Help in a mature rainforest in the Pacific Northwest an hour from Portland, OR, USA



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    Our ideal is to be a non-profit forest conservation space that has frequent visitors who come to remember that there is a quieter existence outside the bustle of "normal" life. We've got nearly 200 hundred acres of mature forest and wildlife habitat here in the Pacific Northwest. We have four rustic sleeper cabins, a main cabin, and a community lodge with bathrooms and a kitchen. A creek and river meet at one part of the property and we have a yoga deck overlooking the river along with a swimming beach. We're currently developing a conservation easement on 150 acres of the land, which will conserve the forest in its natural state in perpetuity. Our 50 acres outside the conservation easement are being developed into a holistic retreat space where we host paid gatherings and events, including the occasional wedding. The property is owned by a large family, with Ian the caretaker living here full-time, and Ian’s dad Bill visiting every so often to help with building projects.
    We are also lucky to have Lisa the professional chef and yogi living here until mid-December. We have a fair amount of visitors, friends, and helpers passing through our communal space, so please be aware of that. It is a bit remote but not too far out there. The closest town, Molalla, is a 15 minute drive, and we are conveniently 50 minutes from Portland. We work hard here, but make time for fun and relaxation too, which may include documentary screening, sound healing, bonfires, chilling in the hot tub, and of course exploring the forest :)

  • 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
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    The setting within our forest is a nature lover's paradise. The flora and old growth ecosystem offer a unique up-close look at the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone from another country/state should get to experience this completely unique and beautiful area at least once in their lives.
    Our zone is ecologically diverse and centrally located within the state of Oregon and the Cascades specifically. We can do language exchange as well. Dive into the forest and soak up every plant and fiber, learn from the organic architecture and the organized chaos of the natural world. Learn English and American cooking! Learn the basic skills of wood chopping and fire starting. After two or three days, the sound of the creek in the background becomes normal and the peacefulness of the setting really starts to unwind the stresses of modern living.

  • L’hôte offre un salaire correspondant au salaire minimum

    L’hôte offre un salaire correspondant au salaire minimum

    Cet hôte offre l'hébergement et une rémunération.

    L’hôte a indiqué qu'il paierait au moins le salaire horaire minimum de son pays pour chaque heure travaillée et que l’hébergement serait fourni. Il demande de l'aide dans le cadre de son entreprise ou activité professionnelle. Contactez l'hôte directement via la messagerie du site pour en savoir plus et avoir des détails sur le salaire proposé. Tous les arrangements devraient être conclus à l'avance avec votre hôte.

  • Aide


    We currently need carpenters and maintenance workers!!! We have many projects underway including but not limited to: finishing an outdoor cedar sauna, finishing a composting toilet, building a chicken coop, building a wood shed, dreams of building a couple tree houses with a connecting bridge over the creek, building shelves, benches, and tables, etc! Lots of things around here could use improvement and general handyperson would be greatly valued. You'd have lots of independence so we are seeking workers who are proficient in these skills.

    We also need people to help with invasive species removal! The work is not glamorous but it is a good way to spend time in solitude in the forest, for at least a few hours a day.

    We're also trail building, gardening, and there is always firewood to be chopped and stacked.

    We're open to folks who have social media/marketing expertise to help boost our retreat space, weddings, special events, etc.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
    Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.

  • Hébergement


    Your lodgings will consist of a simple wooden sleeper cabin close to a creek under the canopy of and old growth forest primarily made up of Douglas Fir, Western Cedar and Western Bigleaf Maple. Thick moss blankets many of the lower trees and you will hear owls in the evening. You will have a queen mattress and simple storage space. 2 of the sleeper cabins have electricity, two are without. The kitchen and bathroom, living room, woodshop and fire pit are in and around the lodge (a hundred feet away), which is an amazing pressure ring timbered structure built with wood cut and milled on the property. We have two bathrooms with huge showers and a full kitchen with two refrigerators, oven, toaster and dish washer. Our wood shop and tool space is attached to the lodge where we have a nice selection of Douglas Fir and cedar for projects.

    Depending on the time of year, there could possibly be other workers/tenants/or family sharing the lodge space. It's also possible that you would have the place practically to yourself other than our caretaker across the street who will direct the work week and assist in grocery shopping when necessary. Probably best suited to couples, traveling friends, or independent adventurers who don't mind the possibility of a little solitude now and then.
    You will be responsible for your own food and have access to a full kitchen to cook and clean etc. We can provide the staples (rice, beans, pasta and sauce, potatoes, fruits and veg, some special requests). We eat simply and healthy out here. We are not vegetarians but we try to balance affordability with organic/sustainable when possible.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Miles of hikes just upriver. Mt Hood and all it has to offer under 2 hrs. Silver Falls is just over an hour (ten waterfall hike!!) Portland OR is 50 min away. Bagby, a DIY Hot Spring is 1:45 away. The coast is a few hours drive. The amazing arid Eastern Oregon is just over the cascades and offers a completely different climate and cultural experience.
    We have salmon fishing in the river along with some trout and pike minnow (license required).
    There is the potential to do group trips for hiking etc. especially if you do not have a car. We are 15 min from the nearest town and grocery store. Right now the vibe here is pretty mellow and it is good for people who are comfortable with groups but also doing their own thing.

  • 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 a fiber optic mesh wifi network that covers most of the structures on the land.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have four RV hookup sites.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Cet hôte a dit qu’il acceptait les personnes voyageant avec un animal.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

N° de référence hôte : 768138477887