Hi, My name is Arti. I am a vibrant 62-year-old woman. I live in Richmond, MA -the far Western part of the state near NYS border. It's the Berkshires - a truly gorgeous part of the country.
A couple of years ago I walked the Camino Norte in Spain and one highlight of that magical pilgrimage was being invited into the homes of so many amazing people along the way. In that spirit, I was inspired to open my home to a traveler or 2 as many were opened to me in my travels. I have now been hosting since Septemebr of 2018.
I have a beautiful 22-acre property accessible to much of what this area has to offer and I need help as I continue to transition from this being a family home of 4, to living here with one son an occasional part-time tiny-house renter and another son nearby. I am growing a small private retreat center here focussed on integrative healing and would love to share the process manifesting this with others with like interests.
The land and surrounding area are magical, with hiking, kayaking, lakes, rivers and biking all available.
I and my family ( 2 sons nearby) are involved in several beautiful communities in the area- The Abode: a Sufi eco-village, a Quaker intentional community, and a deep nature connection wilderness school called Flying Deer Nature Center.
I am a highly skilled and experienced multidimensional healer end healing arts educator of 40 years and I can offer to apprentice in all types of massage, energy work, and healing modalities. I am also an ordained inter-spiritual minister practicing yoga and meditation, mindfulness, ceremony, and other spiritual arts. I can offer spiritual mentoring, support with yoga and meditation practice and do my best to offer simple English language support. (I know some Spanish and am continuing to study).
3 housing options are available
1. a sweet private rustic off-grid cabin on the land that would involve some TLC to be ready for occupancy - Showering would be in the house, or outdoor bathtub
2. lower level of the house which has a large open area with 4 poster bed, living area and shared bathroom upstairs.
3. In warm weather can set up tent outside and use the indoor bathroom - 22 acres with good amount of forest
I'm looking for some support with gardening, including shoring up a fence, also some help with wood splitting, and contnuing to upgrade a 10 x 20 off-grid cabin in the woods. The cabin has a wood floor, a composting toilet that needs to be vented, a great wood stove and needs some TLC to make it a sweet three-season cabin. It was lived in year-round for a few years but has been empty for the last few.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
This land itself and the surrounding area are magical, with hiking, kayaking, lakes, rivers and biking all available. The Appalachian Trail is accessible throughout Berkshire County.
I and my family ( older son 26yrs living here, and younger son 22 yrs nearby) are involved in several beautiful communities in the area- The Abode: a Sufi eco-village, a Quaker intentional community, and a deep nature connection wilderness school called Flying Deer Nature Center and Kripalu Center: a Yoga and Health program center.
As former dean of Kripalu's renowned School of Massage and Bodywork, I can offer guidance for those interested in massage, energy work, yoga and meditation, ayurveda, and various healing modalities. I am also able to offer, depending on interest and as requested, -spiritual mentoring ( I am an ordained interspiritual minister), learning to make herbal preparations, healthy cooking support, yoga and meditation practice, knitting lessons and simple language support. (I know a little Spanish and am continuing to study).
in addition, the Berkshires has music, theater, dance ( mostly seasonal, though some opportunities all year round) and fabulous local food and farmers Markets in season.
I'm looking for support with wood splitting, property care, land projects, including plowing in winter and lawn mowing in summer. Also may need support help with a new indoor renovation project, and continued upgrading of the the 10 x 20 off-grid cabin in the woods.
Gardening is welcome seasonally as well for someone with the skills and wanting that opportunity.
3 current housing options are available* Only one of these would be open at any time so if there are 2 people they would need to share a room
1. would involve some TLC to fix up a bit - a sweet private rustic off-grid cabin on the land, or
2. lower level open space with shared bathroom upstairs.
3. Camping outdoors in tent
*Please note: During the Covid -19 continued physical distancing phase, option 2 is ony available after two weeks of distancing outside main house.
Transport from the train or bus stop in Pittsfield, Great Barrington or Lenox as well as Albany or Hartford CT airport are possible.
Its a rural area and having your own car would be ideal and happy to offer rides when I am heading out and support networking with local people and communities of all age groups.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week