Hello hello, the projects you are reading about are for the land. Our property is 160 acres of beautiful off grid living surrounded by Tahoe National forest. We have tons of tall Pines, Cedars, Madrones and Yew trees all over the property as well as 3 ponds, 1 we love to swim in and expanding gardens full of food and medicine.
Currently there are only 2 of us living here cultivating permaculture gardens, building projects and land stewarding. We are actively working to create more sustainable permaculture gardens and community space for gathering. We are a small group who operate as family, often working together, sharing meals and so much laughter.
Gaia is our go to all around badass, she wears a lot of different hats here and can troubleshoot just about anything you put in front of her.
Victoria is our on site jill of all trades, she helps with most projects and brings a lot of laughter to the table. She is an Herbalist, bodyworker, ceremonialist and goofball.
This last season our land mates running the permaculture garden left to tread new waters. Now with just the two of us the large scale of the gardens feel overwhelming. Gaia and Victoria have been putting their efforts towards building and expanding the structures on the land, these projects can be slow moving, so needless to say, we need help!
Additionally we have many dogs and cats running around loving life. We are open to your animals joining us, but it would be on a case by case basis as a few of our dogs have a harder time adjusting to new friends.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Staying with us you'd learn a ton about building, off grid living, land stewardship, and plants of all kinds. We are trying to establish stable food gardens this year and get the watering systems automated so that we can focus more on creating epic space for community gathering. Once a year we host a beautiful ancestral arts & healing women's gathering on the land, our goal is to be able to host other gatherings of community to reconnect people with the earth. Staying with us you can learn a really wide array of skills... land stewardship, building, communal living, permaculture, harvesting food and herbs for medicine,
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The main projects on hand right now are building, land clearing, expanding our permaculture gardens and all kinds of other odd jobs that pop up, the task list is never ending.
As Spring begins to blossom a lot of focus is put on land clean up. This may include moving fallen trees, clearing the paths and campground area, weeding, fixing structures from winter havoc etc. With 160 acres there is always land that needs tending to.
Our building projects will include building A-frames, setting up an outdoor communal kitchen (a second one on site), building natural fences and so on.
We would love to have volunteers with a passion for gardening and growing food. Last year we terraced a lot of land around the main house for growing food. Our old land mates were tending this project and with them now gone we feel overwhelmed, we'd love your help!
Depends on the length of your stay + skillsets. There is plenty of camping space with compost toilets, outdoor showers and fresh spring water. For someone with more experience and who would be around for a longer stay, there may be additional dwelling on the property although our structures sometimes get rented out during events. If you are a builder or have experience fixing up houses/ structures, especially if you have experience with electrical or plumbing we would be happy to trade your work for accommodations in our upper cabin on the land. (The structure is a bit rustic, but has the best view on the property)
Please note that we do have very limited WIFI out here so for those that need constant access to internet or service this will not be the best fit for you. We are off-grid and part of the glory of that is enjoying fresh air without any cell tower interference. There are several area's you can take a short walk to to receive service, but it is not available throughout the main areas.
On site- In your free time there is a lot of our property to explore. You can lounge around the swim ponds or go for hikes. We have hikes that connect to the river and other water spots or upwards to enjoy stunning views of the Tahoe National Forest.
Off site- Our property is outside of Nevada City & Grass Valley. These towns are a few hours away from San Francisco Bay Area. The Yuba River is right down the road from us, along with a ton of nature. Nevada City has music, restaurants and art that far surpasses most small town culture I've seen. You're also not far from SF if you really need some city life days.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The road getting to our land is a long and windy one, but most cars can make it if taken very slow. We have lots of space in our campground for Van's and campers, additionally our campground has compost toilets and potable water.
This is a case by vase basis. We have several dogs already on property some who love other friends and some who take a little longer to warm up.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 4 days a week