Earthen building projects and pirate living in Nevada City, California


United States

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    The land is located in beautiful gold country, California.
    We are both from Europe and have been living on this land for 3 years! Building the straw bale cottage has been one of our main project.
    Currently we are at the finishing stage of this creative build
    which we need the most help with.
    We started with workaway last year and we had the most amazing, wonderful experiences and memories.
    People come to help for a week and if its a good dynamic we are open to longer length of stay.

    The projects we will be working on throughout the summer, mid July through to mid sept, include the following:

    Sculpting a built in seating/lounge area
    Involvment with earthen plaster
    Sculpting the half spiral staircase with a built in desk feature and
    Fireplace detail

    All of this will include straw clay sculpture, cob, earth plaster, finishing out with colored finish plaster, oil and wax.

    We are also currently looking for a dynamic person to fill a diverse position to help out on the land with work away team, harvesting & cooking, Keeping communal spaces clear and clean and helping to instill this to the community. Small amount of admin, keeping website up to date and reply emails.

    future projects for later this year, the balcony of the cottage, decking, landscaping and glass greenhouse attachment for the cottage and carrying on with our dirt bag house in the woods. The creation of a natural swimming pond is also something we have in mind.

    We have 4 beautiful dogs and a flourishing veggie garden and a fun European vibe ! We love for people to come and stay and be inspired with our projects. We are located close to Grass Valley and Nevada City, also to the magnificent Yuba River.
    We have a nice communal outside kitchen and a beautiful hot outdoor shower. Also different accommodations including a tree house, tiny home trailer, tents. Everyone welcome to bring their own.
    We are looking for people interested in natural building and tending the gardens and the wild, artistic, creative interested minds who are thoughtful with their surrounding.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    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

    You will learn to work with all types of sustainable building materials! As well as developing a raw piece of land, and if you are lucky, French ! ;) Also will be able to eat whatever you want from our veggie garden where we have lots of greens, zucchinis, eggplants, tomatoes, onions etc etc

  • Help


    We are looking for people that have a small knowledge of building and/or understanding of using tools.
    - Running a chainsaw would be extremely useful.
    We have many trees to fell for earthen building project, expanding our outside kitchen to 2 stories, using dropped trees for timber structure for the second floor.
    - Looking for people who have knowledge of building a pond on the land to put our pirate ship in.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    tree house and tents, hammocks and whatever you would like to bring.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Many musical events and art walks and farmer markets in towns close to us (20 mins away) like Grass Valley and Nevada City. This area is abundant of workshops including yoga, ayurvedic medicine, artistic creations, spiritual guidance for the healthy minds, bodies and soul.
    We are blessed to be close to the Yuba river which is an incredible place to relax and swim with scenic views and deep swimming holes.
    We have all the lakes (including Lake Tahoe) and rivers.
    Plenty of rock climbing and mountain biking, hiking, water sports and all that fun stuff.
    Also we are close to Lake Tahoe (2 hours drive).
    We have a truck you can use.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a 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

Host ref number: 841566527581