Eco Village Shawnigan Lake, Canada

7 reviews7

Natural Builders or Skilled Handyperson Needed

Help a sustainable project
3 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
Higher chance of approval
This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with the locals
5 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Learn about sustainability
5 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Dedicated Workspace
Specific space for you to work remotely
Fast Internet Access
High-speed internet for you to work remotely
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Permaculture Course
Take part in our Permaculture course for free.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

A Natural Building like ours is a powerful experience for those who have never had the chance to visit one. It has the visitor become quiet to feel the space. Its soft shapes, plenty of daylight, relief sculpture, and a heated floor invite the visitor to linger and relax for a while. As the Ecovillage continues to expand its capacity, we are now looking for building helpers to join in the ongoing creation!

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  • Intermediate English
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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7 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Eco Village


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 5 Meeting locals
  • 5 Learning about sustainability
  • 5 Immersing in the local culture
  • 5 Developing environmental awareness
  • 5 Get in touch with nature
  • 4 Meeting international travelers

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 3 2. Zero hunger
  • 3 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 3 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

United Kingdom


My partner and I spent a month at the eco village and it exceeded my expectations at every turn. I learned a lot about living sustainably, building, permaculture and living in an intentional community, just to mention a few. The core community is super welcoming and friendly with lots of other people coming and going making each day different and never a dull moment. The place itself is beautiful and I look forward to coming back soon. Highly recommend this place!!

10 days ago

OUR replied

Christian has been a total delight in OUR team! Jumping in eventually with both feet - he can be trusted to take leadership with organizing, keeping track of what is needed, cooking outrageously great meals....and having the best sense of humour in the process. What great fun this couple is and such a positive impact with everything they put their hand to! Highest recommendations for them both :)

United Kingdom


Myself and my partner spent a month staying at the eco village, it was our first stop in Canada and we are so glad it was. The community is so welcoming and we felt settled very quickly. The village is really well organised with everyone playing their role in keeping things going. We learnt so much throughout our stay including how to live more sustainably, permaculture, building, animal care and living within a community. Everyday was different and tasks ranged from helping with school trips to working in the kitchen and on the farm. We had the best time and are hoping to return very soon!

20 days ago

OUR replied

What an outstanding visit and secretly perhaps one of OUR most favorite couples in the last few years! Tabitha is so engaging,detailer, optimistic and has a great sense of humour to meet almost any situation that comes along ~
With a great spirit towards building positive environments...she has everyone smiling and can shift the energy on a team in such helpful ways. Additionally, she has mad skills with whatever she puts her hands to seemingly and an interest to learn whatever is new. Top-notch recommendation for all others who are so lucky as to have this great couple jump in with you, your family and/or your project!

so grateful to have met and worked with you both :)



The eco village. the eco village is a special, wonderful place. Nowhere have I seen somewhere with this level of commitment to a better future. The place and the team feel grounding in the reality of our changing world : sustainability, community and peacemaking feel at the heart of every day spent on site. There is wonderful care and attention put into the space. It felt wonderful to learn about decisionmaking, fluid teamwork, management of unexpected situations, natural building, permaculture, animal husbandry, education and life in general during my stay. Would 100% recommend to eco minded adventurers!

23 days ago

OUR replied

What an outstanding and full-of-care human being! - this young has a most inquisitive and honest way of bringing together a connection with individuals and groups alike. He is an asset to any project he takes on, will follow through, and is plenty skilled. He has a POWERFUL way of bringing himself into the journey with others and himself....we highly recommend him to join your place/project/family as a most wonderful contribution to any space he chooses to share himself with :)



Sharing this space and time has been terrific. We found more than we expected. Brandy is an excellent hostess,so kind,frendly,hospitable and she was always worried about our well being. This spot is really georgeous,both the farm and its surroundings. Parks,lakes and forest make it so special. We deeply appreciate what we lived and shared with the eco village there two magical months. Learning and developing new skills getting to know a new culture & language. Thanks Brandy,and to all those who were part of this story to tell. "Ahó" for this beatiful meeting. love & blessings.

over 1 year ago



This is such a good place to learn and share with beautiful people.

over 5 years ago

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