We are a couple with an 8 year old daughter and 4 horses on a sunny 7 acre (3 hectare) horse farm. Our Natural Horsemanship business offers riding lessons, coaching and training. Our home is located on Vancouver Island (which is a 1.5 hour ferry ride from the city of Vancouver) in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, 5 minutes from the small city of Duncan and 1 hour from the city of Victoria. The property backs on to the Cowichan Valley Trail which connects to the Trans Canada Trail for endless hiking and biking. There is a swimming hole 5 minutes down the road. In the summer we enjoy sailing our 26' boat almost every weekend.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
The horses are a big part of our daily life and we love to share our Natural Horsemanship approach with our helpers. We eat organic, natural, mostly vegetarian food and love to share our recipes and knowledge about our clean way of eating. Our daughter attends the local Waldorf school and we use a conscious parenting philosophy which includes no TV in the house or screen time or video games for our daughter.
We are looking for help with with the horses which involves feeding, cleaning stalls, daily handling, grooming. We prefer to have helpers who have horse handling experience and who have leadership skills. We also need help with household chores, meal preparation as well as childcare for our 8 year old daughter. Help with gardening is also needed and there are some building projects that we'd love to tackle as well. We like to match the tasks to our helpers' abilities and interests.
Helpers stay in a bright ground floor bedroom with a separate entrance and private deck overlooking the apple and plum orchard. There is a semi-private bathroom and wash/dryer available. Our family sleeps upstairs so helpers enjoy privacy. Helpers share the kitchen and eat meals with our family. Tenting is also available. We are a 5 minute drive/15 min bike ride from downtown Duncan. We provide a bike you can use. There is a organic cafe across the road and a corner store 1km away. There is an outdoor fire pit by the pond and a labyrinth.
We are happy to pick up helpers from Duncan and possibly from Victoria or Nanaimo. We are a 1 hr from Victoria and 45 min from Nanaimo. If you are coming from Vancouver you will take the BC Ferry to either Departure Bay (Nanaimo), Duke Point (Nanaimo) or Swartz Bay (Victoria). There is a city bus from Victoria to Duncan now. We ask our helpers to be motivated, must enjoy children, be respectful, not addicted to their cell phone, and not smoke or use drugs.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week