All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 47817
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Last Updated: May 1, 2017
This is an 18-acre permaculture homestead and intentional community located near Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have been living off-grid with solar panels and batteries, rainwater catchment, and composting toilets for over 10 years.
More about us:
At the heart of our intentional community is a consciously-designed culture that challenges everything you thought was "normal and "just the way it is." We’ve developed real and effective sustainable alternatives, based in joy, wisdom, and deep connection with one another. So whether you are wanting holistic education, meaningful life-experiences, deep camaraderie, a place to raise children communally, or simply to live a whole, healthy, responsible, and happy life, we’re confident that GaiaYoga Gardens will engage and transform you in a deep and lasting way.
If you are interested, please check out our website and contact us for an application so we can get to know you.
Even More About Us:
Our land is tropical rainforest jungle in the Puna district of the Big Island - on its eastern point, a few miles from the ocean. We have been creating a self-sustainable permaculture food forest tribal community for the last 13 years, living off-grid (with solar panels and batteries providing electricity to regular AC plugs, rainwater catchment, and composting toilets).
Besides childcare, we currently need help taking care of our cows and pasture, feeding chickens, managing the orchards, gardening, maintenance and building projects. We are looking for WWOOFers to stay for a minimum of 7 weeks at the start date of one of our next Immersion programs(which happen every 2-3 months), working 16-25 hours/week (see below for details). You'll have a flexible schedule with time to enjoy the colorful Puna scene, from farmers' markets (which we sell at every week) to great music to social beach events, and many other social and spiritual gatherings. A shared tropical breezehouse will be available (sometimes private rooms are available) with a shared kitchen. Also, fresh food from the land will be available to some extent (see below), but will probably not be sufficient for your entire diet, so you can join our communal food-buying plan (see below), or we go to Hilo every Wednesday to buy food and supplies and Pahoa a few times a week, and would be happy to give you a ride. Hitch-hiking is also an easy and commonly-used form of transportation here. We would like you to fill out an application before we accept you to make sure it's a fit. No smoking, drugs, or alcohol please. We will consider children and pets on a case-by-case basis. We speak English, with some French and Spanish. Perks and amenities of living with us:
Participation in our GaiaYoga Immersion Experience, a 16 day intensive that includes 2 to 3 classes per day, with Sundays off.
Instinctive Eating / Primal Diet: our (optional) way of eating (all raw foods including raw meat, dairy, and eggs as well as fruits, vegetables, and nuts - served to you in our distinctive Instinctive Buffet)
Permaculture: our ways of working with the land to produce food (with influences from Mollison/Holmgren, Fukuoka, BioDynamic Mini-Farming, and Korean Natural Farming)
Non-Violent Communication (NVC) / Compassionate Communication: Think/speak/listen to support heart connection
Holistic Intimacy and Sexuality: healthy and juicy sexual expression within a conscious container
Light on Shadow: Find out what unconsciously runs you and learn to heal it
GaiaYoga Holistic Culture: big-picture view of our vision
Community Meetings / "Heartcore" Meetings / Tribal Councils: deepen our connections & container, access our shadows, resolve polarities, and make decisions
Orientation to the intensities and pitfalls of island life, dense jungle life, and community life
Tours, circles, rituals, tribal-bonding activities
Optional open-space events in the past have included hatha yoga, dance, music, kirtan, Tantra, workshops
Access to all food grown and produced on our land, including:
Raw (unpasteurized) grass-fed milk and cheese
Occasional wild pork
Seasonal tree fruits, including avocados, bananas (30+ varieties), papayas, oranges, jakfruit, abiu, rollenia, 3 kinds of lilikoi (passionfruit), guava, soursop, rambutans, mulberry, Brazilian cherry, starfruit, mamae sapote, and white sapote. MANY more on the way as fruit trees mature!
All-you-can-eat young and mature coconuts that we forage wild
Opportunities to learn how to forage for and produce all the above food
Tropical BreezeHouse dorm-style accommodations (some private rooms may available) with screen walls that let in lots of air and light, built with natural materials such as bamboo and logs from the land, and an additional tarp and fabric ceiling (much better than a tent!)
Shared use of communal spaces that are maintained and cleaned by the entire community (saving you several hours/week of personal work - though please do your part to pick up your stuff and clean up your messes):
"Tutu's Cottage" (kitchen,dining room, and living room, in an elegant screened-in BreezeHouse)
"The Kasbah" (classroom, yoga, wifi/ethernet, music -- amps/PA/drumset, chill space in a peaceful screened-in BreezeHouse)
"Au'au Heiau" ("Bathing Temple": shared bamboo-secluded covered sinks, showers, and bath featuring solar- and propane-heated hot water)
"Power Sharing" (laundry and utility room with shared washing machine and line-drying)
"Shop Port" (shared workshop for carpentry and repairs)
Shared Garden Space, personal garden spaces available
"Holy Shitter" (Zen-like open-air composting toilet space)
"Coco Cabana" (open-air coconut chopping, consuming, and storage bar)
Perennial Peanut Lawn and Fire Pit (sublime sunbathing, badminton, and campfires)
Solar-heated hot tub + cold plunge pool
Frequent rides into Pahoa and/or Hilo
Book perusal and rental from our library (featuring hundreds of titles on permaculture, spirituality, communication, community, personal growth, and more)
Additional Amenities (some optional as indicated, incurring an additional charge):
Purchased communal food for the first week of the Immersion ($60 required deposit per person)
Opportunity to participate in our communal food acquisition program on an ongoing basis (Optional but highly encouraged, costs an average of $50-60/week per person for all the rest of your food not from our land, and saves you several hours/week as it's picked up for you in Hilo)
Shared satellite internet via ethernet
Airport Pickup in Hilo (Optional, costs $10-$40)
Our requests of you:
Commit to a minimum stay - if you like us and we like you, you can potentially stay for longer (and even become a full member/owner of our community).
Refrain from smoking or using drugs or alcohol while here (see the application for more details).
Landance (our word for work on the farm and in/on our buildings) for 16-25 hours every week (see below for different options). Types of Landance commonly performed:
Cutting tree leaves and grasses for cow food
Feeding food scraps, greens from the land, and coconut to chickens
Planting, fertilizing, and clearing around fruit trees
Harvesting fruits and coconuts
Weeding the Perennial Peanut Lawn
Maintaining and creating paths and trails
Structurally and functionally maintaining buildings
Erecting new buildings and other carpentry / "tarpentry" work
Clearing guava trees around structures
Domestic chores and infrastructure maintenance
And much more! A lot depends on the skills and interests you bring.
Some money upfront and every month (see below for different options) to cover our costs and compensate us for the investment we're making in teaching you skills and orienting you to our community. Everyone pays the following upfront:
$60 for your first week of food
$100 integration/training/orientation/book fee
$100 deposit which is returned to you upon leaving GYG having fulfilled your agreements, minus any damages incurred or undone Landance from what was agreed to
A monthly Residency Fee of $75 (which can be worked off)
We're looking for people who:
feel excited about our way of living and want to take on our lifestyle
want to contribute to what we're creating here.
value communicating openly and honestly about themselves and receiving that from others
want the personal and spiritual growth that participation in our life-practices offers
take responsibility for their emotions and actions
act dependably according to their word and value integrity
want to be supported in all of these areas.
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you!