Hi, I'm Harri, and with my partner Valeria, we are planning to carve out a small paradise on a semi-arid mountain in the central valleys of Oaxaca. The idea is to create an off grid, self sustainable space that is open to developing ideas around permaculture and rainwater management in this harsh environment.

We are in the very first steps of the project, and other than a great view there is nothing here yet. If you are interested in experiencing and learning from the start of such a project, then this is a great opportunity for you. 

This is the plan of action;

Step one (May - June 2018)

- Building basic infrastructure: a roof for shelter and to capture rainwater, and a ~30,000L ferrocement cistern.
- Working the land to form earthworks (channels, simple barriers and pits) to help rainwater infiltration and reduce erosion.
- Pruning and thinning the plants already on the land to develop more shaded areas.
- Planting some drought resistant trees.

Step two (October- Jan 2018)

- Building of a wattle and daub house using mainly local materials.
- Building a dry toilet.
- Installing a solar panel system.

As we don't have much to offer to volunteers right now, you have to expect very basic conditions. Having a tent will help and a warrior mentality!

The project is about a 15 minute walk from the village San Sebastian Teitipac, or a 10 minute walk to the road, where there is regular and cheap transport to Oaxaca which takes about an hour to get to.

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Tent camping

Minimum stay: 7 nightsMaximum capacity: 3 people
Food included
You can expect very basic and natural conditions! We have a solar shower and there will be a letrine. We will eat all together, either food from the village or we will prepare something as a group.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

0.27 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Welsh
  • Portuguese

People on site

1 - 4

Dry season

October to May

Wet season

June to September

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • None: Off the grid


Tortuga de tierra is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Building
  • Gardening

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