We are a couple with a teenager son (15 years old in June '19), with 2 nice dog, an indoor/outdoor cat, and 2 retired horses, living off grid in a semi-intentional community outside of Lillooet, Statimc Territory. In Feb.'14, we moved into our straw bale earth plastered home, on an old meadow in need of some permacultural Tender Loving Care. We are lucky to generate our own power and draw drinking and irrigation water from Buck Creek, on Vast Mountain. We grow a fair amount and variety of food, using organic and permacultural methods, as well as medicinal and culinary herbs. Among other things like working at a vet clinic, Gillian owns and operates a small home based herbal products business, as well as teaches Nia (dance fitness fun!). Jonathan, among other things, is a poet and carpenter, and connoisseur of fine beers and wines! He just started a home based coffee roasting company as well! We are active in our community, where you will meet interesting and friendly people at potlucks, sauna, music and games nights. The valley we live in supplies and graces us with some of the freshest and cleanest air, water and soil once can find anywhere. In one's spare time, there is plenty of space to walk, rest, read, meditate, nap, pat the horses, or stroll over to the neighbour's to see what they're doing. The river is nearby though a bit of a hike to it, and cool to say the least, lovely for a dip in the hot summertime. Town is 40 minutes away, 1/2 of the drive on a logging road - we're remote, though town trips are plenty enough if one needs to go to the post office, shop, see a doctor, do banking, go to the library, or use a real phone. We do NOT HAVE CELL SERVICE but we just got a phone and we do have shared internet, to keep in touch via email and make plans, etc. We can turn on wifi for some of the time but it's only inside the house, not outside, by choice! Volunteering would include a variety of tasks, from horse care (manure pick up, feeding, grooming), fencing, garden work, growing, harvesting, processing herbs, and so on. Help in the kitchen is a must - and if you can cook, great! Actually, if all you did was cook, wash dishes and helped around the house, that would be so great! We eat 3 healthy meals a day and plenty of snacks, are omnivores, and welcome vegetarians as long as they don't mind us eating ethically treated animals. The love of kids/teens and ability to connect with them would also really help.
We are also looking for a like-minded family or individuals to make a longer term agreement and share this land with us (contact us for more info).
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We have hosted almost 100 different people from all over the world, and love sharing stories of each other's cultures, backgrounds and interests. We especially love listening to our volunteers describing their home town, home life, culture and lifestyle, thus learning about other places without going there in person (but would love to travel more, in the future). There is also a rich and active First Nations culture locally, since they are the original inhabitants and people of this land; we strive to respect this heritage, and have participated in many First Nations cultural events. In our own valley, there is a local, self made culture as well, making and playing folk music together, as well as making and sharing food, and stories! This self made culture, the lived experience, is something that is deeply rooted in our community, and there are endless colourful stories originating in bioregional, ecological and pragmatic philosophy.
We strive to make communication as clear and open as possible, and hope our volunteers do the same. That way, hopefully everyone is doing what they enjoy and have agreed to do. We prefer to host people who are willing to live less with their handheld phone or personal computer at their fingertips, and who enjoy communicating one on one, having good conversations about community, herbs and health, food, ecology, child rearing, education, society, culture, alternative lifestyles, philosophy, or just about you or your favourite novel! We are working a lot off the farm, so if you like being alone, working in a very low stress situation, but love the company of dogs, a cat and 2 free roaming horses, this is the place for you! Don't worry, we will teach and guide you as much as we can and won't expect you to know how to do everything or anything for that matter.
English and some French, a bit of Spanish, a bit of German
A good sized camper trailer OR tenting close by or a nice distance away = space we have lots of! An outhouse with a great view is available, and when in our home, the use of our bathroom with toilet, shower, bath, sink and laundry, is available as well. Our flush toilet is new and is using a vermiculture system. Hot water is limited when there are a lot of people around, only means organizing showers a little more. A solar shower exists during the warmer weather.
Make sure you are ok with being away from the city, in a semi-wilderness valley (loaded with comforts like electricity and running water!), that you can live without your cell phone and internet at your fingertips at all times, and that you like active, bright boys! TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE IS A MUST AND WILL BE ASKED FOR - please respect this.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours maximum