Volunteer opportunities

Pentiddy loves to host people and offer them a unique experience to learn about all aspects of ‘simple’ living and the day to day work of a diverse permaculture smallholding. See below for what’s on offer:

Short-Term Stays

Pentiddy is part of the WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Help-x  and Workaway where people can exchange their volunteer help for food and accommodation. The accommodation offered depends on our total number of volunteers, but can be a cabin or caravan- both with wood burning stoves, or a tent.

Volunteer Tasks

Your role as a volunteer will be varied and interesting. We hope everyone will get involved in the day-to-day duties, such as watering the garden, feeding the sheep and ducks and preparing food and washing up, but beyond this there are a whole host of interesting tasks to get involved with.

Want to volunteer?

It is best to contact us regarding volunteering well in advance of your proposed stay. You will need to join either WWOOF, Workaway or Help-X.

The people who volunteer here provide us with the welcome extra hands needed for much of the day-to-day running of the place.

We treat our volunteers much like extra members of the family, and they work, eat and socialise with us most of the time. Most only come for a week or two, but some for much longer such as the internship described below.

Pentiddy Woods Internship 2022

Application deadline October 29th, 2021. To apply for the internship please fill in the application form here.

You may be asked to book in a visit before the end of 2021.

Come and be part of our small, established off-grid community as we explore ways of living regeneratively with the land and with each other. We have an abundance of beauty, produce, experience and opportunities to share.

Life here includes check-ins and gratitudes, celebrations, games, singing, nurture, sharing quiet times and delicious food together and diverse, rewarding work.

We are offering 2 places from mid Feb 2022 – end October 2022 during which time you have the opportunity to learn about woodland management, green wood-working, scything, natural animal husbandry (including hand milking, cheesemaking and home slaughtering/butchery), permaculture, no-dig gardening, forest gardening, preserving, fermenting, baking, natural remedies, foraging, regenerative culture, natural burials, green building, off-grid systems…. You will have access to the workshop and tools to use during your free time. We help you to work out a learning pathway to make the most of your time here and offer a training bursary of £300 to go towards courses and books during your stay.

We are involved in setting up a community farm on the neighbouring property focusing on building local resilience. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in the planning and design stages.

The exchange we ask for is that you embrace approximately 3 days/week of communal work in exchange for food and accommodation. The work is sometimes physically demanding and is carried out in all weathers. The accommodation is basic but is clean and comfortable.

Wholesome, healthy food is provided every day with communal meals at least 3 days/week at the main house. A communal outdoor kitchen is available for your cooking on the other days. We ask that you buy your own more luxurious food items.

There may be occasional small earning opportunities such as firewood processing. For experienced growers, there is a new area set aside for a new garden from which you could sell your own produce.

There is limited Wi-fi access. Water and power are also occasionally limited depending on the weather!

We would also welcome people with experience who would like a longer-term placement. There would be a trial period for this.

To apply for the internship please fill in the application form here.

What previous interns have said…

“My stay so far has been amazing and I am continuing to learn a million and one bits of knowledge and practical skills in all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle ranging from digging a leach drain system connecting the compost bays and polytunnel, to pollarding lime trees in the community coppice and four part harmony singing around the dinner table. Come here if you love living in tune with everything around you and working outdoors, it’s amazing!”
Hannan Currah

“I had done almost a years worth of volunteering at about a dozen different places when I came here for a month. I’m still here 2 years later and intend to be here for a fair while yet! Rarely is there such a combination of good work, good people and good learning. Being here for longer and seeing the seasons change has been particularly valuable to me in understanding the effects of decisions made and work done on a permaculture smallholding. The deep learning over this period has been invaluable. “
Tim Radja

“I will always value the time I spent as a Pentiddy intern. I discovered a way of life that stimulated me and engaged me so much more than the conventional education I had received so far. The company of others made it more special, we always felt privileged to enjoy such camaraderie whilst carrying out our regenerative work on the land. It was refreshing for such physical work to feel so healing in a world often dominated by bad news and so without a doubt Pentiddy, and the friendships I formed here, changed my life for the better.”
Lily McGuinness

A Permaculture and woodland based small-holding in Cornwall, UK