- A slower pace- Innisfree is a place to reconnect with yourself and the natural environment. Volunteers have time to enjoy long walks outside and observe the changing of the seasons as well as learn more about themselves and people with disabilities.
- Learning new skills- Volunteers who come to Innisfree have the opportunity learn new skills like soap making, gardening, sewing, woodworking, cooking, baking, and much more. Workstation heads have the skills and passion to help combine the efforts of volunteers and adults with disabilities alike into happy and productive work.
- Making international connections- Each year, people from all over the world come to volunteer at Innisfree and become lifelong connections for volunteers and staff. For those interested in travel, having a place to stay all over the globe is a priceless network.
- Access to healthy local food- Innisfree’s vegetable garden provides in-season vegetables to Innisfree’s houses and has a store of preserved food for the off season. Our cows provide ground beef and other cuts of meat year-round and our on-campus store sells eggs, frozen veggies, meats, bulk grains, and much more to Innisfree residents. During the week, community members get a healthy lunch cooked by our Kitchen workstation with veggies from the gardens.
- Access to opportunities to stay fit- Whether your style is swimming, running, weight-lifting, yoga, or soccer, Innisfree has a full range of fitness options for volunteers. Not to mention a beautiful property to stroll around and enjoy!
- Proximity to one of the best cities in the U.S.- Just 20 miles away, Charlottesville, Virginia has become a hub of restaurants, breweries, art, music, and endless outdoor activities. No matter what your interests, days off can be full of any activity you choose with access to Innisfree’s fleet of vehicles.
- Learning about yourself and others- Sharing life with people with disabilities doesn’t just mean the daily tasks like personal care, medications, and appointments. It means really getting to the core of who someone is and what they need to thrive. This in turn reflects onto oneself and helps highlight what really matters in our day to day lives. In a world that often asks us to forget who we are to be productive members of society, Innisfree asks only that we are honest with ourselves and that we maintain respectful and loving relationships with those around us.
- Learning how to manage a home- Whether your future goals involve having a family, living on your own, traveling worldwide, or hunkering down in a yurt, managing money and food are still necessities. Living in an Innisfree home means learning how to make the most of your budget and feed groups of people as well as keep up with weekly cleaning and household chores. Skills like these can last a lifetime!
- Vacations- The term “volunteer” can be misleading. Innisfree volunteers get 20 days of vacation each year, 15 of which are paid. The average American only gets 10!
- Last but not least- A year of growth and giving back- It’s no secret that volunteering is good for the soul and for the community. Volunteering at Innisfree is no exception. Whether you’re looking for an alternative year before diving into grad school, a change of pace from your 9-5 or an opportunity to work with an amazing population, Innisfree is a great opportunity to give back and who knows- you may get more than you give!
The farm internship at Innisfree is an opportunity for the applicant to gain experience in animal
husbandry and the practice of rotational grazing. You will be helping with the daily cattle and sheep moves and observations, with the intent that you would be working towards proficiency in
understanding what goes into the decisions that we make every day. You will also be exposed to
animal health checks for both sheep and cattle, how to evaluate animals for health concerns and how to safely and effectively work with them. As a compliment to these areas, you will be involved in the upkeep and installation of permanent fence infrastructure, and the use and maintenance of farm
How to Apply:
Join us for the annual Innisfree Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 2nd 2017 – 10am-5pm
There will be crafts for sale from our weavery, bakery, woodshop, pottery, art class, farm and gardens.
Plus children’s activities, tours of the village, refreshments, workshops, and more!
Contact us to sign up for the wreath-making workshop at 1:30pm
$40 includes all materials- Registration requred!
E-mail [email protected]
Living and working at Innisfree can teach you so many things. In an uncertain world, Innisfree holds a place for learning valuable lessons about ourselves and our relationship with others. In this post, former and current volunteers answer the question: What was the single most valuable thing you learned at Innisfree?
“Innisfree is a great place for everyone to be who they are. It gives you a lot of skills for the rest of your life. I learned a lot about wood working, gardening, baking and how to run a household.” – Adrienne S.
“Acceptance of how other people need to live their lives” – Maddy G.
“That humans are complex and that dignity comes from beyond our abilities.” – Heather M.
“To be more patient and tolerant. To appreciate nature. You can’t please all the people all the time. Life is beautiful! Dying is part of the cycle and doesn’t have to be feared. Volunteers are amazing!” – Nancy C.
“That coworkers can teach me more than I can teach them.” – Gillian P.
“To be honest about my own limitations, take care of myself, and that often I am the one who needs to change not the coworker.” – Vanessa T.
“First to be comfortable around people who were different from me, then to love and appreciate people for who they really are.” – Nich T.
“What courageous people look like.” – Luis B.
“To react slowly to daily events.” – Tim Y.
“Wow. One thing? Either that what annoys you the most about someone else is a character trait that you share with them; or Pace yourself – life is not a race, but if it was a race, the winners are those who take time to savor each and every day and opportunity as they occur.” – Suzanne P.
“How important relationships are.” – Neill C.
“We don’t make mistakes, we make adjustments.” – Graham M.
“Work Inclusion” – Connie W.
Innisfree is looking for 1-year volunteers to come be a part of this amazing community.
Come enjoy the Innisfree experience!
Please join us at Innisfree Music Fest 2017 for an
afternoon of live music, mirth and merriment, and “friendraising.”
· Local bands · Family friendly · Food and wine · Picnics welcome
· Raffle for Innisfree Handcrafted items · Tours of Innisfree
· Warmed Over Boys – acoustic folk – 12:00pm
· Grainneog – irish pub music – 1:15pm
· Holy Smokes! – “Grateful” reggae – 2:30pm
· Cathy Elly – kids’ sing along – 3:30pm
· Coalie Stokes – funky soul dance – 4:00pm
Food and Wine:
(indoors if raining)
(no pets please)
We’ve changed a lot in 2016! Here are a few of our major milestones
- We started the official Art Workstation in April
- 20 people participate in the art program once a week- several people participate multiple times per week
- We participated in the City Space art show for the first time!
- Mosaics became incorporated into our weekly routine
- The second annual Herb Garden/Art Studio calendar collaboration happened with great success!
- We sold our items at the Open House for the first time- also with great success!
- We incorporated printmaking into 3 art periods per week
- Art projects were incorporated into a couple of our village/community events
- We even started a new art group- a “Nature Art” focusing on all the ways we can participate in our natural environment to make art!