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Black Mountain
All Year: But often wet Jan-March
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 12106
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: June 9, 2017

We are looking for people to help garden, to help catalogue a large library, to help in the woodwork and ceramic studios, and undertake general building and property maintenance. Hours and duties will be tailored to the individual's skills and requirements.

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Creative and green enclave in Noosa hinterland valley of 8 steep acres near Cooroy, 30 mins to Sunshine Coast beaches, 15 mins to Eumundi markets. Earth covered underground home with pool and tank water; caravan; straw bale studio; outdoor stage; ceramics and art studio and large wood workshop. Timber tree plantings and organic gardens. Mountainous views! We are: Ross Annels - furniture designer/makers; Tamsin Kerr – environment and art writer; Anika Annels – pottery manager, and dogs and chooks. Our interests include community cultural development, innovations in forestry and timber, craft and art practice, landscape and land mythologies, and everything environmental. You can see some of our work on our websites. We are flexible, depending upon skills and needs: accommodation, meals, training, and/or transport in exchange for part-time labour in garden, plantations, building, library, and/or workshops. Urban trains run to Cooroy and pick-ups can be arranged.

The Cooroora Institute aims to share the song of the earth through creative practice. We do have a joyful time here: we hold concerts and other events, and of course, lots of woodworking, metalworking, weaving, writing, and pottery (classes, courses, and masterclass always need assistants to prepare and gofer: classes are generally run from Mar to Nov). We are in the process of developing a large art library, so also need people to clean and catalogue books. We also have a strong environmental ethic, so you’ll learn many ways to conserve resources and connect to country: we are self sufficient in power and water, although not in food. We generally seem to have a few building projects on the go and always, always a lot of weeding!

We have internet available in the teaching studio. The local town provides a Laundromat, a large supermarket, and lots of cheap food outlets. We provide shared lunches and dinners and a range of accommodation options in a loose exchange for labour or assistance in workshops and/or garden. Once compatibility is determined, we encourage long stays, and have had exchanges in place for months and even years.

We love to meet you even if you can't stay, feel free to drop past for a half-day visit and maybe determine future possibilities. Our place is open every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm.

Skills are good, but enthusiasm to work, share, and learn is even better!


Tamsin, Ross, and Anika


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