OUR MISSION

Our vision began when we were still living in St. John's and dreaming of a healthier life in a rural setting. When we discovered a perfect abode nestled in the beautiful Codroy Valley, historically a primary agricultural hub for Newfoundland, our vision became grounded. We recognized the vast potential for growing organic food in a sustainable manner, as well as educating both locals and visitors on its value for human and environmental health. We realized that by combining environmentally sustainable activities, on-site entertainment, and affordability, we would be able to bring waves of travelers to this beautiful and oft-overlooked corner of the world. We therefore envision an eco-hostel that is more than just a stopover to or from the ferry, but rather a destination that travelers talk about, plan their trip around, and keep coming back to. Moreover, we want travelers to leave here feeling inspired to help make their world a happier and healthier place to live in.

 

Our primary focus is on sustainability and fun outdoor activities. An outhouse system is already established, with plans to add a comfortable rain-fed solar shower. Our organic garden and geodesic dome greenhouse offer quiet settings where guests can relax. Fresh eggs from our free-range hens will soon be available for guests if they desire, and they also have the option of gathering them themselves. We strive to use primarily non-disposable, non-mass produced, or compostable products in the hostel. We try to cut down on energy usage and promote non-electronic-based activities such as reading, hiking, bird watching, games, campfires, and crafts. In addition, we offer one tandem and two single kayaks to rent and launch right from the hostel grounds. We are working to set up solar panels and other forms of alternative energy systems, such as bicycle-powered appliances.

 

Another important aspect is to create a social and inclusive atmosphere for tourists and local residents alike. We've transformed a large two-story shed on our property into a movie theatre/lounge that also serves as a daily morning meditation space for all to enjoy. The hostel is equipped with an eclectic library and book exchange, guest kitchen, board games, and indoor & outdoor communal hangout spaces including a garden gazebo and group-size fire pit spaces. Guests are encouraged to partake in community events, such as festivals and dances. Starting 2019, we will have a calendar of events throughout the month featuring gardening/fermentation/vegan cooking workshops, film screenings, dance parties, culture classes, guided hikes & bike tours, board games, and trivia nights. Future goals include bringing in experts to lead workshops on health & well-being, sustainability, and practical skills, a gallery featuring local arts & crafts, an organic nanobrewery, and a health/nutrition/food/drink festival.

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