- Building the cob oven
Adventurous souls, come live the dream and help us maintain our remote sustainable eco-retreat. Immerse yourself in nature, permaculture community, and the magic of Ometepe- Isla de Paz.
We are Trevor and Rachael, two Americans who arrived on Ometepe 7 years ago and fell in love with the beauty and tranquility of this island of peace. Since then we have laughed and cried, played and worked with friends from all over the world as we struggled through the adventure of finding land and developing it, leaving the island and returning with our daughter Aurora to realize our dream of raising our family in this magical place.
Two years ago we successfully opened a small eco-hostel that enabled us to generate additional resources for continued investment in our dream of living our life off our land. Unfortunately, because of the current political climate, Nicaraguan tourism has fallen to virtually nothing. However, through out this situation Ometepe has remained calm and we are determined to weather this crisis and help support our Nicaraguan neighbors who welcomed us so warmly into the community. The hostel remains open to all guest who choose to join us, though we are running with a skeleton staff and limited services.
We are looking for hard working, adventurous souls to come and join us to keep the faith alive. As resources are slim, we need help with all aspects of our day to day operations. Currently, we are nearing completion of our cob house, working harder than ever to maximize the production of our gardens and hoping the tourists return. Whether you have a just a short time or are looking to invest your time in something greater we can find something for you to do here.
We’ll offer you free accommodation, access to our kitchen and access to our kayaks and SUPs in exchange for 4 hours a day of labor 5 days a week. While you are with us you have the opportunity to learn about cob construction, earthen and lime plasters, natural paints, cooking with fresh, local, tropical ingredients, bread and pasta making, fermentation and food preservation, permaculture and other forms of organic gardening, animal husbandry, groundscaping, water management, solar energy and general off the grid living. Our remote location immerses you in nature and allows you to interact with the local community to experience true rural Ometepe life. Ometepe continues to remain an oasis of calm in these troubled times.
Most people wake up with sun and enjoy a cup of delicious island grown coffee that we roast on site. We motivate early to complete our tasks before the heat of the day. Lunch is around noon leaving you with plenty of free time in the afternoon. We have heaps of hammocks to lounge in and you are welcome to read one of the many books in our extensive library. The lake is right across the street and the water is the perfect temperature to cool off after a hot day’s work. Swim out to our floating dock or go for a paddle with the kayaks or SUPs. In the evenings people congregate in common area to enjoy cold drinks and communal meals. Our wide selection of games and international crowd creates dynamic energy that you can be part of. But make sure you remember to take time to appreciate the incredible star gazing and fireflies by the lake. For essentials, we have a small shop next door offering basic snacks and dry goods. Balgue, our closest town, is 2.5 km away easily accessible by bus, bike or foot. In Balgue you will find the trail head to climb Volcan Maderas, as well as a number of small shops and restaurants. On your days off you are free to explore all Ometepe has to offer and we are happy to help you arrange anything while you are with us.
Local transportation is operating at 100% on the island. All busses here are running normally. Ferries run all day to bring you to and from the island. The ferry schedules are changing weekly so be sure to confirm the most updated schedule and plan to arrive early. We are happy to help you arrange any aspect of your journey and can help you organize a private shuttle to provide safe reliable transportation if you prefer.
If you have an adventurous spirit and an inquisitive soul come and be a part of this community and learn for yourself the allure of the Isla de Paz, beautiful Ometepe Island.
- What a great bunch!