Help create a non-profit eco village nearby, in Oregon, USA


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    Welcome to the beautiful Pacific NW of the USA! What a glorious natural environment - from 11,000 foot mountains to lush rain forests, to beautiful rugged coastlines on the west and desert landscapes to the east. We have it all; plus the vibrant city of Portland with approximately 1 million inhabitants including surrounding towns.

    We are forming an EcoVillage that is getting ready to launch soon and we are setting up some of the infrastructure to make that happen. This year we'll be building a stone staircase, outdoor bathing area, a lean-to, putting in septic, geothermal heating source and cutting firewood and tapping Maples for water. This is non a for profit venture at this time.

    Help I would welcome:
    1. Cutting firewood, raking, clearing trails, moving bricks, lumber, etc.
    2. Some construction help to build a deck.
    3. If you are good with a chainsaw, all the better!
    4. And a cook to keep the crews fed.
    5. Someone good at organizing and packing up.

    This workaway opportunity is a mix between rustic, outdoor camping environment, about 45 minutes East of Portland, Oregon and an urban setting. I can provide a tent or hammock and sleeping bag – if you need those and a room or caravan when in town. There is a beautiful 5 x 7 marble table for an outdoor cooking area to make scrumptious meals when in the woods!. I'd like to have a group of around 5 – 10 fellow workawayers to enjoy the camaraderie of being with other travelers. It's a lot more fun when work and play is done as a group – especially when relaxing around the campfire at night, telling tall tales, singing, and solving the world's problems while we all share our diverse cultures.
    Although there is no power, no piped-in water, and just composting toilets, this is paradise in the shade of the trees. We do have rain barrels with water for washing up, a pond to jump in and cool off in, as well as a creek, and potable water is brought in. And we come back into town to restock, shower and regroup. Be satisfied knowing that your contributions will help get this "ecovillage" (which consists of you and me) off the ground and running in the right direction.

    There is great cell phone reception. A solar cell charger is a small but handy item to bring, though we also use the car battery to recharge the phone and have a solar-powered car battery for cell phones or running a tiny fan on hot days. We will take outings into town to restock and visit the library to use the internet, charge our phones and tools and even get a hot shower at the Baptist church. There are also some hot springs about 45 minutes away that we can retreat to for a relaxing break and a hike through some very lush old growth trees.

    Looking forward to sharing my piece of paradise in the foothills of Mt. Hood, with all of you!
    Safe Travels and Blessings from

    Our main Liberation is: THIS IS A DRUG, ALCOHOL, Cigarette, and MARIJUANA FREE ZONE!!! And still a TON OF FUN~! Occasionally we'll go into town and have a beer or wine at a restaurant, but none on the property!!! KINDLY respect this policy.

    Please write which tasks you are most attracted to putting your energy into. Looking forward to making new acquaintances - see you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    My household is very multicultural. I speak German and French. I've traveled to 22 countries and love interacting with people from all around the world.

    Interacting with several volunteers makes for a wonderful, interactive, cooperative and FUN time!

  • Help


    If you can help with these projects please contact me:

    1. Build a deck, put up a gate, build an outdoor shower.
    2., A mason for walkways and an intricate fireplace and fountain, and sitting area as well as designing a hot tub for 25 people with a fireplace in the middle of it!
    3. A Cook to make nutritious meals for all of us!
    4. A dog lover to care for my dog and work with training her. (Sadhana is just over two years old).

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Bring your own sleeping bag and tent or let me know if you need to borrow one or want to try hammock camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We will occasionally do some outings to local attractions around Portland like a day at the Oregon Country Fair, or Bagby hot springs. The beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the Pittock mansion, the zoo, the coast, or Mt. St. Helens are all popular destinations you can plan in your itinerary that are close by. You'll be expected to chip in for gas and other expenses for any outings we do together.

  • 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

    I have 120 acres so there is room for a vehicle in the woods. The road in is rough and one mile long, but doable - especially in the summertime.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have a 65 pound dog that goes wherever I go and recently adopted two kittens. Pets are OK with me and Lets hope they all get along.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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