PERMACULTURE AND COMMUNITY FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
If you'd like to visit or be accepted as a volunteer or a potential member,
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT NOTES FIRST, then complete the application at http://maitreyamountainvillage.com/application.htm
It gives us a place to start to get to know each other and feel for harmony.
-- Our desire is for our everyone to have a mutually beneficial, rewarding experience built on understanding and realistic expectations. Here are eleven important or atypical distinctions about MMV we want you to know about before you commit to a visit:
1) This is RUSTIC living. Three of our four cabins are primitive, meaning they have no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing --those amenities are accessed in our common structures. We use composting toilets.
2) Our location is REMOTE. If it might bother you to be far removed from the grid, reconsider your length of stay. Be aware that there are bears and mountain lions here, too, although you'll probably never see one.
3) We have a herd of goats, four DOGS, CATS, and CHICKENS. Notify us if you have any issues with animals. It's usually OK to bring your pets, but check in with us first. And please be sure your dog is not a goat, cat, or chicken killer, or if you're not sure.
4) BEE stings. Our bee hives are in close proximity to cabins and this means you could get stung. If allergic, come prepared.
5) We are in the "FORMING" stage of development. There are a few of us here full time with some part time supporters and volunteers.
6) CELL SERVICE. As odd as it may seem for a remote area, we do have good cell signals (the ranger station on a nearby mountain top broadcasts a repeater signal) but only if you have Verizon or US Cellular.
7) PERFECTION. For being all about buzz words like sustainability and green and all, our diet is sometimes NOT organic, some of us are omnivores, and some of our building materials are not "green." It happens. This can open up a larger conversation about embodied energy, buying local, convenience and cost/benefit ratio, but you should know that these kinds of sins sometimes happen here. We have even been known to eat Ben and Jerry's ice cream, dark chocolate, and potato chips, too.
Idealists and purists beware.
8) With all of the logistics that goes into correspondence, directions, pick-up, orientation and so forth, we ask for a TWO WEEK MINIMUM commitment on volunteer stays. Unless we make other arrangements before or during your visit, please honor our minimum stay agreement.
9) WORK. Weeding, digging, raking, hammering, and loading materials, etc is physical work. If you're not in pretty good shape or haven't recently been doing this kind of work, it could be challenging. Be realistic. If you have bad knees, back or feet, please reconsider. Our volunteers commit to a minimum of 25 hours per week and we strive for 30 hours regularly. We teach you what we know, take care of room and board, and offer a unique experience in exchange for your volunteer work.
10) WEATHER. Especially if your visit is between December and April (the rest of the year is easy, warm and dry) you should be apprised that this is subtropical rainforest. Temperature lows are in the 30's and it can rain for eight days straight in winter months. We average about 10 inches of rain per year. In order to be prepared for winter months you should be emotionally OK with cold wet days and own suitable rain gear.