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Published September 15th 2013
Why you'll trade your weekend for work on a community farm
Occurring once quarterly there are gatherings held at Commonground near Seymour, Victoria: an intentional community and conference/retreat venue for many social change organisations. These gatherings are held to build and maintain the community and to deepen our connection with the land and others. You are encouraged to bring vegetarian/vegan food to share for the weekend or $10-$20 per day to cover the cost. Other than that the weekend is free of charge as you are volunteering your work for accommodation.
There is a large selection of jobs to choose from. Depending upon your abilities and disposition you are free to choose as you wish (there are strictly no "his" or "hers" jobs).
Tasks may include: a) Spring cleaning inside the property b) General organic gardening - including mulching and weeding c) Beautifying the entrance of the property d) Working on infrastructure for the Commonground Festival
So, why would you voluntarily trade your weekend for this?
Sense of contribution Whatever work you carry out here will mean you have left your stamp on the community in a real way. Rather than donating money you are donating your time and skills, watching them make a difference to a worthy cause.
Experience a snapshot of life as a WWOOFer If you have ever considered being a Willing Worker On Organic Farms you have an opportunity to preview this lifestyle. Commonground rely heavily on WWOOFers to help build and maintain the community and these gatherings are a chance to introduce yourself as a potential candidate.
Get to know yourself: Nothing is more telling of our character than when we are out of our comfort zone. If you're thinking of attending one of these gatherings and don't have anyone to go with, throw yourself in the deep end by going alone and seeing where the weekend takes you.
Get to know others
Due to the nature of this community you are bound to end up crossing paths with likeminded people. Be open and allow yourself to be inspired by stories shared around the dinner table.
Commonground gatherings are opportunities to give from the heart and receive as much in return. It's a refreshing sense of community away from the impersonal hustle and bustle of the city. Sign up for email updates of when the next one will be held.