Hey Everyone. We have 5 acres, nested up again My Rainier Natl. Forest. It would be great to connect with people who can see the gem in the rough!
Our lack of building infrastructure necessitates that anyone who visits the Sanctuary between October and March should have a van or bus that they can stay in comfortably. Spring
I see 4 ideal types on future community members.
1) Apprentices: people with enthusiasm and work ethic who are excited to learn and are comfortable living without a lot of modern luxuries.
We have growing businesses that really need more hands! There is an opportunity to learn a very wide set of skills here!
This person might not have much offgrid experience, community experience, or skills. Understanding that up front, I can offer guidance as you get oriented and comfortable.
2) A nomad/experienced offgrid/permaculture person looking for somewhere they could contribute their skills and time to and have a home base to return to for many years.
3) People who are ready to buy land but wants to learn a bit more first. This person is already financially established and can take care of themselves. They are looking for community and experience.
We might buy a piece of land together!
4) Finally, finding a romantic partner that can share this passion and help build this would really be a game changer. There is a lot of male energy here, and the Sanctuary is missing a balance of the feminine.
I believe the Sanctuary would bloom on a whole new level under the hand of a woman.
I do not see this place as a forever home for anyone, including myself. I see it as a place we come for periods of time on our journey. Maybe a month, maybe 6, maybe a year. It is possible that the right caretakers who really connect with the land could stay here a long time.
A little more information on the property:
We are 1 hour from Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, with 300+acres bordering our Northeast.
We are 20 miles or so from the edge of civilization, yet also only 15 minute drive to a Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and public library!
The Sanctuary has been paid off and is protected in a private trust.
For many years, it was mainly just me, working away to create the foundation a community could grow on.
Now we are looking for a couple people that could really make the most out of this opportunity.
We have created several businesses that not only offer pay, but also an opportunity to learn valuable skills and options that let you do different kinds of work from day to day!
Feel free to check out my other posts for more information. I will try to condense what is most relevant here.
The Sanctuary is 100% off-grid. No running water or electricity. We are building a huge solar system right now for power! Showers and laundry are the biggest challenges. We currently use the houses of community friends.
We are getting ready to have a big metal building built which will be the community kitchen.
We have chickens, turkeys, and cats domestically and a very rich wildlife population. There are lakes and rivers within 10minut drive and 100+ ft waterfalls within an hour. The mountains and ocean are no more than 2 hours away.
I have the skills and tools to do everything from forestry/logging/milling wood, construction and building, electrical/solar systems, orchard/crop establishment and care, self-defense/martial arts, and I'm not bad with mechanics.
I offer full class tuition to employees and apprentices who want to practice martial arts.
So what I have to offer, in a nutshell is
-Land to stay in your bus, van, or camper
-Land to help grow an orchard, food forest, and homestead farm, that you might return to for many years and that will benefit the world for generations to come.
-Work and business opportunity. Not only do we have businesses and need more people. Employees usually start at 20$/he after a training period. There are also several opportunities to partner on new businesses! There is a lot of financial opportunity for people who are ready to WORK.
-Access to a huge tool set
-Educational opportunity and opportunity to gain real experience in many valuable trades, practices, and a way of life
-martial arts tuition
-an opportunity to help shape the future
What I cannot offer people:
-Housing. There are no available dwellings here for people to move into.
-A free ride. If you are not ready to work 4-6 hours 5-6 days a week, this is not for you.
-Equity in ownership. I can help you but land, but this land is not for sale in any way. However people who develop a relationship with the land and act responsibly are valued and welcome to stay.
There is A LOT of room for what's happening to expand here. This is a place where dreams manifest!
You can find "The Sanctuary and It's Stewardship" on Facebook for more picture and information.
We as a permaculture community from Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle are beginning to organize more and create more events locally, so come join the revolution!
Not into posting messages here, and to be honest, am so lost in this that I can't even figure how to message you personally...But, the area that you're in and what you and your people are doing is really interesting and inspiring. It reminds me of a certain time and place I once lived, and loved.
Hi, my name is Shaun. I am interested in possibly joining your community and working as an apprentice to gain as much knowledge as possible, while giving you an extra hand in whatever area you see fit. I work currently at an oilfield mancamp 84 hrs a week, so I'm not scared of work. I realize that intentional communities will soon the way of life for most people, due to the way things are deteriorating quicker and quicker, and I am eager to get the jump on it soon as can be. My work schedule is 6 on and 2 off, so on my two weeks off I'm thinking I can go visit your place and meet everyone, stay a few days and get my feet wet while giving you all a chance to see if I would make a good addition to your situation, and we can go from there. I am currently saving up for an RV or van conversion to purchase soon, and so it will not be an issue as far as living quarters goes. If interested in talking further please reach back out, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time and hope to talk soon.