Learn natural building & earth-based skills in our off-grid community in Oregon, USA

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello friends!

    We are a community of sweet, simple, nature-loving folks living off-grid on 400 acres nestled in the woods, surrounded by tens of thousands of wild and protected wilderness.

    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 are 12 adults and 9 kids -- 1.5, 3, 4, and 5 year-old boys and 2, 4, 8. 9. and 11 year-old girls. (We have the 5 year-old boy and 2 year-old girl). We also have ducks, chickens and a sweet livestock guardian dog.

    There are currently 8 different structures that are inhabited by our community (ranging from a couple cabins, yurts, treehouse, tiny homes and a studio). We also have a couple of tipis and bell tents and many amazing and private camping sites spread throughout the land along with a few composting toilets, couple outdoor showers, an indoor community kitchen/hang-out zone and a hot tub and sauna that we use Oct-May. We also have a cob building that we built a couple years ago situated up in the hills that is used for darkroom retreats.

    We are in an ongoing process of developing and cultivating this land into a sanctuary that deeply nourishes all who are here and all to 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 all tend to get together a few nights a week for community-wide meals.

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • 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 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 will be back to playing, creating, learning and teaching. Here is what we have going on:

    - Building an Earth-bermed meditation/retreat sanctuary in the hills.
    - Growing lots of veggies in the extensive gardens and greenhouse
    - 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

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have an inside communal kitchen/common space, 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 showers and composting toilets
    - Cedar-wood-burning hot tub and sauna (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

    • Can host families

  • 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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