Reconnect, rest, retreat in Nature
We are beautiful property in Basque country next to a small river and a dam to bathe nearby. This is a space in construction and conditioning. A great place of retirement and rest, school of nature and sustainable life, and a retreat in Basque Country.
Every day there is a guided time of personal work from the conscience and the body to prepare us for activities and tasks. We give value to nutritious personal relationships and cooperation. We invite you to come with a spirit of seeking health and enjoy the rhythms of nature.
It is in this sense that we propose a stay without tobacco, alcohol or other stimulants.
What are you looking for help with?
Help is needed in afforestation and construction so we appreciate people with various skills and joy for applying or learning them such as:
- sustainable construction,
- renewable energy,
- gardening and afforestation…
We are attending to develop all tasks and daily actions in a conscious non-stressful way but respectful to each individual.
What you should expect
So… Field life, contact with nature, with oneself, and with others from a place of natural and mutual nutrition While improving the place we are living in.
What type of host are you?
What’s the mission of your community?
The system which most people live prioritizes productivity against the expression of personal abilities and gives rise to the exploitation of people who tend to internalize and unconsciously become self-exploitation. Consequently, we do not know how to operate in any other way than to demand maximum performance and effort. The technological advance, instead of more quality of life and well-being expected, generates a great ambition, individualism, personal dissatisfaction and coldness in relationships. We only prioritize obtaining our own resources, forgetting the original motivation of “well being” and the goodness of the common good versus competitiveness.
And if all that time we are able to “save” time thanks to the speed of new technologies, instead of using it to do and get more things, we used it to do less and in any case more slowly, listening to our body and the life in it, to enjoy, to contemplate Nature, to converse without objectives with a neighbor, a loved one, or directly to do nothing and admire what happens?
Living at a slower pace
The spirit that guides this project is to preserve, as much “season”, the natural comfort of the environment, investing only the energy and resources that preserve the ecosystem in connection with the beings that inhabit it.
I am appealing to people who want, experience, research and create from this “habitat” essential, collaborative and sustainable, from contact with nature and living, and also appreciate the spaces of individual silence and awareness in the daily attitude.
How many volunteers could you host?
A couple of volunteers
When would you need volunteers?
All year, depending on the dates.
How many hours of help per day?
4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
5 days per week – 2 days off
Are accommodation and food included?
We can offer only accommodation
This simplicity is a beautiful way to experience the nature of this quiet and comfortable corner of the Basque country, and in fact, the main aspiration of this project is to help people to re-connect with a natural and simple way of life. Because of this simplicity of the place for the moment volunteers also provide their own food, however as far as possible (depends on the number of people staying at each time, which is not going to be much in general) we can share utensils and camping gas bottles that are already in the place.
What type of accommodation can you provide?
- Others (please, specify in general info)
There is a large and quiet forest for camping and a little wooden house for refuge or whatever is needed.
The plan is to install a sustainable house there in a short period of time, but for the moment accommodation is mostly in tents. (Although we have a 10 meters wooden house for any convenience or necessity).
Diet – nutrition information
Vegetarians and vegans prefered
NO fees. This is a consciously non-fees project.
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?
No! we cannot help with Visa/invitation letters – similar requests will be ignored.
We offer to start the daily journey with guided conscious bodywork, in which you can discover how to facilitate an effortless and natural balance in your daily life and especially in the performance of the tasks in your collaboration on this place.
What to do in the free time
Bilbao is an interesting city, modern with colourful traditions and very kind people. Also with a beautiful contemporary museum and other attractions you might find.
Basque country landscape is wonderful and full of adventurous ways to explore.
How to get to your site
By car, we are 30 minutes from Bilbao capital. Accessible with public transport, 3 minutes to the bus station which links in ten minutes to a town with trains to Bilbao capital ( about 40 minutes train)
Is there internet access?
We have coverage of the Internet but not wi-fi! We recommend limited use of it.
“Paying guests” Option. Could you accommodate ‘eco’ tourists?
Maybe. This needs to be discussed via e-mail
On Facebook: Itziar Castillo
mobile phone: 608968978
Host Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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