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Aloha, from the Big Island of Hawaii; my name is Jon Tyler and I am finally positioned in my life to be doing for my self what I had always helped others with...WOOFING, communities, farms, working various jobs.  I bought 2 acres in the rainforest and have worked for the last 8 months clearing the jungle on the property to put in a large organic garden and food forest.  I am currently enrolled in Geoff Lawton's PDC and getting a lot out of it.  I have plans to build a chicken tractor / composter with attached greenhouse and vermiculture addition, small aquaculture pond, fruit orchards, herbs, flowers, vegetables and native bush.  I have a guard dog named Gypsie who is dedicated to her job of fending off the marauding wild pigs. even so I feel as though I'd like some more help as I have repetitive use should pains now, lol.
Therefore, I am posting this thread for the following reasons:
1)  To meet some interesting people.  (Preferable someone who has learned something of deeper value from suffering in life and can realize and respond to their knowing.  Golden friendship that is simple, good and real is ideal, but that takes a level of maturity and wisdom which I consider to be uncommon.)
2)  To make connections to learn more permaculture from others, in whatever fashion.
3)  To find a suitable person to rent the spare room in my house on a work trade- for the summer or month to month.  (Possible assistance with airfare to Hawaii for the right person.)
4)  Celebrate life together.

For those who don't know it yet, The permaculture scene on the Big Island is huge especially of the east side Puna district where I am.  There is a strong solidarity economy and there are many opportunities for people to get a start here. Although for long term stays some sort of revenue stream is recommended as living expenses are high.  Apprenticing to gain experience is available in many places.  (multiple permaculture communities, farms etc..if you want to move on) or buying your own land which can be purchased for as little as $10 k per acre.  Many folks are off grid and almost everyone has a water catchment system which when filtered tastes beautiful and is practically free and unlimited.  Air is clean.  And stars are legendary.  I could go on.

With that said, check out some of the pic.'s leave any comments as you like.

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I may have found someone to share this opportunity with.  Thank you for reading.  Peace
 
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My apologies if this post seemed off putting in some way.  I am an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) and have learned to respond to the world as if I weren't which can be difficult for me at times.  I am also a veteran and receive a disability compensation income and have spent a great deal of time alone.  As a result of my recovery process has encompassed most of my time with self care and healing.  I am going vegan (80%) off sugar, caffeine, alcohol and cannabis most of the time, lol.  I am leaning to sail at the local yacht club.  And enjoy living a local eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
 
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What an incredible place, not everyone has a volcano in their backyard!
 
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That looks amazing! I wish I could put my name down.
I want to suggest registering on WorkAway.Info. It's a site that connects people looking for a cultural exchange in different countries on a work-for-board basis.
They've got a good reputation.

Good luck to you! I look forward to seeing your progress :)
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