Visiting the Bubble
We sometimes hold open days (usually in late summer) and other events on the land - have a look at our events page for these.
During the rest of the year Tinkers Bubble is generally not open for day visitors or brief stays as we are busy maintaining our land, although we may consider meeting people from other land-based and community projects.
The way most people get to know us is to volunteer with us, either joining us for 2 to 3 weeks throughout the year or for a forestry weekend during the winter. Forestry weekends are listed on our events page, and are dedicated to felling and processing trees, and working in our Hazel coppice, using only hand tools.
2 to 3 week volunteer stays can be arranged about 3 months in advance throughout the year, in which you join in with community life. The work we do is dependant on the seasons and the requirements of the community - typically a lot of weeding in the summer and wood processing in the winter! Volunteers work with a resident for about 7hrs a day, monday to friday, in exchange for food and board. Accommodation is usually in the communal guesthouse, which is comfortable, if basic. If you don't want to share with others then camping is also a possibility, but staying in vehicles is not possible due to our planning restrictions. The guest house has a wood burner, but we spend most of our time outside so please be prepared for cold, rain, and mud. Bring a torch, warm clothes, practical footwear, and any fresh looking roadkill you find en-route.
We get a lot more applications than we can accomodate and so must turn down most requests. Please only apply to volunteer if you are committed to coming, and if you are interested in being at the Bubble in particular. Please remember that Tinkers Bubble is a low impact community - we don't allow the use of fossil fuels on the land and we strive to live as sustainably as we can. Land work can be demanding and commuity life intense, which means that life here isn't always easy and isn't for everyone. Other volunteering opportunities can be found on websites such as WWOOF, Diggers and Dreamers, and Workaway.
For volunteer applications, contact us 3 months in advance at tinkersbubble at riseup.net. It may take us a couple of weeks to respond.
We are sometimes open to new residents who have built a relationship with the Bubble. To avoid conflict and to ensure that we continue the aims of the community, joining is a fairly long process. Living here requires a full commitment to our ethos of living off-grid, to land-work, and to living in community.
Potential new residents start by volunteering with us, for two to three weeks. If we each feel from this that residency could be a possibility, and if space is available, then you would return for a three month stay in which you join in with the same schedule as the residents, and start to take on more autonomy and responsibility. During this stay we will all get a feel for whether residency is an appropriate option for now.
Residents are expected to work for part of each week on various land-based projects, to join in with communal tasks such as cooking and animal care, and to pay a small rent to cover food bills and ancilliary costs.