Sun Lotus

You will experience the beautiful Westcoast Canadian lifestyle, meet plenty of new people, visit the amazing local Cowichan river and mountains, use our bikes, learn some cooking/garden processing or discover new tastes, do some island camping (weather/time permitting) Visit Victoria, Duncan & Lake Cowichan; learn some resourceful building techniques, meet an amazing array of adorable pets, and learn some sustainable veggie gardening. Enjoy bonfires, music and the starry night sky of BC and You will help create a beautiful self-sufficient sanctuary space for a small community to inhabit long into the future.

My name is Anita, I am a single mother to a teen. I own a beautiful 2 acre property in the warm Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Isle. Currently, On our property resides 2 other individuals, 4 dogs, 5 cats, 10 chickens and 1 rooster. We have been living and developing this property for over 20 years and have hosted many work-exchanges long before there were websites for such things! Our mission here is to live in a sustainable community atmosphere building a site that nourishes both body & soul and it set up for community living long into the future. We aim to grow as much food as possible, and continue to create a beautiful environment that brings us peace, comfort & security. We have access to one of the most lovely (warm-ish) rivers in Canada just a few kms down the road, its fun for tubing, swimming or just escaping the heat on its banks. To relax at home, we have a lovely sanctuary garden with a small pond, swing, bathtub and abundant flowering plants and shrubs. Personally, I have a food based business, making specialty food products and selling them, along with hot meals from my food truck at markets & festivals on the weekends. Some might even say, eating my meals will be one of the perks of staying with us. I will also be happy to share some of my recipes & easy cooking techniques. In the summer, we also like to go on picnic trips during the week & we would be happy to bring you along to see a few awesome nearby sites. You will also have access to local hiking trails with spectacular views, bikes, or public busses to tour locally, or you can hitch a ride with me down to the gorgeous city of Victoria on Saturdays while I sell at market. In the evenings, you can enjoy a drink or a toke by our campfire, great conversations and the magic of the West-coast BC evenings!

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Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Canada

5

Staying at Sun Lotus with Anita was absolutely fantastic. She is incredibly kind and easy to enjoy spending time with. She took everything into account such as weather and would try to make both the time working and time off as good as possible. Her property is very beautiful and working in it was very interesting and a great experience. As well, the meals she would prepare were fantastic every time. The entire experience was very welcoming and though I didn't get to stay long I found that I felt at home very quickly. Anita is a wonderful host and I would absolutely reco

13 days ago


ANITA replied

Thanks Kyla, it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for the care you took in helping out...I wish you a marvelous summer and hope to see you again someday!

United Kingdom

5

My time at Sun Lotus is one I will never forget. Anita and Ginger made me feel welcome from the moment we met; getting to know them was a pleasure. Tasks were managable, the variation of projects made work interesting and working in the garden was highly enjoyable. Anita taught me about how she runs the property, business and cooking. I've had some of the best meals during my stay, she is an amazing cook! I really enjoyed my time in Victoria and driving around the area during the change in season. I would highly recommend this experience! Best wishes for the future, I'll miss the furry friends

7 months ago


ANITA replied

Thanks Amber, best of luck in school and your new house!!

Spain

5

Anita is an amazing host, I really enjoyed this experience. She is so charming, cares about you and gives you everything needed. The accomodation is amazing, you have your own space and the food is the best! Anita is a good soul and a lovely person, already miss her.
The job you have to do is quite easy, moreover she showed you how to do everything. Hours of working are flexible and you can do many different activities around at the Lake and river Cowichan, beautiful places.
She helped us with everything we need, I feel super grateful of meet her, highly recommend this experience.

8 months ago


ANITA replied

I am awaiting your return!!

Spain

5

Highly recommended!!
Amazing experience with Anita.
We really enjoy the time we were there, she is so flexible. The work at the garden is not hard at all and you can learn a lot. Also, are people at the site who make a really good environment.
We're so lucky to spend time together.
Thanks for everything. See you soon!!

8 months ago


ANITA replied

so fun having you and Maria here, and a camping trip I will never forget!! you folks are always welcome to come back...love your energy, responsibility and enthusiasm to get the jobs done!

Peru

5

I have good memories shared in Sun Lotus. I could practice my English every day. Anita is a person who makes it very easy to talk and share experiences, it was a pleasure to hear her and learn a little about bio-orchards, and with that cultivated in the garden prepare meals, delicious and natural.
I learned how to maintain a more sustainable life by separating solids and with organic waste making compost.
She was attentive to any request. If you really love nature, this place is perfect because it is surrounded by vegetation, rivers and lakes 🌿😊

8 months ago


ANITA replied

Thank you Andrea you were a terrific help and so nice to be around. I wish you success in your studies. You will do well, you are very clever and ambitious.Im glad you enjoyed your stay with me.


Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature

Vegetarian / Vegan

Rural

Contact with animals

Spiritual

Family