Construction-related work and garden maintenance on the awesome Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada




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    Stay on 10 acres in Roberts Creek, BC Canada on the slopes of Mount Elphinstone. Real wilderness begins right behind the kitchen, although we are 15 minutes from two small towns and a 35 minute ferry to Vancouver. We are a gay male couple in a long-term relationship with deep connections to diverse others including families. We have renovated this property to gift others through occasional retreats and intentional evenings. Our objective is to nurture authentic human relationships in real time and space, building friendship and community through non-commercial experience. We are looking for skilled humanists as helpful friends.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a unique life experience as an alternative family as we work during the week and host festival friends on weekends--some for men only, some for women friends and some for all with their children. We provide a unique exposure to life on the west coast of Canada. All without labels. We encourage all sorts of diversions to explore who we are and who we might be, through creative channels and vulnerable, trusting human experience. While we go to bed early and get up with dawn, nighthawks can stay up late in the media room. You can hike or bike 100km of trails that start right off the property or explore your creative passions. You might want to take a ritual cold dip in a secret mountain stream pool right nearby. We have shared yoga time with some Workaway volunteers. In your spare time you might work out on the pilates machine or with dumbbells and the abs wheel. An electronic keyboard, guitar and djembe drums are here to play with. We like to work and we like to play and we like to share all that might offer.

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    We are looking for workaway volunteers with skills or a demonstrated aptitude to learn. Next projects include building cabinetry and completing final interior details; next spring we will build a trellis and deer-proof fence around the food garden. An art project or two could be in the mix. We have ongoing site cleanup needs including forest fire safety measures like removing lower branches and clearing forest deadfall. Painting and staining the original log part of the house and refinishing the deck next spring is also in the long list of possibilities.

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  • Accommodation


    The guest room in the main house has a view of distant lights across the Salish Sea; bathroom is across the hall. We share meals and while my partner does most cooking, workaway volunteers have always assisted with table preparation and dish cleanup while helping to keep our shared space in reasonable order.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Regional bus servicing ferry and nearby towns is a 1km walk from the property. Awesome Vancouver is a 35-minute ferry ride with 40 minute express bus to downtown--close enough for a day trip. Roberts Creek village is a 12 min bike ride for able bikers, a 45 minute walk. Nearby towns Gibsons and Sechelt offer restaurants and typical small town supplies, a short bus ride away. Ocean is 2km down the road. The local community hall and Legion offer weekly musical events from electronic dance music to music jams.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

A workaway volunteer spray painting storage shelving components.
A summer food garden (also have raised beds to plant and tend, plus a greenhouse for starters and hot plants).
Your hosts in a decomissioned bathtub during a birthday weekend with friends camping onsite.
The main house as seen on arrival
The pond pedestrian bridge, built with help from Workaway volunteers.
The workshop with tablesaw, router table, planer, chop saw, lots of power tools and soon, a small wood lathe.
The great room in the old log part of the original house with furniture removed for a friend's wedding as live entertainment space.
The main house west deck
Forest trails right behind the main house, leading to a 100km hiking/biking network.
Friends helping to complete the main house deck
The music jam "stage" corner in the Studio, main house when musicians are visiting.
Quasar, our wonderful border collie cross
Borage flowers in greens from the garden
The cabin, which will need major roof maintenance coming up.

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