We’re a loving home of eight humans on a huge property (although soon to be seven).
We are seeking a kind-hearted person, who is 25+ and excited to live as part of a community home.
We are wanting someone who cares about community and the land.
***Please apply by the Monday the 13th December.
~~We welcome all humans and strongly encourage POC, people from the LGBTIQ+ community and those who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply~~
T H E _H O M E _A N D _ L A N D
We are on 1.5 acres of beautiful Eltham bush, plus about 50m of almost-private bushland reserve with amazing views.
The river is just at the bottom of our garden and is swimmable
There is amazing swimming, kayaking and summer options on our property and nearby.
There are heaps of parks nearby for walking, bike trails and Penny’s Orchard nearby.
We have large vegetable gardens and wicking beds with lots of yummy vegetables and plenty of space for growing more!
There is plenty of room for all, with a variety of indoor and outdoor shared spaces in addition to decent sized private bedrooms. You can always find some private space outside of your bedroom as well when you need it.
Upstairs has five bedrooms, with a huge country kitchen with an island, huge living room with river views and fireplace, beautiful North-oriented courtyard, another lovely East-facing Garden courtyard, and two bathrooms. Downstairs has one bedroom (and a bungalow bedroom), a large study / rumpus room (aka the dojo) and an art / healing / guest room of requirement with a bathroom (and bath). Your room would be upstairs with close access to one of the bathrooms!
Accessibility: The property as a whole is unfortunately not very wheelchair friendly for living long term. Long downhill gravel driveway. Stairs down to main level (if not driving) and lower floor. There are big sliding doors & stairs for getting to lower floor. Main floor is somewhat accessible if driving down driveway & we're on a hill in terms of getting around.
Eltham train station is a 10 min bike ride away & 5 min drive, we’re close to all the supermarkets, there’s fresh markets as well, yummy cafes and we’re 10 mins from Doncaster shopping centre, Templestowe and Warrandyte.
Some things about our home...
- Shared maintenance of the garden and home on a weekly basis. We love the occasional working bee and are looking for people who are excited about spending time tending and caretaking the land and house.
- We have a shared bank account for all food, bills, and other house purchases. Rent is ~450pcm. We shop ethically and environmentally friendly where possible.
- All our food is shared. There's a meal on the table most nights of the week that is cooked by whoever has the time and inspiration and eaten gratefully by anyone who is around. Cleaning up is shared by all. We have various diets - some of us are occasional meat eaters, vegetarian and vegan but we make sure everyone is accommodated at mealtimes. We just label any treats/food with our name on it if we want to save it for ourselves individually.
- We share open, kind, direct and thorough communication. We are relatively informed and strive to be respectful of our different lived experiences, needs & boundaries. People have lived and worked in many countries around the world, with some speaking second languages. We are excited to invite someone different to add this mix!
- We love bringing the community together around our home. Short meetings are had together every 3-4 weeks over dinner to keep communication open. Small film nights, potlucks and other community gatherings are our thing. Larger gatherings/parties and performances happen every now and again. That said, this is usually a tranquil and calm home, where everyone’s need for personal space and reflection is supported.
- We already have one lovely doggo, so sorry no pets.
- We keep up to date with COVID regulations & some of us work with vulnerable peeps.
T H E _ P E O P L E :
Lize: A part-time AOD worker who believes strongly in open communication and sharing feels. Loves boogie, drawing, yoga and frolicking and protecting our beautiful earth and ocean home.
Aurora: A holistic Wellbeing Counsellor/ Facilitator, into deep ecology, a nature lover, dancer and explorer of life.
Jon: A maker, architect and nature goat with a history of museum and library work who organises community festivals, plays folk music and studies coding.
Seren: Makes music on piano/fiddle, studying psych, does remote health admin work, wont to erupt in playful nonsense. Loves writing, river swims & firebaths..will give u embarrassing mum compliments. Mother of Wolfkin & resident swagmeister
Andreas: Fond gardener, crafter, music maker, and builder of things. I am a tutor and researcher in the School of Geography at Melbourne uni & I also work at Murrup Barak here and there. I go crazy for plants, folk music, forest walks, feasts, river swims, sustainability & socio-ecological justice.
George: A Masters student / karate instructor and Sci Fi and Fantasy enthusiast. Recently found gardening during lockdown and is attempting to grow enough produce to open a greengrocer's.
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Thank you SO MUCH for sticking with us and reading all of that. What a star
Please apply by the Monday the 13th December.
There’s two ways to do this:
1. Make a short, max 5 min quick and video introducing yourself, saying why you’re interested in joining us, how you feel about living communally, how long you’d ideally be staying with us, and giving us an idea of what your daily life looks like. No editing, no fanciness, no stress about quality. Upload it as an UNLISTED YouTube / Vimeo etc video (Not 'private' or we wont be able to see it! ) and email us the link at our email address below.
2. Send a short email to our address below, addressing the same topics.
Also, pencil in these dates! We have set aside time to meet you on:
- Tuesday 14th 5-8pm OR Wednesday 15th 5-8pm
- Let us know if these dates aren't doable
We acknowledge that our home is on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and that their sovereignty was never ceded. We pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.