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Ben Aylen

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

The Meeting of the Waters

Farming methods


Business Type

Hobby Farm

Short Property Description

20 acre heritage-listed bush block on the beautiful Onkaparinga River in the Adelaide Hills, home to lots of lots of wildlife, chickens, vegetable gardens & an orchard. Lots of alternative building going on including an owner-built passive-solar strawbale house that’s completely off-grid.

Full Property Description

Currently seeking a couple (or possibly a single person) keen for a longer stay (ie min 4 weeks) for building, gardening and general land-care. Due to the pandemic we are looking for people willing to remain on the property as we are isolating ourselves as much as possible. 


Our 20 acre heritage-listed bush block borders on the beautiful Onkaparinga River (great for swimming!) in the Adelaide Hills, & is home to lots of kangaroos, koalas, possums, birds, etc. We have chickens, vegetable gardens & an orchard. We live in an owner-built passive-solar straw-bale house that’s completely off-grid (and still needs finishing off!). Accommodation in a beautiful straw bale cabin or caravans. We eat wholesome organic food, and would appreciate helpers to share with the cooking. We have internet, and all the basic facilities, and live a very simple life. Ben is a 47yo Migration Agent and owner builder who’s into daily mediation and yoga (happy for people to join in). He’s also passionate about sustainability, and working with like-minded people to build this community into an amazing retreat centre and showcase property for alternative living. Tamra (Tam) is a 42yo Massage Therapist and Healer, and loves being creative and making plants thrive! She dreams of having a food forest and is also a fantastic cook. Our four children stay with us part-time. Can pick up from Aldgate, Mount Barker, etc.

Organic/Biological methods we use

Permaculture and organic gardening principles

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Mulching, Animal care, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Building, Natural Building techniques, Handyman, Bread making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food

My Details


Ben Aylen

Partners Name

Tamra (Tam) Jaye



The Stay

Can Accommodate

2 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation


Separate Building, Caravan

Other options

Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement

Meal Procedures

Eat together, Share cooking

Languages spoken


Diets we cater for

Meat based meals, Vegetarian meals, Gluten free meals

Why I became a WWOOF Host

We’ve hosted WWOOFers for almost 18 years now, and love the cultural exchange, the vitality of having travellers around, getting so much help with our dream property, and teaching people countless new skills and offering them an alternative way to live and work.



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