Monday through Saturday we start with morning prayer from 7 to 7:30. Breakfast is ready by 8, and after that we work until lunch at noon. In the afternoon we work from 2 until about 5. Supper is ready between 5:30 and 6. After cleaning up, people may gather for a sunset walk or music or take time for their own pursuits. Much of the work during the months volunteers come to stay is in the garden. Help is also welcome with firewood processing, construction and building repair, landscaping, fencing, gathering forage to feed or dry, haying etc.
Volunteers will also participate in other aspects of the community's work as they are able and interested; this might include milking goats, canning and freezing vegetables, cooking and cleaning, welcoming and listening to guests etc. We want visitors to have opportunities to learn and do what interests them as well as help with whatever needs to be done.
Volunteers work with members of the core community, and sometimes also with local volunteers, migrant workers or other guests. Some of the people with whom we spend time have mental health difficulties. Patience with and respect for people from different social backgrounds and with varying abilities is essential.
Further thoughts about why people might volunteer here--or not-are underneath the photo grid below; so are reflections from earlier volunteers.