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Position: Garden/Construction work
Type: volunteer/work-exchange with private room, meals, more (see below)
Organization: MareGold Retreat Centre
Location: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Are you a creative builder interested in using reclaimed materials? Do you want to build structures with your mark on it? Do you love to garden and be in nature?

We are building a retreat centre on the ocean in Nova Scotia and are at the very starting point. We will be developing a stimulating variety of settings—from an oceanfront of private coves, cobbled beaches and waterfalls to an old growth beech forest. The work will be creative and diverse building cabins, outside kitchens, gardens, hot tubs, lookout towers and trails. Each structure will be individually designed to align with the natural environment, whether situated on a cliff to take advantage of the ocean view or nestled in a wilderness sanctuary. In addition to cliffside, wilderness and field cabins, there will be a gypsy-style caravan, as well as luxury shelters and walled tents. There is also an old farmhouse that we are restoring. In addition to building the gardening and landscaping is central to our project with large vegetable gardens, herbal fields, ponds and an earth sheltered greenhouse. All this needs to be planned and developed and plants need to be loved.

Accommodation and Food: The house we provide is a small three bedroom house that is cosy and comfortable. You will be sharing this house with other volunteers but you will have your own room. The house is situated across the road from MareGold Retreat property and overlooks the land. We will provide healthy nutritional meals using seasonal garden vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes, eggs and cheese, mostly locally sourced. You will also have access to a kitchen.

About us:
We are a couple with multicultural background from Canada, Ukraine, the UK, Germany and Italy. We speak English, Russian, Ukrainian and a little German and Italian. Our passion for healthy living is connected closely with nature and local community. We love meeting like-minded, open, positive and hard-working people from all over the world. Our professions are varied - from a Medical Herbalist trained in London, UK. to a documentary film maker, who produced films about Canadian history.

Something to mention:
Our goal is to build a unique space for people to develop themselves though connection with nature, spirituality and education. We have started with ourselves and we ask everyone who comes to our place to be conscious and mindful about other people, nature and animals, environment.

The property is 23 acres of stunning oceanfront property in the village of Victoria Beach, 30 km from the town of Annapolis Royal, in the southern Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. We are located on the Atlantic Ocean’s Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world. You will get a chance to see much wildlife: deer, owls, porcupine, seals and the occasional whale from our clifftop property.

On the weekend you can join us at the farmers market in the historical town of Annapolis Royal. Further afield there is the Kejimkujik National Park and the city of Halifax just a two hour drive away with it’s international airport.

This area is a very special region with residents from all over the word who are creative and progressive.

It is all very exciting and fun. Join our team. We have volunteer and paid positions available for carpenters, gardeners, artists, designers, labours, engineers and people with the right energy who want to be part of something beautiful. Contact us to start the conversation.

Please contact Russell:
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GoodWork ID: 45068       Date posted to Apr 9 2018