Area: North CarolinaWe're a music and arts based homestead nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains out in good ole' Burnsville North Carolina. We're under an hour from the vibrant cities Asheville and Boone. We host artists, travelers, work-traders and bands all year long. Our mission is simple: to grow. Grow food, grow community, and grow creatively. THE FARM The land abounds with pastures, forests, streams, wildlife, breathtaking long range mountain views, and over 60 mature fruit and nut trees: apple, black walnut, cherry, and chestnut.. We love perennials, and are growing large amounts of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, hops, herbs, flowers and newly planted trees. WHAT'S HERE Our homestead consists of a funky five bedroom house, a communal barn jam space, an art studio/loft apartment, a solar powered music studio/cabin, a teepee, an RV and an artsy bus. Multiple other cabins are currently under construction. WHO'S HERE? We are usually between 8-20 people, most of which are artist/musicians between 18-30 years old who found us online. We also host couchsurfers and old friends regularly so you're likely to meet some inspirational folks while you're here. We have potlucks, parties and jam sessions regularly. We have 1 pig, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and some chickens. We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, bears, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc. WILD FOODS/MEDICINES We are lovers of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms. We enjoy studying and harvesting the natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We encourage everyone who visits will take the opportunity to learn some of the common useful plants and mushrooms that surround us. FOOD Between June and November we have an abundance of greens, veggies, fruits, mushrooms, herbs and we often have an abundance of venison. Come in the fall for apple season, in the spring for strawberries, cherries and asparagus. Also, there is always an abundant spread of wild edible plants and mushrooms throughout the forest. PET POLICY For longterm we DO NOT ALLOW DOGS/CATS with the exception of puppies, but for 2-3 day stays your dog can come and remain on a leash hike with us and our dogs. We do allow hedgehogs, rabbits, mice, and birds. WHAT TO BRING Gloves, water bottle, towel, linens, toiletries, camera, work shoes/boots, NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Only 8 minutes by car is Burnsville, a small mountain town with a vibrant arts community and a rich history. There are grocery stores, banks, art galleries, and restuarants that host bands and open mic nights. Asheville, one of the most artsy and culturally rich cities in the world is 40 minutes away. Boone is Asheville's funky little sister, a vibrant college town in the heart of the mountains, only 1 hour away. Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi is here in Yancey County. The Linville Gorge is the Grand Canyon of the East and is about an hour away. NEARBY FARMS Some other farms in the area we'd recommend include Soulshine Farm, Mountain Gardens, Chestnut Hill, and the Dig-In Community Garden here in Burnsville. CONTACTING US If applying for Artist Residency please send us links to some of your work. Also include your proposed dates of coming, a bit about yourself, ambitions, skills, etc., and if possible please include a link to your facebook page or couchsurfing profile.
Area: Northern IrelandI have just retired from a life in the art gallery/interior design business while my wife still works part-time. Our two children now live in Scotland so we have a large house to ourselves and three cats. We have an 18th century house that we have modernised and sits in 2 acres of garden including grassland, pond and vegetable patch. Oh! and a piste for playing petanque (boules). The house is in the country, outside the small County Antrim village of Aghalee close to the eastern shores of Lough Neagh, the largest inland body of water in Britain and Ireland. From our local village there is a bus service to Lisburn (10 miles and Belfast 20 miles). Moira train station (5 miles away) is on the main line from Belfast to Dublin which is about 100 miles away.
Area: Indre-et-Loire, FranceMy husband and I (both ex-teachers and living permanently in France) are looking for someone strong, willing to help us during the months March to May 2015 to look after 1 hectare (4.5 acres) of land that surrounds us and help maintain the gite, where we have paying guests in the summer. This would be a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys manual labour and wishes to extend their knowledge of English and/or French and get to know the French countryside. However, this is a very quiet, rural part of France and the weather can be variable at this time of year so anyone hoping for an active night life and a tan, will be disappointed!
Area: South America,Chile, Isla NegraAUGUST VOLUNTEERS! Hello, my name is Sandra Luz, I am 40 years old and live here for 4 years (used to live in Santiago). My arrival was a call to my inner .. and I think I found it. Today I am dedicated, along with having a small hostel in, offering various alternative therapies with other specialist therapists. While it is a hostel, the dynamics of this space is different. We do not just recycle ecology, we also preserve ancient traditions of indigenous peoples, their art, ceremonies, etc ... and some of those traditions, we teach here. I have 4 dogs and two cats, orchard and have a quiet life, without much noise. We like to keep this silence and tranquility .. We are in the Land of Poets, here we is Pablo Neruda's house, where he lived and died, is also in Vicente Huidobro (Cartagena) and Nicanor Parra (Las Cruces-still alive). Area artists and therapists. We welcome volunteers on ..... "28 YEARS OF AGE · for his experience on how to run a space or house ....... We get people from just 3 weeks min. A 12 MONTHS ... " WORK TO DO: -Working the garden and help in the garden -From making bathrooms, washing dishes- -Construction, carpentry. -Arrangements generally (cleaning windows, painting, etc.). At this time we do not get many passengers, so we have much time to create new things, or fix some things that do not work well. FREE: MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, and in the evenings. Who likes the outdoors, peaceful life, and likes to live in a home environment. Here is a lot of art and poets. We are one block from the sea. There are businesses close but no nightlife, I am vegetarian, my daughters if they eat meat, do therapies like reiki, biomagentismo, reflexology, Bach flowers, yoga, drum ceremony, Temazcal. I speak little English. You live in the hostel, I'm living in my house that is in the grounds but apart. Each volunteer will have to cook your food, however, many times we eat together but do not want it to be a must for me, since I have two daughters and a lot of things to do. AGOSTO VOLUNTARIOS !! Hola, mi nombre es Sandra Luz, tengo 40 años y vivo aquí desde hace 4 años (antes vivía en Santiago). Mi llegada fue por un llamado con mi interior..y creo que lo encontré. Hoy me dedico, junto con tener un pequeño hostal, en el, a ofrecer diferentes terapias alternativas con otro terapeutas especialistas. Si bien, es un hostal, la dinámica de este espacio es diferente. Pensamos que hacer ecología no es solo reciclar, también es conservar tradiciones ancestrales de pueblos originarios, su arte, ceremonias, etc... y algunas de esas tradiciones, las enseñamos aquí. Tengo 4 perros y dos gatos, tenemos huerta y una vida tranquila, sin mucho ruido. Nos gusta el silencio y mantener esta tranquilidad.. Estamos en la Tierra de Poetas, aquí esta la casa de Pablo Neruda, donde vivio y murió, también esta Vicente Huidobro en (Cartagena) y Nicanor Parra (Las Cruces-aún vivo). Zona de artistas y terapeutas. Recibimos voluntarios sobre....."30 AÑOS DE EDAD· por su experiencia en como llevar un espacio o casa...... . Recibimos gente de solo desde 3 semanas min. A 12 MESES..." TRABAJO POR HACER: -Trabajar la huerta y ayudar en el jardin -Desde hacer baños, lavar platos- -Construcción, carpintería. -Arreglos en general (limpiar vidrios, pintar,etc.) En este tiempo no recibimos muchos pasajeros, así que hay mucho tiempo para crear cosas nuevas, o arreglar algunas cosas que no funcionan bien. LIBRE : LUNES Y MIERCOLES ,y en las tardes. Que guste de la naturaleza, la vida pacífica, y le guste vivir en un ambiente de hogar. Aquí encuentras mucho arte y poetas. Estamos a una cuadra del mar. Hay negocios cerca pero no hay vida nocturna, Soy vegetariana, mis hijas si comen carne , hacemos terapias como reiki, biomagentismo,reflexología,flores de bach, yoga,ceremonia del tambor,temazcal. Hablo poco Ingles. Tu vivirás en el hostal, yo vivo en mi casa que es en el mismo terreno pero aparte. Cada voluntario se tendras que cocinar su comida, sin embargo, en muchos momentos comemos todos juntos pero no quiero que sea una obligación para mi, ya que tengo dos hijas y un montón de cosas por hacer.
Area: Andina, ManizalesWe have a house out off the city, it's an Art House , where we do art projects, you will be surprised, you will get to know the art creators, we life in a Creative thinking and act, a surrealist house where we want to integrate you into another world. Currently we are working in some Art Projects with children, young people and doing different kind of Art, we enjoy exploring different materials like wood, plastic, plaster.