Experience the vast beauty of the Mojave Desert and learn to live simply, California, USA


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    Hey! I’m a workawayer writing this on the behalf of Jehane, the creator of the project. She’s an 87 year old woman who has a lot of life to live, and a lot of stories to tell. The project is a place of simple living and learning. It’s located an hour outside of Vegas near Tecopa, CA. It sits outside Death Valley, so hot days and starry nights await you. Do you like the idea of wandering through the open desert, finding a half broken down vehicle, scavenging it for parts, and creating a masterpiece? This is where you need to be.

    The work done here mostly involves building using raw earth and found items, with some parts brought in. Primarily, we build Earth Bag Domes. They’re an ecologically sound and innovative form of architecture, focused on low cost and low impact. There’s also a lot of building walls using bottles and earth. We have a small hydroponic set up using well water. In general, there’s ample diverse opportunities to learn other crafts from people here involving a lot of different things. The people here are as unique and free as the experience of building here. Still, we expect 4-5 hours daily of work, 5 days a week, and for individuals to respect the space. We ask that people who come clean up after themselves, and be mindful of the shared space and property.

    We are located near Tecopa, CA. Tecopa is a unique place with a lot to offer to people interested in off grid living, homesteading, intentional community, art, and unique ideas. There’s many other projects in the area by like minded individuals. It’s a super wild place and a true creative breeding ground.

    We make trips to the store every week, and go to a local hot spring a few times a week. You’re welcome to do whatever you want in your free time. There’s a lot of wild earth to explore here, and space to create whatever you would like. There’s no WiFi, but data does work well on some carriers.

    We are open to long term stays and have some ambition to build an intentional community. We ask that individuals come for at least a month, but are flexible about length of time depending on circumstances. We can pick you up from Vegas if you arrive by plane. We also ask that you respect applicable quarantine policies in your area before coming.

    Come join us for a true adventure!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    “If you are usually an urban person, or live in a neighbourhood area, you will be easily overwhelmed by the space and silence. It is a good opportunity to get friendly with oneself! and to feel the closeness of our earth! And living close to critters, and whatever physical and non physical! Could sense?!“ - Jehane

  • Help


    -Using hoes, shovels, stampers, and hands to work with dirt and mud
    -Cleaning up after one’s self

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The accommodations here are as follows:
    -Outdoor Hot Water Shower (uses a solar heated bladder)
    -Composting Toilet
    -Several different structures to sleep in, like RV’s or domes, or large bed style couches under the stars
    -An outdoor kitchen with dish ware and cutlery
    -A variety of dry food like grains and beans, and store bought fruits and vegetables
    -A few coolers, some built into the earth, to store cold items
    -Plenty of land to camp or park
    -Several earth stoves and fire pits to cook

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    hiking in the desert and mountains, Dry Lake! old mines to explore, hot springs 22 miles away, Tecopa, see Shoshone, Meadow Springs, Death Valley National Park! 50 miles west of Las Vegas !!!!for culture shock!and 17 miles closest town, Pahrump Nevada
    For those of us who live in this bit of desert, we cherish this great silence and space. A chance to become close with oneself , body, mind, spirit, time to listen to one's own muses, creativity, good ideas and perhaps better listener to others.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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