Beginnings of a homestead in the Kootenays, Canada



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  • Description


    We have 16.3 acres, mostly forested, partial wetlands, with a creek on the property. There is a soothing, cool wildness to the land. I'm creating a space where people can connect with other humans, and nature. A space to learn, heal, and love. It will start as a small homestead, and ideally develop into a small community!

    I spent many years volunteering with various communities around the globe! After spending years searching for a place to set some roots, I've rooted here, in the central Kootenays. This area is wild and powerful.

    I have experience with plant medicines, fasting, meditation and yoga. While there are plenty of tasks to be done, I practice bringing awareness to how things are being done. I would be happy to share my knowledge to people whom are interested.

    There are caves/mines around the property-- it was a mining site many decades ago. Town is 10 minutes away, wifi/cafe 3minutes away. There is cell service.

    Slocan lake is minutes away.
    Great hiking all around.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    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

    Travelers will learn about the early stages of homesteading.
    Preparing spaces and developing systems for humans living in harmony with nature.

    Ideally, the tasks themselves will be learning experiences. They will be for me!

    I like to go to farmers markets, and this is a good opportunity to learn about the local culture.
    I'm happy to teach what I know about plant medicines and connecting with nature.

    I am connected with a couple communities in the area and there could be events that volunteers will be able to attend.

  • Help


    -Repairing storage sheds.
    -Painting an old satellite.
    -Creating composting systems.
    -Re-purposing an old cabin.
    -Improving the outdoor bathing area.
    -Improving the yoga platform.
    -Making trails.

    Building skills are an asset, but not needed.

    Volunteers will have to be in generally good physical condition, able to spend 15 hours per week(3 days, or 2 if requested), often engaging in moderately challenging physical duties.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Would love to continue learning spanish. Can teach english.

  • Accommodation


    There are a couple areas available to camp, or park a van/RV. The property has glacier water and power, 1 minute from the camping area. There is a wilderness creek shower(its cold) and an outhouse.

    I can provide cooked meals in the mornings and late afternoons on working days. Food will be available for the other days so that work-awayer's can prepare meals. I can provide vegetarian or vegan meals.

    Food will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers will have access to a small(very small) kitchen and provided with food. Meals will be provided for volunteers, on working days. We eat a simple diet. Curries, veggies/grains with sauces. Big garden fresh salads. Occasional eggs/tofu. We like yummy oats on working days. There will be ample staple foods(vegetables, greens, quinoa, rice, beans, oats, eggs, etc) provided for volunteers.

    There are weekly trips into the nearest city for food, and could be mid-week trips to town. Volunteers are welcome to buy any items they like when we go into town(either with a request list, or coming along).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a bus that comes by that goes to nearby cities on Tuesday and Thursday.
    I make a trip into town each week and can usually bring people along.
    There are lakes, hikes, biking trails, hot springs, and more around to do.

    I like to keep things clean around the property and ask that people leave the space as good or better than when they arrived.

    No alcohol use on the property.
    No smoking, or substances(even natural substances) on the property.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    It's possible, yes. It's not easy. There is cell reception at the property, so data can be used via hotspot. There is no wifi service. Wifi is a couple km's away.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes, there are some clearings where vans can park. Power is nearby, and water fill-up in a minute away.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, I love pets. There is a shelter for pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 3 days a week

Host ref number: 937324982291