Natural Building Environmental Educational non-profit project in the Mojave desert, California, USA



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    Welcome! Our center is an environmental educational non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides the southwestern United States with skills essential to cultivating ecological abundance and authentic experiences in the natural world.

    We work together to achieve our mission by creating affordable earthen buildings, agricultural systems that re-green the desert, and outdoor events that connect us to the natural world. We host various events in these categories that we will welcome your help with to run & be a part of.

    We run professional educational workshops & courses for the public in exchange for time, money donations & marketing out reach exposure. Donations from our courses help us sponsor workawayer volunteers & cover their food costs & instructor costs. Our work away volunteers exchange their time to help us run the logical back end tasks of the courses and in exchange to participate and gain knowledge in the workshop like a student attendee would. The workswayers are also helping to build up the infrastructure of the Center.

  • 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
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    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 experience provides extensive practical opportunities to sustain an off-grid desert community while learning how to plan events in the outdoors.

    This center encourages exploration of the world that deepens the connection with yourself while acquiring practical skills and confidence to live in wild spaces.

    Be a part of a team of energetic individuals with the intent to reconnect our modern society with the simple necessities nature provides.

    You will receive structured orientation into working on our desert homestead

    Schedule is often flexible yet engaging. We encourage at least 20 hours a week in exchange for food and residency.

    You will be living in an intentional community and supporting the endeavors of an educational nonprofit organization. With that said, we are professional facilitators and work extensively with the public to foster positive interactions within groups. We will do our best to make your stay the best possible.

    Recreational activities are numerous and close including hot springs, desert hiking, and rock climbing.

    A person in the program must be flexible, self-motivated individuals who embrace simple, desert, and rural living.

    Successful applicants are self-starters, curious, inclusive, comfortable in groups, creative problem solvers, and are able to manage themselves through a wide range of challenges.

    Individuals that possess a good sense of humor, strong communication skills, a positive attitude, curiosity, and a strong work ethic are essential attributes.

    We are excited to work with you!

  • Aide


    We are so ecstatic you would like to join us over at The Center for a work trade! We are very excited about being linked up with a talented and eclectic individual as yourself to begin to build a relationship that will hopefully extend much further than your time at The MC.

    The Center is an environmental educational center where we come together as a community and teach alternate ways of living through harnessing the natural resources of our land. We strive to give our students the tools necessary from their experience here to continue to use the knowledge they learn beyond The Center. Through natural building, off-grid living, ecosystem design, and general education about the Mojave desert, we begin to build a regional community with foundations based on sustainability and conscious living.

    At our center, we hope you will experience many things past just the exchange of labor. We are an educational center at the core as well as a space for self-expression. We host many outdoor events during our workshops that emphasize dance, self-reflection, positive group dynamics and how to structure positive learning environments in a community setting. A major ethos of The center is to remember our connection to the Earth and the common need to celebration human existence. We are actively seeking individuals who can help contribute to our vision to create a holistic education center, a space for self-expression and a demonstration of true “freedom.”

    During your time with us, you will be working with our building staff to finish infrastructure projects on our property. You will be given various building tasks that are listed below.

    Please review our timelines below to see if you are available for these dates. Our offerings are currently only for these dates. Please do not expect to “live” here before or after these timeframes. We are not a commune and run professional workshops on our off volunteer dates. Please note, this may differ from other experiences offered by Workaway. Do not hesitate to contact us if there are any questions.

    Needed Dates for Volunteers
    Hours: 5Hrs/Day for a 3 day minimum stay
    We are limited to these dates ONLY for volunteer opportunities. In between these dates we host professional building workshops. You may come for the entire week or stay for 3 days minimum.

    - Feb 23rd - Mar 2nd
    - Mar 20th - Mar 27th
    - Apr 26th - Apr 29th

    Work Trade Responsibilities:
    5 hours of volunteering each day, we would certainly love more help in building activities but you are only required to participate for 5 hours a day.

    Workaway Tasks:
    While at our center we need your help working with the earth in various natural building methods to help us complete some infrastructure projects.

    Various building tasks that might do during your time with us:
    - Clay Plasterwork on Exterior and interior of Domes
    - Framing and installations of Windows & Doors in Domes
    - Composting toilet walls
    - Composting Toilet tank framing
    - Earth works basins to be used for building material

    Workaway Requirements:
    - Stay is at minimum 3 days
    - MUST BE OK WITH HEIGHTS & have balance skills.
    - Do not need to have building/construction experience
    - Please bring your own lodging set up (tent, car camp etc.)

    Workaway Trade:
    - Learn natural building skills
    - Participate in group dynamics and community environment
    - Beautiful desert land for lodging/camping

    Center Facilities
    Our center is still in the beginning stages of our build but we do have some infrastructure that allows us to host courses & individuals on the property. Below are a list of facilities you can expect to see at the MC

    - Composting Toilet
    - Water Harvesting Outdoor Shower
    - “The Hub” - Our shipping container for storage
    - “Tracy” - Our community kitchen
    - “Tea Tent” - Our community zen space
    - Solar Power charging station
    - LTE Cell Service
    - Study Dome (large classroom dome)
    - Casita Dome (double dome)
    - Shower Dome
    - 4 Mini Domes

    - Bring your own lodging. We have a few domes that you might be able to pitch a tent inside of but be aware that we are working on finishing the interior of the domes during your stay.
    - We have plenty of space for car and tent camping. RV’s are ok but we do not have hook ups.

    - Please find your own transport to our center

    Fuel :
    - Please be mindful to arrive with at least a quarter tank of gas to our land otherwise you might get stuck when you go to leave. 
    - The closest gas station is 30 minutes away towards Pahrump, NV or in Shoshone, CA and is VERY expensive. 

    Extracurricular Activities:
    - Hiking trails begin at the edge of our property towards the BLM land
    - China Ranch Date Farm, hiking trails & dates! 
    - Hot springs!! 
    - Biking trails
    - Off roading trails
    - World Class Rock Climbing less than 1 hour away

    Bring your magic! 
    We are so excited for you to arrive. The Center is truly about bringing people together to create something larger than themselves. We host many dance parties, ceremonies, yoga flows, movement, breath work opportunities + more! Please bring anything you wish to contribute to the space and it will be accepted with grace and open arms! 

    Thank you SO much for your love and support. We recognize that we can’t grow without YOU! You are helping us pave the way to make a lasting impact for many generations to come!

    We can’t wait to CREATE, EDUCATE & COLLABORATE! 

    See you !

    Application Process
    Please send us an email and I will reply with our application link. Or to streamline the process head directly to our website and apply for our volunteer program.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant

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  • Hébergement


    Earthen Buildings and tents as of now. Please try to bring your own tent or camper if possible.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    There are amazing opportunities to climb at Red Rocks, Mt. Potosi and Mt. Charleston if you have a car. We can organize some days where we can all go with the gear the MC owns. There are also hot springs and plenty of exploration in the Mojave desert.

  • 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

    There is an LTE tower 10 miles away. Service is great.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Plenty of space to park.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Sure but we should talk about these pets first.

  • 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 : 981138966175