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Construction work on sacred land an hour from town

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Mountains and Waters Alliance

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.

In our process of creating a sacred space for meditation and relationship with land and waters, we are building a solar greenhouse to move our indoor space (living and meditation space) off grid. The 2021 project is the first step: we're moving an exterior wall so we can build the greenhouse next year. So this is a little demolition and some construction. The process includes adding a bedroom (for retreats or residents) and expanding the living room.
We expect to be building through much of May; exact start and end dates aren't established.
People who would like to spend a weekend, a week, or more are welcome to sleep over; we have guest rooms and tent space. Food is provided.
Please contact Shodo for more information.
The lead carpenter is highly skilled, and is also a meditation practitioner. The host (Shodo) is a Zen teacher.
You don't need experience, but of course people with carpentry experience are highly welcome.
This happens about an hour south of the Twin Cities.

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About Mountains and Waters Alliance


16922 Cabot Ave, Faribault, MN 55021, US

Mission Statement

Mountains and Waters Alliance exists to heal the deep cause of the climate emergency in the rift between the dominant human culture and the whole of life on earth. Together with all beings, we protect and restore the living earth. We create and nourish communities, rooted in meditation and ceremony, that practice farming as activism and defend land, water, and life as healing work; we learn, teach, and invite others to join us.


We begin on seventeen acres in Minnesota, farming, regenerating woodlands and wetlands, learning from the land, apprenticing ourselves to the land. Zen meditation is a daily part of our life here.

Now in our seventh year, we have hosted community celebrations, volunteer days, meditation retreats, and residential work-study. We've foraged and gardened, planted fruit trees and berries, made trails, visited the river. In 2019 we built a meditation hall, in 2021 we begin creating a solar greenhouse.



We'll work with your schedule.


16922 Cabot Ave FaribaultMinneapolis, MN 55431


  • Cooking / Catering
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry
  • Woodworking


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Ideal candidate is a carpenter who can stay for the month! Realistically, one day, a week, a weekend. It's an opportunity to learn; the longer you stay the better.
  • Clear communication - If you're not sure you can come, say so. If you need a ride or something, ask and we'll help.

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