Volunteer at a permaculture-principled one acre homestead outside of Boulder, UT, USA


United States

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  • Description


    Our centre is a permaculture-principled one acre homestead outside of Boulder, Utah. Our interest lies not only in growing food, but also in growing people, as we are constantly learning and growing ourselves. We have our initial structures and garden in and will be moving into building rocket mass heaters, cobbing, earthbag building, etc. this coming season. Training in the Chinese internal martial arts and practicing Chinese medicine is a way of life for us. Part of being here involves participating in those activities as well as the permaculture project.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Here you will find the unique opportunity to learn permaculturally-designed small-scale farming and aquaponics coupled with opportunities to learn about Chinese Medicine, internal martial arts, qigong and woodworking.

  • Help


    We have made a lot of progress over the past couple years: We have an 1100 sq ft greenhouse that houses our aquaponics system and our soil food garden. We are still in the process of setting up the aquaponics system. We are currently building a cob bench as a heat sink for our rocket mass heater, which will heat the greenhouse in the cold months. We need help with the process of setting those things up, tending the chickens and garden, composting and making compost tea, building our natural swimming pool (glorified pond), tending the greenhouse, completing our rainwater collection system, and earthbag building of small structures, and caring for the chickens.

    We are looking for folks who are hardworking and have a willingness to learn. They must be willing to help on the homestead at least 5 hours per day in exchange for room and board, and provide their own transportation. We give preference to people who are interested in studying martial arts and Chinese medicine as well as the other sustainable living models we are practicing here. Please indicate in your first communication with us your interest level in exploring internal martial arts (you don’t have to have prior experience), so we can gauge whether this will be a good fit or not. If you want more information about our arts, you can go to the website of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, some Chinese, Thai and Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    Organic, home-made meals are eaten with the family. We have a barn loft and a camper for visitors to stay in. We also have plenty of space for tent camping. There is a private outdoor shower in the summer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on the edge of millions of acres of pristine wilderness from high mountain lakes to red rock canyons, which visitors can enjoy on their time off. You can hike on the highest treed plateau in North America in the morning and explore red rock slot canyons in the afternoon. The diversity of canyon and high desert ecology and geology is amazing here! In the canyons there can still be found ancient ruins left by the Native American tribes that were here hundreds of years ago. Our town is small, only 200 people, and so remote that it is considered “frontier” (beyond “rural”!). If you are looking for more social activity and the bustle of a larger town, this is not the place for you. It is more suited to you if you are drawn to spending time in the wilderness, exploring the mountain and the canyons, and enjoying a quieter, slower pace of life.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Summer cooling off spot
Deep in the canyons...so peaceful!
View of the wood fired hot tub and the greenhouse from the porch
Our Japanese Akita Tenzin
Our homestead!

Host ref number: 327816199858