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Dylan Drendel

Dylan Drendel, 23 from United States (male)
Email: click here
Network: USA
Present Country: United States
Join Date: May 17, 2016
Last Updated: October 8, 2017
Last Signed In: October 20, 2017

Companion Ad:
Hey! I'm a laid back guy who loves to play/write music, read, rock climb, hike, do hands on work, and talk about existence around the campfire. I enjoy people who like to smile and celebrate life. I'm not a big talker in groups as I prefer to just listen and observe and laugh, but one on one I enjoy engaging in any kind of conversation. I usually see the best in people and I really enjoy listening to others and learning how they see the world. I'm very open minded and I usually get along with most people.

Next Destination(s):
Heading to: permaculture farms/eco-villages in the US &&
Current Location: Denver, Colorado

Helper Description:
*Why I'm here*

I want to dedicate my life to living in harmony with the Earth, and to that end I am here to learn as much as possible about how to do so through hands on learning with mentors. I wish to learn about permaculture techniques: sustainable construction methods, renewable energy systems, best horticulture practices, off grid lifestyles, etc. and then hope to extend whatsoever I learn to others as I grow older.

I believe the best way to learn is through close relationships with mentors and with a close community, so I'm here to meet inspiring people and do long term stays/interships/apprenticeships. In exchange for your knowledge, accomodations and mentorship, I will give back dedication, a positive mindset, and hard work.

I also believe the help exchange model is a very sound way of living in that it is a resource based non-profit economic system and hence non-capitalistic. This encourages cooperation rather than competition/greed. I hope to live completely on help exchange for at least several years, and any excess money that I make beyond necessity would be put towards education/artistic outreach.

It is also a joy to be of help to others, and so I am happy to be here simply for the sake of helping if nothing else.


*Skills*

-Chainsaw S212 certified Class A Feller, firewood creation from tree felling to stove

-creative problem solver (math degree)

-musician (songwriting, theory, campfire songs, drum set, hand drums, guitar, piano, singing, recording/production in logic pro, see soundcloud.com/dylandrendel)

-videography/editing in final cut pro (see youtube link and vimeo link for some videos)

-one full summer of helpx experiences working on farms in Canada

-one full summer of cutting down trees and camping in the woods as a conservation corps member

-math/science tutor for 3 years, good with running my own business, good at working with people one on one and explaining difficult to understand concepts to beginners, patient with people

-vegetarian cooking (dahl indian lentil soup, fajitas, expert egg fryer, creative salads, bread making, pesto)

-individual yoga/meditation practice for many years

-quick, open-minded learner (no subject is out of bounds for me, I am endlessly curious)

-rock climbing for many years, outdoor and indoor

Two summers ago I worked in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado clearing forest as a chainsaw operator, as part of a project with the local conservation corps to prevent future devastating forest fires. I chopped down hundreds of trees of all different sizes (some huge ones, lots of little ones) and received hands-on training and certification from very experienced chainsaw operators. We camped outdoors most of the summer and lived the simple life. A big takeaway from this experience is that I now feel confident I can do any kind of physical labor. Most days last summer were spent hauling and hiking 50+ pounds of either equipment or tree parts around the forest. It was very demanding work, especially in the hot sun of Colorado, and very dirty work too. But extremely rewarding.

My math degree speaks to, if anything, an ability to solve problems, and recognize the underlying patterns of things beneath all the details.

I am a skilled videographer and video editor and I have my own HD camera. You can see some of my work at the YouTube link above as well as watch a 30 minute documentary I made last year at this link:

https://vimeo.com/166274847

Link to CV for additional info:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3H6OtFKV44cZnhfbUVVX0pURm8/view?usp=sharing

*General About Me*

I love to play/write music, read, rock climb, hike, do hands on work, and talk about existence around the campfire. My personality is mostly laid-back and introverted, with a goofy/irony based sense of humor. I enjoy people who like to smile and celebrate life. I'm not a big talker in groups as I prefer to just listen and observe and laugh, but one on one I enjoy engaging in any kind of conversation. All that being said I don't really think personality is absolutely fixed and it changes around different kinds of people.

I usually see the best in people and I really enjoy listening to others and learning how they see the world. I'm very open minded and I usually get along with most people.

I eat vegetarian because I think factory farming is wrong, so I am flexible to eating some meat but only if it is sourced in sustainable and ethical ways. That being said though, I've been vegetarian for 6 years now and so I am very used to not eating meat and mostly find it unappetizing, except for fish.

See my couchsurfing profile for more info/references! https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/dylandrendel