Help at our non profit retreat center on Bowen Island, Canada




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    *** UPDATE: We are open for applications to join us beginning in November. We are looking for volunteers who can stay two months at minimum, and ideally longer. We will need help with cleaning suites, hosting groups, general maintenance, and more! See below for more details. ***

    This is your chance to get involved with a unique, volunteer-driven retreat and education centre on beautiful Bowen Island, in British Columbia's lower mainland, very near Vancouver. This is our off season and so the house is not used by programs and we are busy with prep for the fall. This time will be quiet, nature filled, and connected with a small team of other resident workawayers (2-3 max.) and volunteers. Our lakeside home borders a protected forested park that houses Killarney Lake. The House is a gathering place for social and environmental leaders exploring how inner work and outer transformation interact. Joining this project means joining a wider community of people from Bowen and beyond who are exploring these topics.

    Our larger mission is to harness the power of small collectives/communities of change makers to awaken culture for the benefit of the earth and our collective journey. To hold the transformational culture that is emerging, we need new structures and centres around the world that function as a kind of grid that is connected by common principles. We want to build a grid of 100,000 "points of light." This requires a new model for learning (educating hearts and minds!), organizing, and collaborating.

    If this sounds exciting to you, please apply to join us tin summer/fall of 2021! We are looking to form a live-in community of people with a diverse range of skills to help us manifest our dream. This summer, we mostly need hands on work in the gardens, with a new e-mountain bike touring company (on trails right off the property!), and cleaning of the suites (which funds the house). We also may need some support with strategic development, marketing and offering yoga and meditation/mindfulness instruction, and other somatic practices. You may also be involved in the grittier work of supporting us to further refine the house as a space for gathering. The house you would be staying in is currently being transitioned to one that can be off-grid and a model of sustainability. It's great if you are enthusiastic about gardening, (light) building/renno work, cleaning, and design. This is a volunteer driven and run project, and we need as many hands as we can to make this happen.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    This is such a totally unique opportunity to come to a beautiful place in coastal BC, close to Vancouver but a world away in terms of feeling. This position is best suited to a traveller who would appreciate a retreat-like environment. There will be times when there are many people in the home helping with rennos and gardening etc., and other times when you have the space to yourself. You will interact with and get direction from us, and you will also get to hang with a pretty sweet group of little ones that tag along with us everywhere. We will invite you to beach dinners and night swimming in the summer months, and potlucks and games nights with friends during the rainy season. You will have as little or as much social interaction with us and our community as you like!

    This is a great opportunity for people who care about community, connection, personal development, spiritualty, and who want to be of benefit in the world. You will be surrounded by many others who are excited to explore the ways in which small groups of people can make a difference in the world.

  • Help


    There is SO MUCH room for creativity, and so we will welcome your initiative, vision, and skills!

    SPRING 2021: we will be launching the centre as a headquarters for the educational and global community building work, and we will be looking for Workawayer's who are passionate about cultural transformation, human rights, environmental sustainability, grounded spirituality as a force for awakened agency in the world, health and wellbeing, and more. We will need people with diverse skills—e.g., strategic and business planning, video editing, marketing, grant writing, blogging, vlogging, website design, admin skills, and outreach. We can share details about the projects we are launching if you inquire for details. Ideally we would find people who are interested in living in community in a beautiful large lakeside home to support the core founding team that is leading this work. The home would be occupied by Workawayer's and university students and interns who are contributing energy to this project, and so this will be an opportunity for you to taste community living and working with others. We are seeking people who would like to stay for 2-4 months or longer for this work.

    Regardless of when you come, we really respect your time and energy and so will make it a priority to develop a schedule with you that works. While there may be some daily tasks, most things can be completed flexibly and so you will be able to take charge of your schedule/time. You will have plenty of days off and lots of time every day to explore our beautiful island, its forested trails, hidden beaches, as well as Vancouver and the wider world of the lower mainland and coastal mountains, which are all very near.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house is in the forested hills of Bowen Island, overlooking Killarney Lake. It is a magificant, large home that is shared by others. Depending on when you come and for how long you intend to stay, you will have either a shared of private bedroom on the upper level of the main house. There are enough beds in the house for up to four couples or individuals to visit. The house is uniquely situated along one of the most beautiful trails on Bowen Island—a 1.5h lake walk that joins many other trails that criss-cross the island. You can walk to the cove, where the ferry comes to the island, entirely along forested trails in approximately 40 minutes, or you could get there on mostly flat trails on a bike in 15 minutes.

    You will likely need to cook your own meals (though shared cooking and meals could be negotiated with the other members in the house). Sometimes we will have shared community meals, to which you can contribute by cooking or joining in the efforts!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bowen Island is a really special place. A lot of people say this about the places they live, but we really, really say it emphatically in this case. It is only 60 minutes by bus and ferry from downtown Vancouver, but a WORLD away in terms of the feeling. The house is situated right above Killarney Lake in Crippen Park, which is huge and has many interconnected trails that start right in Snug Cove—the main hub on the island, where the ferry comes in. There are independent coffee shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, an organic grocery store, organic food coops (family/volunteer run), local agriculture, amazing forests and beaches. It really is a little paradise/God realm. It's a fantastic place to come with kids, as there are more kids per capita here than anywhere in Canada!! There is a strong emphasis placed on community on our little island, and so you will find people to be really approachable and friendly. There are so many wonderful trails and beaches to explore, and you can network with other Workawayers on the island easily through a Facebook group. This location is a great jumping off point for people who want a more quiet place from which to explore the BC coastal regions. It is close to the city so you can go in and enjoy that buzz easily, but you'd LIVE in a place that is super chill, beautiful, and abundant with natural beauty. We are excited to welcome you into this special little community, and feel confident that people who come will love it.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Sure!! We have a strong internet connection and amazing spaces for co-working. Each room has space for work stations and there are also common areas for lounging and work. Our internet connection is strong and reliable despite the fact that you will feel like you’re in a wild and natural space! Big windows, lots of light, and access to trails for work breaks.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have an occasional visiting house dog named Luna. As long as your dog or other pet can share space, and is well behaved, we are open to discussing hosting you and your pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week or longer days and few days of working

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