do you want to learn about natural building, solar technology, capoeira, and treehouses? Virginia, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    we are a small community and education center in rural virginia focusing on creative expression and experimental concepts. This spring we are focusing on our final disconnect from the electrical grid, starting regular Capoeira classes, honing in on theater and improvisation as a peacekeeping tool, working on an outdoor museum, and engaging in various ridiculous projects some of which just might be a great success. There are four other communes within 15 min drive, with whom we have a work exchange relationship, so there will be opportunities to connect with lots of other people in the area.

    We will be inviting workawayers in groups of 3, so we expect to have about 10 people here at a time give or take a few. There may also be folks from the other communities staying with us as well. You'll also get a chance to connect with the other communes, for work, parties, etc.

    Our homestead is nestled amidst beautiful countryside, and is walking/biking distance to several other intentional communities with a variety of other interests. We are less than an hour away from Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and two hours from Washington DC. The ocean and the mountains are both a day trip away.

    You must come visit us! Don't come home from your trip and have all your friends shame you for traveling all the way to USA and not spending time in the communes.

    We can't wait to meet you!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    This is an immersive experience in a homestead that is highly integrated into a network of egalitarian income-sharing communes that are weaving the new paradigm, spreading the seed of the revolution, or at least recipes for vegan snacks. The local communes attract guests and members from all over the world, opening surprising cultural exchange opportunities that you would not typically see in a rural area.

  • Help

    Help

    1. we are looking for people who want to learn! as an education center, we focus a little less on hard monotonous work and more on teaching, experimenting, and offering new experiences for people. we hold some classes and discussions, and rely on each other to continue learning and researching topics for continuing to contribute to the project and for personal growth.
    2. as a community, and as spiritual warriors seeking to dismantle some of the destructive side effects of capitalism, we aspire for deep connections with ourselves and with each other. so we have a regular practice of emotional check in, daily practice of shared gratitude, and weekly dedicated conversation in a heart-centered space. is this sounding like a cult?
    ok good! we're trying to scare away people who are too afraid to look into themselves. just kidding. um, sort-of.
    3. we are working on an Outdoor Sustainability Museum! We are revamping our outdoor museum, adding new elements that model ecological processes, model human impact on our planet, and explore solutions.
    4. Forestry: We harvest timber from our forest for building materials and for firewood. we need help with felling, limbing and debarking, mostly using hand-tools.
    5. Natural Building: We are close to finishing the clay plaster on our new straw bale home.
    6. Improving our water filtration system: we need help creating a better filter for the water of our little pond. it involves digging, transplanting, landscaping, and mostly dealing with moody pumps
    7. Playground: beyond the zipline and swings we currently have, we are working on creating new activities and an obstacle course in the forest.
    8. Off-grid solar tech: we need help with developing and testing our solar system towards our ultimate grid independence. this includes solar power, electric car conversion, building experimental solar technology, and working with the rhythms of the sun and the clouds.
    9. we have regular capoeira workshops including drumming lessons, martial arts, and singing.
    10. we have weekly role play meetings where we develop skits and audience participation in what is known as "theater of the oppressed" a technique to create greater understanding and conversational flexibility in conflict situations, from communities to geopolitics

    In addition to all the exciting projects, there is still always a fair bit of domestic work to do, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking out the compost, stoking the wood-fired hot tub, cleaning the pond, gardening, and brewing ginger beer.

    Our Daily Schedule:
    Five days/week we meet after breakfast to discuss our day, then work together until lunch (4ish hours). After lunch workawayers have freedom to take time for themselves, or work on something they are inspired to do and want to contribute, or work on their own personal awesomenesses. Classes would also happen in the afternoon. Although many of the projects here require some level of skill, most problems you might encounter are only 3 youtube videos away from being figured out, and if not, we can figure it out together.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hebrew: Fluent

    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.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have various places to sleep: some houses, barn, vintage airstream trailer, sailboat, wigwam or a hammock. 15 acres of forest are available for you to play or camp in. We have two showers, composting toilets, running water, hot tub, bathing pond, some electricity (mostly solar). We eat almost all of our meals together, and take turns cooking . All of your food will be provided here. We stick to a vegetarian diet. We accept and accommodate people with various diets, including vegans, gluten free, etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although we are a small community, we expect to host multiple workawayers at a time, and you should expect to be well integrated into the social sphere. please be willing to have open and honest communication with the people around you. We expect that volunteers will fully participate in the culture here. We do not have a culture of partying; excessive alcohol or drug use will not be tolerated. We expect all volunteers and members to keep the common spaces tidy and personal belongings in personal spaces.

    Here on the property or within walking distance, we have places to swim, play in the forest, hike, camp, and create. The surrounding communities host regular social events like dancing, singing, happy hour, potlucks, and parties. You could hike in the blue ridge mountains, which is only about an hour away, and the ocean is only two hours from us. There are local commune shuttles that you can use to get around as well.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    we have plenty of space, no problems there. but you can't drive into the forest, there's only walking paths, so you can't really park in a secluded spot.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    no one likes to think that their dog could possibly cause any trouble, but some dogs do and some dogs don't. we can't really specify, but we'll just say that we have free ranging poultry, cats, kids, gardens, pond, and a peaceful lifestyle. can your dog respect that?

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

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