Seeking caretaker(s) for off-grid ranch, a short walk from a spectacular, unspoiled beach on the pacific coast of Mexico. Rustic but comfortable house. Incredible views, swimming, fishing, etc. Welcoming, rural, mexican community plus travelers. Housing, internet & food stipend in exchange for 4+/- hours per day maintenance, animal care & yard work. Late July - early October.
Candidate(s) must have intermediate or higher spanish, be very comfortable in nature, and be interested in exploring a sustainable, off-grid lifestyle. Experience with life in latin america, farm animals, solar electric, fencing, water systems, carpentry, all a plus. References required.
We are also looking for longer term participants (preferably a couple) to exchange caretaking/management of the property while we are away for roughly three months each summer, and possibly one or two other shorter trips during the year, in exchange for having the ranch as a place to live and pursue your own homesteading or other projects. Plenty of space with land for agricultural or other sustainability based pursuits and possible equity. Infrastructure in place for conducting candidate's own yoga or other retreats* (we currently conduct two to three workshops here a year, mostly Permaculture related courses). There is also a half built house that could be finished off. Climate wise, we are sub-tropical with very strong wet & dry seasons. We have many existing fruit and citrus tree beginning to produce. Papayas, bananas, coconuts, jack fruit, and many other food trees can be grown here with one's eyes closed. Annuals are more problematic, largely due to leaf cutter ants, although, that said, they can be grown year round. We are beginning a proper food forest this fall, looking to explore aquaponics, and currently producing excess free range eggs and artisan goat cheeses.
This is a rare opportunity for the right people. We are only seeking candidates with a track record in organic agriculture or Permaculture, and with enough savings to cover their own expenses while getting launched. Selection of candidates will be strongly biased to those with a background in permaculture in the tropics. Candidates can be as independent from the ranch as they choose, except for the periods we need coverage for. Professional references and 6 month trial period will be required.
On a personal note, Holly & I strive to be open, communicative, spiritual, fun loving people, however we also have a robust, detail oriented work ethic, and are pragmatic and extremely practical. We have much to share, although we are not at all interested in providing this opportunity to people who are looking to be taken care of, emotionally or otherwise.
Lastly, please note that we have a no drug policy at the property in support of local efforts to curb drug use among the youth of the village. There won't be any exceptions to this.
If interested, please review the our website thoroughly (www (dot) ranchosolymar (dot com), then follow the application procedures at the FAQ's page.
*please note: additional compensation for candidate's use of our facilities to conduct retreats or other functions would need to be negotiated...
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