Help us create a home for well-being, art and nature

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Help us create a home for well-being, art and nature

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionHi. Thanks for looking at our profile.

    This is what we are about in a nutshell:

    We are creating a home for well-being, art and nature. Our lodge is a secluded, easily accessible guest house and retreat space offering bed and breakfast with stunning views of the Scottish countryside in the Kingdom of Fife. We offer a tranquil, relaxing space for those exploring the area, business people who want a more personal experience than a hotel or those just wanting to stay and be nourished in mind, body and soul" - Its a place where you can just "Be".

    You will be supporting us in making the above guest experience possible.

    We value authenticity, integrity, honesty and self-awareness.

    We have put together this outline as a result of our hosting experience so far. We find that it helps to clarify what is on offer at Cherry Tree Lodge and what is expected of someone who comes to support what we offer. Expectations have a greater chance of being met for both parties which can lead to a more all-round, fulfilling experience.

    We are offering:
    - good quality accommodation in B&B setting
    - use of all facilities the house & garden offer
    - nourishing vegetarian food, increasingly home grown
    - quiet, natural setting with beautiful views
    - location in central Scotland within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands

    Also on offer:
    - opportunity to increase knowledge and skills about rural living including gardening and keeping animals
    - lifts to local places & towns when available
    - meditation / yoga space
    - tuition in massage and other healing approaches
    - opportunity to practice English language

    We are:
    - a welcoming and friendly gay couple
    - self-aware, good communicators, able to give & receive feedback
    - honest & reliable
    - experienced in community living and collaborative approaches
    - experienced in processing issues that can arise in community

    Mark is your main contact and will be ensuring you have what you need during your stay. Up to 2005 Mark had built his career in training and development for a high street bank. After receiving redundancy he retrained as a holistic therapist and offers in house, massage, EFT, and reiki. He has also had the good fortune to run a spiritual retreat centre in north east Scotland for just short of a year where he gained considerable experience hosting guests who were either touring the area or who were enjoying a longer retreat stay. He is a brother of the ManKind Project and is training to be a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator.

    Till's daytime job is a doctor in the palliative care field. During his junior doctor years he completed a 3 year counselling diploma course at ReVision, Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis, London and volunteered as a bereavement counsellor during that time.
    He has explored in depth Buddhism, mindfulness practices, Mankind Project and breath work.

    If you have read this far and are thinking that we might be a good fit then please include in your email why you think that is, what it is that attracts you to Cherry Tree Lodge, What you would like to gain from the experience and what you could offer in terms of skills and experience to support what we are doing here.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Mark and Till
    ps: we are unable to accommodate couples.

  • LocationUnited Kingdom, Scotland, Fife

  • Work
  • Type of work You will be supporting us in making the above guest experience possible.
  • Hours per day Provide 6 hours of work per day with 2 days off for every 5 worked +community input around meals/clear up.
  • Work requirements: Essential - You are/have:
    - self-motivated & dynamic
    - practically minded & happy to get stuck in
    - some DIY & gardening skills or ability to pick them up
    - quick learner
    - fitness to do physical labour

    Important - You are/have:
    - friendly with our B&B guests
    - a team worker
    - self-awareness and able to contain your own emotional processes
    - a good communicator - conversational level of English and an ability to give and receive feedback
    - honest & reliable
    - a non-smoker

    Other - You are/have:
    - the ability to work on your own
    - ok with secluded rural life [travel time by public transport to Dunfermline is 1 hour or Edinburgh is 2 hours]. This isn't a problem of course if you have your own car [Dunfermline 15 minutes, Edinburgh 55minutes by car]

    Not essential but would be good - You are/have:
    - shared interest in self-sufficiency & green energy
    - shared interest in exploring self-development and spirituality
    - experience in community living
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: 2 weeks. We may be open to people staying for longer. The longer the stay, the better the fit between your needs and interests and ours has to be. It is something we are open to discuss after your first week.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 1
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, German and a little french and spanish
  • Has pets? No information provided.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: At the lodge.
  • Additional info
  • We are interested in community living and intend to build a community here over the longer term.

    "We also offer a part time helper option if you would like more time to explore the area or just to "be" in the space - just ask."