Land Stewardship and Wild Cooking in Sooke BC, Canada




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    Greetings! I'm a private chef that has a irresistible call for the wild. I like to make use of peoples strengths and have a wide range of tasks to be done as well as general maintenance and foraging wild foods that need to be processed.
    I love to show people the way of the land, taking people on culinary adventures, cooking on fire and using primitive cooking techniques is a taste of what I do.
    I live on 8 acres of land with another family that is close to me, they are my tribe. Besides workaway's staying with me, friends and community are coming together to help build amazing things.
    You will be staying with me in my home or on the land of my home. The beach is 10min walk and wildness is on the doorstep. Sooke is the last town before you loose cell connection and enter the gnarly rain forests of Juan De Fuca, home of some of the worlds best hiking trails. Also to mention kayaking, surfing, swimming, biking, yoga. There is a mountain bike that you are free to use.
    Besides the work on the land you as well have the opportunity to help me with my chef events. Because of COVID I don't have any paid positions currently, but if there is a opportunity for pay we will arrange that before hand, I require you have your working visa and some previous cooking or serving experience.

    I'm a really easy going guy who loves good food! I go to local organic farms, gather wild edibles, ferment, preserve.. to sum it up you will be eating the best food ever and feeling rejuvenated. I do yoga in the mornings you are welcome to join too.

    If your looking for a healthy and safe place to stay then you found the right place.
    My next availability to host;
    December 3 - 23.
    After that I have some holiday time and open to hosting from February 1st, 2021.
    Ideal to host a couple in the fall/winter as I have one room to share, otherwise someone will have to sleep in the tent near the house, I have all the bedding to keep you comfy.

    Due to COVID protocols, if you are arriving from another country you will need to be in quarantine for 14 days before staying with host. If you've done this already and have been keeping isolated, not coming from big cities then I'm happy to host you. Also good to look up what travel restrictions are before booking anything as they change frequently.

    Ideal time to stay is 2-4 weeks, I find this is perfect length for both parties, no long term please as it gives more people a chance to stay too.

    About dietary preferences, I can not host vegan's. Due to the nature of what I do and we eat what we prepare this doesn't work for both of us. I'm ok with vegetarians as I've hosted many of those. Please don't take this personally as I do support local-whole-food plant based diets.

    Please send me a line if this calls you.
    Thank you for your interest in helping me nourish others and the earth!
    Chef Tom :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • 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. To give a taste of how we use to gather, preserve, cook and dine. I like to 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, want to learn 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, to better the world one bite at a time.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    As you know doing things by yourself can be quite a challenge, I need your help as a extra set of hands. We have been establishing a co-op in order to save the land from development, so we can continue to share sacred knowledge to our community.
    Here's a few ideas of help, everyday will be different, no routine's here. All depends on the tasks that I have offered and then when I don't have a event we take care of things around the house like;
    - finishing a cob earthen oven
    - maintaining our sacred tipi space
    - landscaping, keeping trails open
    - harvesting and chopping wood, starting and supervising fire
    - garden weeding, harvesting, sowing seeds, more food for workaway's ;)
    - gathering and processing wild foods
    - preserving food, like making yummy ferments
    - helping cooking for dinners and events
    - washing dishes and keeping kitchen clean
    - cleaning the house is always appreciated
    - if you have special skills to offer I like to take advantage of them, so please let me know if you have a gift to share :)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending on the time of year and how many helpers and guests are staying at the moment, your sleep options will be in a newly renovated spare room with a queen size bed and it's own restroom located in my house. Another option might be to camp, I have tents and sleeping bags, you will still have all the luxuries to use inside the home. Your also welcome to sleep in the tipi if it is available, if you never been in a tipi with a fire the experience is epic!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We've been establishing a co-op in order to purchase the land from our landlord so we can continue to share sacred knowledge with our community. Some of the work you do will help this vision coming to fruition.
    About the smoking, I do occasionally smoke medicinal marijuana blended with other sacred herbs. I do not welcome cigarettes but am okay with organic tabbaco that you roll yourself.
    I have many secret places for you to discover, since it's a secret you will have to experience yourself.
    My homeland is a attraction to other people that seek the wild side, I have many things to share and teach.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • 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. If you help more you get more perks like dessert & ferments ;)

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Host ref number: 187818291988