Volunteering (woofing) at Macalla farm

Since 2004 the running of Macalla Farm has been assisted by a large number of generous volunteers and woofers, coming from more than 25 different countries.

For those who want to gain experience in a particular field, and can commit for a longer period (at least 3 months), we also offer an apprenticeship scheme.

We continue to host short terms helpers and woofers (minimum stay two weeks) during specific work periods when we need extra help for a particular project or when there is a large amount of work to be done. We do not however have room for short term volunteers during the summer months, when the main focus at the farm is our yoga and meditation retreats and the running of our Stone Barn cafe.

Volunteers at Macalla farm work with us in exchange for food and accommodation. From the feedback we have received from past volunteers, their time on Clare Island has been a very positive and unique experience, and some past volunteers have returned again and  again and have become close friends.

Work periods for short term helpers at Macalla farm:

  • Late March and April: Getting the garden ready after the winter (apply in January)
  • May and June: Gardening, house maintenance and sometimes eco-building, (apply between January and April)
  • September and October: Harvesting and preserving and sometimes eco-building. (apply in July)

Outside these dates, we sometimes have room for people with gardening or eco-building experience. We offer skilled workers a small fee in addition to the food/accommodation, or are happy to work out some form of skill-sharing exchange. At the moment our volunteers and apprentices live in one of our two accommodation buildings or in caravan whens we are busy with yoga courses.

To find out more about joining us as a volunteer, see the Volunteers at Macalla Farm PDF

If you are interested in applying,  please contact us with details of your relevant experience (if any), also staying why you’d like to work with us, and the dates you would be available.