And at the HoBB, the tools we produce to help you communicate your plans and projects to a specialist group or wider audience are produced ‘live’ – real-time with your direct input.
The HoBB is one of the very few Project Houses in the World that is located in an informal countryside setting where clients are given all the time and space they need, with our undivided support, to concentrate solely on their personal and business aims.
Through the Summer months, we also host student programmes where volunteers help us with our community and charity projects.
How does this all work?
As we progress your aims, we ask that you make a contribution to help us progress ours. This can be through a charity donation or help-in-kind. By not setting any fixed rates we are able to invest our time in supporting a wider range of people projects.
If your project needs more than a day of action at the HoBB, there are many B&B’s close by or you can crash out on the couch. On request, we will email you a list so that you can book directly, or, if the weather’s good, bring your tent.
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Sharing skills with Volunteers (A Help Exchange Project)
Many students seek the opportunity to get out-of-town and into the countryside where they can put their energy to practical use. As members of Help Exchange, we provide around ten places each year for international volunteers. Applications should be made online via the HoBB profile page at helpx.net.
FREE 1Hr Taster Sessions (In support of Rural Growth Wales)
On application, we offer some free hour-long taster sessions at the HoBB most months where you can get to know us, see our work and discuss your own. These are very popular and must be pre-booked. Your hour is reserved for you. These short taster sessions are totally FREE, no matter how useful you find them. (Small print: Only one free session per person and/or project per year)
If you have a group, it will be easier to visit you as space is limited at the HoBB unless we take over one of the fields and shift the sheep off. Give plenty of notice – say between 5 to 12 months, and you will get into the diary.
Meetings with groups are all informal ‘chat café’ style.
New and existing friends with dreams
Having helped over 850 projects since 1983, we enjoy continuing to support and promote the people behind them – contacts and friends who have shared their schemes and dreams and enabled us to progress ours. The nature of some projects make them private and these are never published by us. Those published on this website are all in the public domain.
“The HoBB” exists to add its best worth to the World as it turns. By combining our thoughts, actions and produce with the progress of all, we aim to give the most we can to those who follow.
Volunteering via wwoof.org.uk
Whilst general volunteering at the HoBB is arranged through ‘Help Exchange’ (www.helpx.net), specific volunteering on food growing is via the WWOOF scheme (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms www.wwoof.org.uk) or apply via our contact page.
Funding HoBB Projects and making a Charity Donation
We give our spare time to many individuals and community projects with far-reaching planet-friendly ideas . This can be remote, on site, or here at the HoBB during weekends. We welcome all sorts of support for our work, whether through donation of time, facilities, funds, materials or a legacy gift to our registered charity, World of Water (Reg. no. 327188). Thank you.
Gaining our support for your charity and community projects
Whenever we can, we will give time to realise or expand your community or charity plans. We’re good at moving plans out of their thinking stage, onto the ‘drawing board’ and into the field. Organisers that come for a chat with us then go away and arrange everything themselves are the very best.
If your charity or community organisation wishes our hands-on help, and we have the time and capacity, please consider making some donation to our charity – one which matches the value you place on our work.
Good Life ‘taster sessions’
We hold special ‘Good Life’ taster sessions for those wanting to live out-of-town. We organise these for individuals, couples or small groups who make a donation to support our ongoing charity work. What you experience on a taster session relates to the time of year and the projects we are doing at the time. We always try to provide as wide an experience as we can in the shortest time.
Sessions may include:
* Tree House – fitting constructions around Nature
* Block wall building with macropiling
* Tree Circus Sculpting with ash, hazel.
* Concrete Sculpting
* Taking an idea from thought to design
* Growing from seed
* Stone Walling and reservoir building
* Managing Water
* Mosaic design and making
* Being very practical and physical
* Creating Woodland Paths, Steps and Ramps
* Slowing your pace outside the race
* Seasonal planning
* Shopping away from the giants
* Drawing what you see in front of you and that which you imagine
* Understanding the growth of something often called ‘spirit’
* Outdoor cooking fun (On the HoBB Forge, Pizza Oven and Pam (‘hay’ box type of slow-cook)
* Community engagement
* Think-Tanking – like brainstorming but without the storm. Think more ‘lateral thought’.
If you would like updates on our new taster sessions please request “News by email” or use our contact page now and quiz us directly. We aim to answer messages daily during the week.
We believe that …
“We human beings are not designed to do anything except to direct our intention towards what we want to accomplish. Then, provided we continue to do this with compassion both for ourselves and the rest of life around us, sooner or later we bring into manifestation what our soul is seeking” (The late great Leslie Kenton)