Volunteer Workstays

The Volunteer Workstay Program

  • Our Mission Statement:
    Our mission is to coordinate and enable community visits by traveling shamans to isolated communities that need shamanic services. This involves insuring that the shaman and his or her assistant are supplied with lodging, meals, as well as a venue and promotion for their programs while they are in residence at a host community. As part of that mission we are accepting volunteers at the Traveling Shamans Retreat in Grand Junction, Colorado to build the support structures for the shamans, retreat participants and volunteers. 

    About this Volunteer Opportunity: 
    We at the Traveling Shamans Retreat are currently (December 2017- January 2018) working on building a sleeping loft, bathroom and small snack/sandwich area for volunteers in a large metal shop on the desert retreat property. All our projects are in support of the Traveling Shamans, their patrons and volunteers. This project (and several others) needs volunteers with building skills. We ask that you work 15-20 hours per week in exchange for room and board. Scheduling of the hours will be determined by the demands of the project and most likely will require that you work weekends. In your spare time you are free to explore the area, do your own thing, or participate in the shamanic art programs we offer here. We are grateful for the number of volunteers who want to come help, and because we want to meet you all we have to limit each volunteer stay to 14 days or less. 

    Future Projects for the Traveling Shaman's Retreat:
    *️️ Tiny house for the in-residence shaman *️️ Sweat lodge with outdoor shower *️️ A rock medicine wheel *️️ A medicinal herb garden. *️️ A tepee for visitors *️️ Native Colorado desert landscaping *️️ Cannabis grow room & greenhouse.


    About Mike & Julia:

    Julia is the events and volunteer coordinator for the Traveling Shamans. She is interested in transforming funky little headquarters in Colorado into a shamanic support retreat. Julia holds an MA in psychotherapy and specializes in cannabis assisted art therapy. Mike is a geologist who is very knowledgeable and skilled at building, but still holds down a full-time job, so can't get to all the pending building projects and often must work weekends on them. We are also super hosts for a 420 friendly vacation rental in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

    The soon-to-be shamanic retreat where we live is located in a small hillside desert area overlooking the wine grape growing areas here in western Colorado. We have a Husky dog (puppy actually) and a cat. Mike smokes cigarettes sporadically -- always outside. Julia is an artist & painter. We are 420 and LBGT friendly and have a small personal cannabis grow (which is perfectly legal in Colorado.) We are the core patrons of the Traveling Shamans and a married couple who have been together off and on since 1977. We are working to create a core community of old hippies from which shamans can be connected with communities that need them. Currently we need volunteers who like landscaping and building things.

    Please contact me with any questions. Warmly, Julia

  • Accommodation

    We are currently working on a loft over the grow room in our shop. Volunteers will sleep on the couch or an airbed in the loft. Although wifi, a TV with Netflix and and an Xbox are available in the loft, It is somewhat primitive -- heated by a wood burning stove at this Volunteers will use the house bathroom and shower. Meals are coffee, cereal and/or toaster waffles for breakfast, sandwich fixings are supplied for lunch and dinner is usually a one-pot crock pot meal.

    We have an additional space (installing a sewer hook-up could be first project) for volunteers with their own camper or motor home. We are about 4 miles from the town of Grand Junction and two miles from a city bus stop.

  • What else ...

    Skiing, mountain biking areas, and the fabulous red rock areas of Utah are close by. We have bikes to loan and Uber is available. When inquiring, please comment on your interest in our projects and your experience as it relates t,o those projects. Also please confirm that you are 420 friendly. In addition, we are asking that you confirm in your inquiry that you understand that this gig is only 21 days long (or less if you want a shorter stay) and that you understand that we will not be able to extend your stay.

  • A little more information

    • Internet access

    • We have pets

    • We smoke 420 and allow smoking outside

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This exchange offers the opportunity to learn more about shamanism and spend time with shamans. Julia offers the following programs in the afternoons: Painting as Meditation 2 hours 2-days per week. Creation of Spirit Guide Collage Cards 2 hours once per week. You can also learn more about micro-dosing with cannabis for use with meditation and spiritual growth.

  • Request a Time Slot

    Maximum 15-20 hours per week

    Click Here to Apply for a Workstay