Land stewardship and wild cooking in Sooke BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 25 Sep 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    ~Now Accepting applications from couples for November-December 2023~

    Greetings! I am a holistic chef that has an irresistible call for the wild.

    I live with my family in an intentional community near the ocean and wild rainforests of Vancouver Island. Currently made up of three full-time families, our community stewards 8 acres of land with the intention of living in harmony with nature and one another.

    Besides workaways staying with us on our land, friends and local community members often come together here to learn, grow, and build amazing things!

    We are keen to make use of peoples strengths, and have a wide range of tasks to be done that support the stewardship of our land as well as our way of life. Our value is to live as sustainably and connected to nature as possible.

    You will help by participating in the regular foraging, processing, and preparing of wild foods for us all to enjoy. Garden and land maintenance, livestock/animal care, small building tasks and hands-on skill building work could be on the menu, given the day and season you are here.

    In exchange you will learn nature and culinary skills (including wild food identification, foraging and processing), sacred practices and knowledge for living an empowered and resilient life in alignment with community and mother nature. We all support one another on this land - the cultivation of healthy, conscious, and resilient community is our top priority.
    I am passionate about showing people the way of the land and how to live in harmony with nature. This often includes taking people on culinary adventures, cooking on fire and learning primitive cooking and survival techniques.

    The beach is 10min walk from our land and wildness is on the doorstep. Sooke on the edge of the gnarly rain forests of Juan De Fuca, home of some of the worlds best hiking trails. Kayaking, surfing, swimming, biking, yoga are some of our favorite activities that will be open to you, depending on the season.
    Victoria is a 45 minute drive away and there are abundant amenities close by.

    Accommodation & food:
    We are an easy going family who love good food! I am a professional chef and almost exclusively gather from local organic farms and forage wild edibles, regularly creating my own ferments, preserves, etc.. As I will be providing all of your meals during your stay, you will be eating some of the most wild and nutritious food available.
    Accommodation is a well equipped and cozy pop-up trailer next to our family home. It will be outfitted with everything you need and can comfortably sleep up to 4, although is an ideal space for a couple.
    In the summer months there is also the option of camping in a tent (provided).
    We also have capacity to host mobile dwellings such as tiny homes, buses or camper vans. There is ample parking space, we compost human waste, and manage the dumping of grey water systems.

    You will be set-up to be self-sufficient for your stay, with meals provided in your space and interacting on a regular basis with myself or my partner Kaitlyn regarding tasks/daily chores to help with. We will make sure you have regular days off where you are free to enjoy the land or explore what the area has to offer!

    If you're looking for a healthy, safe, community oriented place to stay then you've found the right place.

    Please send me a line if our way of life calls to you!

    Thank you for your interest in helping us nourish others and the earth!

    Chef Tom & family :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    My mission is to:
    -Connect people with their food again, through nature, to eat from their land.
    -Offer an example of sustainable living close to nature, and to give a taste of how we used to gather, preserve, cook and dine before modern times.
    -Inspire others in the kitchen, so they go home with a new vision of how to organize their pantry and lifestyle so they can live a better life and heal the world.

    I have over 25 years of professional cooking experience and a decade of land stewardship experience. Interested in learning something specific? From fermenting, bread making, elixirs, detoxing, wildfoods, gluten free, etc.. whatever you want learn I'm happy to share knowledge, just pick my brain. My superpower is culinary arts & living in connection with nature: healing the world, one bite at a time.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Here's a few ideas of help, although every day will be different:

    - building cob structures & animal spaces, fences
    -Painting/general house and land maintenance
    - maintaining our sacred tipi space
    - landscaping, keeping trails open
    - harvesting and chopping wood, starting and supervising fire
    - garden weeding, harvesting, sowing seeds
    - gathering and processing wild foods
    - preserving food, like making yummy ferments
    - helping me cook
    - Please let us know if you have a gift to share, very open and appreciative of different skill-sets!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Independent living in a well-equipped and cozy pop-up trailer next to our family home.

    It will be outfitted with everything you need and can comfortably sleep up to 4, although is an ideal space for a couple.

    In the summer months there is also the option of camping in a tent (provided).

    We also have capacity to host mobile dwellings such as tiny homes, buses or camper vans. There is ample parking space, we compost human waste, and manage the dumping of grey water systems.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Fine Print:

    -We like to have a video interview before we commit to one another to make sure both parties are feeling good about the stay.

    -If you are applying you will need to stay committed to agreed upon dates, if you are not sure if you can commit 100% then please do not apply.

    -Regarding dietary preferences, we unfortunately cannot not host vegans. Due to the nature of what I do, and because we eat what nature provides, this doesn't work for both of us. We’re open to accommodating vegetarians and have hosted many. Please don't take this personally! I do support local-whole-food plant based diets and applaud all who follow their heart in caring for their body/mind/soul however they are called.

    -Because we are a family-oriented community with children, all those who stay on our land must be open to providing a criminal record check (or equivalent fitness for working with children documentation) from your country or province of origin (note that although children will be present and interaction inevitable, direct childcare will *not* be part of your work responsibilities during your stay).

    -Re: smoking, I do occasionally smoke medicinal marijuana blended with other sacred herbs. We do not welcome cigarettes, but have designated smoking areas on the land for organic and/or homegrown, self rolled herbs/tobacco.

    -We have many secret and beautiful nature haunts for you to discover. Our homeland is attractive to many seeking a wilder/more natural way of life. We have many things to share and teach and are looking forward to sharing our corner of the world with you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Wifi is available. We are open to hearing what your needs are in this regard, although we are primarily looking for help that can be present and available for in-person work and connection on a daily basis.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You will be able to park near the home, access to wifi included

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Host ref number: 187818291988

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