Ty Enfys Eco-Retreat

by Federico Tomassoni-Williams in Swansea

Ty Enfys Eco-Retreat aims to bring foster children closer to nature, learn permaculture, healthy eating, and sustainable living in Swansea

by Federico Tomassoni-Williams in Swansea

We did it
On 19th December 2017 we successfully raised £25 with 3 supporters in 56 days

Hi everyone, first of all let us welcome you and show you why we are here.
Federico and Darren are a married couple living in Swansea. They are foster carers and we have two children Jordan and Justin living with them, as well as their 3 dogs Benji, Sammie, and Mylo and Lucy the parrot!

 As a family, we are dreaming to build an eco-retreat to start a new life for us and to help other foster children, families and the community to understand natural living. We are committed to our world, the environment, our community, and to the amazing gifts that our planet and our lives bring to us on a daily basis, so we want to do their bit and give back. 

Our eco-retreat is based on the One Planet Development guidance and the example of the Lammas eco-village. We are hoping to create a thriving community and a new way of living alongside nature, by connecting people to and educating about local food production, promoting permaculture, improving young people’s health and nutrition, lowering our carbon footprint and developing sustainable energy and revenue from the land we purchased in the Gower.

The individual elements of the project:

The permaculture garden and farm
There will be a permaculture plot, a fruit orchard, a medicinal herb garden, and a poly tunnel for all-year-round crops. There will also be a coup and a small pond for rescued ex-battery hens and ducks, and a few billy goats to help keeping some of the grass down, creating manure and top soil, and produce eggs for the farm. We will also produce honey and a fermented tea drink infused with medicinal herbs for visitors to purchase. The produce from the land will be used on the farm as well as sold locally to help us sustain the projects and courses that we are planning to deliver.

NaturAlly KIDS courses
We will run courses to teach foster children and families about living in harmony with nature, including: eco-friendly building courses, permaculture, naturopathic nutrition, foraging and herbalism courses, natural cooking courses, healthy eating, and  craft techniques. Find our more by clicking here.

Ty Enfys - our home
We will build a straw bale house for our family which will feature a turf-roof planted with a rainbow of local wildflowers to create a natural habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. The house will be a necessity for our family, but nevertheless it will have as little impact on our field as possible and test out lots of sustainable building techniques and renewable energy. Our house will also be used for tours to teach visitors how full-time sustainable green living works.

The eco-farm retreat 
There will be one central hub building with communal space, therapy rooms, and a kitchen/cafe for cookery courses and to provide food and refreshments to customers, visitors and volunteers. The eco-farm retreat will include year-round activities and classes: eco-school, summer camps, farm to school programming, Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) and more programs to provide an ongoing educational experience that includes all ages. The retreat will also work with local professionals and therapists to offer complementary therapies and holistic long weekends providing customers with the opportunity to experience meditation, spiritual awakening, vegan/raw cooking, and detox techniques. The retreat will be a meeting space for other course providers and community groups too, delivering extra income for the farm.

The campsite area
The retreat will offer a small environmentally-friendly space for people visiting the retreat and for volunteers. The campsite will have very basic facilities, with a composting toilet, and cold water only. As the project develops we will install solar-panel heated water. The whole campsite will operate strict guidelines about environmentally-friendly products, recycling, and strive to help customers lower their carbon footprint whilst visiting the retreat.

The community 
We will be providing opportunities for adults to volunteer on the project on a regular basis on our straw bale building, our permaculture garden and in all other projects that we run. If you are interested in volunteeing with us, please click here.

 

A little background about us

Federico (aka Fed) is a qualified nutritionist and reflexologist, he was chief exec of different charities, worked in the social care field for a long time, and was also a diplomat. Darren has been working in administration for Panasonic UK for the last 24 years and is a keen DIY and decorating enthusiast. Jordan and Justin are little bundles of fun often on a rollercoaster of emotions, but learning how to live a healthy and happy life whilst in long-term care with their forever family.

Since moving to Wales, Fed has always been fascinated with the Gower peninsula and took every opportunity to travel to it, taking family members and friends to visit it at every opportunity. With a desire to live closer to the Gower, in 2007 Fed bought a property in Swansea. In 2014, when Fed and Darren got married, they took their wedding pictures on Rhossili which were broadcasted on the Welsh and Italian media – since the couple was the first same-sex couple to get married in Wales.

In August 2017, they purchased a parcel of land in Pitton, close to Rhossilli on the Gower Peninsula, where they are starting to cultivate the land using permaculture techniques and looking to keep rescued battery chickens, ducks, and billy goats. They are also currently looking for funding to plant fruit trees as well as developing a coppicing area with willows plants for firewood.

We are looking for your help to make all of this happen!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Feed an animal for a week - support our animals, with food, accommodation and vet expenses.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Ty Enfys Friend - This is a simple pledge for anyone believing in our project and who would like to help us - you will be mentioned in our friends page of the website!

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£15 Reward

Feed an animal for a month - support our animals, with food, accommodation and vet expenses.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Buy a tree for a foster child - pledge to help us buy a tree for every foster child that visits us - we will let each child name their tree and send you a pick of the planted tree with its proud owner!

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£25 Reward

Camping - This is an opportunity to stay at our campsite for one night. The pitch is available to tents only initially. We have built our compost toilet, but we do not have a shower block. It is just a very basic pitch, with no electricity, but we can offer you an amazing idillic location, 15 minute walk away from Mews Slade beach and 5 minutes drive away from the most breathtaking beach in the UK - Rhossilli.

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£25 Reward

Ty Enfys Best Friend - This is an opportunity to support our project and show your commitment to the environment and natural leaving. You will be mentioned on our website and receive an annual update of who we are doing with our project.

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£50 Reward

Permaculture Intro - our amazing introduction to permaculture course runs over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and gives an amazing insight into permaculture to help you plan your permaculture garden.

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£50 Reward

Ty Enfys Supporter - This is an opportunity to support our project and show your commitment to the environment and natural leaving. You will be mentioned on our website and receive regular updates of who we are doing with our project.

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£50 Reward

Sponsor a duck - have your own duck named and looked after on our project. We will send you updates about how your duck is doing.

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£50 Reward

Sponsor an ex-battery hen - have your own rescued hen named and looked after on our project. We will send you updates about how your hen is doing.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Sponsor a billy goat - have your own billy goat named and looked after on our project. We will send you updates about how your goat is doing.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Sponsor a rescued pony - your money will help with the cost of rehousing a pony with us.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Feed an animal for a year - support our animals, with food, accommodation and vet expenses.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Sponsor a foster family - sponsor a foster family to camp with us for a week.

£480 or more

£480 Reward

Permaculture course - we will run Permaculture Certificate courses regularly. - amazing value at only £40 per day! These are 12 days in today and include lunch. They are normally run from Friday to Sunday over 4 weekends. Once you pledge, we can discuss your preferred dates.

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Silver Sponsor - We are looking for 10 silver sponsors to be featured onto of our promotional material and communication - a great opportunity to receive ongoing advertising and support a great cause to boost your social resposibility and environment commitment.

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Poly Tunnel - Help us grow crops all-year-round with pledging to purchase a poly tunnel for us.

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Gold Sponsor - We are looking for 3 gold sponsors to be featured onto of our promotional material and communication - a great opportunity to receive ongoing advertising and support a great cause to boost your social resposibility and environment commitment.

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Platinum Sponsor - We are looking for a main sponsor to be featured onto of our promotional material and communication - a great opportunity to receive ongoing advertising and support a great cause to boost your social resposibility and environment commitment.

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