Learn about an alternative lifestyle in the culturally rich territory of Yukon, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a new community (2 years) of 5 adults, and two children committed to an alternative lifestyle while striving to maintain true responsibility and respect with nature. We currently live in a wide array of dwellings including tiny homes, and a log house. Our vision is to live in a self-sustainable manner, and to build resilience. Our values include: building with salvaged and natural materials as much as possible AND off-grid living. Permaculture is our primary driver therefore our land development plan is dictated by the natural lay of the land and is adapted to Northern climates. Our intention is to build a communal rammed earth tire building (often known as an Earth Ship) within the next five years. All of our electricity is from solar panels for the moment and we are planning to tap into our windy springs and autumns with wind power in the future as well.

    This year we are working with the land on projects such as: a food forest and extending the existing garden, constructing the recycled materials shed, installing eaves troughs, putting roofs on 2 other tiny structures, building an entrance gate, planning greenhouses, building a chicken tractor and mobile chicken coop (We have 2 chicken coops already as we need those soil enhancers up here!), clearing the future fence zone, getting ahead with earthworks for soaking the landscape and slowing down the water with ditches and ponds amongst other little things like maintenance of walkways and weatherproofing buildings with natural stain.

    The land is located 35 minutes from Whitehorse, Yukon. The views are phenomenal!!!! We are surrounded by mountains and trembling aspens! We are a ten minute drive ( 45 min bike ride) to the large Lake Laberge which is connected to the Yukon River. You are sure to be inspired and moved by the landscape and its inhabitants.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Yukon is a culturally rich territory. There is much to learn from the cultural ways of its First Peoples.
    At our home, you will be learning about basic permanent agriculture (permaculture) concepts. You will also learn creative construction with salvaged materials.
    As well, we are French-Canadians originally from Quebec, Canada.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for motivated help! Although we welcome questions and give out thorough instructions, we appreciate people who are capable of working independently. Resourcefulness is a welcomed quality! We have such a wide array of projects on the go, and many skills are needed. People with experience with permaculture gardening, eco-building, using tools and solar power, construction, cooking, taking care of chickens and dogs, building fences are more than welcome!!! Also, we will prioritize people interested in longer-term stays.

    It is also possible to accommodate 1 person and a couple if one partner is into healthy cooking! Above all, we need help with all the different projects, but if we had a workawayer capable of this role, we would really love to have a dedicated cook who would be making healthy meals for the community. This would be their main task.

    We are looking for people to work 5 hours a day with evenings free to explore. Days off are preferably during the week because the entire community is usually present on the land during weekends so we would appreciate volunteers to be also as this is often when most of our group work gets done.

    We drive in and out of town regularly, therefore rides into town are possible to those without vehicles. Bicycles will be available to volunteers as another method of transport.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In the summer, Workawayers will be set up in a 8 X 12 deluxe wall tent as a bedroom facility. Live like an old prospector...but in luxury! The wall tent is on a wooden platform and has a double mattress. Depending on the combination of workawayers (couple or non-couple), we have some other sleeping arangements (although they will not be as private as the wall tent). We also have plenty of wide open spaces to set up tents, but you would need to bring your own.

    In the colder months, we have a loft bedroom above the shop which is kept warm with the wood stove we keep feeding in order to ensure our stuff does not freeze. (This will be a helper's duty) This loft has lots of windows with mountain views. Most meals in the winter will be shared together at the main house.

    In the summer, Workawayers have access to separate cooking quarters where they will be able to cook their own breakfasts, as well occasional lunches. We call this area our Camper Kitchen and it is well organized.
    The workawayer may be entitled to a weekly grocery allotment unless we have a designated community cook.

    Basic food staples will be provided. Some dinners will be communal but not all - unless of course, we score a chef inclined to a similar diet as us! We enjoy finishing week-end work days around a nice bonfire with good food. Our diet is non-vegetarian and non-refined as much as possible. We enjoy making tasty food from scratch with local produce when possible. We can accommodate for different diets ( ex: vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free).

    We have no running water yet, so outhouses are available for those nature calls. With no washroom facilities on the property, we have the following options for showering:
    - camp bag shower on premises or hand wash with basin
    - 20 minute car ride to gas station with comfortable private showers @ $3.50 Each
    Laundry is done at one the laundromats in town.

    Our cell service is somewhat sporadic but texting capacity is by far better than cell phone. We do have a land line as well as internet in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Just hanging out on our 12 acres or walking the different trails within our subdivision can be relaxing and blissful but there are a non-ending list of activities to do in the Whitehorse area as you can see from the links below.



  • A little more information

    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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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



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