Learn Natural Building & Earth-based Skills in our Offgrid Community in Oregon, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello friends!

    We are a community of sweet, simple, nature-loving folks living off-grid on 40 acres nestled in the woods, surrounded by tens of thousands of wild and protected acres.

    We have a year round creek that cuts through the land along with a year-round spring that feeds directly into our underground water storage. The sound of the flowing water, the trees dancing in the wind, and the creatures of the forest are the only sounds that you can hear. You can climb up the hills to get spectacular views or take shelter in the valley by the water's edge. We have thick woods and open meadows with trails going in so many different directions. The land is so very beautiful and diverse. We are totally secluded and private yet still only 25 minutes to a "big" happening town - Ashland.

    We have two milking mama goats that are due in the Spring, ducks, and two sweet livestock guardian dogs. There are also many kids on the land - our newborn and 3 year old boy and a 2, 3, 6 and 10 year old girl.

    We currently have 5 different structures that are inhabited by our community. We also have a couple of tipis and many amazing and private camping sites spread throughout the land along with a couple composting toilets, outdoor shower and an indoor community kitchen/hang-out zone.

    We are in an ongoing process of developing and cultivating this land into a sanctuary that will deeply nourish all who come. We love growing organic food, natural building, playing with our kids, community and animals, music, dance, authentic movement, song sharing, celebration, meditation, exploring the surrounding nature and deep connection.

    We would love for a few more folks to join our community through the Spring and Summer and partake in the many wonderful things we have ongoing (see below for the list).

    Ideally, we ask that folks stay with us for a minimum of 2 weeks.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We all have so much to teach and share with each other. We highly value diversity and culture and look forward to creating and sharing in a melting pot of different ideas and ways of living and being. From sharing songs, stories, dance, and music, to natural building, natural dyeing techniques, animal husbandry, wild-harvesting, cheese-making, basketry, gardening and meditation... nature is abundant with resources here - the sky is not the limits!

  • Help

    Help

    After resting and nesting through the Winter, we are back to playing, creating, learning and teaching. Here is what we have going on:

    - Building a 200 sq ft strawbale studio with a local natural building master
    - Landscaping and beautification around the 400 sq ft cob retreat cabin we built last Summer
    - Growing lots of veggies in the extensive gardens
    - Working in the fruit orchard
    - Harvesting firewood/chopping wood
    - Harvesting trees for roundwood/timber framing building projects
    - Sustainable forest management
    - Beautification around the communal zone - shower/hot tub/tipi site
    - Animal care - specifically milking the goats

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have an inside communal kitchen/common space, communal tipi and plenty of beautiful and private campsites with tents scattered throughout the land.

    Facilites:
    - Indoor & outdoor common space (and kitchen) with electricity and spring/well water on tap.
    - Outdoor shower and composting toilet
    - Cedar-wood-burning hot tub (around mid-June there is a fire-ban, so we can enjoy it up until this point)
    - Swimming/dunking hole in the cold creek
    - Clean and delicious spring water for drinking
    - Fresh, as good as it gets, organic veggies from the abundant gardens!

    We provide bulk grains, beans, nuts, seeds, flour, eggs, veggies and basic cooking supplies. We all take turns cooking/preparing vegetarian meals in a rotation for the group.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ashland, which is 25 minutes away is an amazing conscious and creative southern Oregon hub. It is home to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival which people from all over the states travel to see and attracts both a lot of tourists and travels alike.

    Ashland is also a hub for dance and arts. There are several ecstatic dance and contact improv jams that happen throughout the week, as well as West African dance classes, to name a few.

    Jackson Wellsprings is a hot springs and spa located in Ashland that also hosts music and dance events.

    We head into town a few times a week and are happy to take people back and forth with us.

  • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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