The Traveling Shamans Camp in Colorado

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    Our Mission Statement:
    The mission is to coordinate and enable community visits by traveling shamans to isolated communities. This involves ensuring that the shaman and his or her people are supplied with lodging, promotion, and a venue at the host community. We are seeking volunteers who like landscaping, painting murals and building things. We also need videographers, photographers and citizen journalists to document the process.

    About this Volunteer opportunity:
    We ask that you work 15-hours per week in exchange for lodging and some meals. Scheduling of the hours will be determined by the demands of the project. In your spare time you are free to explore the area, do your own thing, or participate in the shamanic art programs we offer here. We are grateful to our volunteers and excited to meet all of the shamanic students and travelers who want to come to the Shamans Desert Camp this summer.

    Future Projects :
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Native Colorado desert landscaping *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Tiny house for the in-residence shaman *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Sweat lodge with outdoor shower *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A rock medicine wheel *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A medicinal herb garden. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A tipi *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Herb grow room & greenhouse

    Requirements for Inquiry:
    Please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates to those projects. Very short inquiries from you are not helpful since that does not give us any idea of how your talents fit our schedule. The schedule is determined by a number of factors such as availability of volunteers with specific talents, available materials (if you have materials to donate, please contact me) for each project, events scheduled, and other factors too numerous to mention. I will ask for ID and emergency contact numbers upon your arrival. Also advise that you have health insurance thru workaway or home.

    About Mike, Julia & Brat Cat:
    Brat Cat is a little hunter - we keep her inside most of the time. Mike smokes tobacco sporadically -- always outside. Julia is an artist & visionary - Mike a practical scientist. We are patrons of the Traveling Shamans and a married couple who have been together off and on since 1990. We are working to create a core community to help us with the Traveling Shamans Camp during the summers. Julia is a retired psychotherapist who does the organizing and planning. Mike is a geologist and an expert builder. We are also super hosts for a vacation rental in Grand Junction, Colorado.

    The desert camp where we live is located in a small hillside desert area of modular homes with a long view across the valley. The movie "Pow-Wow Highway" would give you a flavor of the place. We are 420 and LGBT friendly. Skiing, mountain biking areas, and the fabulous red rock areas of Utah are close by. We have bikes to loan and Uber is available. We will plan field trips periodically.

    Please contact me with any questions. Warmly, Julia

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Help


    We looking for volunteers with carpentry skills and/or landscaping skills to help with one or more of the following projects (in no particular order) Please mention which project is most interesting to you when you inquire.

    1. Landscaping both here at the camp and at the vacation rental. The landscaping includes setting up raised beds for vegetables, completing a half-finished waterfall and helping fix and build privacy fencing around the hot tub and a bridge over a small dry creek bed.

    2. Art projects - Murals to be painted on the large metal shop on property. Trim and doorways painted with shamanic designs.

    3. Building a tiny house for the traveling shamans to stay in when they visit. We have a traveling shaman visit about once per month (they currently stay in our vacation rental in town.) Volunteers may be asked to drive the shaman if needed.

    4. Building a sweat lodge and a medicine wheel for ceremonial purposes. We have a native American man who will be supervising the building of the sweat lodge.

    5. Building a deck and overhang roof for the volunteer's camp trailer.

    6. Possible small remodeling and repair projects both at the camp and at the vacation rental.

    7. Other projects we are considering depending on volunteer interests and skills are: a straw bail fence around our one-acre desert parcel. Photo or video documentation of various aspects of this area and project.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Mike speaks a little Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Workstay volunteers will be housed in a 29 foot camp trailer which would be perfect for a couple. Two same sex volunteers could share the trailer since there is a bedroom and a small living area with a sofa that makes out into a bed. The volunteer trailer also has a small kitchen. Furnished meals are cereal and/or toaster waffles for breakfast, sandwich fixings for lunch and dinner is usually a one-pot crock pot meal. If you like to cook, we could get more creative.

    We have an additional space for volunteers with their own tent, camper, or motor home. We are about 4 miles from the town of Grand Junction and two miles from a city bus stop.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Skiing, mountain biking areas, and the fabulous red rock areas of Utah are close by. Uber is available. When inquiring, please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates to those projects. We have a couple of loaner bikes, but they would need work.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This exchange offers the opportunity to learn more about shamanism and spend time with shamans. Julia offers the following programs in the afternoons: Painting as Meditation, Creation of Spirit Guide Cards & The Sacred Canyon Walk when scheduled. You can also learn more about micro-dosing with medicinal herbs for use with meditation and spiritual growth.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 15 - 20 hours per week

My Photo Album

Trinity our husky puppie.
Colorado National Monument near us in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Julia on the beach in Oregon.

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