Not for profit community of art-minded folks creating a self-sustainable outdoor museum in the Mojave desert, USA


United States

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  • Description


    We are a nonprofit museum at the southeastern tip of Death Valley National Park. It is a living, breathing museum that educates people on the history of recycled art and architecture in the American desert. By interacting with the artists responsible for creating the art, visitors are challenged to see life from a more sustainable perspective.

    We are also launching our own farm. We hope to grow lots of corn one day, along with other seasonal veggies to further sustain ourselves.

    As a fellow with us, you'd partake in our educational programs in a hands-on way. You'll fall in with the team of artists living and working here.

    This place is not for people who want to sleep in. We want physically able-bodied folks. If you are not capable of digging a hole, you will be unhappy here. We like independent, emotionally strong people. We're not taking people in so they can come work on their own art. It's not a whimsical vacation spot. We are looking for highly motivated people who want to help us realize our vision and learn how to build a life around their passion in the future. We have zero tolerance for smokers.

    Living here is like living on a ship. When you're here, you kind of jump into family life with us. We cook together, we eat together, we clean together, we dig compost pits together, we love the dogs together, and we host our guests from all over the world together. We wake up between 6 - 6:30 am and usually go to sleep around 9 pm. It's an extremely fulfilling life, especially if you decide to put the work in.

    You're on the tip of desert wilderness out here on the Southeastern tip of Death Valley. You don't have to go far to experience the beauty of the desert.

    *️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️️️️️WE DO NOT ACCEPT SMOKERS*️️️️️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️*️️️
    If you are a "secret smoker" and think you can get away with it here, don't even try it. One of the owners is highly allergic to Nicotine.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • 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

    You'll get to see how artists go about turning a bland environment into a rich and creative space. You'll get to meet great visitors from all around the world who work in creative industries. You'll learn what it's like to live and survive in a spot that is not only extreme, but also truly disconnected from the world.

  • Help


    We just bought an extra 2.5 acres with 6 trailers in different states of disrepair. Since December 2017, we have been working with volunteers and interns beautifying this once abandoned and unkempt property. The trailers are being converted into various buildings and spaces, including an industrial kitchen, , a ceramic studio, a recording studio, fruit orchard, and vegetable gardens. We need your help creating these spaces for you, and the future visitors to come to the desert to enjoy.

    Some of our daily tasks include:
    - digging
    - cleaning indoor and outdoor spaces (gardens, the volunteer spaces, common rooms,organizing piles)
    - kitchen prep, cooking, and cleaning for big meals
    - painting pallets and wood
    - digging holes for planting and composting
    - carpentry work with drills and saws
    - digging trenches
    - watering our gardens
    - loving our dogs!!
    - digging

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We have a number of retrofitted trailers on the property including one airstream and two vintage american trailers. Two of the trailers have two beds each. The other trailer is for long term volunteers and has a king sized bed. Each trailer has its own outdoor shower and bathroom!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Check out: Tecopa Hot Springs, Dumont Dunes, Death Valley sites. This is our neighborhood.

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    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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