Stay on our beautiful 7 acres across the street from the Cowichan River in Duncan, Canada

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  • Description


    (Sorry our reply rate is so low, it's just because we do not keep up to the responses in our off season, you can read our reviews on here and on Help X.)

    We are a family of 5 striving to live a sustainable lifestyle on a beautiful 7 acre property beside the Cowichan River. We have 3 children ages 17, 12 and 11 years. We have 2 cats, chickens, 2 guinea pigs and fish.
    We eat nourishing food and happy meat. We are really easy going and friendly, We love to garden, play, make music and be creative.
    I am a clothing designer and seamstress and run my business from my home based studio. My husband and i host monthly ecstatic dances in our community where i DJ and he plays live percussion and didgeridoo. I also host silent disco dances.
    My husband is a carpenter and builds wooden playgrounds for cities and schools. He is also an instrument builder and professional percussionist, he plays hand drums, hang, didgeridoo and more.

    Our youngest two kids attend waldorf school and our eldest just graduated high school. They enjoy trampoline, hiking, rock climbing, reading and crafting and mountain biking.

    We are looking for independent work-awayers who would like to stay in our cute 1971, 24' motor home with fully equipped kitchen. Propane stove, blender, toaster, microwave, fridge and oven. The bathroom does not work inside motor home but you will have access to our hot water outdoor shower, outdoor bathtub and outhouse. We are looking for an workawayer who is happy to make some of their own meals and enjoys their own company.

    We will eat some meals together, invite you out on hikes and to join us for movie nights and other outings and also want to be super transparent that we are super busy with the kids, and our work, and as much as we would love to spend lots of time together, life is beautifully full and we always wish we had more time together.
    Especially on school/work weeks, we have more time for adventures when kids are off school.

    You will always be invited to be a guest at our dance events and we will treat with you respect, kindness and lather you in gratitude every day for your help on the property. :) We will provide you with the food you like to prep your own meals, and we are open to your dietary requests. When i am organized enough to make big family meals i will always check in to offer you some.

    We have a sailboat we are beginning to learn how to use, if you have any experience sailing let us know, maybe we can go out together.
    We are excited to prepare the land for the spring/summer and all the projects we have on the go.

    Some projects include:: Firewood stacking, gardening, harvesting, chickens, painting, hanging out with our awesome kids (not mandatory but optional if you love kids)
    If you have any experience building that is a bonus as we want to build a farmstand.

    We are looking for someone who is okay to work out doors in all weather, sometimes with us and sometimes alone. We ask for about 20 hours a week in exchange for food, accommodation, laundry and wifi. We are really easy going and flexible with when you fit in your hours.

    We are looking for a work awayer to stay with us for about 2 weeks with the potential to stay until the Autumn if its a good fit.
    We like to do a video chat to meet you and show you around our property so you can get a feel for where you will be staying.
    If you have cat allergies it may not be the best fit as our cats are very social and will want to hang out with you.

    NO DOGS please.

    ~ "Work is love made visible"

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We love to share our way of life with others. Being a very creative family we always have some fun project on the go.
    Its fun for us to show our helpers what we are currently working on in the woodshop and sewing studio, just ask as we can also be very busy.
    Also we love to share our recipes and cooking styles. We grow our own sprouts, and cook many things from scratch. We like to share our knowledge of hula hooping, aerial silks, and slackline with our helpers. We have a trampoline and we love parenting and teaching others about our positive approach to attachment parenting. We feel you could learn alot from us about many different things during your stay. And in saying all this... some days life is very busy around here. With 2 home based businesses and an acreage and 3 kids....but we do our best to make it fun but sometimes it is messy!!

  • Help


    We are looking for help in our veggie garden, childcare, house work and yard work. We really like to tune into our helpers strengths and give them tasks that work for them. We are very easy going and flexible and work together to find a reasonable schedule. (we do not need you to babysit our kids, just a desire to have you show some interest and share some conversations with them, as you would us, we spend lots of time playing games outdoors in the summer, badminton, frisbee, spike ball, trampolining, we have a HUGE back yard with slackline, hammocks and lots of toys etc.)
    We like to share our lifestyle with others as it is an alternative Canadian lifestyle where we are truly trying to be the change we wish to see. This spring we have loads of fun work in the garden, childcare and making a trail to the river below our bank.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have accommodation available in our 24" cute RV with a fully equipped kitchen. Your bathroom facilities are a clean humanure composting outhouse that has a view of the river and hot water outdoor shower and out door bathtub.


    We ask for 20/25 hours a week in exchange for 3 meals + snacks, wifi, laundry and accommodations.
    We live on 7 acres of beautiful land right beside the Cowichan River with Holt Creek Provinical Park is only an 8 minute walk down the road with trails along the Trans Canada trail system and amazing hikes alongside the Cowichan River.

    We swim in the River at our swimming hole just down the bank from our home, all summer and go tubing. We are a 10 minute drive from downtown Duncan, we provide a bicycle you can use. Its a 20-25 min bike ride. There is a biodynamic cafe up the road called Alderlea Farm (10 minute bike ride), and a corner store and gas station called Glenora Store. Also Zanatta vineyard is just up the road.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are happy to pick up helpers from Downtown Duncan and occassionally Victoria or Nanaimo if it lines up with one of our trips to the city. We are 1 hr from Victoria and Nanaimo. There is a city bus from Victoria to Duncan now.

    We ask our helpers to be motivated, must like children, be respectful and no smoking around our family.
    We hope to make you feel at home during your stay with us.

  • 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

    We have great wifi.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have room for smallish motor homes and parking your own vehicle here. We cannot accomodate other animals.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    20 hrs weekly

Host ref number: 229874413144

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