Join our community and help around our art center in Vancouver Island, Canada

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our Art Center is an intentionally unintentional community situated on a rural 29 Acre property in the Cowichan valley on Vancouver Island. Which is close to rivers for swimming, the ocean and ferry to Salt Spring Island. The Art Center has an interesting history. Its 29 acre location was subdivided off 150 acres that was known as Lakeveiw Farm. L. F. Solly settled and cleared the farm in 1907 when he relocated from Victoria.

    Our community is made up of musicians, artists, authors and people involved in things from nursing to agriculture.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Experiencing the beauty of the Cowichan Valley whether it be swimming or tubing down the river, exploring many of the historical sites, or to hiking some of the beautiful hiking areas in the valley. The valley has a strong and vibrant First Nations community, maybe consider attending a Pow Wow ?

  • Help


    Our main projects are all based on the community aspect, not relating to business or industry. Workawayers will only be assisting in the community aspect our place.

    1 - Building 2 Greenhouses and the expansion and improvements of the garden areas, used for residents for food production.
    2 - Rebuilding of the stage and kitchen area for residents to use and key to social events. The kitchen is setup to be used by residents for food processing, for the making of Jams and other preserves.
    3 - Reclamation of the gardens surrounding the old Solly Mansion overlooking Solly Lake

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There are three separate sleeping pods with a common kitchen and bath area, picnic gazebo and out door fire with mountain and lake views. See photos.

    Food is provided to the workawayers pending on their food preferences and choices, which they then prepare and cook in the communal kitchen and barbecue area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many heritage sites in the Cowichan valley, and we are located 50 kms north of Victoria city and it's rich history.
    We are located several hours by vehicle to Tofino BC
    We are a short distance to the ferry to Saltspring Island.
    There are bus services for Tofino and Victoria and we can provide bicycles for adventures of a closer nature.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes we have plenty of space on our 29 acres for such a thing.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 928717513285

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