Come and experience the peace of the valley - Pennsylvania, USA


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    We are a space for reconnecting with nature and with yourself. Located in the scenic valley of central Pennsylvania, we are cultivating a space for people to connect with their inner self through meditation, healthy cooking, herbal nature walks. Our goal is to help people transform their consciousness through educational workshops and classes that are offered by self-guided donation. A few of the projects we are working on include expanding our vegetable garden, as well as creating pollinator gardens and an educational herb area. We are basically an hour from two major cities in rural Pennsylvania resulting in very little traffic and noise. In other words a great place to calm down withdraw from the mayhem of city life and find that lost sense of peace within. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, having a quiet place to reflect, and meeting people from all walks of life, this is the place for you.

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    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a space dedicated to helping people connect to nature and re-connect to themselves. It is a small 5 acre area where medicinal herbs are grown and wild-crafted, a vegetable garden is grown that provides for the house and whose products are used to produce value added products for the farmer's market, as well as herbs grown on a large scale to produce herbal botanicals, and medicinals for health and wellness in the wise woman tradition. As a trained therapeutic herbalist you would have the opportunity to learn about plants and their abilities, as well as how to prepare basic herbal medicines for your own use. As a master tofu maker you can learn how to make delicious vegan bean curd in the traditional Japanese style. As a bhakti-yoga practitioner who has been teaching mantra meditation for over thirty years you would get the opportunity to dive deeper into your own spirituality and learn different techniques for stress relief. I have an extensive library on Vedic literature (think Bhagavad-Gita), and we run workshops and classes off and on throughout the year, as well as work with another local organic farm and retreat centre to offer programmes to the youth that attend the summer retreats there. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people from all around the country and world who are part of it's larger spiritual community.

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    Help will be needed in the construction and development of an educational herb garden and pollinator gardens. We also need help putting in a 75 feet long high tunnel, electric fencing around the vegetable garden and clearing space for larger herbal planting, including weed whacking and pulling out deep roots. Help is also needed propagating seeds and young plants, transplanting, putting in drip irrigation and laying stone/ brick paths a patio and other areas of decorative stone work to create areas of peaceful reflection and meditation. Carpentry/ wood working would be very useful to help create garden benches and tables to place in different spots. Help fixing things around the house if they need fixing would also be useful. We are open to supporting your own person project if it addresses an issue or improves the beauty of the property. This is a brief overview of some of the things that will need to be done and when:
    Late March-Early May Starting seedlings, de-winterizing and prepping the ground, building raised beds, starting the early projects.
    Late May-July Getting plants into the ground: Herb garden and vegetable garden, clearing land for bulk herb planting.
    July-October Summer building projects, harvesting, canning and preserving the harvest.
    Late October-November Canning and preserving late harvests. Planting cover crops, getting the Farm ready for winter.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We can provide a guest room with two single twin beds with linen and towels provided. Access to a full bathroom on the same level with washer and dryer available for use.
    Breakfast (a selection of cereals, milks, mixes etc.) and dinner is offered. The kitchen is available to make your own lunch we will provide fresh vegetables, grains and other other produce that you can use.
    No meat, fish or eggs are allowed in the house. Smoking is okay away from the house and gardens.
    The nearest stores are 15 minutes away by car, but regular trips are made into town.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our place lies in a valley between two mountain ranges in central Pennsylvania. The county has its own unique culture and some interesting tourist attractions including a beautifully restored covered bridge which is just a few miles from us which is, along with the local creek, a popular swimming hole in the summer. We are an hour from Harrisburg, the capitol of Pennsylvania, an hour from State College the main campus of Pennsylvania State University with a number of small rural towns and villages in between. There is NO public transportation between the small towns and villages here, but there are buses and trains that run in State College and Harrisburg. There are plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks and hikes, check out the local wineries, breweries, and other local businesses including the number of Amish folk that live in the area. We are five minutes from the the only "Ahimsa" USDA grade A dairy, in the country. There is also a prominent spiritual community which host a number of festivals throughout the year which are open to the public. They have a great yoga studio, as well as beautiful paths for creek for walks and 250 acres of forest all of which we will have access to.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week. Start and end times to be decided.

Host ref number: 882166454139