To do carpentry/building/gardening projects on our land near Duncan, in the Cowichan Valley, Canada



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    My partner and I steward a lovely acreage, with our home and a yurt and our two Standard Poodles, in the Cowichan Valley. In the spirit of social permaculture and caring for the land, we seek to create a loving experience for those that live or visit here.

    Our preferred workawayers are a couple (more than one person), staying for 7 to 14 days. We generally give the couple projects to work on together. Options to stay longer for the right fit.

    We live about 10 minutes (by car, there is minimal bus service) to downtown Duncan. It is a 3 hour drive to Tofino with its majestic beaches on the west coast of Vancouver island, 1 hour drive to Victoria and a ferry to the USA, a short ferry ride to quaint Salt Spring Island and very close to the Cowichan River (swimming and tubing) and Cowichan Lake. Mt. Prevost, with its beautiful views of the entire area, is close by. And also a short drive to Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island with its Avatar Grove (old growth trees), huge beach, Botanical beach and deep sea fishing.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You enjoy performing a variety of interesting and unusual projects around our property, all intended to improve the "sanctuary" quality of the land.

    Our particular interest is in the dynamics of social permaculture along the lines, or philosophy, of Tamera in Portugal. And you will learn about Being Held gatherings, which we hold in the yurt on our property.

  • Help


    We are looking for travellers who have some skill in building/carpentry for these projects (and more):

    - building a walk way roof
    - cutting down and cutting up some aspen trees
    - fence repairing/building
    - building a set of stairs
    - refitting composting toilets (new seat/bucket design)
    - painting/staining
    - cleaning garden beds and other land/garden cleanup
    - doing a bit of finish carpentry work and painting inside and outside the main house
    - cooking meals and cleaning
    - looking after the dogs

    If any of the above fits your skills, please let us know.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a guest room with a private entrance, full bathroom, wifi and a queen bed. We also have room for a trailer or other mobile accommodation. Bedding in the yurt is an option. Meals will be provided in the main house with Michael and I. We can accommodate gluten free, vegan and vegetarian, however animal proteins will also be prepared.

    Our local area lacks regular public transportation. Since we live in the country, couples who have or rent a car for their travels are best.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Cowichan Valley is a lovely area full of farmers, wineries and artists connected to the land. From beautiful lakes and rivers to swim in, to the ocean beaches and bays, there is lots to appreciate about country and seaside living. Duncan, known as the City of Totems, is also home to the largest First Nations community in B.C. We also live close to Tofino and Port Renfrew, two beautiful west coast towns that have very spectacular beaches.

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    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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours per day, every day, or 8 hours every other day. with 2 days off

Host ref number: 512936621785