Projects and Volunteers

We are serious about our efforts as a true, self-sufficient Ecolodge, and providing community support through our presence here.  Your support of us, in turn, is very much appreciated!

We also welcome volunteers for help with projects, as listed below.

Completed and On-going Ecolodge and Community-Support Projects

  • Passive solar heated lodge, insulated to Alaska standards.
  • Spring water system, year-round running water
  • Artisan support by using traditional stone building, wood-paneling, door making, furniture making, and traditional symbolic painting; also through sales of traditional products through our Khampa Nomad Arts Cooperative.
  • Biogas tanks installed, but not working (see below)
  • Solar voltaic electric system (2 systems throughout the lodge for back-up power)
  • Heating from dung
  • Sustainably-built sauna, which allows bathing when power is not sufficient to heat water
  • Garden for salad, herbs, and potatoes
  • River and Roadside recyclable clean-up, done by children
  • On-going, low-key Environmental Education for nomads
  • On-going, low-key Hygiene and Sanitation education for nomads
  • On-going medical help for nomads, as requested
  • Support for similar eco-friendly building projects around the area (for example, meditation huts)

Planned Projects and Improvements:

  • Wind-power installation
  • Wood-heated hot tub
  • Cheese cave to age cheese for winter use
  • Hanging bridge to ease crossing (cold in winter, dangerous in summer)
  • Seeding biogas tanks with phychrophilic (cold-loving bacteria)
  • Chickens for eggs
  • Window sealing
  • Second greenhouse warmth and insulation
  • Cold frames for outdoor garden


We welcome donations for the following projects:

— please write to if interested

  • Further solar power (particularly to allow for heaters in wintertime)
  • Cheese cave
  • Hanging bridge*
  • Trash clean-up projects in nomad areas and at sacred natural spots (these also act as low-key environmental education

*no longer active, donation sufficient (thank you!)


We welcome volunteer help with the following projects:

— please write to if interested.  We provide either partial or full room and board.

  • Wind-power installation
  • Hot-tub building
  • Cheese cave building
  • Bridge building
  • Gardening
  • Daily operations (cooking and cleaning and hosting)
  • Website improvement and design
  • Photography (requires portfolio)
  • Gathering cold-loving bacterial in high altitude swamps
  • Mapping and making points for hiking trails for further travelers
  • Yoga and Mindfulness Teaching, other skills (requires advance planning)

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