Enjoy day-to-day life with us and help with creative projects on the Saint Lawrence River, Clayton, USA



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    Enjoy day to day life on the Saint Lawrence River, on the Canadian border, with my small family and me as we develop an artists retreat and a system for producing vegetables to sustain us at our home. We are open minded, diversity-friendly, peace loving artists and teachers making the best use of a small parcel of earth that surrounds our mobile homes. Preference will be for those who have gardening experience or interest in learning. Eventually, we also wish to install solar panels on our homes, and we would invite Workawayers with related experience to get in touch. Workawayers with rough carpentry, DIY and/or finish carpentry experience will also be given priority as we wish to complete the renovation of the Spartan Imperial Mansion. We also paint murals, design and build stained glass windows, and we've started making jewelry. If any of these activities interest you, please inquire!!

    The Workawayer's living quarters are within the three building home of artists who appreciate a nature loving lifestyle in a private, river front corner of a seasonal park. Helpers, two or three at a time, should have an appreciation for art, wildlife, music and diversity. We are diverse-friendly! Starting and maintaining small vegetable gardens and assisting with household chores on an equal level with us is expected. Cooking skills are appreciated but not required, however kitchen and house maintenance is distributed and should occur naturally. Painting, glasswork, music appreciation, dance, healthy cooking, river exploration, yoga, laughter and affection are commonplace as is a desire to learn and grow from one another. We dabble in video editing, and we'd love to have a guest who can help bring us up to speed using design apps on the computer. Presently, I'm drawing designs for murals and stained glass windows by hand. I also need help learning to post more interesting content and organizing my Instagram. A sweet, older dog is an integral part of the family.

    The guest house is a 1956 Spartan Imperial Mansion; a 2BR - 1B mobile home with a gorgeous view of the islands. We continue to transform the interior of the home into a bright and comfortable artists' studio and the gardens will eventually provide for a healing retreat.

    In exchange for 4 hours of help 5 days per week (although this is flexible because we take advantage of beautiful weather for the beach!), workawayers will be provided with a light breakfast, lunch and dinner. We expect that Workawayers will likely venture into the village on non-helping days and find their own provisions for lunch and dinner, but we love venturing into the village as a group! We will likely be cooking together most days as we expect to be enjoying one another's company. We do fairly well adhering to a healthy, vegetarian diet. Workawayers will stay in the guest unit. We invite Workawayers who are not continually distracted by their cellphones.

    Workawayers may also have access to WiFi, kayaks, fishing from the dock (with reasonably priced NY State fishing license), and tours of the Thousand Islands Region. There are abundant tourist attractions, especially island castles, restaurants, entertainment, wineries, breweries, etc. Canada is very close to us and offers many additional places to explore once COVID restrictions are lifted.

    I am a Spanish language learner, so Spanish-fluent applicants are welcome to apply, especially if a mutual tutorial experience can be realized. Cigarette smoking is strongly discouraged as is unreasonable use of alcohol, excessive and unnecessary noise, etc. Our Workawayers have loved it here! If you're seriously interested, we will happily provide you with a virtual tour anytime after April 16th at which time we arrive at the River to open for the season.

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

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Hosts are teachers and are into being creative each day; choreographing dance, arranging flowers, cooking, playing ukulele, repurposing projects, stained glass, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, cooking, wine or beer tasting or exploring the islands. As career teachers, we love helping others learn the English language.

  • Aide


    Our three small homes occupy a fantastic, private corner of a seasonal park. Travelers will assist with gardening but also may help with the renovation of the Spartan Imperial Mansion, a 1956 mobile home. The most labor intensive tasks have been completed. Our small gardens need ongoing attention and a funky, open air space that doubles as a repurposing workshop needs to be kept semi orderly by sweeping up leaves, grass clippings, etc. We may need an extra hand staining a deck. We are converting a room in a small storage barn into a stained glass workshop. Workawayers would benefit most from staying for 3-4 weeks. Extended stays are negotiable after an opportunity to assess how well matched the guest and hosts are. This conversation will occur within one week of arrival. It's SO COOL to work while enjoying amazing views of the river!

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant
    Français: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I often travel to Spanish speaking communities. I wish to strengthen Spanish speaking skills. I have enjoyed a career as a teacher, so I love to teach English!

  • Hébergement


    Workawayers will stay in a cottage or the 1956 Imperial Mansion while tackling small renovation tasks to make the place shine. There is a double bed in the back bedroom and a twin bed in a second, tiny (but pretty) bedroom. We have installed an air conditioner in the living room and bedroom. We are very sensitive to unnecessary waste and insist that, like us, our guests seek to minimize power consumption, water use, etc. We also don't approve of flagrant intoxication of any kind. Keeping the spaces tidy is essential as is respecting our neighbors by adjusting voice volume in the evening, especially near the river as sounds travel easily. There are multiple laundries within a mile of us, and there's a dryer and a clothes line available for your use. We'd prefer not to share our space with cigarette smokers.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Workawayers should plan to stay with us for 4-6 weeks. Longer stays may be considered depending upon need.

    There's so much to do and see in the Thousand Islands region; boat tours, castle and light house visits, fishing, art galleries and classes, restaurants, wineries, breweries, hiking, kayaking. The bridges to Canada are about 15 minutes away by car. Several cities, including Syracuse, NY, are about 90 minutes away.

  • 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

    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il aimait accueillir les digital nomads.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Small, friendly dogs are welcome.

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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