Intentional community & ecovillage on Salt Spring Island BC, Canada

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  • Last activity: 21 Sep 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    Welcome !

    Our Community is just over 4 years old and is home to about 14 residents, plus guests and work-stay friends. We aim to create a inclusive and fun atmosphere for everyone living on the land, and this year we will be building new permaculture-based gardens and constructing some fun structures around the land for various purposes.

    Location is premised on the top of Mt. Maxwell, with 200km views across the ocean and neighboring islands. Property is 13.5 acres of dynamic topography and established forest. Property is also beside largest provincial park on Island, with hiking trails to both the ocean and the highest mount peaks.

    Dancing, healthy food, dynamic architecture, gardening and good people. This is what we are contributing towards here on Salt Spring Island. We aim to keep fit, eat healthy, and take good care of ourselves and one another. Please feel welcome to submit an application to work-stay here and help us build the vision!


    Please keep in mind that the community is still in it's adolescence. This means that we are still in the earlier stages of development, and also means that you can be a part of a growing and well intended permaculture plan (that includes edible landscapes, environmentally sustainable buildings, and the on-set of integrative social permaculture).

    Please tell us as much about yourself as possible, and we look forward to having you here!


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers and visitors can benefit from participating in the early stages of an intentionally designed community landscape.

    What we are attempting is of high quality in both building and landscape design. Our team includes skilled professionals in agriculture, building and design.

    Being a part of our team will provide an opportunity to learn a variety of skill sets and get hands on experience, while having the opportunity to meet new friends. We don't push our work-team too hard, and so there will also be lots of opportunity for leisure, adventure and play.

    Come and enjoy your stay! We have movie nights on our large projector, make music around the camp fire, and also hold the occasional dance party!

    Please note that behaviors exhibited on this land strive towards a high standard of respect, emotional maturity, and communication. We ask that everyone visiting our community project do so with good intentions, and to respect the other people living here as well as the overall ecology of the environment.

  • Help


    This year we will be building garden beds, fences, outhouses, compost stations, trails and a variety of other fun projects! We aim to have a team of about 5-10 people to assist with everything from running the existing kitchen, to building a new one!

    To summarize, options include:

    1. Assisting our lead builders as we finalize construction on several structures.
    2. Landscaping paths and other leisure area's.
    3. Permaculture gardens, soil building, garden beds, etc.
    4. Cooking and meal prep
    5. Possible web design
    6. Art projects, such as colorful signs.

    Our weeks work on a lunar schedule, and so we usually do 4-5 days on the land, and have 3 day weekends.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation



    Camping spots along beautiful, moss filled bluff's, under a rich canopy of Arbutus, Hemlock, Cedar and Douglas Fur.
    (Travelers are encouraged to bring their own tent. There may also be a limited number of spaces for those who wish to bring a camper van.)


    1. A cool, outdoor community kitchen (to be further developed this year)
    2. Indoor and outdoor showering and bathing facilities
    3. Wifi internet
    4. Laundry
    5. Occasional use of an indoor living room equipped with a movie projector and an advanced sound system for dance parties


    Food is prepared and provided to work-away guests for Lunch and Dinner on the workdays. For Breakfast there will usually be oats, bananas, and some other basics available.

    On non-work days, or for snacks, meals can be prepared in our community outdoor kitchen. Community eats largely local, vegetarian, mostly vegan, and ultimately healthy.

    *Guests should expect to be responsible over any specialty food items.

    Work-stay Schedule:

    Our work-week is based on the lunar cycles instead of the Gregorian work week. Some Lunar Weeks have 8 days, and some have 7 (depending on the lunar cycle of that month). This means that while each Lunar week has 3 days off, some lunar weeks have 4 days of work, and some have 5 day of work. Work-away guests will be given access to a calendar for each lunar cycle so they can also become familiar with these lunar rhythms.

    Depending on the needs of some travelers, the work-days and the work-times can both be adjusted to accommodate differing needs provided that we have sufficient help during the times that we need it most.

    Land Schedule:

    Currently, we have one weekly land-meeting and group check in. In the mornings, some people do stretching or yoga on one of our platforms which others are welcome to join in on. Otherwise, there will be group meals during lunch and dinner on work-weeks. As the land development continues, more community activities will be integrated into the weekly land-schedule.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Salt Spring Island is a travelers mecca. We have some of the worlds best organic farms, amazing places to hike, and a truly dynamic social and geographic landscape. Lots to soak in,, even if it's just hanging in a hammock in the woods.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have one spot remaining for a camper van under 22'. Water and electrical hook ups are possible, but under specific circumstances.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 4 days a week

Host ref number: 272159757281

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