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Learn, build, and grow in our off-grid community in Oregon, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023

Availability

  2023 

 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 (usually) 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, giggling children 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 20 adults and 11 kids -- ranging from 2 to 13. We have a 6 year-old boy and 4 year-old girl. We also have ducks, and a sweet huge livestock guardian dog.

    There are currently 12 different structures that are inhabited by our community (ranging from a couple cabins, hobbit cottages, strawbale studio, cob cabin, 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.

    A few of these buildings are used for darkness retreats. Folks travel from all over the States to come do dark retreat here.

    Come join us in the woods! We are keenly interested in those who are skilled in gardening and building. There is space for people with many different backgrounds and skills.

    There are many families on the land with a wide variety of interests. We love to share our passions with others when we have the time. While you are here you will likely have the opportunity to learn some primitive skills including things like wild crafting, deer processing, and fire making. You could get into meditation, growing organic food, playing late night games, having dance parties. You might build something with hand tools, build something with power tools, use a chainsaw, chop wood, make fire, carry water, climb a tree, draw a picture, sing a song, drop in a hole in the ground and scream, jump in the creek, bathe in the sun, sweat in the sauna, collect flowers, shovel compost, grow some real muscle, cook a meal, read a book, or take a nap. You most certainly will be playing with kids, hiking through the nearby wilderness, playing volleyball with the crew, and enjoying community gatherings…

    We work hard, cherish the land we live on, and love the people we have surrounded ourselves with. Come join us!

  • 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, wild-harvesting, gardening and meditation... nature is abundant with resources here - the sky is not the limits!

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for people who can commit to staying for at least 2-4 weeks during the months April-October.

    You will be asked to work 5 hrs/day 5 days a week.

    Depending on your skills and interest you may be involved in some or all of these tasks:

    Gardening & land tending:
    - Weeding, prepping beds, uppotting, pruning, harvesting, watering…
    - Working in the fruit orchard
    - Removing invasives
    - Brush burning
    - Mulching pathways
    - Harvesting firewood/chopping wood

    Building projects:
    - Building a bridge and/or gate with materials from the land with hand tools
    - Building a bridge railing with milled lumber (from the land) with power tools : )
    - Building underground rooms/caves
    - Building a rustic kid playhouse

    We would LOVE to host workawayers who know their way around the garden and who would love to lead the gardens this year. Every year the garden takes a different shape depending on who in the community is inspired to get their hands dirty. We typically grow veggies- lots of lettuce, tomatoes, kale, peppers, melons, and squash…. We have perennial flower beds, a young fruit tree orchard, and a 100 ft. greenhouse. We are open to hear what garden projects/systems you are interested in implementing - there is always room for improvement. If you don’t have any gardening experience, no worries! We can always use more helping hands and would love to share what we know.

    We LOVE hosting workawayers with building know-how. If you have experience we are open to you leading some self guided projects. Workawayers in years past have helped to build a beautiful treehouse, a roundwood shed, our lovely sauna, and a community strawbale music room. Some builders on the land strictly use hand tools and others use power tools - there is room here for all types! We have small projects going as well as a larger building project going on on a nearby piece of land. We are building underground cabins this year! It is quite exciting and most certainly in the most beautiful setting here in the woods.

    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. There is so much to do! We will surely love your company and your help. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have an inside communal kitchen/common space and plenty of beautiful and private campsites with tents scattered throughout the land. Come here ready for tent camping!

    Facilites:
    - Indoor & outdoor common space (and kitchen) with electricity and spring/well water on tap.
    - Indoor & outdoor showers and composting toilets (we do not have any flushing toilets for workawayers)
    - 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! (late spring/summer/fall)

    We provide bulk grains, beans, seeds, flour, eggs, veggies and basic cooking supplies.

  • 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

Host ref number: 898922596852

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