Come join us for post-civilization camp creating a nourishing and harmonious culture in Canada




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    Seeking help in June

    Come spend the spring/summer at a forming intentional community in the beautiful mountains and rivers of Gitxsan Territory in northern BC! We strive for earth based, cooperative living in the hopes to create space for individual and collective transformation. We are an income-sharing community and aim to work by consensus of all our members.

    We value highly cooperative environments based on open communication and equality. Our goal is to be an example of earth-based living in order to assist the much-needed transformation of ourselves and the greater society.

    We strive to live as a family and interdependently empower each other to redefine the very nature of what's possible.

    We are off-grid, we catch rainwater and haul drinking water from a local spring, we use outdoor compost toilets and a sauna and pond to bathe, and we have internet access.

    This June 2020 we will host the co-creation of Post-Civilization Camp!
    What is post-civ camp?

    A month long camp (June 1-30th), where we take a deep-dive exploration of cultivating a culture that allows humanity to thrive and connect to mother earth. Our goal is to evolve our culture to a more harmonious way of being, our playground will be working together to build a small cabin.
    We'll have focused workshops, activities, discussions and then create a playground of applying what we learn to daily life while constructing a small cabin from start to finish, to house a family in our community. We hope to be able to theorize a post-civilized culture at the beginning of our time together, and then mix this in with applied tasks to test out our theories, integrate them to our ways of being and continue to keep what nourishes ourselves and the earth, and move past what is destructive and doesn't serve us!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project

  • 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

    We are a small community attempting to live cooperatively and simply. We are influenced by the climate in which we live and Gitxsan culture which is still very much alive in this territory. We practice open and honest communication and ways of speaking our deepest truths to each other, including heart-to-heart circles and full moon sharing circles. We enjoy ritual and ceremony to honour the sacred masculine and feminine. We honour the incredible land that we live on, both spiritually and through our lifestyle. It is important to us to protect the water, animals, air, earth that sustain us. This is an astonishingly beautiful part of the world, with snow-capped mountains and powerful rivers, and we are active in supporting local efforts to put a stop to industry violating this land.
    We would love for volunteers to share any practices and ceremonies that you have around these topics!

  • Help


    Join us in June 2020 in un-learning and relearning our relationships to ourselves, our communities and the planet while learning practical and theoretical skills to build a small cabin from start to finish.

    What will our days at post-civ camp look like?

    Workshops will be concentrated most heavily at the start of the camp, to establish the post-civilization space we want to strive towards during our time together, and then will continue to be intermingled throughout the whole month. We'll move from a more heavy focus on theory and containers (ie workshops) to application of the world we want to live in, using as our playground the task of building a cabin together. As we move further into our playground of building a cabin and applying post-civ methods of being and interacting, we will have debrief discussions to reflect on how this went, we will have 6-7 hour days building the cabin (max 5 days per week). The depths we can go to in creating and living our post-civilization culture, is up to each of us in our willingness to expand our capacity to love, trust, be vulnerable, be be ourselves!

    This year we are also seeking help to finish up our hybrid two story Earthship project. This will be our community's home base! We are working on finishing the interior and exterior of the building. We also have 2 two-year-old toddlers to love and care for, if you are interested in child care shifts. We also take turns cooking daily shared meals. We expect volunteers to cook/assist in cooking about 2 meals per week and help keep the communal kitchen clean, any more is always helpful and appreciated!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Spanish, French

  • Accommodation


    Tenting, a bus dorm and sometimes campers are available for volunteers. You are welcome to bring your own sleeping accommodation. As mentioned, we live off-grid, so you will be using composting toilets. We do not have running water on the build-site yet, so we use our sauna and ponds for bathing.

    We offer food, trying to focus on what is grown or foraged but we are also still shopping for supplies, an outdoor kitchen, and the opportunity to learn skills and experience a more earth-based living environment.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are beautiful walking trails on and around the property; through forests, to rivers and waterfalls and canyon lookouts. The towns of Old and New Hazelton are not far from the property, accessible by walking or biking. On weekends there is a local farmers market in New town. There are music festivals in the area each summer, that most of the locals and visitors come out to! We like to arrange knowledge/activity shares for whoever is interested, last summer topics included meditation, acroyoga, massage, compost toilets and more. We have a library of books on homesteading, eco-building, permaculture, community living, mother earth, etc. that volunteers are welcome to dig into while staying here. There is plenty of space for people to have solitude or hang out together!

    It is a little complicated to travel up here, but, hey! that makes it all the more exciting once you're here. There is a Via Rail train station, unfortunately the Greyhound bus no longer operates in BC. For the adventurous, there are charter buses that run from Vancouver to Prince George and public transit buses that run from Prince George to Hazelton, but these buses do not operate everyday, so this journey would take a few days. You can fly into Smithers or Terrace airports and take a bus to Hazelton from there as well. If you let us know your travel dates we will keep our ears open for rides coming from wherever you're travelling from. Let us know which option interests you and we can send more details!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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