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* * * In addition to help during spring, summer and autumn: We are looking for someone to come help with basic animal chores for one or all of the months of of October, November and December while we are traveling. The help consists of feeding the chickens in the barn for the winter, and collecting/sorting eggs, and giving hay to the sheep outside at a feeding station. The task is very minimal and would take no more than 1 hour per day. If you are interested in a very meditative winter retreat in our beautiful valley in Norway, with lots of solo downtime for whatever project you may be working on, perhaps writing, meditation/movement practice, snow sports, so on, with minimal daily responsibility, this might be the situation for you! * * *
We're a family of 4 living on our farmstead in the upper end of the rural valley of Gudbrandsdalen. We are a Norwegian/American couple, Torgeir & Uni, with two boys, Kai & Ørjan, ages 14 and 1. Kai lives mostly in California with his father now but is here with us during summers and winter holidays. Torgeir's parents also live on the land.
This is our second year here on the farm, where we are committed to setting deep roots, creating a home and livelihood where our family can thrive. We are focused on growing as much of our own food as possible utilizing regenerative agriculture, holistic management, and permaculture principles, inspired largely by Allan Savory, Joel Salatin, and Richard Perkins, just to name a few...
As of now, we have 35 fully pastured grass-fed sheep & lambs, 50 pastured chickens, and a decent size kitchen garden where we try to grow as much of our vegetables as possible. We are in the midst of developing our businesses with pastured eggs and herbal body care.
Beyond what we grow and raise ourselves, we try to forage, fish, and gather in the wild as much as possible. We still buy a large percentage of our food but our hope is to reduce that to a minimum as best we can.
We are attempting to rewild our bodies, minds, and lives to get closer to our original human capacities, striving to live in tune with nature, while engaging in intimate relationship with the land.
Our daily lives revolve around:
-being present for our kids
-developing our pastured egg business
-growing, foraging, and preserving food
-time in nature
-developing and honing traditional ancestral skills (i.e. hide tanning, wool fiber arts, fire making, tracking, bird language, nature awareness, etc.)
-connecting and sharing through open communication, laughter, play!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Staying with us, you will experience conscious family life in a continuum concept/respectful parenting style, healthy nutrient dense food, simple farm life producing our own food, procuring wild foods, and a nature based lifestyle.
Other learning opportunities:
MovNat (natural human movement)
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine
Old Norse culture and spirituality
Most of the help we need revolves around caring for the animals, gardening, and chores that support family life running smoothly with a small child. We expect volunteers to help with cooking and cleaning up after meals as you would in your own household. This is not considered volunteer work. :)
Depending on the season and priority of work needed to be done, we sometimes also want help with projects such as:
Harvesting and preserving wild foods & herbs
Fermenting veggies from the garden
Working with wool, shearing, carding, spinning, felting
If you have any special skills, interests or passions, we are always eager for learning exchange so let us know what you might want to share with us! We are open to any skills but especially interested in rewilding, ancestral skills, nature awareness, wild foods, movement arts such as dance & martial arts, archery, and natural crafts such as woodcarving, basketweaving, primitive pottery, wool felting/spinning/knitting, and other useful traditional skills! Also, we would love to learn more songs and stories from other traditions!
You will be staying in a cozy cabin with a wood-fired stove. You may be sharing the cabin if we have another workawayer staying here at the time. There is a large bedroom with a bunk bed. A corner of the kitchen/dining/living room space is set up as a 'bedroom' with a bed there. There is a storage closet for keeping belongings in and another for storing food. There is running cold water that can be warmed on the stove and a basic kitchen with an electric oven, fridge, and basic kitchen utensils & cookware for simple cooking. You have your own outdoor toilet, and access to a hot shower in the barn. In the summer, we like to wash ourselves by swimming in the lake or river. Highly recommended! :)
Breakfast and some dinners you prepare yourself in your cabin with ingredients we provide. (We find this best allows the space for our family with our little one in the mornings and some busier evenings.) We eat lunches and some dinners together. We provide all you need for three squares per day. If you need snacks or specialty food items, please be prepared to provide that for yourself. Everyone shares responsibilities with food prep and clean up.
We eat organic and nourishing nutrient dense food à la Weston A. Price. This means that we properly prepare our grains, legumes, nuts & seeds by soaking in an acidic medium to neutralize phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. We honor our animals that become our food by using all the parts from nose to tail. Please be okay with being around food preparation involving organs, bones, blood, etc. We have an abundance of vegetables from our garden in the summer and autumn, and are working toward growing more root vegetables and potatoes to store in our cellar for the long winter.
-No smoking, drugs, or alcohol. There is a certain energy these substances bring that we don't want to have around us and our kids.
-No synthetic fragrances or chemical bug repellants, chemical sunscreens, etc. We are sensitive to these products and get headaches from being around them. (Please note that even if you are not dousing yourself with perfume or cologne, most laundry detergents, lotions, hair products, deodorants, etc. contain fragrances and other chemicals that affect those of us with sensitivities.)
-Have good proficiency in English or Norwegian so we can communicate easily with each other.
-Be okay with not having your phone on you at all times so you can be present with the people you are with.
-Be okay with independent work and solo time. We will be working together sometimes but not always as we need to prioritize being present for our little guy as well as getting other things done that also need doing. :)
What to bring:
Solid work clothes and shoes. Our farm is on a high altitude, so spring, autumn and winter are cold. You need to bring warm clothes if you are staying with us at that time. Some summer days can be chilly too so be prepared with at least a few warm items of clothing. The sun can be strong in the summer so a sun hat and sun protective long sleeved clothing (in light airy cotton/linen/hemp for example) can be wise to have.
We have wifi in Torgeir's parents' house, which you will be able to use as needed.
We try to have a conscious relationship with media and digital devices, especially around our kids. We ask that you mostly leave your phone or device in your cabin during the day or if you must keep it on you, please have it turned off or on airplane mode.
Taking the train to 'Lesjaverk' station, about 10 minutes away from us, is the most convenient way to get here. We can easily pick you up from there!
'Dombås' station is about 30 minutes away and we can pick you up there on days that the train doesn't travel further to Lesjaverk. From Oslo, the train ride is approximately 3.5 - 4 hours.
We have forest and mountains all around us, with tons of opportunities for hiking and recreation. Our lake and river are wonderful for swimming, fishing, canoeing just 5 minutes walk into our backyard forest.
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We look forward to hearing from you! Bless! :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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