Natural Building and Sustainability near Leasburg, Missouri


United States

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    Our family lives on over 60 acres of mostly forested hill country in the Ozark Highland area of Missouri. Here, we have a lake and plenty of space for hiking and a lot of wildlife here and in the area. The lovely local rivers (Meramec, Courtois and Huzzah) are close-by, and America's two largest rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, are about an hour from here.

    Rex and Lorian have a business - Rex does landscape gardening and solar power installation, and we teach about solar and natural building. Lorian home-schooled their children (now 15 and the 21 y.o. is at University) and works with the business, as well as working part-time at the local state park. We have a pretty relaxed family with dogs, cats, poultry and a horse. We volunteer with two non-profit organizations, one is through our local State Park, which has a beautiful National Landmark, amazing Onondaga Cave. Our land is rugged and beautiful, but not manicured. We like things to be pretty natural, with fairly minimal impact and footprint, although some sprucing-up is always needed!

    We offer educational opportunities to others who share our desire to live a more sustainable life. Opportunities include a fusion of natural and alternative building, organic gardening, solar power, and native land renovation. We are looking for interested workawayers to work with us in these areas.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We are looking for enthusiastic folks who don't mind some physical work and who enjoy the outdoors. We would like help with current and new eco projects, bringing this land closer to our vision of what it can be. Volunteer duration can be a few days to much longer, depending upon the fit. Help with cooking and dishes is a real plus.

    Current projects include working with straw bales, earth/lime plaster finishes, cob and recycled materials - as building and art materials. We are also working our organic garden (improving raised beds and moving toward a greenhouse and aquaponics system) and slowly renovating the land to its native condition. In land renovation, we are removing cedar trees from glades and doing controlled burns. Upcoming projects include making a rocket stove wood heater and doing small construction projects, as well as our ongoing cob/earth projects. Of course, we only have so much time and energy to do these things while also working. This is why we would enjoy having help working on these things we love and would like to see manifest. Cooking is also very welcome. We look forward to the cultural exchange aspect of workaway, as we enjoy meeting others and learning about their lives and cultures!

    Artistic opportunities abound with most of our eco projects. The work tends to be fairly enjoyable, and we will often work alongside, although independent work is very appreciated. We like to enjoy life, so we pace ourselves in our projects, allowing time for tea and music. :-)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Tent camping is available, and we have three buildings that need finish work but can be made habitable. Outdoor kitchen also available to campers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are vegetarian and do not cook/supply any meat; however, the lake is stocked with fish, which you may catch and prepare for yourself. :-) (There are grocers and organic meat providers fairly nearby, as well). We have kayaks and a canoe, which you can enjoy here on the lake. We also like to float the local rivers. St. Louis is about an hour+ away, with art museums and such, and there are local caves to visit as well as opportunities for music and culture.

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    • 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

    We would like about 20-25 hours a week. We tend to work in two to three day increments with time off after that. We are very flexible, though.

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