Natural Building & skiing opportunities in Retallack, BC, Canada



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    I have a hut style rental cabin located in Retallack, BC there is access to activities nearby such as hiking, mountainbiking, ski-touring. I host volunteers to help with property maintenance, firewood & snow removal.

    i`m also building a cabin for myself in the town of Kaslo, BC this year. This cabin will have "woodchip clay" walls, clay plasters & adobe floors. I have been doing natural building for 20 years, teaching workshops & training crews. I hope to find volunteers interested in natural building or working outside at the hut property.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers can experience backcountry cabin lifestyle and have access to outdoor hikes, bike rides, skiing, fishing etc. I have 1 bike and 2 sets of snowshoes I can lend helpers.
    Chance to learn about natural building and construction & landscaping.
    Local towns are very beautiful with many events.

  • Help


    I need help maintaining the huts such as staining wood, cleaning, landscaping, snow removal and chopping firewood.
    I am also looking for volunteers who are interested in natural building to help build my small clay house. No experience necessary but best if you enjoy working outdoors, doing physical work etc.
    There`s flexiblity, so volunteers can usually choose when to work around their own activities.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    I have 2 cabins for volunteers. Both cabins have limited internet access (1-2 hrs/day), no running water or electricity, they have well equipped kitchens, outhouses & sauna/shower building, watertap located outside each cabin. So its a good option for social distancing.
    Dec-April, the caretaker cabin is available with solar power, wi-fi, & I`m looking for caretakers who ski tour to do 1 month stays

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many options for hiking, biking, xcountry skiing, snoeshoeing, skitouring, paddling nearby.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    sometimes can accept a dog, but prefer no dogs because i also have a dog

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected


Winter at the caretaker`s cabin
Sitting area in volunteers cabin
Kitchen in volunteers cabin
Hiking in the mtns above the cabin
2 km walk or bike ride to swim or fish in Lake
Popular skitour or hike (in summer) top of Mt Brennan, above the property
SkiingRetallack powder
Sleeping area for volunteers

Host ref number: 482178921342