New Permaculture Cafe and Skills exchange opportunity

Hi Everyone Nadia Lawton here

I’m very pleased to announce that we have opened a Permaculture cafe at The Greening The Desert Project site.  We hope that 
the cafe will have many positive functions, bring in funds to further the project but also to be a centre point in the village where visitors and locals can gather and get introduced to the Permaculture concept.  We will also sell home made products and organic, nutrient rich, food from the site.  We aim to set up a small Permaculture library and host videos screening and events.

Skills exchange opportunity for a volunteer with Barista cafe experience.

I would like offer an interesting Permaculture skills exchange opportunity for a volunteer with barista cafe experience. We are looking for a talented individual who would like to be a part of The Greening The Desert Project for 1 to 3 months, by offering your skills and experience of working in a cafe to train our local staff  on how to create beautiful coffees, texture the milk,  use a coffee grinder and barista machine.

As this is our first time of running a cafe we would very much appreciate any help with the operational side as well, such as tips on industry best practices etc.

What I’m mostly excited about is to work together to develop a creative range of desserts and sweets to offer our customers.  They will be made from the produce that we are growing on the site.
I think this can be a great experience and a lot of fun.  Geoff Lawton and I, will be here on the site until mid November, so if you are interested in this position and would like to meet us while we are here please send in your application as soon as possible.

Skill Exchange Requirements

At least 6 months work experience as a Barista
Know how to prepare and serve hot or cold beverages, such as espresso drinks and teas
Knowledge of Barista machine
Knowledge of coffee grinder
Good understanding of customer service
Follow all Health and Hygiene requirements

Volunteer times

4 hours a day
5 days a week

What is included with the volunteering

Airport pickup and drop off
Private Room
3 delicious organic traditional Jordanian meals a day + coffee/tea/snacks
A private guided tour with Geoff and Nadia Lawton of The Greening The Desert Project
Permaculture hands on experience with the on site team

Please send us your CV, tell us a bit about yourself and how long you would like to stay for along with details on what aspects of Permaculture you are interested in.

Apply now

Kind Regards
Nadia Lawton


Some pictures of our cafe here at the Greening The Desert Project.


Nadia Lawton

Nadia completed her PDC in the Dead Sea Valley in 1999 then proceeded to work on the "Green the Desert" project and establish permaculture women's groups and school projects with this work. As reference she went on to complete her permaculture diploma in design, education and site development and registered as a permaculture teacher in English and Arabic with the Bill and Lisa Mollison's permaculture Institute of Australia. Nadia now lives in The Channon in Northern New South Wales, Australia at Zaytuna Farm the home of the Australian Permaculture Research Institute. Since 2003 she has been working with PRI as an international permaculture teacher, consultant and aid worker.


  1. I see all the females in your pictures are wearing a head scarf. It might be useful to know the local custom regarding this for those that want to apply.

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