The Good Life Center is Seeking 2021 Resident Stewards!

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About the Residency Program

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The Nearing Residency is a seasonal residency sponsored by The Good Life Center. Nearing Residents live at Forest Farm, manage the gardens, live off the land, and entertain the many hundreds of visitors who come to Forest Farm every year.

It is designed to perpetuate Forest Farm as a place of inspiration, to help promote the mission and goals of The Good Life Center, and offers recipients a rare opportunity for simple living, organic gardening, and inspiration.

It is hoped that a season of immersion in the Nearing lifeways, combining hand labor and intellectual pursuit, will enliven the Residents’ capacities to make future contributions to progressive social change.

To apply for the Residency, see application process below. For more information, email:

Nearing Residency – Description & Application Process

Remarkable and unique opportunity on the Maine coast for responsible couple. Live at Forest Farm, historic homestead of Living the Good Life authors Helen and Scott Nearing, on spectacular Cape Rosier peninsula overlooking Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills. Located near Blue Hill and Deer Isle, Maine, an hour from Acadia National Park with their galleries, restaurants, beautiful public beaches, biking, kayaking, sailing, and hiking.

Responsibilities include caring for the Nearings’ organic vegetable garden, light maintenance, welcoming visitors, providing tours, and introducing educational programs. A simply furnished wood heated resident apartment is provided, along with a modest stipend, garden vegetables, special access to the Nearing library, and the opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world. You will receive support and supervision from the site manager and the head gardener.

The season is Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day and requires 25 hours of work per week per person with two days off per week. Applicants must be nonsmokers, have hands-on gardening experience, and the capability to commit to the full season. Vegetarian meals while on grounds. Knowledge of the Nearings’ writings and philosophy a plus.

Please send resume and letter of interest by March 1 to: Nearing Residency, The Good Life Center, 97 Water Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614.