Natural Building Educators and Eco Community help in Athens Tennessee, USA


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    Our family of 5 began our journey creating Thomasborg Sustainable Community 4 years ago. We envisioned a place that worked with, embraced and supported nature. A place where resources and knowledge can be shared with anyone who wants to make a difference.

    We pride ourselves on becoming a leader in sharing natural building with the world. We hope to empower others to live sustainably so that our planet can thrive as much as we do.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    During your stay with us you will learn about anything that pertains to building eco friendly housing, living sustainably and supporting nature. Your time here is important to us. We are grateful for anyone that believes in this way of life and decides to contribute to the vision. We’ve created many life long friends through Workaway and we hope to do the same with you. We encourage a family atmosphere here and will treat you like one of our own.

  • Help


    The work will depend on the timing of your stay and where we are at in the projects. We will be doing everything ourselves from digging footings, shoveling gravel, mixing and pouring concrete, mixing cob, carrying buckets of water to mix cob, putting up the cob by hand and pitchfork, pounding the cob, cutting timbers for roof structures, doors and windows, putting on the roof, running water lines, etc. We will also have a garden that we may need help in at times. Days off depend on the weather and if we have family or farm tasks we need to do on our own.

    **Cob cannot be done during the months of December-April. When the nights drop below 40 and the day time temperatures do not reach above 60, cob does not dry and your hands will freeze during application. There are times when a warm spell will come through during these months that may allow us to do cob. We hope to do hyper adobe and adobe bricks during these months as time allows.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    At this time, we can only provide tent accommodations. During the months of November-March we only accept experienced winter campers if you’re staying in a tent. You’re welcome to bring a hammock as well. Keep in mind, we are completely off grid. We have solar power, compost toilets and rainwater. Shower will be an outdoor shower with a solar hot water heater (a barrel of water sitting in the sun). The hot water does not get warm during the winter months. There is a composting toilet outhouse at your camp site. There is also city water at the campsite.

    Food will be provided and we do not have ANY dietary restrictions. We can provide 3 meals a day. If you have dietary restrictions please let me know and we can communicate on how to accommodate that. We typically eat very late as I’ve got my hands full with the farm and our building projects. I will however provide you food to cook on your own. Your cooking method will over over an open fire with a cooking grate and a propane bbq. If you have a camp cook stove you can use that as well. Because we use solar power only we cannot provide washer or dryer services. There are laundry mats 20 minutes away though.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We only accept Workawayers that have their own transportation. The mountains around us have several hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls. We are about 1.5 hours from Dollywood theme park. Walmart is about 15 minutes from us as well as a gas station 5 minutes away. We are about 25 minutes from the Lost Sea, an underground cave system with a lake and Ruby Falls which is an underground waterfall. Often times there are events such as rodeos, outdoor music festivals or seasonal festivals to attend in town. We have a movie theater and bowling alley as well. We prefer to keep things simple and calm in our world and love the nature all around us. We are grateful to have our land, our home, our children and our health to enable us to travel down this beautiful path of life. We are open minded and would love for you to feel welcome and open here. All we ask is that you maintain the decency of our home and children, be good stewards of the land and take pride in your contribution!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of space to park your campervan.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Please make sure they are kid and animal friendly. Also, we request they do not disturb other visitors, I.E. barking. Clean up after your pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Animal building is underway!
Workaway house is ready for the slab to be poured.

Host ref number: 344559182175