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An experience of family, fun, nature and adventures in Manitoba, Canada

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  • Last activity: 04/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We are a fun and loving family. We love music, community and creating experiences that help people live their best lives. We are looking for people that share the same energy to come and experience our culture and our family and help us make the world a little better and more beautiful place as we create experiences together.

    We have three amazing girls, Rylee (16), Fia (13), and Araya (11), a dog (Bruce), 3 cats (Lucy, Helmet, and Moo), and a few other little pets.

    We live on 80-acres, mostly of walking trails, bush, camping trails, and ponds. We moved here from Saskatchewan in 2008 after falling in love with the property. The land is set up beautifully, with a swimming pond, raised gardens, trails, and a full-out festival and campground site! We also have a hot tub that we enjoy regularly. We call it the experience farm because we create great experiences here.

    Maurice and Tracy are working professionals who primarily work from the home office, a separate building from the house. Maurice is a leadership coach, a therapist, and a creative that pours energy into creating programs and experiences like personal discovery retreats, life design days, and leadership masterminds. Tracy works in a leadership role for a technology company. In that role, Tracy is also a leadership coach; she runs an in-company coaching program and works to advise and implement strategy within the company. In addition, we are actively leading some fantastic community and not-for-profit projects, the largest being the Festival, a full wellness festival that we host on our property in August.

    We would love extra help to keep everything running smoothly, from house projects to working with us in our community initiatives, like getting the festival grounds ready for summer events. Work-away projects range from house and yard maintenance and updates to cutting and collecting wood to small improvement projects. We are open to seeing what fits your skillset best and working together to choose.

    We are social with many visitors, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. We love music and are quite ingrained in Manitoba's festival and music scene. We've had many work-away experiences and nannies in the past and had friends live with us for extended periods, so this isn't a new concept.

    One of the highlights that work away often talks about is the extended family they adopt while staying with us. Maurice's parents are close enough to visit and often become work-away Grandma and Grandpa's. Our extended community of friends welcomes you with open arms and good times.

    We offer an engaging experience enjoying the beauty of the land and being a part of a connected community! We take an inclusive approach to family and would warmly welcome guests. We also appreciate the need for you to have and enjoy some privacy.

    We can provide access to a vehicle, and our arrangement would include full room and board.

    Mostly a non-smoking environment, smoking is not allowed in the house or vehicles.

    We do drink socially, and we enjoy life to its fullest.

    We look forward to finding a match!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Canada is an abundant and diverse place to experience. Manitoba is part of the prairies known for its vast flat landscape, rivers and lakes, and beautiful summers. However, Manitoba winters typically see lots of snow, and you would experience the cold temperatures of a real Canadian winter (this is not for everyone).

    In a cultural exchange with our family, you would experience the life and lifestyle of a working family that believes in living life to its fullest. We are surrounded by a strong community of friends that are loving, fun, and constantly supporting each other.

    Our family is immersed in Manitoba's vibrant arts and music scene, so your experience would include this. We love music, we host house concerts, festivals, and family events that promote community and connection, and you would be a part of this.

    We are also students of lifelong learning; as life and business coaches, your experience would have the opportunity to hear our story and lean on us with any questions you'd like to explore about life and business.

    You'll also get to experience the world through the eyes of our children. The kids are quite independent.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We would love extra help to maintain the house and land, and keep things running smoothly. Depending on the season this may include: maintaining the gardens, cutting wood, helping with general household chores and maintenance, small improvement projects like painting and staining, and general contribution to creating great experiences. Ideally, you have a valid drivers license.

    If you had an interest in it, you may have the opportunity to get involved with some of our not-for-profit projects as they are a major part of our life, where you would contribute to creating great experiences for others.

    We are life-long learners and would be happy to share our life experiences with anyone that may benefit from it.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    In the spring/summer/fall, we have many options. Typically work-aways have chosen to stay in the beach house. The beach house is a comfortable and cute building, separate from the house located by the gardens. It provides a private space that is perfect for 1 person or a couple.

    The other option is a motorhome, and/or if you like more of an outdoor experience, we have some unique options like high-quality tents where a clamping (Camping + Glamour) experience can be created.

    Food is included as part of your experience, assuming this is your choice. One family member is a vegetarian. We do our best to be health conscious; however, there is room for improvement and we welcome your influences. We love to BBQ in the summer. We are fortunate to have some grandparents that fill our freezer with some deliciousness! The kids enjoy baking, Maurice loves to cook, and we are open to a variety of foods.

    We'd discuss food responsibilities together and make a plan that makes sense for everyone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Winnipeg is the nearest large city, only 45 minutes away, with many attractions, including a world-class zoo that features a polar bear habitat. . The arts and culture scene and the community of people are the other highlights we feel are most worthy to mention. Many 'beach-towns' are within a 30-minute drive, including Winnipeg Beach, Matlock, Gimli, and Grand Beach. We look forward to connecting!

  • 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've had a lifestyle that allows us to work from home (or anywhere) for over 10-years now and would love to see others enjoy the same. For internet, we recently got onto StarLink and expect that it will accommodate strong internet connections for many people at once. We have a full separate office that is outside of the house, with room for 1-2 people to set up. You also have the ability to plug in anywhere you really desire.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have tons of space for anyone with a motorhome or campervan with a water hook up and power. We've had people stay with us for months like this; we've even created a tiny yard so they feel like neighbors.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We love pets. We would want to have a discussion to make sure they integrate with our pets well. We currently have a dog, 3 cats, and some reptiles.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 273413867275

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