Come and help me around my beautiful 22-acre property in Richmond, Massachusetts USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, My name is Arti. I am a vibrant 63-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 few 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 with various projects as I continue to transition from this being a family home of 4, to living here with an occasional part-time tiny-house renter and one son nearby. I had grown a small private Healing Sanctuary Retreat, here pre pandemic (focussed on integrative healing) and continue with a part time Private Bodywork practice here alongside work outside my home for now. I continue to love sharing the sense of sanctuary that has developed here over the last several years with the help of some amazing workawayers.

    The land and surrounding area are magical, with hiking, kayaking, lakes, rivers and biking all available.
    I and my now grown sons have been involved in several beautiful communities in the area- Kriplau Center, 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 healing arts practitioner, LMT and educator of 40 years and I enjoy sharing all types of massage, body work, and healing modalities. I am also an ordained inter-spiritual minister with a strong yoga and meditation and mindfulness practice, and a Hospice Healing Ministry. I enjoy nature connection, herbalism, ceremony, and other natural and spiritual arts. I can offer mentoring, support with any of the above and do my best to offer simple English language support. (I know some Spanish and am continuing to study).

    I'm always looking for help with various house and land projects, equipment maintenance and seasonally I am look for some support with maple syrup production in late winter and early Spring ( very small scale- collecting buckets and help boiling sap down). In Spring I need help with gardening prep, planting, tending, and in fall putting garden to bed. In summer I need help with mowing, tending trails and garden. Currently need help rebuilding a garden fence and gate, also some help with wood splitting, and trail and stream maintenance, including some chainsawing dead wood to move to house for splitting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 am 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 and a Yoga and Health program center.

    As former dean of Kripalu's renowned School of Massage and Bodywork, and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, 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, interspiritual mentoring ( I am an ordained interspiritual/interfaith 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 restaurants, food and Farmers Markets in season.

  • Help

    Help

    I'm looking for support with wood splitting, property care, land projects, including trail maintenance, plowing in winter and lawn mowing in summer.
    I collect syrup and have simple maple syrup production in late winter and early Spring ( very small scale), and need help collecting buckets and help boiling sap down. As spring progresses help with gardening - all aspects- prep, planting, tending, etc depending on season.
    Would love a handy person to rebuild the garden fence and gate and always need some help with wood flow for winter -splitting, chainsawing dead wood to move to house for splitting.
    Inside sorting and organizing projects. Food storage. Sewing. General cleaning.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    4 possible housing options are available :

    1. A sweet. private, rustic off-grid cabin on the land about 1/10th mile from the house. Seasonal.
    It includes a comfy bed, chair, area rug, composting toilet, woodstove, drinking water, make shift kitchen area with a propane stove and cooler , mosquito netting in summer etc.
    Showering/bathing would be solar shower at cabin site, or walk over to the house, or outdoor bathtub.

    2. In lower, walk out level of the house - an open area with a pullout couch in a small living area with a shared bathroom upstairs. This is also the digital nomad area.

    3. A bedroom in second floor of house with private or shared bathroom depending on if I have more than one workaway volunteer.

    4. In warm weather can set up big tent outside and use solar shower or outdoor bathtub- 22 acres with good amount of forrest to choose from.


    *Please note: During the Covid -19 continued physical distancing phase, option 2 and 3 are only available if fully vaccinated or after negatve tests before and after arrival.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 if you ar ein US having your own car would be ideal , though Im happy to offer rides when I am heading out and support networking with local people and communities of all age groups. A bicycle and can sometimes be available as well.

  • 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

    I recently had high speed internet run to the house and have a lower level space with best access that can be a work space during the day .

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A couple of options depending on the size of the vehicle. Please Inquire.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week




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