Hi I'm Josh I live in a converted horse box in a small woodland set between the Lake District and the Yorkshire dales. I am a community artist and run a creative re-use project in Kendal. I have two Labradoodles called Naia and Ginger. They are both very friendly and very lively.
For the last couple of years I have been building a home for myself in my own woodland. I used to travel around in the Horse box but now it has been laid to rest in the woods and has had extensions added to it too. I love recycling so I have been working a lot with reclaimed timber from pallets and other up cycled items too. I have also been recovering the woodland which was completely overgrown and i am slowly cutting back and replanting.
I love sharing my life in the woods with others and have really enjoyed hosting guests from workaway the last few years. It has been very benificial to have extra help and I have made some great friends. My boyfriend Alex is here quite a bit too so if you visit you will likely meet him as well.
I have a very busy summer this year as I am working on a big festival project as well as building a travelling puppet theatre. Sadly is has meant that the woods have been quite neglected. I would really like some help with gardening and woodland management as well as some DIY and building projects to help stay on top of things.
Ideally i am looking individuals or couples who are independent and happy working in the woods doing odd jobs. I am not always about in the daytime, and i live a couple of miles from the nearest town, so having your own car or bike is essential really.
You will be staying in a small Dome Yurt (which is essentially a tent) it has a bed in it but it is quite rustic, it has an outside composting loo and there is a shower in my horse box.
Internet is limited, i use mobile data from my phone, when i am here i am happy to share my hotspot but i am working quite a bit at the moment.
I love to cook for people and share meals but i am very busy right now so this isn't always possible, so you will need to be prepared to cook for yourself quite often, there is a cool box, camping stove, pots and pans and crockery in the yurt. I will try my hardest to join for meals (and cook) as much as i can, I am Vegetarian and Dairy free.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
I have spent a lot of time volunteering and travelling abroad so can appreciate the value of sharing different skills and experiences. I love sharing my life in the woods with others. I live simply but take great enjoyment in life in the outdoors. I can teach you all about cooking on open fires, how to use woodland tools, basic construction techniques, re-using pallets and lots of other things related to a low impact lifestyle.
Currently the main area i need help with is with gardening and woodland management then there is always loads to be done. This might be clearing weeds, planting new plants and trees, collecting seeds, making paths, chopping logs or cutting the grass.
I also need help with some building work and reclaiming timber, this will be jobs such as repairing the chicken coop, building outdoor storage, spitting and sanding pallet wood, cladding walls, painting and other DIY type jobs.
In a typical week I would expect you to work 4 days and approx 5 hours a day. This isn't set in stone though.
I am also working on several art and community projects so if this is of interest to you then there may be opportunities to help with these things too.
You will be staying in a mini dome yurt with a sun/star gazing window that is big enough for two people. it is lined with a carpet and a simple double camping bed.
Please do not expect a really fancy space, it is very simple and rustic.
The yurt will be your own private space, you will have your own outdoor toilet and a small outdoor stove (pots pans, plates etc included) I have a shower in the horse box which you are welcome to use when you need it (max once a day, ideally every other day) When the weather is good I sometimes just go to the local river to swim and freshen up.
You will need to be prepared to cook for yourself (cool-box, gas stove, pans, crockery etc is all in the yurt) but i will join with you as many nights as possible, i love to cook for others and love trying new foods too. (I am Vegetarian and Dairy Free.). When the weather is good we can cook on the campfire and then relax around the fire for the evening.
We live a couple of miles from the nearest town, there are no busses so you will need your own transport if you want to go anywhere. I am happy to drop you off and pick you up from Kendal when i can.
We live between the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District national park. These are both full of interesting and beautiful places to visit. There are loads of walking routes, mountaineering, bike trails, lakes for swimming, canoeing and sailing.
Transport links from our place are very limited but I can drop you off and pick you up from Kendal (when possible and in moderation) where you can get a bus or train to most places. I also have some walking maps you can borrow.
Guest are welcome to stay from 1-3 weeks.
if you require more information then please get in touch.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I do not have Wi-Fi but rely solely on Mobile internet. Both EE and Vodaphone get really good signal here though.
I have a large drive you can park on. Ideally no bigger than a standard Transit van though.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 4 days a week