Help at an off-grid homestead and retreat center surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, Alabama, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 26 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We hope this profile finds you well and ready for an extraordinary journey. If you're seeking a life-changing experience immersed in nature and community, I have an invitation that might just be your calling.

    We are in the midst of an incredible journey, building a new life, a sustainable homestead, and a thriving community deep within the heart of the Talladega National Forest. Nestled amidst the picturesque mountains of Alabama, our 40-acre paradise is waiting to be explored.

    We are currently looking for an exceptional individual who is passionate about off-grid living, sustainability, and embracing the untamed beauty of nature. Our homestead is a place where dreams are woven into reality, where the sound of waterfalls and the rustling of leaves become your daily symphony.

    Dustin has a background in Mechanical Engineering and a love for exploring diverse cultures, he embarked on a journey across 30+ countries, seeking simple truths and perspectives. Now, he's inviting you to join him in creating a space of cathartic serenity.

    Jessica has a deep connection to nature and a love for growing sustainable food and medicine.

    Your role will be an integral part of our vision. We're working on creating hiking trails, campsites, and crafting cozy cabins. Tasks include stacking firewood, nurturing our chickens, cooking delightful meals, and assisting in the construction of our sauna, cabins, and event dome. Your dedication will help breathe life into our off-grid paradise.

    In return, we offer you a unique experience that transcends mere volunteering. Imagine waking up in a private furnished Canvas Bell on a Wood platform deck in the heart of the forest. You'll enjoy comfortable amenities, hot showers, and shared meals that bring us together. We offer a small weekly stipend for your support.

    Our land encourages a clothing-optional ethos, allowing individuals the freedom to embrace their choices fully.

    This cultural exchange enriches our experiences and highlights our respect for individuality.

    If you're ready to be a part of a transformative journey and contribute your passion and dedication to our growing community, then come, join us by the fire. Let's create memories, learn from one another, and bask in the tranquility of Alabama's wilderness.

    Looking forward to welcoming you to our off-grid haven!

    Come join our Fire. 🌳👣🔥👣🌲

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Our 40 acres is in a mountainous (by Alabama standards) forest with waterfalls, wildlife and private swimming holes surrounded by miles more of Talladega National forest.

    We love teamwork and evening dinner social time.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We are building an off grid homestead and nature retreat on 40 acres surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. Looking for select volunteers to help work and live alongside us.

    We are working on hiking trails, and camp sites, gathering and chopping firewood, and building a sauna, cabins and an event dome.

    Help is needed stacking firewood to fill the woodshed, feeding the chickens, cooking, cleaning in the community kitchen/dining pavilion and host's cabin, construction help and helping support the off grid homestead activities.

    We need help supporting the Retreat, cleaning Bell Tents and maintaining campsites.

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers are provided a private furnished Canvas Bell on a Wood platform deck in the Forest a real mattress, linens, comforter and common use of the kitchen / dining community pavilion (The Valhalla), Sauna and we have Actually Hot showers.

    All food is provided, we usually do an evening meal all together and daytime meals are individual preparation.

    Some help is needed supporting retreat guests (less than one hour per day), remaining hours are homestead support. Small cash pay is provided [$50/week] to cover the time helping with retreat business.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our land is a clothing optional retreat and we have commercial campgrounds. Some of the people, some of the time choose not to wear some or any of their clothes. We honor each persons individual clothing choices.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 749229277759

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