Though we are not currently accepting any W/A due to the pandemic, we want to thank all of our W/A over the past few years, and to remind all of us to stay up to date with current mandates regarding sheltering in place to prevent the spread of the virus. It looks like contagion can be spread even when we may be asymptomatic so we could look, feel, act just fine, and if we're not sheltering in place, wearing mask, appropriate hygiene, than we could be spreading the virus to folks who might be more at risk than we are. We send blessings and prayers across the globe for healing and for those families who have lost loved ones, we send prayers of grace and love. Remembering that it is how we show up in adversity that leaves an indelible mark of who we are in this precious and tender life we are given. Take care, listen deeply, be sensitive, compassionate and considerate to those more vulnerable than ourselves. In Love, Barbara and Nik
We are older artisans living our dream deep in the woods north of Nevada City, CA. We work every day on various art and machine projects either for ourselves or our clients. Barbara engages her daily spiritual practice with prayers and flowers upon the land in gratitude for this precious and tender life we are given. Among a myriad of other artistic endeavors, Nik is a author and has written 16 novels (8 in print).
We believe in extending ourselves in generosity, kindness, authenticity and clear communication with whoever we are interacting with in our daily lives. We strive to be able to look back on our responses to people and situations with a sense of appreciation for doing the best that we could and making amends when we fell short. We are oldering with as much grace as possible in these fragile times we are living, and our commitment to integrity and respect infused with laughter is pretty fine medicine indeed.
Our cozy home sits upon 4.5 acres of deep forest that is always in need of maintenance, digging out blackberries, weeding, brushing, burn piles, cutting and stacking/chopping firewood, digging trenches for irrigation, construction repairs etc. We are looking for hard-working individuals to help us in our projects. We expect that our WA will show up and work hard 3 hours a day, 5 days a week with a cheerful attitude of team-work and willingness to pitch in where needed. We will not ask you to do anything dangerous or beyond your capability(unless you ask to learn a specific task), but you will get dirty and work up a sweat during your hours. If this doesn't sound like what you want, please do not inquire about a spot. We have a limited amount of space to accommodate one or two WA so we need to have folks who are able and interested in helping out with enthusiasm and diligence.
Your accommodation during your workaway stay would be a small, clean, comfortable cabin deep in the woods 5 miles outside of the historic gold rush town of Nevada City, California. The cozy cabin sports a wood stove for winter months, a fan for the summer, flush toilet. sink with counter, small refrigerator, table, toaster oven, microwave, slow cooker and hot plate plus assorted utensils and plateware. (please note that we do not provide meals though we will share at least one meal together during your stay). The cabin's loft has a queen size bed with sheets, blankets, pillows. You would share our outdoor shower next to the house. No pets allowed. (we do have one very skittish cat!)
There is plenty of hiking along the Yuba River canyon, swimming in the river itself during summer, fishing, gold panning, organic farms, visiting the local gold rush historical sites and countless restaurants. The area has 2 big natural food stores, four movie theaters and two live theater venues. Town has a musician or two in almost every restaurant and street corner. Visit our art galleries, curio shops, clothing stores or come during an event at the Nevada County fairgrounds and listen to the endless list of famous bands and musicians who visit regularly. There is public transportation in town and taxi and uber service to our property. Best to have your own car to stay with us, though we go into town most every day, and you can always get a ride with us. The cabin is 50 feet from our house and we live a peaceful life, so quiet, respectful and friendly is foremost in our prerequisites for workawayers. No smoking indoors and no animals(our woods are full of them!). Quiet after 9:30pm inside and outside.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Max. 3 hours a day per person 5 days wk. 8-11a.m.
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