Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, USA;


United States


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    Welcome ! I am a midwife, social justice activist & a humanist with an active interesting lifestyle. I’ve done work on the US / Mexico border with immigrants and disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Lived off mainland USA extensively.

    My land is shared with another small home. This summer our normally active co housing community is reduced due to Covid-19 restricting international and short term travelers. So I am open to doubling up on hosting 1-2 workawayers at at a time. Most of our local cultural events are cancelled or dialed back however lots of great lake swimming, hiking & biking.
    LGBTQ & POC welcoming home . I seek those who have been mindful with CV-19 precautions , willing to get tested, those who have a “can do” kinda of attitude with willingness to help and interact.
    I am extending an invitation to persons who can paint, use electric sander, plaster, spackle before painting ,prune trees, organizing basement, help dig out my creek, etc. Also, help with winter wood supply. Someone who has experience safely running chain saw & splitting wood is plus. Also, like help to build a mini free food pantry box for out front and a cold frame from recycled windows I have.

    Offering cohousing and cultural immersion in our bohemian lifestyle. We’re located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts- country but not rural. We are on a well traveled road in The Village of LenoxDale. Road work has been going on and is drawing to a end-widened road and enstalling side walks, bike lane.
    The Berkshires are rich in alternative lifestyles , healing centers , arts, music, hiking , skiing & activism.
    Massachusetts is medical and recreational cannabis state. Located about 2.5 hours to NYC and Boston. 1 hour to Albany NY. 1.15 hour to Hartford Connecticut.

    My home is my temple, I maintain a relaxed respectful vibe . Co-housers maintain a harmonious cooperative relationship with one another with deep respect for each other’s personal space. My home is filled with tasteful artwork, comfortable beds , furnishings, home cooked food and interesting people coming and going. Woodstove but gas heat too, large windows, considering it’s a nearly 100 year old house!
    I am a community builder and networker and can help you connect locally for a rich experience. No hard partying or indoor smoking . Family on land who are substance free with small children.

    Workaway guest will have private room w shared bathroom and access to common rooms in house and outdoor deck. Decent wifi signal here.I will provide ( or we will cook together) at least one solid meal a day and self serve breaky available. Mostly plant based protein , eggs, limited cheese and meat. Rule of thumb is those that don’t cook help with dishes.
    I invite a Workawayer who has developed their ability to cohouse harmoniously , likes to share meals, help with cleanup and occasional shared activities but who also has stability in self and autonomy.

    Possible access to occasional use of car & rides, bike or accompany me on lake swims, hikes & some cultural events.

    Habla espanol pero no perfectamente .

  • 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
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This region is a wealth of Americana history museums, music, etc.
    Unsurpassed natural beauty. Winter sports. Local farm fresh foods .
    I can offer support/ wisdom/ mentoring on Woman’s health, herbology, natural food cooking, spiritual based living, entrepreneurial lifestyle , local social justice groups.

  • Help


    You: Love of land and adventure , skilled with home repairs or detailed enough to learn to do painting, sanding etc, tree & shrub pruning, fall clean up, organizational skills. Interpersonal skills , desire local flavor and cultural immersion.
    Me : owner in residence of Heart of the Shire.
    Us: multicultural residents some on work visas busy working in community , others long term residents of Berkshires.
    •UPDATED: June 2020 :CV-19 has influenced my household and no longer bustling residentail co housing home -my quaranteam are all dispersing this Aug. & No bnb guests .

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private room in home w shared bath, if your availability overlaps with current bnb guest in Guest room there will be some juggling of beds. Including use of front finished porch as sleeping quarters or The Cloud room up ladder .update: no guests during pandemic currently hosting workawayers only .

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Massachusetts is a medical and recreational approved cannabis state.
    In summer, the Berkshire are a cultural haven for arts, dance and many free activities.
    In winter cold harsh but many ski resorts.
    Currently in Pandemic mode here in Berkshires however we have “flattened the curve” with observance of public health precautions.

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    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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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