Forest and tiny house living in Harrington, Canada



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  • Description


    Part help exchange / part paid

    We are looking for a couple (ideally, it's more fun!) wishing to spend the summer season in the forest. The offer is part help trade and part paid work. People wanting to gain small scale farming experience will be able to spend the summer in a tiny house by swapping part of their time in the garden. The garden would be a collaboration between the owners of the garden (Sam and Elan) and the workawayers. We keep this garden for pleasure, beauty and of course, food abundance but we had a baby in late 2018 and are looking for some help this season in maintaining and expanding our garden. The garden is located in the vacation center as is the tiny house. We aren't in a position to offer remuneration for garden work because the garden doesn't make any money, it is a hobby. We attend market to sell some of our surplus which goes to paying back the garden expenses.

    For this reason, we want to offer a small source of income to the interested person or people. The job is part-time housekeeping in the vacation center (about 20 hours/week). Elan is co-owner of the vacation center and I (Sam) am manager and housekeeper.

    This is a growing sustainable development project with the vision of becoming a closed loop Ecovillage including private residences, a vacation center, a nature park, a food forest, restaurants, waste management facilities and more. Nestled in the heart of the boreal forest, the site is experimentation grounds for tiny house living, ecological construction, organic agriculture and nature conservancy. This is a collective of businesses working in harmony with nature with the belief that better living is possible. The vacation center located in the center of the project is host to many examples of eco-buildings as well as a unique, round, glass walled yoga studio, and receives hundreds of guests a year. Environmental education can help us move forward to a brighter future and so we strive to offer a variety of courses, workshops and interning opportunities. Sharing knowledge allows us to grow our community and our minds.

    Fun activities:
    - Laughing
    - Swimming in the lake
    - Campfires and smores
    - Relaxing in a hammock
    - Singing in the sun
    - Listening to the forest
    - Hiking
    - Canoeing

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope to find someone who wants to learn and collaborate in agriculture. We have been working this land for a few years and have gained some knowledge we would be very happy to share with others.
    Additionally, this is a growing Ecovillage. It is quite fun during the summer as there are many small projects going on and it's very beautiful. The hours are very flexible and we are easy-going.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    Agricultural activities
    - Garden preparation
    - Garden expansion
    - Pulling weeds
    - Starting seedlings
    - Planting seeds and seedlings
    - Watering plants
    - Harvesting wild edible plants
    - Groundskeeping and edible Landscaping
    - Feeding animals
    - Experimental agriculture projects
    - Saving seeds
    - Collecting sap
    - Making maple syrup
    - Water caption system

    Housekeeping activities (Paid):
    - Use of golf cart for cleaning duties
    - Replace garbage, recycling and compost bags
    - Sweep floor and shake mats. Mop.
    - Wipe surfaces (bedtable, kitchen table, counters, sink and waterbottles)
    - Wipe compost bin, garbage and recycling if needed
    - Dust shelves
    - Replenish toilet paper (2)
    - Clean bathroom (sweep, wipe lid, seat and under seat)
    - Clean the burner/dishes if needed.
    - Look under the bed and futon
    - Wash water dispenser
    - Wash mirror
    - Moving wood and water (11L jugs)
    - Various tasks around the vacation center

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, English, Portuguese, some Spanish

  • Accommodation


    The tiny house in the garden will be made available to the selected people (or person). It comes equipped with a queen bed in the mezzanine, benches that hide a storage space, a "closet", solar LED lighting and a kitchenette with propane burner. The whole is located near the reception where there is also WIFI. The toilet is a dry toilet near the house. You will have access to the shower block as well as the washing machine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is an abundance of woods, fields, empty acres and trails nearby to explore. Wild berries are common. The ecovillage is in Harrington, near the Mont-Tremblant region. It boasts its own serene, private lake for interns to enjoy.
    Some non motorised watercraft are also available for use. Aside from the lake, there is a small river that crosses the land, offering many enjoyable nooks along the Frog trail. Other outdoor activities may be available. Feel free to ask!
    With regards to internet connection, we are happy to open our network and allow everyone to use it. It can sometimes be slow or down in bad weather. Heavy internet users (downloads, streaming, Netflix) can contribute to their usage (1$/Gb) by donating to the Internet box in the general store. We apologize for this inconvenience.
    If you engage in any manner of craftsmanship, you are encouraged to continue doing so here during your off time, and to let us know in advance if there is anything we can do to facilitate it.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Variable 15h housekeeping/15h garden work

Host ref number: 156114326821