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Hi Permies,

This ad could go in multiple forums (and you might find it elsewhere).

I have an off-grid property in southern Oregon, (Ashland/Medford area) that I am looking to create a learning center on. I have specific dreams of what that may ultimately look like but I am also open to beginning with what is available. Ultimately, there is so much potential and I know that everyone has their own sets of skills and interests to bring to the table, we can really begin anywhere.

Ideally, this would involve folks taking up residence but could begin as a venue for individual classes/workshops. Due to local regulations, residences would need to be temporary (think school bus/ yurt/ tiny home), or small (under 200sf) without permanent  plumbing or electricity for the time being. There are currently a few such options available but it would be great to develop others with some natural building techniques (cob/ local timber framing) to be implemented and offered to the surrounding community to participate in through said classes/workshops.

Like I said, the possibilities are endless so if you are interested in participating and getting involved, reach out and tell me a bit about how you see your involvement and what you have to bring to the table. Are you looking to learn? Are you able to teach? What skills and interests do you have?

And truly, all skills are welcome. From homesteading arts, wild crafting, “primitive” skills, energy systems, water management, landscape design, food production, regenerative practices, forestry, community development, personal development and care, fundraising, organizational leadership. The list goes on and on.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you. If interested, I can share more specifics about the land and opportunities as I see them.

Peace
 
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Hi! My name is Cate (29) and I have been looking for conscious community. I am teacher of healing and meditation! I love nature and natural living. I am looking to put on workshops that connect people to themselves and nature, that also teach people how to self heal. I have been looking for land to put an off grid yurt, but want to be near or within conscious community! I am doing an Oregon tour in May to look for intentional communities and conscious towns to live near. I would love to see what you are creating!

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Thanks and Be Well
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Hi Cate,
I’ll be around in May. Make sure to look me up. It would be great to connect and discuss how our visions may support each other’s. If you’re not familiar with Ashland, look it up. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on around here.
-Leaf
 
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Hi Leaf,
My first post here. Just discovered this site and it looks like a great resource.

A little about me and why I'm interested in connecting with you.  I'm 31.  Have a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Science Education.  For the last 3 years I've been teaching and substitute teaching in public schools in Pennsylvania, New York, and now Hawaii. Currently teach 4th grade here on Molokai.

I'm passionate about teaching, but have a fundamentally different idea about what constitutes effective human education than the public school system allows for.  Also want to live as part of an intentional community of some form and participate in cultivating the land and living among nature.  Whether that entails developing a community, or joining an existing one, that has yet to be seen.  

My skillset is mostly oriented towards organization, technology, academics, logistics, community building, etc.  I have pretty limited handyman skills, but I am eager to learn and work in any role.

I'd love to talk and hear more about your long-term vision.

Cheers,
Tim
 
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Leaf Bailey wrote:Hi Permies,


I have an off-grid property in southern Oregon, (Ashland/Medford area) that I am looking to create a learning center on. I have specific dreams of what that may ultimately look like but I am also open to beginning with what is available. Ultimately, there is so much potential and I know that everyone has their own sets of skills and interests to bring to the table, we can really begin anywhere.


Peace



Hi Leaf,
My partner and I are seeking an intentional community to join. I have all sorts of hands-on skills (plumbing/irrigation, basic carpentry, natural building, alternate energy, etc) and have been wanting to teach workshops. We are currently on a permaculture homestead in Upstate NY but want to move west this summer.
I had my heart set on Oregon but up till now we hadn't found a suitable community there. Let me know if you want to chat more.
 
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Hi Leaf, great to hear what you are doing! I would also like to invite you to join the Wild Rivers Permaculture Guild. The founding members are mostly based in the Crescent City-Brookings Area west of you, but we have several people from inland (Grants Pass, Big Flat, Low Divide). It would be great to extend our network your way, and collaborate on projects, outreach, education, and bulk purchases when possible. Barring cancellation due to the Covid scare, our next meeting will be April 6th in Brookings. More info is on the Wild Rivers Permaculture Guild FB page (FB is just how this regional community seems to communicate, not meaning to give it any positive pub).

Good luck with your projects and hope to meet you sometime!
 
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Hi everyone, it’s great to hear from you all. I don’t seem to be getting notified about your replies so if you want to expedite this process, send me a Purple Mooseage  Those seem to get to me quickly.
 
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Ben,
Thanks for the heads up about the permaculture guild. I’ll check it out. I’m not on the FB but maybe I need to start a page. Anyone out there want to help this Luddite with process?

It seems like we all may be forced into missing gatherings for a while but I’ll try to make the one in April if I can.
 
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You should put in a request for a zoning change. As long as it is uncontested you usually can get it changed.
 
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Lisa Stanleyson wrote:You should put in a request for a zoning change. As long as it is uncontested you usually can get it changed.




- rezone to what? And for what purpose?
 
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