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Qualicum Beach
All Year: May - October
Area (ha): 52+ acres
Persons: couples are best
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 30834
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: April 4, 2020

We call our place "Paradise Mountain", as we have 52 acres of secluded paradise, with over 5,000 acres of unoccupied government crown land surrounding us. We are high up on a 900 foot ridge on Vancouver Island, overlooking the Straight of Georgia/Salish Sea and Texada/Lasquetti Islands. We are wanting to build a modest and rustic Yoga Camp and Spiritual Retreat, and hope to open it up to the public for the summer/fall of 2020.

We are looking for Yoga or spiritually-minded individuals. Generally, couples or 2 helpxers travelling together work out best up here as most 'jobs' require 2 people....unless you are strong and can handle working alone sometimes. We need people to help clear and build areas for tenting sites, outhouses, cabin sites.....for 4-5 hours a day, or more if you wish. It would be nice if there was at least a 2-3 week commitment, so helpxers can leave their "Footprint/Legacy" on our Paradise by doing/building their own long-lasting project which they can be proud of. It is amazing how much has been accomplished up here with the help of helpxers...they have helped to build a storage shed, bunkbeds and beds, a water shed and a wood shed, a beautiful swimming hole...and last summer and fall we built a wash house and a 10 x 10 log cabin!! Other new projects and activities will include building garden beds, gathering and then chopping firewood, building things with wood/logs/lumber such as tent platforms,....and other 'stuff'....!! We would eventually like to have a few small cabins, maybe even an A-Frame cabin. So...we need help....your creativity and lots of physical outdoor work!!....and some expertise if possible.

*** Any permaculture experts out there??? We live off-grid and would love to learn about permaculture. *** AND, we would love to start a garden this spring/summer!! ***

Our home/The Yoga House utilizes a modest solar power system so there is electricity to charge any electronic device. The fridge and stove run on propane. We gather rainwater from our roofs, and we use a hot water-on-demand propane system for the kitchen and bathroom. The dining and lounging areas are downstairs, and we sleep upstairs.

The lodging for HelpXers is a 500 sq. ft. cabin/bunkhouse/lodge with spectacular views(look at the photos), and it has a wood stove to keep you warm on cool evenings. Presently the lodge has two sets of bunk beds, 2 single rooms, a couple's room, table and chairs...very cozy!! Please note that there is no electricity in the lodge...we have flashlights for your use. This place is very rustic and Helpxers use a newly constructed outhouse with 2 toilets!!...picture #5 shows the "Double-shitter"....yes, the right side with the red dutch-door opens up and you have a great view of the sunrise as you contemplate your business! The outdoor shower-house also has an amazing view.

*** We eat a very simple vegetarian diet....no fish, sea food, or meat of any kind is permitted on the property. Also, because I have celiac disease, I eat a gluten-free diet. Regardless, you will eat very well up here, as I love good food! I think every Helpxer has gained a little weight being up here!! ***

We are offering you a place to live and relax in nature and also to explore this amazing Spider Lake/Horne Lake area, which is only 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach...and work in peace and quiet. We ask for about 4-5 hours a day of "Karma Yoga", and sometimes help with dinners ( cooking or cleaning up? ). And when you want any time off....please explore this island paradise, as Tofino and Long Beach on the west coast are only 3 hours away!!

This piece of property is amazing! A beautiful creek flows through it and there is a nice little swimming hole, which was created by 3 helpxers a few summers ago. When you are up here, all you can hear are the birds and the bees...I am serious, it's that quiet! The driveway up is 1.6 kilometres....and no hydro poles!....we are very secluded, and yet the market is only 6 minutes down the road. And, we are off-grid...it takes a little getting used to....and then again, you may never want to leave...most Helpxers stay longer than they originally planned. I included a winter photo from December...it was an absolutely spectacular winterland up here!

*** THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT....PLEASE do not bring tobacco, drugs, alcohol, meat, and a bad attitude. This is not a party place. We live a Yogi's life...simple, fun, spiritual and quiet.

The view from 900 feet up is spectacular! The first photo shows one of many cruise ships that pass by regularly. There are 2 inside photos of the Cabin/Lodge, and one photo with the Lodge and the main house in the background, which is where we live.

Some things to have/bring to our wilderness retreat: a wool sweater for those cool evenings, raincoat, good shoes and hiking boots, a good flashlight, and ?????

*** If you have your own tent you can find your own spot as there are many view areas and privacy! ***

We love music...I have 2 guitars, a complete drum set, a 100 year old upright piano, various percussion instruments....and our voices!!! I do not play any of them well, but I have fun!



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