My name is Roxan and my Dad is named Gerry. Our life goal at the moment is to build a house and a small cabin that are completely off-grid and almost completely self-sustaining using innovative ideas and materials at hand.
We live on beautiful Lasqueti Island, one of more rural Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Here you will find an island that lives completely off-grid, no paved roads, no police, strong sense of community, one small convenience store, one bar/restaurant/hotel/gas station all rolled into one, one Free Store, multiple cookie-stands run by the self-serve honor system, an arts center, eccentric characters, feral sheep, billions of stars, gardens galore, houses and structures made in all shapes and forms by all different types of materials. Its an island to learn from, and to share your knowledge.
We would appreciate any help anybody has to offer and we are always looking for ideas of how to improve our structures, our ways of living, etc. We hope that it would be a mutual exchange of knowledge and wisdom.
During the summer of 2018 we are using a slightly different format: instead of various WorkAwayers arriving sporadically throughout the summer, we are organizing them into crews (up to 6 people at a time) and hosting them during specific 7-day shifts.
During the winter of 2018 - 2019, we can host you anytime, for up to a week. Be prepared though, for possibly brutal living and working conditions. You will experience the 'real' off-grid Lasqueti Island as few do.
Contact us for additional details; our hosting system is somewhat unusual. Please read our profile carefully, including our feedback, before making your decision to come to Lasqueti Island. Most recent arrivals to Lasqueti Island instantly love our little island... or instantly don't like it. It all depends on the type of person you are.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We own 10 acres of prime Pacific Northwest land and we try our best to tread lightly and keep it in a close-to natural state. Most of our building work is done by human-power, which means no big excavators scarring the earth and lots of wheel-barrowing, shovel-digging, and log-dragging activities. At the moment we have lots of tasks involving harvesting beached cedar logs to make hand-split cedar shakes and nailing them onto the house. In particular, we are looking for people that can split firewood with an axe, use a wheelbarrow to move the split firewood, and finally stack the firewood in the designated location. Your level of 'attention to detail' and ability to follow simple instructions may determine your fate and length of stay.
We also have a large garden that we maintain throughout the year and are constantly looking for ways to maximize our crops and for different types of fruits and vegetables to plant, etc.
Cooking is another skill that is useful here. We have primitive cooking facilities (woodstove top and two propane burners) and we try to eat as much as possible from the garden. This may require getting creative with meals (mostly vegetarian).
Most of our days are easy going and simple. Wake up early to be in tune with nature, eat breakfast, work for a couple of hours, take a couple hours for lunch, then a few more hours of work in the afternoon, then relax for the evening and dinner. We treat it as a "get out of it what you put in" situation. Those who are looking for a place with free food and free lodging only, without wanting to embrace and learn from our off-grid situation and way-of-life; your stay will be a short one, even if you manage to circumvent our 'filtering' system.
We provide all food in exchange for volunteering. Please bring your own nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, or any other drugs you feel you need, as they are not supplied.
This is our fourth year of hosting WorkAwayers! So far we have hosted over 85 WorkAwayers from many countries around the world.
We had many wondrous and joyous experiences with almost all of the WorkAwayers we hosted, and even developed some great long-lasting friendships in the process.
The cultural Exchange on Lasqueti Island is definitely a worthwhile one. The community is very strong and people are always doing interesting things, willing to help you out, willing to teach, willing to share.
There are plenty events at the Community Hall and music, arts and crafts, etc.
From our land, a volunteer could learn to build simple structures out of re-purposed/recycled materials, learn to live life off-grid, learn about different modes of gathering energy, able to get closer to nature, learn to identify the different types of Wood and lumber in the Pacific northwest, learn about beach-combing and boating, learn how to hand-split cedar shakes, how to install shakes, learn about organic gardening, etc.
English, some spanish and french
We have a couple of wooden platforms with roofs which are idyllic in the summer, or good with a tent in the winter. We also have plenty of nice spots on the ground for tents.
As for a bathroom, we have an outhouse and a shower fort (cold water only).
As mentioned, there are plenty of things to do on Lasqueti. Lots of beaches to swim at, farmers market on saturdays, community sports teams, playing ultimate, saunas, draping (contact dancing), hiking, beachcombing, caving, island social events, etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Off Grid Photo Album from Lasqueti Island