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We are located in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The drive to the beach and town is about 15-20 minutes. We have fruit trees you can pick from depending on the season. The weather is especially great in April thru September. We have two cute small dogs and two cats. Three children ages 7 and 11 and 20. We have two musicians In the family (violin, drums, piano, guitar, songwriter) and love to have musicians come! Two people know Sign language. We are easy to get along with and are looking for likeminded people to share our beautiful place with.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are located in the mountains above Santa Barbara, we try our best to live a sustainable and conservational lifestyle, including a mostly plant based diet. Our land has a small garden, fruit trees, privacy. My husband teaches environmental science and horticulture. This is a great opportunity if you want to experience and learn how to live this lifestyle as well!
* I could really use help with COOKING, WASHING DISHES, SWEEPING, General house cleaning, GARDENING.
* We have a 7year old and an 11 year old , so people who like to play with or watch children is desirable. Also we like artists!
Other outside work depending on the season: landscaping, rock wall building, brush clearing, cutting wood, gardening, fruit tree care, property beautification, grey water, drainage
*We are always happy to have someone with good creative carpentry skills.
Sign language (American): Fluent
This host offers a language exchange
If you communicate in ASL (American Sign Language) or would want to learn some, my daughter and I sign. My husband studies spiritual text from India and has some knowledge in the Sanskrit language.
Food - You will be sharing my kitchen. I will supply mostly organic food. I can do some cooking of meals and have some made food in the refrigerator as well. But you would need to do some of your own food prep also, depending on what you feel like eating. We eat mostly vegetarian and vegan.
Bathroom - You will be sharing one of the bathrooms in my house as well as an outhouse. We try not to use to much water. We have a clothing washer and dryer you can use. We try to hang clothes on the line in the summertime, to save on electricity.
Sleeping - If you don't have your own car sleeping arrangement, a tent can be set up. We can supply a tent and bedding if needed.
We welcome families, a couple, or an individual. A well-behaved dog is fine.
There are no drugs, alcohol, or smoking on the property! We try to be respectful, pleasant, and good communicators, we expect the same from you. FIRE is a big concern in our area: no fires, candles, smoking, propane cooking, or anything that requires a flame!
Many Workawayers that have stayed with us have enjoyed hiking the local mountains, going to the beach, participating in outdoor dance/yoga/skating gatherings, rock climbing. We are 15 minutes from town, there is no public transportation near our house. If you do not have a car, you can get rides into town when we go, which is generally daily. Additionally I prefer small cars or even more, if you were to come without a car, parking is limited on mountain slopes.
* We’ve had a lot of people in the last couple of months shift arrival dates, change/shorten length of stay when here, and all together cancel. I understand we all have things come up in life, and the pandemic is definitely impacting this as well. It’s been very hard for me to schedule with frequent changes. Please if you give me dates, be pretty sure you will be able to keep them. Thanks 😉
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have internet and have had online students come for a stay.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
24 hours per week
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