garden maintenance or building maintenance work on your home or estate. I'm ideally looking for a forty hour per week job but I will settle for less if I can find extra work elsewhere. I'm a quality and very capable multi skilled maintenance man with good references who is presently looking for a new multi skilled handyman/gardener/driver job ideally on a single estate in the Central England/Wales or in or around the Midlands area of the U.K. I have been employed in similar multi skilled, technical building and gardening, grounds maintenance and construction positions at various places in the past including large hotels, schools, country etates and other establishments. I'm a decent, respectable, well spoken, hard working, fifty year old, presently single, peace loving, alternative minded van dweller who has an eye for detail. I love nature, wildlife, camping, living off grid and being outdoors. I'm 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. 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 once a week, a 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 my van 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 so I would be happy to negotiate a weekly payment or number of hours of work to pay for my nightly parking spot. 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 the city. 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 central England/Wales/Midlands area if I can find one. If you are looking for a handyman and gardener and if you are based in or near the areas mentioned then please get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Gram.

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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 - house sound and dry but requires fitting out, would suit DIY skilled person, offers around £30,000

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

I'm medically retired from NHS and looking to move soon so seek parking to rent for a touring size caravan in which i live full time. Ideally a quiet spot on a family farm with water electricity on site or small rural certified caravan site. Or would rent a rural yard or barn steading with yard or forest/woodland site. Or alternatively may consider caretaker/security/warden/housekeeper arrangement,Ive plenty of experience and can provide references. Must be pet friendly,ive two cat companions. 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. Not at all interested in living in a large working farm commune or religious/spiritual development centre (Im often asked,please dont waste your time asking me.Iike my peace and quiet and have no time for religion at all.) IM looking for somewhere in highlands or islands of Scotland,preferably western Scotland. Feel free to message,Ill reply asap subject to internet being available.

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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 to the south, Serbia to the west, and Roumania to the North, we get about 300 days of sunshine each year, even today, the sun is out. Interested ? if so drop us a line for more details, 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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Vacancies in Sustainable Community in Gweek, Cornwall

Holifield Farm Project is a community project based in the beautiful hamlet of Gweek, South West Cornwall on the Helford River. We believe in renewable energy, sustainable development and recycling. The main business on the farm is a Day Care centre for adults with special needs. The trainees do horticulture, animal care, lots of arts & crafts, yoga and more. We also run events, hire out marquees, process salvaged timber, and we have several other building & maintenance jobs on the go. Including a Hostel which is nearly complete. TO READ THIS MESSAGE IN A MORE READABLE FORMAT GO TO http://www.holifieldfarmproject.co.uk/wp2/job-opportunity We are looking for a couple of positive, passionate, ethically-minded people to move onsite, preferably in their own caravan (accomodation is up for discussion), in exchange for one day of work per week each on Holifield Farm Project. We ask for some extra voluntary days when we run our few annual events. THE JOBS/SKILLS WE NEED COVERED: A Personal Assistant (PA) to oversee the PR and Marketing of some aspects of our project also to manage communications and admin. The ideal candidates would have good organisational and communications skills. Experience of funding applications is desirable but not essential. The job description : To help promote and co-ordinate some of our projects including: ROOTS One Planet Thinkers Collective is a non-profit social enterprise. Read more here www.holifieldfarmproject.co.uk/wp2/roots We need someoneto manage ROOTS: *to update the blog regularly with sustainable, environmental useful information - focusing on low-impact living. *to source and apply for grants and fundraise in order to run events about low impact living. *to organise these events which could involve workshops, flims & talks to do with low-impact living *to manage social media & marketing to do with Roots Hostel - Our hostel is nearly complete and ready for providing short breaks for people with Special Needs. The candidate would help with the PR marketing of this project along with possible funding bids. The job role would be flexible and we also welcome applicants with experience of working within the Caring professions or with building/construction experience. THE FACILITIES: We have a flat established site for a caravan/cabin/structure, have a communal shower (20p for 2 mins), compost loos, flushing loos, wifi available in the tea room in the evenings, bank holidays & weekends, communal washing machine. There are drinking water taps (from our borehole) and a possibility of access to electricity, although your own solar panels would be ideal. We have monthly community meetings and communal meals once every 2 weeks, usually on Wednesday evenings. If you feel you are the person or couple for the job (family friendly), please email us on holifieldfarmproject@yahoo.co.uk with a bit about you & we can organise a time for you to come and meet us and get a feeling for this unique project, and whether it's for you. This would ideally be week days between 9 and 4 when the day centre is on. More info about the farm at www.holifieldfarmproject.co.uk PS. For clarity, the above jobs would take place as part of your one day per week exchange for living here - we don't currently have any paid positions.

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Permagricole, Near Bordeaux, France

Permagricole - South West France – Live-in Helpers Wanted We are looking for short and long-term live-in helpers who want to contribute to a new permaculture and agroforestry project on our farm in South West France. The farm, which has registered organic status, is situated around a former cognac distillery and extends over 100 acres. It is 45 minutes North of Bordeaux, 2km outside the town of Montendre. The farm consists of a vegetable plot, lake, stream and expansive meadowland that over time will be developed into forest gardens. In our first year of running we have developed a fruit and vegetable plot. Over the next year we will be expanding this current plot as well as planting 20 acres of mixed trees. In due course we will intersperse these trees with mixed perennial crops. We will also be introducing chickens and other livestock to the farm. We have converted sections of the old distillery, part of which makes up the living quarters for the helpers and us. We are gradually converting other parts of the building and are welcoming helpers with personal ‘sustainable’ projects that need space to be explored and developed. We are now looking for enthusiastic, hard working people to contribute their time and energy to the project. We are open to long and short term applicants. You should be interested in learning new skills and be happy to share your own knowledge. You should enjoy working as part of a team and be embracing of a communal way of living. Due to the infancy of the project it is well suited to those who enjoy practical problem solving and are interested in learning on the job about permaculture design. Experience in organic farming is ideal though not a essential. This new project is being headed by Kath Shortland. Kath is a part time blacksmith and homeopath and now a full time farmer. She has been growing food for many years and has studied permaculture in the UK. Kath’s brother Eric also contributes his time and expertise when he is not working on his organic farm in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Please get in touch and tell us about your experience and what you will bring to this project. Come and enjoy working this wonderful piece of French countryside with us and join our team who live, work, grow and cook together. We now have instagram and facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/permagricole/ https://www.instagram.com/permagricole/?hl=en

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Villa and land now for sale in Puglia Italy

Countryside villa and amazing land close to the sea in beautiful Puglia Italy. Change in family circumstance forces sale of family home. 2 bedroom, 2 reception room, large kitchen diner. Property is surrounded by olive groves on 3 sides. Large terrace and pergola, benefits from own well. Stunningly designed mature garden. 3,500 square metres of well established land with 55 olive trees many fruit trees. much more to say . Selling for only 150,000 Euros. Can send photos video etc. Perfect for self sufficient lifestyle in ideal location. If seriously interested please contact holistic-help@live.co.uk. Morgan

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Open minded open hearted exchange

Dear friends, My name is Rade and I am trying to find someone out there who would be kind enough to try and exchange a small piece of their land where I could park a converted luton van and access it when ever needed.Ideally, as close as possible to London. What I bring onto the table is my good will to help the owner with whatever they might need help with on their land and the option of using my off grid cabin in Portugal as a place to spend some time during the year and sincere gratitude for reaching out and trying a new way of exchanging. My future Luton Van project is not done yet but I hope by spring time,possibly earlier, I will have it finished. I live in London,sadly,and I would like to be able to come and go from the land with maybe a short notice to the owner of a few days. The size of the land is not important really, just a place to park and a few square metres for access.As long as the area is dry and does not flood,we'll be happy.Woodland also fine. My 12y old daughter and me would sometimes spend a weekend there or just drive away for a few days. As I have said the owner of the land would be more then welcome to use my newly built small cabin in rural Portugal, near the river and easily accesible, possible caravan parking. I have experience with living off grid, wood working, building(with wood). Ideally, I would not like to involve money in this exchange. I am happy to help out and rest assured that I'll do my best to balance out the exchange. I am very open to any suggestions. Thank you so much for reading my post. Lots of Love, Rade

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