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All Year: April - November
Area (ha):
Persons: 1-3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 38561
Region: BC, South Central

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Last Updated: March 25, 2020

The Compound is a philosophical experiment. It's an experiment in communal living, in food production, open-mindedness, alternative modes of being, bartering, agile development and lumberjack architecture. What we're trying to create here is a sort of communal playground where locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to do whatever they feel like doing, to learn and teach, to express their creativity, and to have fun. We hope that many people will stay here over the coming years and that each will have an opportunity to create something lasting; from art installations to plant and animal life, from timber-frame building restorations to music and friendships, climbing walls, bike trails, and snowboard jumps. This place is something of a blank canvas, and we hope to create the right conditions that will inspire people to form and fulfill their own vision.

What separates The Compound from most other HelpX listings is that this is not a commercial enterprise. That is to say, we spend our time here growing, fixing and building because that`s how we like to spend our time. We host helpers because there is more space and more buildings here than we can use or maintain on our own, and we like to share both the bounty and the responsibility.

We are very focused on quality of life. To us, that means connecting with the land and our food sources, creating beauty and function, developing community, and finding a lot of time to play outside. We often work only half days and spend the other half climbing rocks, riding mountain bikes or snowboards, paddling, exploring, making music and food, and just being. The recreational opportunities in Revelstoke are as endless as the natural beauty; that`s why we chose to locate here (of course).

This is a small acreage right near the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It`s very private, there`s an extensive garden with fruit trees and honeybee hives, a big house and a litany of outbuildings, plus a huge climbing gym, longboards and bicycles to ride, and canoes to paddle. Plans for this summer include restoring and demolishing more of the outbuildings, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, improving the land, building a solar shower, and cutting wood for the winter. The loft and deck projects are ongoing. Having recently taken over the farm, there is lot of work to do but also much opportunity to shape the direction and future of this magical space.

We believe strongly in the potential of bartering and in exchanging what we have in excess for what we need in hand. While many people have stayed here, no one has paid rent. Each exchange should benefit all parties, and each exchange will be negotiated individually; the details will depend on the helper`s needs, preferences and skills, and the timing of the exchange. Generally we expect between ten and twenty-five work hours each week. We can offer anything from a simple place to park a camper or pitch a tent to furnished rooms in our new basement suite with full bathroom, laundry and kitchen access, and occasionally even a stipend or a wage for highly skilled helpers. We provide most of the helpers` food, and there is plenty of fruit and veg available from the garden seasonally. The second kitchen is stocked with the basics, and helpers can expect at least a few `family dinners` each week.

While we would consider anyone who is willing to pick cherries, dig holes, weed acres, and babysit our beautiful three year old old daughter Evelyn, we prefer to exchange with helpers who fit at least some of the following categories: people who are mature and independent, people who want to stay more than a week, people who travel with children or dogs, and people who have real skills in carpentry, mechanics, or horticulture.

If you are looking for a unique experience and a great time, consider joining us this season.

We are also now on Facebook! Please check out our link above to learn more about the space.

reviews (5)
Helper: Paul Mason Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 6, 2020
It's been a few months since I left the compound and I'm finally getting arou... view complete review

Helper: Ryan B Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: July 31, 2017
I've only been gone a few days but I already miss The Compound! James, Lisa ... view complete review

Helper: Magnus Stout Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 9, 2016
I stayed with James and Lisa for two weeks and I had a great time. There were... view complete review

Helper: Stéphane Jonlet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: November 11, 2015
I deeply enjoyed my stay at the compound. James and Lisa are very nice people... view complete review

Helper: Maxence Lefebvre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 16, 2015
We stayed 1 weeks in james and lisa's house and we really enjoy our stay here... view complete review

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