We are aspiring to create an educational and healing retreat center in the hills and forest of Northern California. We are currently in our building phase creating infrastructure to house our growing community, visitors, and create more space for workshops. In 2019 we will be focusing on working in the forest, doing clearing for fire prevention and watershed regeneration while harvesting trees for a timber-frame addition we'll be building starting in July. We are hosting workshops for all of this along with needing hands in between workshops. The build will include timber framing, wattle and daub, cob, and earthen floors. We also have a gypsy wagon build in progress, which won't need hands-on but may be of interest!
Our other ongoing tasks that could use assistance are maintaining our gardens and fruit trees, and tending to the animals (2 goats and 1 dog, and 2 cats) We also always love help in the kitchen! :)
A little bit more about us....
We catch most of our water, and are off grid with a small solar install. We are looking for folks interested in natural building,tending the gardens, bees, tending the wild, plant propagation, coppice, and animal husbandry. WATER is our religion ;) we like to focus on a spirit-filled life of music and tea ceremony when we're not creating and maintaining what we steward. We are not interested in hosting folks that are not interested in self-improvement, healing arts of any kind and healthy life style.
We are upping our minimum stay to two weeks to insure a full experience on both ends.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
You can plan on a real community experience focusing on living in harmony with the land and each other. There tends to be a large flux of different friends of all types with varying experiences and abilities to share, along with what is already held within our community. An open heart, open mind, curiosity, and self-motivation create the perfect opportunity to absorb endless skills, knowledge, and wisdom that come from living close to nature. This allows us to get in touch with our own true nature and abilities, with mindfulness of our environment and our influence.
In 2019 we will be focusing on natural building. We spent a lot of time in 2016-2018 harvesting and acquiring the materials for the projects ahead. There has also been efforts organizing and networking with other experienced builders to have a timely and thorough build. We have a workshop series planned for this season, with a few very experienced natural builders. The other team plans are to do regenerative forest/aquifer works. We have just constructed a new reservoir this last year! The beginning of our workshop series will involve some additional forest works including doing some of this regenerative work and harvesting more building materials.
We could also use inspired and motivated hands in the garden. With most of the home crew focused on headlining building projects, we sadly aren't able to be in the garden as much as it deserves. It's such a beautiful, healing space...would you be excited to get your hands in the soil and commune with these plants?
Ideally we are looking for motivated friends who are eager to get'r done, understanding the importance of maintaining a balance of work and play!
YOU: self motivated to help alongside friends or apply expertise to your own project .you are inspired to be looking at yourself and ways to align with optimal health and redesign consumer habits to reduce consumerism, trash and avoid supporting corporations that are poisoning water.
We have a converted bus with multiple beds, potential for tipis, and plenty of space to set up a tent.
Willits is a sweet little town with a charming community. There are sometimes fun local events such as art exhibits, craft fairs, weekly farmers market, ecstatic dance, live music, etc. We like to stay tuned in to these and support our local community when we can....but we are also very busy on the land so it's all about balance. Where we live is mystifying and we're inspired by the land to deepen our relationship where we are.
Although we will share in the experience of living in this small community, we expect short-term visitors to stay focused during their time here. If you are looking for a place to base camp while getting out and about for most of your stay this is not it.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximu 4-5 hours, 5 days a week