Come help us build a retreat center in Nova Scotia, Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Kirsten and Shawn, three years ago, became the stewards of 50 acres of land 20 min from Truro Nova Scotia to begin their dream of helping others heal and connect with nature, while giving back to the land. Kirsten grew up in British Columbia and has spent the past six years calling Nova Scotia her home. She is a registered message therapist and has her practice in Truro. Shawn grew up around the Halifax area and has spent many years living away from home deepening his connection to spirit and learning about different indigenous ways of healing, so he can help others on their healing path.

    We have both travelled quite a bit and have spent time working with various workaway projects. We are looking forward to begin this new chapter in life caring for this land here in Nova Scotia. This year we will be building cabins, these will be done with traditional stick building as well as straw bale and cob, making composting toilets, setting up small solar systems, raising and butchering chickens, setting up a 30/100 ft greenhouse, tending the 1/2 garden which involves weekly harvest, planting, watering, and weeding. And if we get that all done there is always lots of cleaning up around the property to do thinning trees, clearing paths etc.

    We have two large dogs Makia, and Doksha who enjoy running free and sniffing out adventure. We also have two friendly outdoor cats. Here on the farm we have 9 ponds and one big spring fed swimming hole, with a diving board. There are trails that go for miles and miles, forest on all sides of our property with lots of wild life. We have made this chapter of our life free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol and follow the red road. We have a great sweat lodge community close by that we attend regulary, we are also honoured to have a sweat lodge on the farm that our teachers can come and offer ceremony here as well.

    We are full of gratitude to be a able to care for this land and give back in whatever way we can. Life is an amazing gift and we do our best to keep this in our hearts each day. Attitude for Gratitude!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    Shawn and Kirsten have both spent a lot of time travelling, and love to be able to support that energy in a positive way. We will share any knowledge we can on the things we are learning such as bio intensive farming, herbology, massage therapy, other Amazonian healing modalities and our spiritual practice. Kirsten has a good working knowledge of Spanish, and Shawn can also understand Spanish fairly well.

    Please Note: We don’t drink or do recreational drugs, if that is a big part of your life, this might not be a good fit for you.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    This fall we will be continuing to put into production our .5 acre farm, put a greenhouse, prepping garden beds and installing irrigation.

    As the months get warmer we will need help with
    - finishing a 16/20ft cabin
    - Putting up a 30/72 ft greenhouse, this should go up pretty quickly with the right help
    - chickens
    - help harvesting seasonal medicinal herbs
    - we will be building a large place to gather and we want to have the roof up, and plan to do a workshop around that. We put a photo of what we are dreaming of below. Reciprocal roof.
    - installing irrigation
    - cleaning around the property
    - Meal prep
    - building garden beds from the ground up
    - stacking wood
    - terracing a south facing slope

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Stay in our home with us in your own room if it’s available, or we also have tents for sleeping in in warmer months.

    We could accommodate up to 2 people at a time.

    This is a safe space for all people to come and help out, we value open and honest communication, and people that come with respect, a good work effort, and an open mind.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you can explore Truro’s Victoria Park, go view or raft the Tidal Bore, go mud sliding, check out the Truro Farmers market, go to Halifax and walk along the waterfront (Kirsten drives to the city every 2 weeks and into Truro almost daily) check out some live music in Truro. Swim in the pond lay, in a hammock or explore the property.

    We would like to have a two week minimum stay but would prefer longer so we can all get into a good flow together.

    We are early risers, and eat meat here, and do our best to get free range and local. Kirsten works in town so you will mostly be working with Shawn. We expect people to be respectful, and able to take direction well. We also know that we have a lot to learn so if you have an area of expertise we would love it if you shared with us that knowledge too.

    Thank you for reading our profile we look forward to connecting with you and are so grateful for your help.


  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can accommodate any size camping vehicle

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, must get along with our 2 dogs, and not kill chickens

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 629862562855