We are a small, independent multi-faith monastic community and certified organic farm. We are progressive and liberal, and not affiliated with any denomination. We have friends on all spiritual paths and none. We are also a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
There is plenty of work to do on our 91 acres, located in beautiful northwestern Sonoma County. Activities vary with the time of year. Spring means preparing gardens, starting greenhouse seeds, and mowing the olive fields. Throughout the Summer we do extensive gardening, harvesting, canning and preserving. In Autumn there is firewood cutting, olive harvest and pressing oil. Additionally there are indoor projects with maintenance or work with supporting the office staff. Winter begins with our Annual Christmas Faire and the packaging wreaths for sale. Then it is time to prune the trees and the cycle starts again!
We make award winning Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the fruit of our CCOF certified olive groves. We raise fruits and vegetables, and are able to provide free, fresh produce for our Food Pantry, helping neighbors in need along with running an "Honor Produce Stand" for the community. Our back 50 acres are designated "Forever Wild," and all 91 acres of our land is protected by a Conservation Easement that ensures our property will be perpetually protected from over-development and agribusiness.
This is a working, organic farm so there is plenty of manual labor in the gardens and olive groves to keep us grounded and a person's individual spiritual compass active, too. As a multi-faith community, we welcome those who are interested in spiritual growth and experience, not doctrine or dogma. For some people, this will be a step along the way, for others it may be long term association with us.
We welcome one to six visitors at a time. Length of stay varies but we typically ask for at least a month commitment. Usually volunteers work 4-5 hours per day on weekdays; other projects and activities may be available during certain seasons.
Our Workaway visitors stay in a charming 1902 farmhouse with newly remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. They cook and eat on their own. We cannot accommodate children or pets. Our primary language is English; one of us understands Italian and speaks it a little, and some here speak Spanish.
We are located in Annapolis, CA just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. As our area lacks public transportation, having a car is helpful, although not essential. In addition to being nearby to ocean beaches and the picturesque coastal town of Gualala, about 20 minutes away, we are also not far from hiking trails in the Redwoods. We are 1.5 hours from Healdsburg and the popular Sonoma County wine country.
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You will experience peace and beauty in this quiet, contemplative setting. We are a multi-faith spiritual community where you can participate if you choose, and work on the land with time for reflection.
We are progressive and liberal, not affiliated with any denomination. We have friends on all spiritual paths and none.
We are in Annapolis, CA just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful northwestern Sonoma County. We are a non-profit corporation.
Please tell us all about yourself, then we will set up a video chat. The questions below are just a guide.
If you wish to join us, please take a few minutes to answer these questions and we’ll take it from there!
1. Why you would like to help us?
2. When could you come, and how long would you like to stay?
3. Would you please tell us more about yourself and what is going on in your life?
4. If there is a spiritual component to your trip, what were some significant steps in your spiritual/religious/philosophical/etc. journey? (optional and kept confidential, of course)
5. Do you have any experience with gardening, tree pruning, construction, or other trade skills?
6. Do you have any experience in marketing, web design, social media, and or e-commerce?
7. Can you handle solitude? There’s not much (any!) night life in this remote location, and we value the quiet nature of our home and farm.
8. Will you be arriving by public transportation or do you have a car?
9. What is your age and birthday?
10. Is there anything medical we should know about? Bee sting allergy, etc.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. We really appreciate it!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Transportation – getting here
The community is in the hamlet of Annapolis, in the northwest corner of Sonoma County, 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and near Sea Ranch and the village of Gualala. It’s a 1.25 hour drive from Healdsburg, north of Santa Rosa on Hwy 101, and about a 3 hour drive from San Francisco and Berkeley. For those needing to use public transportation, there is a coastal bus service. Inquire with us to plan for details if you will not have a car.
Workaway visitors receive $50/wk for groceries, and fresh produce from the farm is available in season. Otherwise, you need to bring whatever you will want to eat – meat, snacks, drinks, cereal, etc. All diets are welcome. There may be some basics in the farm house kitchen such as pasta, rice, oil, oats, salt and pepper.
On your way here, stop in Petaluma (if you are driving up Hwy 1 along the coast) or Santa Rosa or Healdsburg (if you are arriving via Healdsburg and Skaggs Springs Rd.) for groceries. Gualala (10 miles north of the Annapolis Rd on Hwy 1) has two grocery stores, (although they tend to be more expensive.) However, they very kindly will cash your checks from us.
Telephone and Internet:
Verizon service works well ; unfortunately there is no AT&T/T-Mobile or other service for cell phones. The land line is available if necessary. There is wifi in the office for email communications, however our service can’t support video streaming, and is occasionally spotty.
Workawayers work 4 hours per day, Monday- Friday. If you are willing/able to work extra hours and there is a need, Workawayers are paid $10/hr.
Types of Jobs:
Typical jobs vary according to the season, and may include planting, weeding, mulching, mowing, composting, pruning, thinning, drip irrigation maintenance, harvesting and preserving. There may also be jobs such as cleaning, painting, or help with other maintenance around the property.
Atmosphere & Free Time:
This is a peaceful place where we respect nature and each other. Workawayers typically have their afternoons free. Folks spend their time in various ways: exploring coastal trails, hiking, running, doing yoga, cooking, strolling among the olive groves & exploring our beautiful property, reading under the redwood trees (we have a small collection of books available), playing board/card games, going down to the ocean or river, and watching the amazing sunsets. We also have a swimming pool that is open for use in the summer. The town of Gualala is about 25 minutes away, and provides options for grabbing coffee, or enjoying a meal out.
Sexual Harassment Policy:
We have a Zero Tolerance policy for sexual harassment.
English and Italian (limited)
Workawayers stay in a remodeled 1902 farmhouse with 7 bedrooms. Couples or friends can share a room, but single rooms are also available. There is a shared kitchen and bathrooms. We provide a weekly stipend for groceries. Because there are so many unique diets, you will cook for yourself or with other guests in the farmhouse. You may also have food from our garden and food pantry. The house is furnished with towels & bed linens, and the kitchen has basic items such as blender, coffee maker, toaster and cooking utensils, as well as refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer (bring your own laundry detergent). There is no television. The house atmosphere is quiet.
Smoking is not allowed.
We ask for about 4 hours a day, Mon. - Fri. If we are especially busy and you would like to help extra hours, we will pay you. On your time off you may hike in the redwoods, go to the Pacific ocean beaches just 7 miles away or enjoy our pool. You may want to go to San Francisco for the weekend. Our guests are quiet and respectful. There is no nightlife or exciting social scene here. It is a remote area, ideal for nature lovers. We can offer limited help with transportation - weekly rides to the nearest town for groceries or fun, rides to the bus stop. This is not a good place, however, if you are looking for sight-seeing, cultural events, concerts, etc. It works well to have couples or friends come together so you will not be bored.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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20 hrs a week