About this Gig:
We are currently working on building a sleeping loft, bathroom and small kitchen area for volunteers in a large metal shop on the property. This project needs volunteers with building skills. We ask that you work 15 hours per week in exchange for room and board. Scheduling of the hours will be determined by the demands of the project and most likely will require that you work weekends. 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. Because of the number of volunteers wanting to come, we are limiting each volunteer stay to 21 days or less. We will not be able to extend your volunteer stay. You can apply for an extended stay, but would be required to complete a shorter stay before being considered for a longer stay.
Requirements for Inquiry:
Please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates to those projects. Also please confirm that you are 420 friendly. In addition, we are asking that you confirm in your inquiry that you understand that this gig is only 21 days long (or less if you want a shorter stay) and that you understand that we will not be able to extend your stay.
Our Mission Statement:
Our mission is to coordinate and enable community visits by traveling shamans to isolated communities that need shamanic services. This involves insuring that the shaman and his or her assistant are supplied with lodging, meals, as well as a venue and promotion for their programs while they are in residence at a host community. As part of that mission we are accepting volunteers at the Valley View Shamanic Retreat to build the support structures for the shamans, retreat participants and volunteers.
Julia is the events and patron coordinator for a non-profit shaman organization, interested in transforming our funky little place in Colorado into a shamanic support retreat. Julia holds an MA in psychotherapy and specializes in cannabis assisted art therapy. Mike is a geologist who is very knowledgeable and skilled at building, but still holds down a full-time job, so can't get to all the pending building projects and often must work weekends on them. We are also super hosts for our online rental in the town of Grand Junction.
The soon-to-be shamanic retreat where we live is located in a small area of mobile and modular homes and has great views across the wine grape growing areas here in western Colorado to the mountains beyond. We have a Husky dog (puppy actually) and a cat. Mike smokes cigarettes sporadically -- always outside. Julia is an artist & painter. We are 420 and LBGT friendly and have a small personal cannabis grow (which is perfectly legal in Colorado.) We are looking for volunteers who like landscaping and building things.
Please contact me with any questions. Warmly, Julia
Cooking / shopping
Help with Computers / internet
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. Finishing the sleeping loft for volunteers over the grow room by adding a stairway, railing, closet, and running a gas line to the furnace. Currently it is heated by a wood burning stove.
1. Building a tiny house for the Traveling Shamans to stay in when they visit. We have a traveling shaman visit about once per month. Volunteers may also be asked to drive the shaman where needed.
2. Building a sweat lodge and a medicine wheel for ceremonial purposes. We will be consulting with an indigenous person for correct protocol.
3, Landscaping both here at the retreat and at the vacation rental. The landscaping includes completing a half finished waterfall and helping fix and build privacy fencing around the hot tub.
4. Possible small remodeling and repair projects both at the retreat and at the vacation rental.
5. Other projects we would consider depending on volunteer interests and skills are: a straw bail fence around our one acre desert parcel, rebuilding an old house boat on the property.
English, Mike speaks a little Spanish
We are currently working on a loft over the grow room in our shop. Volunteers will sleep on the couch or an airbed in the loft. Although wifi, a TV with Netflix and and an Xbox are available in the loft, It is somewhat primitive -- heated by a wood burning stove at this time. There is a porta-pottie for night-time or emergency use, however generally volunteers will use the house bathroom and shower. Meals are cereal and/or toaster waffles for breakfast, sandwich fixings are supplied for lunch and dinner is usually a one-pot crock pot meal. We have an additional space (installing a sewer hook-up could be first project) for volunteers with their own camper or motorhome. We are about 4 miles from the town of Grand Junction and two miles from a city bus stop.
Skiing, mountain biking areas, and the fabulous red rock areas of Utah are close by. We have bikes to loan and Uber is available. When inquiring, please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates to those projects. Also please confirm that you are 420 friendly. In addition, we are asking that you confirm in your inquiry that you understand that this gig is only 21 days long (or less if you want a shorter stay) and that you understand that we will not be able to extend your stay.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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 2 hours 2-days per week. Creation of Spirit Guide Collage Cards 2 hours once per week. You can also learn more about micro-dosing with cannabis for use with meditation and spiritual growth.
Maximum 15 hours per week