Live in the old ways, and some of the new in a Mongolian Yurt, or Viking style Longhall, surrounded by an eclectic eco-village. Join me to make memories, build our own culture, share feasts, fires, and the wild existence.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Experience an older slower form of lifestyle, rooted in the pioneer experience, Viking heritage, and the traditional ways of New Brunswick. Try pumping water by hand, foraging plants, and mushrooms, chopping wood with an axe, living in a solar off grid homestead without wifi, light pollution, or urban noise. Design some are project on the land or have music session. Tell stories and read real books instead of watching screens. I do not own a tv, and live a plastic free life. Nor do I use social media though I am an avid writer.
At this forest paradise I maintain some of the Rastafarian ethics and Rainbow family vibes. If there is conflict, we should be able to move through those with emotional intelligence, heart share, and solidarity.
There is a healthy population of Black Bear, Moose, Coyote, Bobcat, Porcupine, Red Squirrel, Frogs, Snakes, and Bald Eagles around this neck of the woods, come find your allies in the animals, and the zen of forest living. There are some bee hives that are being revived to hopefully attract these pollinators to the land.
We can invite the village over for potlucks to share stories and sit around the fire circle. Others have permaculture projects in the village, and a slew of domestic farm animals. Let's blaze trails on my one acre of land, take care of oaks, alders, and apple trees, and make sacred places in the woods for worship, meditation, and animal habitat.
I can teach you about old guild traditions, the Vikings and pioneer past and presence in this place know as Vinland. There are Native American reserves not far from here, which have gatherings too. I can teach you all about analog technology and interesting hand tools, wild edibles, botany, and some secrets of the land. My interest grows in bicycle powered tools, or bicycle transportation so we can source bikes for non destructive travel.
Come from away, and feel open to live your creative fyre, as we design a new yurt stage and fit out the Mongolian home for habitation, leveled up. The yurt was raised, by four of the village members and myself last year but the platform was damaged through the season. Once rebuilt we can install the maple tree floor, some handmade, rustic or traditional furniture, and comfortable accoutrements for living. Then we rig it to the existing solar system from the Viking hall. It is a sister to the cabin, and they share the outdoor kitchen. The more rustic and do it ourselves the better, gleaning materials from nature like driftwood, branches, and stumps and sourcing natural items from craftspeople, markets or antiques. This can be the place for your dwelling here; stay for a weekend, a season, or longer...
The longhall also calls for a live moss roof this year, which will be an engaged process of foraging moss and lichens from wetlands, and old trees. The cabin is modeled the Faroese/Icelandic way, so the green roof will be made with inspiration from these Nordic homesteads. We can use some modern material for this too. We can try to find crystal rocks to put around the cabin and raise tall stones to carve. I have been working on one through the spring that is nearly ready to put on the land.
We can forage wild herbs, berries, roots, and mushrooms, share time in the garden planting herbs and nutritive foods for the future, plant perennial and native trees, and turning plants into medicine in the workshop kitchen.One deep focus of mine this year is foraging more wild food while deepening my connection with the plants, animals and mushrooms, getting to know the soul of these species, their intelligence, their resources, health benefits, and of course their delicious flavors.
A black Alaskan agouti Husky lives with me, still a pup, and loves attention, play, and wilderness hikes. So once trusted, a traveler could bring him into the Appalachian mountains above my homestead, to Skedaddle ridge, or to one of the abundant brooks, rivers and waterfalls around New Brunswick.
This host offers a language exchange
Interested to become fluent in the Scandinavian languages, French, and Latin learn African words, and hear stories told in foreign languages
:Wooden Longhall Cabin
:Your own tent
For food, I am picking up a share of an organic vegetable box every week from a local farm, with no gmos or spray, grown with love by Mexican immigrants. It is made for two vegetable lovers with a lot of diversity, so we can use the weekly harvest to cook interesting and unique food. If you want to cook something from your country, just pitch the idea and we can find everything you need in Woodstock, the city, about 45 minutes away. Other things I can get from the Mennonites, and farmers market, or the Praxis land (a permaculture garden in the village). I try to eat as much of my food as wild and fresh as possible, including meat and fish, and do some hunting and fishing as well, though I don't mind if you don't.
We are near the Woodstock and Tobique first nation, and the Woolastook river. There are ample places to throw in a canoe and paddle down to the sea or the various portage routes peppered through New Brunswick. Hidden away nooks and grottoes for hiking, naked swimming, foraging, trout and salmon fishing, and meditation. Road trips can also happen to heritage sites, waterfalls, fjords, and places of local lore.
This village was made when civil war dodgers evaded the draft in the 1890's and came here to get back to the land. A lot of those descended from the originals are old guard hippies, and free people. They were called Skedaddlers, and we still feel this spirit today. We encourage community, traditional thought, natural health and resilience.
I've volunteered for 7 years, traveled to 17 countries, been to Rainbow gatherings, farmed and lived in all kinds of bio-homes, ashrams, and eco-communities before coming here in Knowlesville, so I would be happy for you to land, and enjoy my homestead with me. Those who find this place I like to say are in 'The Know'.
I practice Kemetic, Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, coming from Egypt and India, and give you some demos or flow together. If you can show me a piece of your culture, I would be even more happy with your presence. I love easily and cultivate strong binds with people.
Looking to make some new brothers and sisters who want to see what real life can be made of, with all the blessings of forest life. I worship the dirt and the sun, the plants and the animals, not religious but on a spiritual trajectory. I believe in living up to our own mythology and ideas, and truly thriving instead of merely surviving.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
If you are a digital nomad, you can catch a wavering signal with your smart phone, then hotspot it to your laptop for those who are writers or have some work while traveling. In the forest grove opening is the best spot.
A dirt driveway leading into the forest, for up the three cars, camper van or motorhome
More than two
20 hours a week, this is the Paleo/Tribal peoples average work time to allow for culture to grow