Learn about permaculture, green building and community engagement in Douglas, USA



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  • Description


    (Note: We are not a business entity and do not operate for profit.)

    Hi, my name is Christian, I'm the owner and steward of this place, a 120-acre property which is on it's way to becoming a sustainable community.

    We’re interested in permaculture, green building, cultural connections, community engagement, solarpunk futures, and beautiful life experiences.

    Part of the ethos is that life shouldn’t be a mostly top-down experience of power hierarchies and enforced norms. We want this place to be influenced by all who pass through her as much as it influences those who pass through.

    I’ve been an artist and world-traveler for most of my life, having worked on organic farms in Ecuador, work-shopped alternative architecture approaches at Arcosanti, worked abroad in Panama and Puerto Rico, and back-packed through Croatia, India, Japan, Korea, and Costa Rica.

    I grew up in Virginia and my life as an artist has led me to reside in Austin, NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles over the years. But I’ve always been happier while out in nature, away from the bustle and bustle. I came out to Cochise County to live on my friend’s land at a cheap price so that I could focus on some of my creative projects.
 However, upon arriving here I quickly realized that this property was it’s own creative project, and I dedicated my time and energy to fixing the place up as best I could.

    After 9 months of dedicated work, the owner decided to hand the place over to me because she believed that I could help steward this place toward a more beautiful vision.

    I’ve been a student of sustainability, regenerative agriculture, systems thinking, complexity theory, solar punk, arcology and archeology, wisdom traditions, alternative government systems, sense-making, and healthy human communication. Besides making music and sculpture, I’ve also been a telecommunications engineer, meditation teacher, and indoor/outdoor plant specialist.

    I’m very fortunate to have found mentors, collaborators and friends from many organizations and specializations. I strongly feel that collaboration is the way forward for the evolution of culture -- working to bring people, ideas, and energy together in an organic way.

    Currently we have 3 residential buildings that can host 2-3 people each. We also have stand-alone living quarters for those who need more privacy.
 There are two full kitchens on the property and three bathrooms. Personal space and access to utilities is in abundance here.

    We have amazing well water which has been positively tested for purity and is said to be artisanal. We have 10mbps satellite internet, shady spots with hammocks, a 1/4-mile paved loop for scenic walks and jogs, a cat named Quint and dog named Triple.
    (Update: There is now a second dog named Baji).

    Our neighbor grazes his 12 friendly cows on the rest of our acreage and you may run into them while walking the paved loop. Other critters you might spot include jack rabbits, cottontails, deer, javelina, quail, and a variety of birds.

    The greenhouse produces oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, hibiscus flowers, herbs, and Surinam cherries. Around the property we have tons of lemonade berries, some mulberries, pecans, prickly pears, and aromatic creosote. We're also kickstarting a culinary mushroom cultivation project and planting native heirloom crops, such as tepary beans.

    The main focus of our efforts is to maintain a beautiful property, grow food for community members and workawayers, and provide educational resources for visitors and the local community.

    We'd love to host you, offer a meaningful and memorable experience, and allow you to be a part of this great experiment in shaping the future.

    Thanks and good luck on your journeys,


  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • 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

    Here’s a list of experiences, skills, and feelings that we hope you’ll be able to take away with you:

    - Gardening/farming basics
    - Advanced horticulture modalities such as Biodynamic Agriculture and Korean Natural Farming
    - Carpentry
    - Natural Landscaping
    - Sonoran Ethnobotany and Zoology
    - Wildcrafting
    - Communication skills such as Circling, Collective Presencing, and Nonviolent Communication
    - Advanced sense-making skills such as Socratic Questioning and Cynefin
    - Qi Gong and Bio-energetic basics
    - Advanced somatic frameworks such as Somatic Experiencing and vagus nerve literacy
    - A deep feeling of groundedness and connection to the natural environment
    - A stronger alignment with one’s own purpose in life
    - A really good recipe for salsa that I’ve perfect over the years

    This property had previously hosted 15-30 volunteer organic farmers at time and had a 5-star rated profile. We would feel more comfortable with 4-6 volunteers at a time and hope that everyone who stays has a beautiful experience and makes some meaningful connections with the land, the hosts, and the other workawayers.

  • Aide


    Current help options at here include:

    - Landscaping and Beautification
    - Carpentry and Painting
    - Gardening and Farming
    - Cooking and Cleaning
    - Local and Online Outreach
    - Small-scale Build Projects
    - Consultation and Planning
    - Greenhouse Care
    - Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

    We offer the standard 20-hour week opportunity.
    The schedule is mostly flexible in service of accommodating
    each guest's personal needs or limitations.
    If you'd like to get all of your hours done in a few days so that you spend the rest of the week
    exploring the Chiricahuas or road-tripping to the hot springs, that's fine by us.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I love to learn and love to teach.

  • Hébergement


    The landing zone for each new Workawayer is the greenhouse-adjacent bedroom/bath with a beautiful panoramic view of the valley (a favorite of guests). After that, you can choose one of the private bedrooms on the property for the duration of your stay.

    The guest kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, stove, and pantry.

    There's an outdoor tub for cold soaks on hot days and hammocks for relaxing during breaks or after the workday.

    There are multiple fire pits for evening hangouts and a communal patio space.

    We offer three meals per day which include staples and anything growing here at the property.

    If guests need to purchase additional groceries and supplies but don't have transportation, we can pick them up during our regular supply runs (bi-weekly).

    When a guest has finished their stay we can provide transportation to Douglas, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, or Tuscon.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    A recent negative Covid test is mandatory.

    If traveling abroad, pick-up from Tuscon is available.

  • 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

    Digital nomads are welcome. We have 10mbps download speed, 3mbps upload speed, and a mesh wifi network on the property.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have space for campers and RVs with water, electrical, and sewage hookups.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    If you have dogs, we have a large walled-in area where they can roam freely. They must be socialized as we already have a dog here (and we're looking to get a second one).

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 388264685887