Join us on our off grid homestead in northern California, USA



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    At this time we are looking for help with the design and remodeling of a space in a nearby town that we have rented in
    order to open a tea room/natural wine bar called Shindig. This involves carpentry, cleaning, and painting. We also still have our homestead daily chores as well so there is an opportunity to help there as well. Some experience would be helpful since
    we are quite busy at this time of starting a new business so are not in a postition to do a lot of teaching. Even related but
    different experience would be helpful but not required. Just a willingness to work and help out with the community space we are creating.

    It is a homestead and we only produce food, herbal medicines, etc for our own consumption. In 2001 we settled on a 40 acre parcel and began our sustainable off grid homestead (in a mixed conifer forest (redwood, doug fir, tan oak and madrone) a 20 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean (7 miles as the crow flies). We produce much of our own foodwith year round vegetable garden, dairy goats for milk, yogurt and cheese, and chickens and ducks for eggs (we are not a farm business). We also produce our own herbal medicines including tinctures, teas and distillations. We produce our own solar electric, use wood for heat and have water from our own well. Melinda is an Acupuncturist and Karl is teaches Tai Chi and Meditation.

    We are committed to Biodynamic gardening (as taught by Rudolph Steiner), holistic healing (including acupuncture and plant based medicine), meditation, and energy practices, all within the context of a deep appreciation of nature. We have a history of involvement with creative arts. We are devoted to the essence of food, it’s quality, and it’s preparation. Basically we are committed to the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle—body, mind and spirit.

    We wish to offer temporary lodging for those who need it and would like to experience this north Sonoma Coast
    ridge top forest location in exchange for needed work on the homestead. The food we can offer is a selection of
    bulk grains, legumes and staples: eggs from our ducks and chickens, and goat milk and cheese from our goats. The
    garden provides seasonal vegetables which is a wider selection and amount in the summer and less in the winter, but we do garden year round and there is always something available. However, guests should plan to provide certain food
    items they may want in particular. We do like to share dinners together when the timing works out for everyone.

    Our cultivation includes meditation and tea drinking, as often as we can find the time! Also Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Off days are free to spend time in our forest, or visit the ocean, etc.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    The learning possibilities here include all things necessary for an off the grid, sustainable homestead, such as building, growing food, caring for farm animals, and living in a remote peaceful place. Cooking with what is available seasonally from the homestead is another practice of ours. It is a chance to experience a sustainable way of living.

    A car is required due to our location. We are near beautiful Pacific coastline, redwood forests, rivers and wine country.

  • Aide


    Much of the help is routine, such as daily animal care, watering, checking on the electricity and water pumping, etc. Various projects come up unexpectedly too on an off grid homestead. There is a nice mix of routine and non routine for helpers, and a variety of tasks arise in the creative pursuit of homesteading. We pay attention as much as possible to moon cycles and biodynamic calendar in our planting and gardening activities.

    The help needed here is not overly rigorous but it helps to be into physical tasks and enjoy the outdoors. Most of the year is very indoor /outdoor on our homestead. Experience is not necessary for those with a willingness to learn, but we are open to allowing those with experience do something of interest to them.

    We can also work out a schedule to share our knowledge on things of possible interest , such as meditation, making plant medicine, etc.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    Accommodations are a trailer for sleeping and lounging, containing the compost toilet, with an RV that serves as a well equipped kitchen and dining area. Both are situated together under a roof next to a stand of redwoods.The outdoor shower is nearby.

    We will provide food for you to prepare yourselves, including eggs from our chickens and fresh fruit and vegetables from the homestead. We eat as much as possible from our homestead but provide other staples. Food is good and organic and simple and delicious! We are not equipped to provide processed foods such as soy milk or other vegan substitute items however you are able to purchase these items in town if desired.

    The phone and internet service are very good, but can only be accessed through the Verizon network. A Verizon cell phone (or a phone that can work off Verizon) is very desirable since it is the only service that works in this area. We can provide some use of the internet wifi for email, etc. but not for streaming movies.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    It's essential to have a car if you want to see the area, but many like to just enjoy the peace of staying put. We can give occasional rides to the nearby ocean or to town. Sonoma and Mendocino counties have many beautiful nature areas to experience. We are near vineyards, ocean beaches, forests and beautiful Hwy 1. There is a swimming hole in the creek that can be driven to in 15 minutes, or walked in an hour.

    We are in an area of extreme forest fire danger in the summer. PLEASE NO SMOKERS.
    We also require minimal cannabis usage, in particular THC. Please discuss your needs with us before committing
    to a stay. Communication is important with folks who are new to our off grid homestead and we find that
    daily, consistent use of THC can interfere with that process. We prefer meditation, yoga, walks in the forest or by the ocean, or some similar practice for clearing the mind and connecting with nature in a relaxing way.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    We have excellent Verizon cell service, so this with Verizon service have no trouble receiving 4G internet with their cell phone as a hotspot.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a site with a compost toilet and water available, not as a hook up but can be used to fill a water tank.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    24 hours a week 2 days off

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