help a small hippie commune build an empire! ok that's a joke. sort of. there are 5 communes all within 15 minutes of each other that have an internal economic and governance systems and we are growing stronger by the day. If things keep going the way they have been we are hoping to take over the world or at least some adjacent properties with the next millennium. but in the meanwhile we need help in a variety of non-militarized tasks such as natural building, creek work, gardening, forestry, art installations, some geeky data analysis and calculation of ecological footprint and installing a huge zipline, (which is instrumental for the revolution).
We are a community. and we are creating an environmental education center. We need a wide variety of skills to grow, including web-design, ecology and soil science, sculpture, engineering, fund-raising, carpentry, electrical, aesthetics and art, philosophy, and sometimes even mathematical modeling of dynamic systems.
you must be wondering what is this education center of which we speak of? so to summarize, it is a place to learn about what does humanity need to take into account if it is planning on continuing. sounds ambitious? ok, sure, we're ambitious. But in the long run, its not going to just be coming from us. this place will house and present many projects, ideas, and visionaries that wish to share their insight and concern for the future. but for now, we have a grant to develop a demonstration site for sustainable living.
there are several projects we are hoping to find some skilled and motivated people to help out:
1. LOG-YURT BUILDING! we are building a large reciprocal frame building for our educational center. no experience necessary, but is a plus.
2. Barbie Ecovillage -- artisan resident. one of our exhibits features a Barbie-doll scaled ecovillage with many features such as cob, timber-frame, aquaponics, and a stearling-engine co-generator. we are looking to expand this exhibit to many other expects of sustainable living technologies and designs, but we are also creating a beautiful fantasy land that would inspire children and adults alike. The function of this project is to create a hands-on learning environment for various construction techniques and design principles for sustainable living (with a fair bit of counter-cultural feminist undertones)
3. camp-ground. we are working on creating a nice tent-camping site and hospitality accommodations for groups, guests, and workawayers. this will involve some forestry work, some construction, and hopefully some creativity.
4. we need a part-time workawayer to help us with putting on this festival that's happening in the summer and a conference that's coming up in the fall.
but with all the awesomeness of exciting projects, there is always a fair bit of domestic work to do. so that will include cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking out the compost, watching kids and jumping on the trampoline with them for hours, stoking the fire in the hot tub, cleaning the pond, gardening, and brewing ginger beer. what can we say, simple living is full of drudgery.
we meet every morning to discuss our day, we work together until lunch, and after lunch we each work separately on our various projects. although many of the projects here require some level of skill, most problems you might encounter are 3 youtube videos away from being figured out, and if not, we can figure it out together.
we would love to host international travelers and we love cyclists. we are on warmshowers.org too.
there are other communes around us to visit, and beautiful countryside but we can't say that our area is known for many national monuments. those are overrated anyway.
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're excited to meet you!!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
this would be an immersive experience in a community that is part of a network of egalitarian income-sharing communes that are weaving the new paradigm. slowly.
this will help spread the seed of the revolution, or at least recipes for vegan snacks.
*️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️ we are having a big event here at the end of august, its called the "communities conference" and we are hosting the monday program on our property. we need help with prepping the natural building and sustainability workshop as well as cooking, site prep, and general panicking. This will be a lot of fun, and a little bit of stressful. please join us!*️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️
we need help explaining to our chickens that digging in the garden is against their interests and not just ours.
we want to build a water battery where a pool of water can drain back into the well turning a hydro-electric pump to generate electricity. or at least convince us that this project is a waste of time.
we need lots of help in the garden
we need someone excited about our inter-community farmer's market booth, who also wants to help with making vegan treats for sale.
we need someone to hang out with our 6 year old kid and teach him the proper handling of chickens.
we need someone to help with solar cooking and food dehydrating, and inventing new recipes
we need creative and artistic and nerdy minds to work on our exhibits
we need fresh perspectives on what needs improvement in our community.
and we could really use help with our on-line presence. right?
English, Hebrew, some Czech
so we have various places to sleep: some houses, barn, van, vintage airstream trailer, sailboat, or a hammock. we have about 15 acres of forest to play or camp in. we have two showers, composting toilet, running water, hot tub, bathing bond, lots of electricity (yea, from the grid). we eat pretty much all our meals together, taking turns cooking . all your food will be provided here. we stick to a freegan diet (we don't buy animal products, but eat the animal products we raise, like eggs and milk, or find in the dumpster. we also eat meat when it circumstantially is not adding to the support of animal agriculture. but you can be vegan here.)
we are a close knit community. expect to be well integrated into the social sphere, and be willing to have open and honest communication. 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.
things to do on your time off: there aren't a lot of local sights, to be honest. we live 40 min from Charlottesville and Richmond. you can visit the other income sharing communes within Louisa (there are 4 others). you could hike in the blue ridge mountains, about an hour away. there are local buses you can use to get around.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4 hours a day, 6 days a week