Gentle Earth Walking

After the peach orchard, James and I headed to helpx at another property near Daylesford, Victoria. Being in Australia, we never expected to meet and live with people who embraced Native American ideals, but here we were!

Sue and Don call their project Gentle Earth Walking, where they build custom made teepees, ranging from 15 to 25 feet wide. It’s a long and loving process: collecting trees from the forest for poles, stripping, sanding, and polishing them, and sewing the canvas cover.  Their other big project is called Timber Benders – Don makes benches, awnings, and other structures in his enormous workshop.

They run sweat lodges and spiritual gatherings, build straw-bale houses, and live off the grid, relying on their solar panels for electricity. To take a hot shower you have to start a fire under the water tank!

We had an amazing time with them, and who knows, maybe we will go back someday.

Taralee Orchard

James and I volunteered at a stone fruit orchard near Port Pirie, Southern Australia called Taralee Orchard. We stayed for about two weeks and were really happy with our experience! There were 5 other helpers there – Kyoko, Emma, and Marco from Japan, and Werner and Regina from Switzerland. Meeting and socializing with the other helpers was a highlight of our stay, as well as actively learning how dried fruit is made!

To find some fun places to volunteer near you, check out the website You can also look at my volunteering page.