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Off-Grid Artist Haven Needs Help Building Earth Domes

World, North America, USA, Twentynine palms



Travel dates

27°C, 23:25

About the workproject

We need 4 volunteers

Hi I'm Lindsey and I'm building free off-grid artist studios in the Mojave desert about 30 mins east of Joshua Tree, CA. The land is 5 acres and just getting set up- there is a cabin I'm finishing and a completed earthbag dome. I need all kinds of help and all skill sets are welcome. Currently I am preparing to build a second dome, organizing a large junk pile, and earthbagging a firepit. Other projects for this year include creating a ferrocement water cistern, water catchment system, and creating a number of earthworks on the property. Please read my volunteer reviews (they are honest and accurate), check out the instagram and the project video.

Volunteers should limit their stay to 1-5 nights and be prepared to work ~2-4 hours a day either in the early morning or evening. I provide some food and plenty of recommendations on cool places to explore.

Accommodations are tent or car camping only. YOU MUST HAVE A CAR- NO EXCEPTIONS. Water must be brought in (fill jugs for free at the nearby Oasis of Mara Visitor Center). There is a dry toilet/outhouse and hand-washing station on site.

If you're an adventurous happy helper, hardy camper, and prepared for the conditions of the Mojave desert, please reach out to be part of this exciting project.

About the host

Lindsey (41)

Host since




Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

In the summer of 2016 I moved to a remote 5 acre plot of desert with a dream of building an earth dome-laden free art haven; a place where I could host a diverse company of artists while expanding my skills in large-format sculpture, earthworks, carpentry, music, permaculture, and junk art. The dream has sprouted. The first dome is complete, a cabin erected, a cozy 1975 Winnebago that opens to a sky of endless stars. Wonder Domes will begin hosting artists this Fall. In the meantime, I live here. I build things, I walk for miles in search of beautiful trash, I carouse with likeminded outcasts, navigate a variety of friendships and love affairs, and regularly confront my own dysfunction.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • construction
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects
  • art projects

Expected workhours

  • 4 hours a day
  • 4 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • cabin

Small off-grid cabin is under construction but can comfortably sleep 2 people. Space is ideal for hardy campers or those with a "vanlife" setup.

  • self catering

Some staple snacks provided

  • no money is involved