A musician's retreat and sustainable homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. USA


United States

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  • Description


    This is a sustainable homestead that's focused around music, food, and hosting artists. It was founded in 2012 on a 67 acre piece of abandoned family land, and as the vision continues to unfurl, it has always been rooted in a love for nature, music, and people. Throughout the property you'll find pastures and forests, gardens and orchards, multiple cabins, campsites, a musical communal house, a solar powered music studio/stage and a tropical subterranean greenhouse. Hosting people is at the heart of the operation here. Throughout the year there's a continual flow of musicians and artists here for residencies, touring bands passing through to play a show, videographers working on films/music videos, and awesome folks doing a work exchange here, specifically to help with the permaculture projects.

    The land is nestled just outside of Burnsville North Carolina, at the base of the Black Mountains. Diverse with pastures, pine forests, old growth deciduous forests, streams, and wild life. Very blessed with many old apple, black walnut, cherry, and Chinese chestnuts. And now after 6 years of homesteading here lots of young trees including peaches, pears, mulberries, persimmons, paw paws, gingkos, and many many more.


    So far the livable structures include the main house which is a cozy five bedroom house with a musical common area, 3 tiny houses, a solar powered music studio/cabin, a subterranean greenhouse, a big artsy bus thats on Air BnB, and multiple campsites on Air BnB


    Depending on the time of year, there are usually between 5-12 people , most of which are artist/musicians doing residencies here, and usually 1 to 2 helpers, mostly between 18-40 years old (but all ages are welcome). We also host people regularly and have many visiting friends and touring musicians.. We host events like potlucks, concerts, music video/movie shoots, and other interesting events throughout the year. There's 1 dogs and 5 cats at the moment, and no chickens or ducks which is rare! We share the land with turkeys, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, black snakes (harmless), hawks, crows, bluebirds, cardinals, finches, etc.

    There is an abundnace of wild edible/medicinal plants and mushrooms in the mountains here. Foraging, eating, sharing, and learning about these incredible resources is part of the lifestyle here. So if you havent tried incredible wild mushrooms like hen of the wood, oysters, lions mane etc, along with many delicious wild plants, you will have the opportunity to do so here.


    We provide basic grains, greens, and vegetables for the helpers here. We share a meal on every work day and theres also a communal shelf full of teas, spices, and many other goods helpers are welcome to any time.


    Helpers will have their own private space, be it a room in the communal music house or their own tiny house. Depends on time of year and current availability. Linens are provided. Helpers have full access to lots of great musical instruments and an extensive library.


    Head lamp, camera, work shoes,


    For the 2020 season we will be hosting helpers for 2 week periods all throughout the year. After two weeks we could consider a longer stay if it feels right for everyone.

    16 hours


    An 8 minute drive to Burnsville, a little mountain town with a vibrant arts community and a rich history. There are grocery stores, banks, art galleries, and restuarants that host bands and open mic nights.

    Asheville, one of the most artsy and culturally rich cities in the world is 40 minutes away.

    Boone is Asheville's funky little sister, a vibrant college town in the heart of the mountains, only 1 hour away.

    Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain East of the Mississippi is here in Yancey County.

    The Linville Gorge is an inspiring place to visit and is near Boone (also very inspiring) .


    Some other farms in the area we'd recommend include Soulshine Farm, Mountain Gardens, Chestnut Hill, and the Dig-In Community Garden here in Burnsville.


    Please include your proposed dates. a bit about yourself, any links you have to your profiles/websites etc. Looking forward to hearing from you all!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learning opportunities are abundant here. Topics include: all things plants and sustainability.


    making music and love sharing/collaborating on all things music.

    I'm a long time pianist and guitarist and play many styles of music, particularly jazz, swing, blues, soul, and bluegrass. I love to collaborate, teach music theory/philosophy, and to share in all things musical.

  • Help


    Helpers here will be helping on the land tending to the gardens, orchards, and greenhouse. Helping gather firewood. Planting seedlings, watering the nursery, planting new trees! Everyone who comes can help plant a few trees here and then come back and visit them over the years as they grow to great heights!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our helpers are provided with their own private space and comfortable bedding. It will either be a room in the musical communal house or a separate tiny house. You will also have full access to the communal spaces and all of the amenities like the kitchen, hot showers, lounge area full of musical instruments (and music lessons if you'd like) high-speed Wi-Fi, the yoga platform/stage.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have high speed wi fi

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    12 hours a week, max 5 days a week

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