Volunteers and Work Weekends
The Stewards (Auz, MA, Kadri and Joven) and Land Managers (Brendan and Gypsy) of Raven’s Knoll host Work Weekends where people volunteer to help contribute to the upkeep of Raven’s Knoll or assist with any number of our projects. Volunteers get basic camping for free in exchange for sweat and labour, camaraderie is had by all and our community is built! (All parents of teens and teens take note: we sign for high school co-op and volunteer hours. We are also pleased to act as references for teens, should you wish it.)
Work weekends generally begin at 9:00 a.m. following breakfast, which is served between 8:00 and 9:00. On Saturdays we will end work around 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., on Sundays we will end around 4:00 p.m., depending on weather and jobs. After breakfast and lunch, we do a team meeting (basically, standing around the white board) and assign tasks.
Most people arrive on Friday evenings. Others may do a day trips rather than stay the whole weekend.
The fire is generally the evening on Friday nights. For Saturday evenings, we will be having a variety of different events: movie night in the Rookery, card games, mini-Bardic, archery or axe throwing (nothing says relaxing like throwing axes after a day of manual labour!), etc. but often we just hang by the fire again.
We offer an optional food plan run by Winter Owl for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sundays. The cost is just what is required to cover the costs of the food and is $5 for breakfast, $5 for lunch, $10 for dinner, which includes HST. Children under 12 who are with a volunteer that is on the meal plan will eat for free. Coffee and tea are provided for all. Talk to Winter Owl about any food restrictions you may have.Unless there is an event at the same time, all meals will be at the Rookery. If you do not wish to join the meal plan, you are welcome to bring your own food and join us.
Indoor accommodation in the Nest (Cabin) or trailers are available, especially for early work weekends! Please contact MA (firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure your spot.
What to bring:
Travel coffee mug
Travel water bottle
Towels (shower and swimming)
Bedding (like a sleeping bag and pillow)
Tent & related camping gear (if not indoors)
Children are welcome to attend. Depending on the ages and numbers, a child wrangler may be available from among the volunteers. For those with small children or babes in arms, as well as those with physical limitations, we will happily find work that is suitable for your needs. Pets are also welcome, but they must be on-leash. In addition, please be sure your pet has shade, water and food, and is not left to bark.