Come and help us with the Vision for a future community centre in Nova Scotia, Canada



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    Positions open from April 2020

    We have the vision to build beautiful gardens and a place for holistic living on the ocean in Nova Scotia. Right now we are at the very starting point. We have an amazing property with oceanfront private coves, cobbled beaches and waterfalls as well as an old-growth beech forest, fields and gardens. The work will be creative and diverse building paths, nature platforms, herbal gardens, outside kitchens, water systems, composting toilets, a pond and simple structures. Each structure will be individually designed to align with the natural environment, whether situated on a cliff to take advantage of the ocean view or nestled in a wilderness sanctuary. There is also an old farmhouse that we are restoring. In addition, the herbal gardens are a central feature to our project along with large vegetable gardens, orchard, ponds and an earth-sheltered greenhouse. All this needs to be developed and plants need to be loved.

    The help:
    The tasks will be mostly helping in the gardens, building herbal beds and vegetable planting. There will also be building and clearing paths. If the skills are there you will be able to help with the renovation of the old farmhouse and the construction of cabins.

    About us:
    We are a middle-aged couple with multicultural background from Canada, Ukraine, the UK, Germany and Italy. We speak English, Russian, Ukrainian and a little German and Italian. Our passion for healthy living is connected closely with nature and the local community. We love meeting like-minded, open, positive and hard-working people from all over the world. Our professions are varied - from a Medical Herbalist trained in London, UK. to a documentary filmmaker, who produced films about Canadian history. Oh and one more thing - we just had twins so there are now babies on the property:)

    Something to mention:
    Our goal is to build a unique space for people to develop themselves through the connection with nature, spirituality and education. We have started with ourselves and we ask everyone who comes to our place to be conscious and mindful about other people, nature and animals, the environment. Please note that this is a NON-SMOKING property - inside and out. The property is 30 km from town so if you do not have a car you will have to join us when we go ( about twice a week).

    The property is about 30 acres of stunning oceanfront property in the village of Victoria Beach, 30 km from the town of Annapolis Royal, in the southern Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. We are located on the Atlantic Ocean’s Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world. You will get a chance to see much wildlife: deer, owls, porcupine, seals and the occasional whale from our clifftop property.

    It is all very exciting and fun. Join our team. We are looking for people with the right energy who want to be part of something beautiful. We will be happy to share our knowledge with you about herbal medicine, building, cooking, design and much more. Contact us to start the conversation.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is much to learn and share here. You can learn about herbal medicine from the herbalist and learn about building a community from scratch.

  • Help


    Spring 2020 the work will be mostly landscaping and working on systems for our buildings - water, composting toilets etc. We can always use carpenters, gardeners, artists, designers, labours, engineers and people with the right energy who want to be part of something beautiful. Contact us to start the conversation.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation and Food: Depending on the time of year the accommodation could be in a cabin or a room in a shared house. Everything will be clean and comfortable and you will always have access to hot water showers and amenities. We live in a small house and you will be welcome for dinners there. We will provide healthy nutritional ingredients for meals using seasonal garden vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes, eggs and cheese, mostly locally sourced. Sometime we will eat all together and other time you can cook for yourself. Snacks, breakfast will be your responsibility unless previously arranged. You will also have access to a kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On the weekend you can join us at the farmers market in the historical town of Annapolis Royal. Further afield there is the Kejimkujik National Park and the city of Halifax just a two hour drive away with it’s international airport.

    This area is a very special region with residents from all over the word who are creative and progressive.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Minimum of 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The Alpine Nest - off-grid cabin
The ship platform - hanging over a 200ft cliff - Best sunsets in Nova Scotia
Hardworking volunteers providing eggs
The pond
Volunteers working in the garden
PIcking Seaweed for the garden
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