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Finland experience

New residents or long term volunteers (1-2 persons) needed on Eastern-Finnish organic small holding. There is currently one resident (51 yo male) who needs some help and some fresh ideas. Main activities include small scale organic gardening, forestry, making of fire wood, foraging for berries and mushrooms, cooking, drumming, etc. No animals. Big wooden house, plenty of room, very quiet location. There is a very good sauna at the property. Small lake 5 min. walk. Forests everywhere around. For more details, please get in touch.

message posted by Banni
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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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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Spain-Working with Animals for Healing people recovering from trauma or terminal illness

I put a notice up a while back to do this in South America. Unfortunately, my husband died recently, so things have changed and I am moving back to the EU to be closer to the little family I have. I am looking for mature caring souls who have been through a lot themselves, and who are looking to be around conscious people and to help heal others/ to share life on a finca/ farm or suitable place*not yet found* in Spain to set up the following- Sustainable Farm for Animal therapy/ Human Healing working with specific animals/ Ecology/Art therapy retreat* for Healing people recovering from PTSD/severe trauma, grief, suicidal depression, or terminal illness. Suitable for people who are experienced with animal and human healing/ to create a co-operative with 5-8 other like minded healers/ecologists/artists/writers/alternative folk, location in rural Spain but not too far from the city or town, Cataluna area, other areas also considered. Possibly we could adapt an existing finca/farmhouse/ people with pets are welcome/ people deeply interested in offering healing or working with animals and ecology. People who have experienced and have or are recovering from grief, or who have survived and are healing or overcome deep trauma also welcome. Mostly kind hearts and wise souls and people not looking for drama, but also aware that we are all human, we need to express our humanity but in considerate and respectful forms of communication and expression within a safe and supportive community, maybe a quirky caring family of supportive folks who can all help one another to make an alternative life with an alternative community of warm reliable, real human beings and animals. lastvoicesofgaia at gmail dot com I speak English and Spanish, I have been an ecologist and rain forest activist in central and south america for eleven years. Im an author, environmental writer, paint, am a hypnotherapist, reiki, energy work, qigong, meditation /wounded healer. I have recently survived some unbelievable horrors and need to create a firm ground of healing and love to help create a new purpose in my life and help others heal too, especially looking for courageous people who are at the same point, the kind of people who have been through hellfire and back, the kind of folks who understand the depth of corruption and evil, but who want to counteract that with being kind and establishing caring solutions and ways to transform the craziness of this world by doing something that will help others. This is all I can do to keep going after losing my husband who went through serious injustices and who was my soul mate.

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For Sale

I have previously lived at Old Hall Community in Suffolk (twice) and now have a share in a field in Norfolk. Due to a change in circumstances I must now sell my tiny house. I have reduced it to £6,500, but will consider any(sensible)offer. This 14' x 8' Tiny House on Wheels was built by Tiny Eco Homes UK a year ago to my requirements but is now looking for a new owner. I started kitting it out with a few shelves and a table but it is more or less a blank canvas for someone to sort out to their own requirements. Perfect for use as a home office, garden room, glamping pad, granny annexe, for camping or even as a mobile studio. The exterior has thermowood cladding for long life; Interior has part pine, part plywood walls; Pine cladding to the ceiling; High density foam wall and roof insulation; PVC double glazed windows; Oak double glazed exterior door; There are 3 large storage cupboards at the rear which are accessed from the outside;Fireweaver woodstove fitted;Galvanised chassis, fully road legal for towing; The trailer is prewired with lights fitted and has a removable tailboard. There are some photos of it at mobilehouses.co.uk/gallery - it's the small one! A couple of interior photos as well It is situated is North Norfolk. Please get in touch if you are interested or if you have any questions.My email is wernbrake@gmail.com Thank you for looking.

message posted by Pam Norris
AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM RENT:

Eco Friendly house with 3 yurts in the midst of peaceful catalonian countryside near the national park. Magical and idylic space, off grid with solar and gas system. 7Km from the local town with all amenities, main line bus station and hospital. 2.5 hours south of Barcelona. Nearest Airport Reus 1h15 and only 1 hour from beautiful beaches. Rent negotiable. For photos see website www.yurtcampingtarragona.wordpress.com or for more details email: earthlove8@hotmail.com Tel: (0044) 0756 2910 557

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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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Retired couple looking for a place to rent

We are a couple 65yrs and 71 yrs looking for a property for long term let in Cornwall.My son of 38yrs also lives with us.We Have 5 dogs. The property must have a minimum of 3 bedrooms and a large garden and land if possible. Must be no more than 30 mins from Bodmin

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New member

Hi I have just joined Diggers and Dreamers. We have a cottage in Brittany, France which needs attention. Love to hear from anyone with ideas, thoughts. Would love to set up retreats etc.

message posted by Patrick Hayes
Volunteer helper wanted for the summer, possibly longer.

Quiet and rural off-grid small holding needs some help over the summer, possibly longer. Veg garden, chickens, horses, dog, cats, human and lots of wild life. Dorset/Somerset border. Mainline train station near by. Caravan provided.

message posted by Faye Valentine
Looking for a Spiritual retreat centre, space venue in NW uk?

Hi Diggers and Dreamers. I am looking for a spiritual retreat space, quite space, venue etc.. in the North West of UK. Somewhere with woodland or grounds, where you can go and connect, but don't have to follow a delivered programme or theme. I'm sure there are places out there? If you know of any please email me. With much Thanks Breath Worker

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Resident Volunteer Opportunity

Unstone Grange is a rambling old house and retreat centre, set in 5 acres of beautiful gardens, and surrounded by lovely Derbyshire countryside. The Unstone Grange Trust is a Charity and our mission is to support and maintain Unstone Grange as a beautiful place where people come together to take another step on their life path. We make the space available to a wide variety of groups under the umbrella of personal and spiritual growth. We have no doctrine other than to celebrate the diversity of our lives and to encourage others to live consciously on the path of their choice We are currently looking for an additional resident volunteer to help care for the buildings, the gardens, and the various groups that gather here . We need dynamic, grounded practical people to join us working in a loosely managed structure, where the focus is being able to work in a self motivated and self responsible way but also as part of the existing team. We have fortnightly team meetings to discuss jobs, plan diaries and any other issues arising. You would need to be flexible and practical, work varies. We are responsible for property maintainance from cleaning to roofing(although do employ outside contractors for some jobs) and grounds management from grass cutting to vegetable growing. So ideally you would have property maintenance and building skills, or experienced in DIY. An interest in organic gardening would be a plus, as would mechanical skills oh and a good sense of humour!. On a personal level, some awareness of the issues of communal living would be an advantage, as would the desire to confront your own personal growth and development. We are not an intentional community as such but are developing our own ideas of living together. We share occasional meals and some jobs and also recognise the importance of personal space. In return for a beautiful place to live we ask 16 hours work a week, plus being on site for groups at weekends on a flexible rota basic. Accommodation would a large sunny upstairs room with a great view and own fireplace. Bathroom and kitchen shared. You would be free of all bills except personal ones such as telephone, transport and food. Having said that we do try and grow our own fruit and vegetables in our large organic garden and 80ft polytunnel and have apples, pears and plums in the orchard. You would need an outside income to meet your personal monetary needs as there is no paid employment on site and signing on is not possible from here. However we are very close with good transport links to the town of Chesterfield and the city of Sheffield. Please note this is not a woofing venue; we are looking at a longer-term arrangement. To get an idea of Unstone Grange from the perspective of the groups who use the centre for retreats etc., you could have a look at our website (www.unstonegrange.co.uk). If you think you might be interested in becoming a resident volunteer here, and would like to find out who is currently engaged with the project, and a bit more about how the place works, please drop us a line through the Diggers and Dreamers website, and tell us a little about yourself.

message posted by Carol Burnett
Flat for sale in small Sheffield (Meersbrook) co-housing group

Lovely 3 bedroomed (2 large doubles and 1 small single), self-contained, attic flat in leafy Meersbrook, Sheffield for sale at £150k. Designed for co-housing this is one of 4 flats under one roof, grouped around a generous shared lounge/kitchen/diner, washing room, bike shed and large, mature shared garden. If you want to combine independence with sociability and shared resources, please consider this opportunity. Membership and flat ownership is by negotiation with the current residents. Members share all decisions and responsibilities and administer a service charge for the upkeep of the building. Please contact me with your e-mail address and I can send you more details.

message posted by SheffieldLaura
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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Looking for a place for peace and some meeting of minds in Bulgaria

Hi to all, i have uploaded a picture but i don't know where it actually shows,( have just seen my photo !!!) anyway, i live in England but am really interested in moving to Bulgaria, i am 73 but still ok in terms of relative fitness apart from a slightly damaged nerve in my left wrist, which does grow back after a couple of months, so the consultant tells me !!!i have i guess some of the things you get when you grow older, but not losing my mind ,i am gregarious, but not to the point of annoyance ,am intelligent i guess, and get on with people i have the mindset of the early sixties, yeah you get it, used to be called beatnik/hippie etc etc i used to build boats, make furniture am conversant with all types of woodworking machines /lathes bandsaws /you name it Am a pretty good cook, make my /our own bread have lived in a commune in London am Jewish but i don't practice Judaism at all i do receive an old age pension, plus i have a small ( very small )private pension , I'm looking for accommodation and food and will pay for it by doing whatever i can, and ill contribute financially what i can afford ( don't know what will happen re pensions after BREXIT ) But i expect that from my inquiries i should be able to still collect it in Bulgaria an E U country I do drive but only automatic, still it means i can legally drive a tractor!/scooter apart from an auto car i wish i had thought of this before when my ex-wife and myself got divorced 9 years ago instead of which i moved into a housing association in which the mindset of people there is totally different to mine and i would imagine to children of the sixties which is what is the best way to describe myself as although we are of course all different I know it says England above, but i have also noticed some notifications from Bulgaria ( i know it's close to Greece so weather has to be better than England !!!!!) I do like the sun!

message posted by Russell Reuben
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 June 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 June 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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Loss of an old friend

I would like to inform you all that my dad ( wishbone ) aka john clark who was once a valuable member of the teepee valley community has unfortunately passed away due to cancer. Thankyou for allowing me to post this notice friends

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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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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....

message posted by Simon Schwerdt
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.

message posted by Lizhopestofind
Need land to live on in Wales ASAP (Snowdonia preferred!) - or the Ariége of France!

****I'm a first-timer here, but looking SPECIFICALLY for land in Snowdonia (especially near Cae Mabon)!**** I'm looking for some space to live and to build an eco-roundhouse, and to practice as a Herb-Witch (I use local, nourishing herbs (and some others as and when needed) in the Wise Woman tradition, a la Susun Weed) and Reiki-Seichem and Crystal Healer in a wild place, and start (or add to) a sort of forest-and-herb-garden and keep some animals (goats, horses, sheep, chickens etc) on the land in a Wholistic and Biodynamic manner. Access to a spring for a water supply nearby or a clean stream on the land would be really good. As for 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, due to having to buy the materials, etc. for house-building (and somewhere to stay whilst it's being built) and all of my own necessities, so I'm really hoping to be allowed some sort of long-term agreement of being guardian of the land and living on it, and keeping the place wild and free and beautiful and bio-diverse! Some words that go some distance to describe me: Wild, Witch, herbs, nourishing, loving, intense, connected, Wise Woman, organic, homemade, musical, sensitive, quick, dowser, barefoot, dowser, naked-dancing-in-the-rain, sunbathing, moon-bathing, talks to the plants, singing, Crystals, energies-of-the-land... Please contact me if you have land available 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
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

message posted by Jeanette Ong
A helping hand...

Hello all, I'm currently living and working in Bristol but looking to leave for greener pastures. I work as a fundraiser but I'm seeking more living/ working outdoors, in the countryside. If there are any opportunities for work in exchange for board/ food, I'd be really grateful of a 'hello...'. It'd be wonderful to offer a helping hand. Amy x

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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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Looking for a place for live-in-veichles

Looking on behalf of my friend. She needs a piece of land to park her live in veichle and can pay some rent or do some work in exchange. Ideally it has to be outside m25 because you get charged £200 a week otherwise! But within driving distance to London would be a big bonus. All ideas considered. Thank you and peace x

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Wanted.. A peaceful place to live Mid Wales / Shropshire area..

Hi all.. I'm a well travelled, spiritual, 55 year young gentleman. I currently live in Scotland and now I'm looking to relocate back down south to be nearer to my family and friends. I'm looking for a rural very quiet place too live Mid Wales/ Shropshire area..I would like to rent a cottage/bungalow/yurt/etc. I want to be able 'Pay Rent' and 'Not' do work for rent,its simpler that way for me. I need peace, quiet, and tranquillity. Anything considered... I have no internet 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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multi skilled craftswoman looking for a spot in the southwest

Hi, I'm Jana, 36, and I'm looking for a quiet, rural place somewhere between North Dorset and north Somerset. A room/cabin/static caravan/quirky other dwelling on a farm or a smallholding, to put my feet, hands and heart into. I'd love to help a veg garden grow (got little flakes of experience with biodynamics and a massive interest in permaculture), put in fencing, prune apple trees (know quite well how to do that), paint, mow, maybe learn to handle sheep or alpacas, if they're there, as one of my greatest passions is working with fibres, turning them into beautiful threads, and, given the space and time, knit, weave or crochet them into things to wear or look at. I'm well into healthy food, make my own ferments, collect summer flowers for winter teas, forage quite a lot at times and like to share what I know and learn what I don't know yet. So.. if you know someone wanting a hand or two for a few days a week plus a bit of rent in exchange for a rooting spot for me, please get in touch. Thanx a lot :) Jana

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Help Wanted with Restoration Projects in Falmouth, Cornwall

Accommodation available in house in Falmouth, Cornwall, 10 mins walk from the beach or town centre. Single furnished room, WIFI, shared kitchen & bathroom, garden, includes breakfast and evening meal. Or short term park-up for living vehicle. In exchange for help with a number of restoration projects on 2 acres land in Porkellis, wild bit of Cornwall 20 mins from house. Projects include restoration and conversion of vintage caravan, refit and painting of horsebox lorry for sale, replacement of 16 x 8ft shed roof, post and rail fencing. Would suit person seeking retreat in drug and alcohol free environment. Horses & dogs, wildlife and beautiful views. You will need to be strong, fit and active - the land is sloping, there is no water or electricity. Previous experience preferred - self motivation & willingness more important. Hours min 24 per week for accommodation and meals. wage negotiable for more hours. Double room may be available to rent from April @ £90 per week, TBC. No smoking in house, no excessive alcohol use. Clean living, creative family home. Falmouth is a very lively harbour town with 5 beaches within 2.5m, lots pubs, cafes and restaurants, boat trips. Porkellis is a moor in an historic mining area. Lots to explore, walks, ancient sacred sites. Bring outdoor clothing, field can be windy and weathery even in summer. contact Kerry 07743 711950

message posted by Kerrycelt
Wanted:caravan parking or barn/yard to rent/anything??

I'm medically retired from NHS and looking to move and so need 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 -similar to how and where i live now - or small rural certified caravan site. Or would rent a rural yard or barn 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.) Ideally im looking for somewhere in highlands or islands of Scotland, Yorkshire Dales,North Oxfordshire/ South Warwickshire but I'll happily consider other rural parts of UK depending on what and where. Feel free to message,Ill reply asap subject to internet being available.

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