Artist Studio & Sanctuary and Intentional Eco-village in Arnaudville, Louisiana, USA


United States


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  • Description


    Here is a unique opportunity:
    This privately owned ARTIST home studio and sanctuary is in a sacred wilderness on a beautiful lake. The sanctuary is unique, resting in a wooded countryside, an ambiance offering magical experiences. The volunteer program has made a great imprint to support, share and enjoyment.
    1. Here, the Sanctuary needs some TLC with upkeep with light weight maintenance.
    2. The newer project is a POTENTIAL eco-village development for community living and culture exchange.
    This project is a brainstorming/planning:
    ** graphic landscape designs on computer & visual layouts on paper
    ** green energy architectural designing of alternative building like hemp
    ** website development from what has been started with, a slow process.
    The land is being searched for and no ground work yet.
    This will be nearby located on tranquil Louisiana native grounds of Arnaudville which is slowly manifesting into a
    rustic stable community just outside of Arnaudville town.
    Meanwhile the Sanctuary needs some TLC too. A very grounding place to be for personal growth and serenity.
    I am a multi-talented practicing artist and experienced carpenter with expertise in historical
    restoration, passive solar concepts. I worked a few years as a property developer for Belize
    ecology & wildlife projects and a guesthouse.
    The Sanctuary offers to friends & family a holistic gathering to retreat, this is a private home..
    This space over the years was built using recycled materials all completely from scratch. A super cool place on the lake used for personal retreats and space for travelers. I have retired from renting it out..
    As a volunteer I have helped to develop our local country art & culture community center . Our progress and popularity is nationally and internationally recognized by its unique activities and devotion with
    warm hospitality and mindfulness. You can attend all these wonderful activities doing your stay.
    We have some gardeners in the scenic area to visit. The hub in this community is an
    heaven- on- earth for everyone who seeks bonding, creativity, happiness and PEACE> It is the HUB.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn, exchange knowledge, healthy food offered.
    At the culture center near by are numerous french speakers at the Art Center, google it (Arnaudville)
    Cajun/Creole music and language exchange, near by.
    Explore the nature in the area.
    We are an international HUB of warm hospitality.

  • Help


    Mission: to learn & exchange knowledge as a family team;
    I do require some experience in these "elements of creative knowledge."
    Categories of architectural planning/designs, permaculture plotting and plant evaluation for native cultural growth would be helpful such as:
    * website programming with some experience hands-on and/or knowledge with some experience:
    * landscape designing on computer
    * alternative building
    * pool building/water flow engineering
    * gardening- permaculture/ landscaping
    This community will be designed for volunteers to have an opportunity to experience in a safe environment, a
    back to nature concept.
    **Building does not start til the vision plans are finished.

    Meanwhile while living here at the Sanctuary, it will need support:
    general cleaning, handy tasks, yard, mowing, flower beds, repair wood work items.....
    You must fit for the humid weather because it takes physical energy to do outdoor duties.
    You must endure with bugs & mosquitos at times.
    You will be rewarded with a fantastic view and connection to a beautiful lake, 100% in nature.
    Requirements; motivated, cleanliness, moderate alcohol consumption, drug free zone,
    Meditation, yoga and chillen is our happy hour.
    Submit what experiences you have and details, I am open to discussions, as every level of experience can contribute.
    You will need a vehicle, I may not be able to escort you around.
    One must be free from addictive issues and any negative baggage is not tolerated.

    This general area offers unique and friendly vibes from the community. Here, mindfulness can connect and bond together to exchange knowledge and experience culture.
    Join me at the Sanctuary with a back to NATURE experience.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We offer you cool setting, private room and outdoor kitchen & shower with a fantastic view over the water.
    You have your own kitchen and great view of the lake. The outdoor shower is attached to your room.
    Yoga and reading area platform is spectacular. Canoeing, bonfire setting and a walking path in the woods are in the routine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is canoeing, hiking around in nature, birding, social distance situations has restricted some activities.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Flexible - 25 hours max -you can contribute more hours if you wish and create some of your own creation

Side view hillside lawn
Sunrise view from deck.
This will be the eco parc adjoined to the village. Project will be landscaping and boardwalk & deck building.

Host ref number: 761792921466