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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
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.
****WE HAD TO TAKE A BREAK LAST YEAR DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, BUT THIS YEAR WE ARE EXCITED TO HOST AGAIN. IN THE PAST WE HAVE ACCOMMODATED SHORTER STAYS, BUT THIS YEAR WE ARE LOOKING FOR LONGER-TERM VOLUNTEERS. WE ARE IDEALLY LOOKING FOR ONE PERSON TO STAY FOR 3 MONTHS. WE COULD ALSO CONSIDER TWO PEOPLE FOR A ONE-MONTH STAY. A LONGER STAY IS MORE IDEAL FOR MULTIPLE REASONS. WE ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED TO ALL THE NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS IN SOUTHERN UTAH WHICH MAKES THIS A GREAT PLACE FOR SOMEONE TO STAY PUT FOR A WHILE AND VENTURE OUT TO DIFFERENT PARKS. WE ARE ALSO EXCITED TO TEACH WHAT WE KNOW AND LONGER STAYS ALLOW FOR DEEPER KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE. WE DON'T REQUIRE VACCINATION, BUT THERE WILL BE A PERIOD OF QUARANTINE WHEN VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE.*****
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.
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
While we do have internet access it is highly unreliable and we also utilize it for our businesses.
Camper vans are no problem. Check with us about big RVs. There are limits to space.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week