September 14th – 28th ’18
In the autumn workcamp we convene to pack up the Centre for the winter. We mulch the gardens, knock down and store the temporary workshop spaces, and do maintenance on the buildings: painting and wood preserving. There is some pruning, re-planting and tree work.
The autumn workcamp is a very mellow time as the shadows lengthen, and a strong sense of community emerges in the group. The beaches are warm from about 11:30 am to 3:30 and we go every day for a few hours, often taking a picnic lunch with us.
As the month progresses the nights become cool, warm pullovers are useful and we sleep under blankets. The month is usually a dry one, with the days being clear and crisp yet still warm till late afternoon. In both spring and autumn camps we have a community sharing every morning after breakfast and work a few hours in the morning, go to the beach after lunch and then come back and work a few more hours before dinner in the evening. Workcampers put in about 34 hours/week with one full day off offering completely free time.
As always, working and sharing together as a team engenders a strong community feeling and the feedback on the workcamps over the years has been consistently positive. As opposed to the excitement and strong energy of the May workcamp when we ready ourselves for the new season, the autumn camp is softer and quieter, in keeping for the onset of winter. It’s a time to go inward and reflect on our accomplishments over the summer season and to give ourselves feedback and to envisage next year’s season.
Both workcamps provide an opportunity to join the work rhythms of the Centre, to learn natural building methods, organic gardening and to participate in authentic community building. People often elect to stay on after the May workcamp and join our summer staff and there are often opportunities for extending your stay in this way.
All of our Autumn workcamp projects give excellent opportunities for gender role reversal as you can see from the photos on this page depicting workers from our previous camps.