Bizipoza is a Basque word meaning “alegría de vivir”, “happiness of living” or “joie de vivre”. I am extremely lucky to live here with my donkeys Momo, Django and Matheu and it really is an enormous pleasure to be able to share this “joie de vivre” with you and facilitate your experience of the place.
I offer you the opportunity to connect with nature, expand your horizons, and learn new things. I believe passionately, that this potential should be available to everyone and that it is less about money and more about sharing.
I was born in Edinburgh and I was awarded a Ph.D in microbiology from the University of Aberdeen 1993. Through my interest in the natural world and mountaineering I have travelled and lived in many remote places; Arctic Norway, the alps, Peru, Bolivia, Zimbabwe, India and Portugal.
In 1999 I fell in love with Euskal Herria and have lived in the small village of Leorza ever since. My knowledge of this country is profound, understand the subtler aspects of its culture and act as a bridge between cultures ensuring that you extract the maximum from your time here.
In Leorza I manage an organic garden, keep bees and look after a bunch of raskley donkeys called Momo, Django and Matheu with whom we explore the surrounding forest and mountains.
Living in this way is considerable work and would be impossible without the help of volunteers who contribute their enthusiasm and skills.
Here we have the ingredients for grand adventures. Where would you like your adventure to begin?
Honey bee adventures
There are a few questions people always ask beekeepers; Do you get stung? Yes. Frequently. Do bee stings hurt? Yes. Intensely for about a minute then they calm down and you forget them. How many bees are in a hive? A strong hive would have a population of around 50,000 There’s surely something magnetic that […]
A journey with donkeys
Thanks to “airbnb” I enjoy a steady current of itinerant travellers who stop for a while in my house and tell me their tales of travel and adventure. I get all sorts of folk, from all corners of the globe. Solo, couple and families with kids. They are all without exception, good people. They almost […]