Come and help an Artist with gardening while I convert my existing studio into my "tiny home" in Philomath. Oregon, USA.


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    Hi! I live at the base of the coast range of the Willamette Valley, in a small town near a large organic farm. This town is a 6 mile bike ride from Corvallis, a lively university town. We are 1.5 hours from Portland, 1 hour from Eugene and 1 hour from Salem and 45 minutes from the beautiful Oregon coast.

    I am a ceramic artist, with the project of converting my existing studio into my "tiny home" and working outdoor deck studio, eventually moving into the space as both home and working art studio. I began this project to be able to live according to earth's cycles and seasons within a rural feeling neighborhood, so I care very much about my choices and care about environmental impact.

    I live a simple life, enjoy learning about other people, cultures, languages, and have a passion for the outdoors, dancing, arts, eating healthy, organic, local, native, wild food.

    At this time, I would benefit most from you helping me with all things garden oriented!

    I am excited to learn about you, your culture and this workaway program, as I am newly introduced to it by a friend who hosts regularly and loves the experiences and friendships gained from it.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Help


    I would benefit most from help with my yard and garden that needs attention, as I work on my studio conversion and alternatively, some house/organizing tasks.
    Some of the projects are: planting plants, making pathways, weeding/working garden beds, blackberry clearing, compost bin rebuilding, taking out small wild plum trees and myrtle trees growing everywhere, building archways.

    As for my studio conversion, I have a small amount of building experience, as I am learning as I go, I am gaining skills. As a friend described, "you know your way around tools!"
    If you have super solid skills in any of the following, it may be possible to help me with:
    - insulating and drywall
    - building a firewood shed
    - building a storage shed
    - Finish work, paint and moving things around
    - Building a kitchen on my outdoor deck
    - installing an earthen floor over subflooring
    - Building a composting toilet and on-demand shower

    June: lowering loft 6",
    July: building a wall with pocket door
    August: electrical, move things out to outdoor studio
    September: refinish window for decks, floors, insulation, drywall
    October: extend deck for kiln, moving things around, painting, finish carpentry, ceiling work
    Other: prep for painting/painting, building a firewood shed, building a storage shed, outdoor kitchen, composting toilet/on demand propane shower

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This stay would provide the feel for living in a small town, where you can walk to the library, post office, hardware store and organic sourdough bread baker within 10 minutes of my home. There is an organic farm stand 1.5 miles from my home.
    In contrast, we are 6 miles from a university town, where talks, music, groups, performances, film festivals, art festivals, farmer's market and many other interesting things are happening daily. We are at the base of the coast mountain Mary's Peak, with many exploring, hiking trails/biking trails. King's Valley has a myriad of micro farms of all kinds of food production.

    I am part of a web of crafts people here who are interested in bringing back art and craft appreciation, as well as small business as a livelihood.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, very little Japanese, lesser Spanish

  • Accommodation


    You would have your own room, with a futon bed, limited storage space, and shared bathroom. If you prefer to pitch a tent, there is a yard to do so. Organic, vegetable heavy kitchen, whole foods.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is an extra bicycle available to you. Many things within walking distance. Bus stop 2 blocks away goes to Corvallis daily. Hiking, and a park within walking distance.

    I usually spend my time working on my ceramic art business, my health, projects and adventuring with friends. I go on outdoor outings and would be happy to introduce you to our lovely coast.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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