Who We Are

a couple and a terrific team

Paul King

Paul King

I am an enthusiastic, highly competent individual with broad work and life experience. Travelling extensively I have explored many different projects, scenarios, lifestyles and volunteering. The knowledge and broad skill set I have accummulated enable me to contribute value to any project, ranging in scope and scale and across multiple disciplines.

Read Paul’s resume here.

Merle Diekmann

Merle Diekmann

Efficient and multilingual, I am an invaluable and integral team player, highly adaptable and technically agile. My adaptability is founded on experience of extensive travel, volunteering and study abroad. Excelling at situations and experiences ‘outside the box’, I bring a broad practical and technical knowledge base to any project.

Read Merle’s resume here.

Skill Set Highlights

Managerial

  • Ecotourism Management & Certification
  • Change & Business Management
  • Project & Event Management
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Wellness Retreat Management

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Practical

  • Eco Building, Carpentry & Renovation
  • Organic Gardening
  • Catering
  • Land Reclamation
  • Physical Therapies
  • Animal Husbandry

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On-Line

  • Website Design & Management
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Social Media Management
  • Graphic Design, Branding & Positioning
  • Professional Content Creation

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Other

  • Thematic, Interpretive Experiences: design, promote & manage
  • Leaders of Professional & Volunteer Teams
  • Property & Business Care-taking
  • Consult & Mentor, on-site & on-line

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Our Mission

The wellbeing of humanity and viability of earth and all its species is dependent on all people re-establishing a healthy relationship with the natural world.  To be eco-tourists and conservationists is not enough, we all must realise our interdependence with nature.

To this end we wish only to support and promote projects, individuals, groups and communities engaged in providing experiences and places to rediscover this affinity.  By contributing the skills, experience and dedication for such ventures to thrive. It is our work, our vocation and life.

 


Collaborate With Us

 

We traveled different paths encompassing: environmental work, wellness therapies, meditation, retreats, construction, project management, consulting, nature & survival skills, broad travel & cultural exploration, extensive volunteering & an innate connection to nature.

We offer many ways to collaborate, offering bespoke solutions to those living and working outside the box, beyond the typical……and above all, with the natural!

Read more about alternative collaborations.

Latest Testimonials

by people who know us and our work

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"Challenges were met with skill and a sense of ease"

During our event Paul’s and Merle’s warmth and willingness to work with our last minute requests and changing circumstances while maintaining a balanced, caring respect for our participants, their staff and the venue was outstanding.

They demonstrated their ability to work with care and respect for all our guests at all times and took great care to provide for the specific needs of our special guests with great diligence. Throughout the events they maintained a calm and professional presence in the midst of managing their team through some demanding logistical challenges, those challenges were met with skill and a sense of ease.

On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed working with Paul and Merle and found their capacity for clear and balanced communication refreshing and straightforward.

Jeff Bartlett,  Sacred Fire Community

Full events management

"Highly supportive, empathetic and innovative"

“Paul and Merle came onboard at Crann Og Eco Farm and spent three years with us in our community.

Bringing a surge of new energy to our project, they helped us consolidate our direction and were instrumental in our being recognised as one of the premier back to nature experiences in Ireland.

They created a new and contemporary online presence for our business and have diligently supported its growth. With their invaluable help we have developed many new elements to our project and collaborations. Our combined efforts have been recognised as Gold standard by Ecotourism Ireland.

Throughout our collaboration we found Paul and Merle to be highly supportive, empathetic and innovative. With their strong dedication and meticulous approach we highly recommend Eco Freelance to any project.”

Flor Burke and Marion Edler-Burke,  Crann Og Eco Farm

Total project management

"Deeply committed to sustainability and earth friendly practices"

“I have collaborated with Paul and Merle at Crann Og Eco Farm for over two years and have found them to be highly professional and deeply committed to sustainability and earth friendly practices.

When it came time to revamp my web presence and promote my work they were my first choice.  They crafted a new website and came up with delicious content for the site that totally captured the essence and nature of my work.  They helped me to clarify how to make my new projects come to life.

I am very pleased with the great positive feedback so far and am happily reaping the rewards of their creative, technical and practical input.  I was pleasantly surprised they managed to get it all done within a very tight time frame, on budget and were inspiring and supportive throughout.  Thank you both!”

Mary Bulfin,  Food Foraging Expert, Wild Food Mary

Wild Food Events, Website, Social Media & Promotion

"Amazing, very attentive to the needs of our staff"

“Crann Og was the perfect place for our events. We held a four-day retreat there, followed by an eight day training program. The staff were amazing, very attentive to the needs of our staff and our participants.

The farm itself is delightful, with many beautiful nooks and crannies to discover and friendly animals to visit with. The woodland next door has wonderful trails that are evocative of the mystery of Ireland.

And don’t even get me started on the food… let’s just say it’s a daily feast that leaves everyone smiling! Our groups found it an ideal place for bonding, helped along by the storytelling and hospitality of the staff.”

Amos Clifford, Association of Nature & Forest Therapists USA

Full events management

"Thank you for a memorable & unique retreat!"

“Crann Og is a very unique & special place.  I’m so grateful to have hosted my annual Hawaiian Massage Retreat there because of the rich experience it provided to be so close to nature & a more natural way of living. Participants bonded more, talked deeper & appreciated simpler things we often take for granted.

Paul, Merle and their team worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth running of our event, the vegetarian food was delicious & the workshop space was an inspiring place to work in.

The camp-fire dinner is a memory we all hold very dear…..Thank you for a memorable & unique retreat!”

Louise Kleu, Lomi Lomi Massage Ireland

Full event management

"Totally reliable, trustworthy and a good communicator"

“I am pleased to say I have collaborated with Paul over a period of three years, during which time he acted as caretaker and foreman for our two properties in South West France. As we lived abroad Paul’s role was crucial to ensuring the maintenance and development of our properties and our continued enjoyment of them.

We found Paul to be totally reliable, trustworthy and a good communicator. The quality of his maintenance and restoration work to the properties was excellent.  I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Dr Catherine Dunnet,  Moulin Du Trou

 

"Highly efficient and very quick to learn"

“Merle worked for us for a period of four months. During her time here we found her to be highly efficient and very quick to learn our administrative operations. Diligent in her work, reliable and able to work with a minimum of supervision. She completed all tasks she was given and was a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Merle.”

K.I.N. Industries

 

"Warm and friendly personality"

“Paul treats you in a holistic way, that is he asks you questions about your overall health and well being allowing him to provide you with a bespoke treatment to address your needs. Being a massage therapist myself, it’s vital for me to keep my back and shoulders loose, flexible and strong, therefore if I’m feeling any muscle tension Paul is there to soothe it all away with his combination of expert massage techniques and stretching.

His warm and friendly personality also makes the treatment a very relaxing experience. I highly recommend Paul’s professional massage service.”

Julie Mulholland,  Urban Serenity Massage

 

"Holistic insight and knowledge"

“The first thing I noticed when meeting Paul for the massage was that his professionalism completely counteracts any feelings of vulnerability a woman might have visiting a male masseur.

His holistic insight and knowledge of the human body is evident as he asks appropriate questions and begins working with your body. The movements are fluid, deep and sensitive leaving a feeling of well-being. Having experienced different styles of massage all over the world, I highly recommend him.”

Saveria Harding,  Yoga Saveria

 

Projects

we support and get awesome for…

We’re into projects that are about reconnecting people with nature, holistic wellbeing and having a positive affect on community, locally and globally.

These are types of projects that inspire us:

Back to nature experiences

Ecotourism, sustainable & responsible tourism

Nature retreats

Outdoor & survival skills training

Meditation and yoga retreats & venues

Spiritual retreat centres

Wilderness adventures

Holistic health training venues

Wellbeing and wellness retreats

Environmental conservation

Spas & health resorts

Voluntourism & experiential tourism

What Inspires

and makes Us happy!

Alternative ways of living are a big interest for us, to explore different ways of relating to the world, working, contributing and growing.

For us it doesn’t have to be the standard way of doing things, in fact, the more different the better in our book.  To be mobile and adaptable allows us freedom to explore.

We like to ‘put down roots’ for interesting long term projects in beautiful environments too!

animals

the ocean

chocolate

forests

long treks in mountains

making things with our hands

cooking fantastic food

eating fantastic food 🙂

self sufficiency

comedy

environmental degradation

dishonesty

discrimination

consumerism

war

corporatism

hypocrisy

politics & politicians

bad coffee!