We are located in a remote forest in the Appalachian Mountain region of North Carolina. We have a dog, eight cats, four Koi, eighteen chickens, and a rooster. We do our best to be an example of sustainability through Permaculture principles, earthen building, composting, recycling, and more.
In preparing for a 2019 expansion to include a small retreat center and foster care home for children of abuse by neglect, we need motivated volunteers to help with creating and maintaining trails and gardens, starting some seedlings, clearing our creek of debris, building a couple of yoga decks along the creek, digging up some small saplings, and animal care.
Our forest/space is 100% Smoke and Drug Free.
During your off hours/days, there are many beautiful hikes right here and nearby and opportunities for mountain biking, if you have your own bike. The closest town, charming West Jefferson, is a 10-minute drive and offers restaurants such as HomeSlice and Boonedocks as well as outfitter and antique shops. Boone is a 25 minute drive from us. The River Girl Fishing Company offers tubing, fly fishing, and kayaking- 10 minutes away.
We look forward to hearing from you.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You can read the testimonials that may help to give you a better picture of what they learned. It is different for everyone, and what they learn usually is more about themselves through being in touch with nature and gaining confidence through the work/various projects.
Some of the help you may find yourself doing: garden tasks - weeding, planting, harvesting; cleaning up the grounds and cabin; carpentry; clearing trails; caring for the animals (definitely needed!); spontaneous projects; composting, and so much more. There is an endless list of projects/tasks to do around here. We will discuss your skills and do our best to match them with our needs.
Our one-room cottage has one set of cozy home made bunk beds from locust trees off the property, a king size bed, chest of drawers, a kitchenette, and a bath house with two dry toilets . You will have a shared bath/shower in the main cabin during the Winter months.
Food is provided for you in the cottage, and dinners are shared in the main cabin twice a week.
There is a shuttle from the airport into Boone called Hickory Hop. We can pick you up at their drop off location (Enterprise) in Boone. There is also a Greyhound service that will drop you off in Boone where we can pick you up. If you have your own car or a rental, even better for you to get around.
Within 10 minutes of us is The River Girl Fishing Company where you can tube, kayak, and/or fish on the oldest river...oddly called The New River. We live about 11 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance, and there are plenty of hiking trails nearby such as Elk Knob State Park and Grandfather Mountain as well as right here on and around our property. We are about 25 minutes from Boone and 40 minutes from the quaint village called Blowing Rock. Grandfather Mountain offers beautiful scenery, as does the Linville Gorge (both about a 45 minute drive). Our closest town, West Jefferson, is a 10-minute drive. There is plenty to see and experience, and everyone is very friendly. Neighborhood Yoga in Boone offers many amazing yoga classes, and there are nice shops/restaurants along famous King Street where this yoga studio resides.
We provide internet/wifi service. Cell phone service inside cabins is not always reliable, depending on your particular service; so you may need to communicate with friends and family via internet.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We live on 22 acres of forest land, so, while there are many trees, we could find a space for a small camper for you to stay in during your time with us.
5 hours per day 5 days a week