Geforderte Mindest-Aufenthaltsdauer: mindestens 1 Woche
***UPDATE - WE ARE NOT TAKING ON ANY MORE VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR. THANKS AND PLEASE CHECK IN WITH US NEXT YEAR FOR OUR WORK IN SPRING***
Calling inspired and meticulous volunteers to help bring to life a vision of a truly sacred retreat space in the heart and deep calm of the southwest France. Our 17th century ‘maison de maître’ home and land holds ancient history, the El Camino trail running close to the property’s parameter.
The house has a special energy and asks that a labour of love be instilled to cultivate this space into an oasis of higher living and learning, deep rejuvenation and sanctuary, thriving life and joy. Let us work all together to restore this ancient manor to its original splendour. We aim to open the space as a spiritual retreat centre (including yoga, energy healing, rejuvenation, music, etc…) and special events location from 2020.
Seeking creative, motivated, respectful and environmentally conscious skilled and willing-to-learn volunteers for the following tasks:
-Painting/Decorating & general building/carpentry (woodworking)
-Landscaping/ Biodynamic garden creation
-Land clearing, old unused barn clearing
-Sewing bedroom curtains (must be experienced seamstress)
-General house upkeep duties (incl. deep cleans)
-General duties of clearing rooms, preparing for house renovations, etc etc etc…
-Fine artists, furniture restoration
In exchange for 4-5 hours of help a day you will be given free accommodation in the grand manor and full board, all meals, outings, bonfire nights in the summer evenings, swimming in the light of the moon or the heat of the sun in our swimming pool, exploring the surrounding medieval towns and sites... You will be within reasonable driving distance (or catch the train) to the bohemian city of Bordeaux, a short sprint to Monségur for its acclaimed summer jazz festivals and within very doable driving distance to the Pyrenees for breathtaking mountain hiking experiences. There are rivers to kayak and canoe in and so much natural life and adventure to purely enjoy. The permanent residents of the house are Katie and Kévin, an English and French couple who speak both languages (somewhat!) so there is lots of opportunity to practice your French here as well as out and about in the local villages.
Communal eating is a big part of the experience. We are a mainly vegetarian/vegan household, but will make allowances for all dietary needs within reason.
We would love for you to be a part of this magical endeavour. We will need Skype or Facetime to have a chat and make plans before your arrival. Couples, friends and individuals welcome. Learn, develop and share skills. Bring your artistic powers and tools (music, writing, photography, sculpture, etc.) and engage in the magic of creation.
Arten von Hilfe und LernmöglichkeitenGartenarbeitenHeimwerker- und BauarbeitenZubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die FamilieHandwerkliche ArbeitenHilfe bei ÖkoprojektenHausarbeitenSprachpraxisKunstprojekteHilfe mit Computer /Internet
Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten
It's a lovely environment for making new friends while learning a new language, new skills, developing existing ones or may be you have just qualified and need work experience. There are a wide variety of jobs needing doing so the work will be interesting and varied. When it comes to the work, we are a mix of professionals and learners so all skill levels are welcome and we encourage getting involved and giving things a try!
Skills required include
Painting and decorating
Plumbing/ Eco heating expert
Landscape/ Gardening / Sustainable Farming/permaculture
Cleaning (general household and deep cleans)
Carpentry (Bookshelves, shutters etc)
There will be an option of shared and single accommodation in the main house. Couples/friends/individuals welcome.
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In your free time explore the beautiful French countryside, local markets, walk or cycle through the local vineyards, canoe on the Canal du Midi (10 minutes away) Enjoy the winter evenings around the fire and in the summer months there is also free use of the secluded pool and outdoor kitchen and BBQ with stunning views. We want to create a beautiful positive energy for the house with a community feel. if you are an artist, musician, writer, photographer, yoga teacher, singer, masseuse etc please feel free to bring your instruments/skills with you and share your creativity with the rest of the group! In the evening winter months we have a beautiful fire where we can play music, chat and chill. There will also be quiet areas if people want to read, paint, or just have some time to themselves. This is a place to feel at home, work as well as have fun, relax and take time out for yourself while learning new skills and experiencing a new culture and area.
Etwas mehr Information
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal
mehr als zwei
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Kevin, Katie, Lucilla and Axel are very nice hosts !!
Kevin, Katie, Lucilla and Axel are very nice hosts !!
We have stayed here for two weeks and it has been absolutely beautiful. The place is a huge former farm in the process of renovation, situated in complete nature in the countryside. A very calm place to disconnect from the turbulent city-life. We spent our time with Lucila who just got back from argentina and with whom
Tasks were broad with such adaptability - everyone had/has a part to play resulting in such a great
It was such a pleasure to have you here and for a good amount of time! You felt like part of our little family from the start. You were such an amazing support going above and beyond in your
I honestly don't think your workaway profile does justice to describing the kind of work you can do and the ability you have. I could
The aim is clear as it is said in the title so as soon as you arrive you will get as many tasks as you are able to do depending your skills or experience, and if you have never done something of the to-do list do not
I had such an amazing time here i can barely put it into words. Everyone is so accepting and generous. I laughed every day :)
The work varied from being difficult laborious work like mowing grass to not so difficult stuff like painting skirting
Daniel stayed with us for 2 months and really took initiative, achieving amazing things with our projects in the garden as well as being an amazing help around the house and (I think to his own surprise) a great vegan chef - Kévin is still missing your food! It was a
She's very friendly, take care of all the workawayers. She has a big predisposition to help if you need something.
Thank you both so much for your positivity and work - the perfect couple to have on a renovation project they have so many
For the great time and welcoming. You are such a wonderful person keen to have everyone confortable and happy at all times. I wish you the best in renovating this beautiful old farm into the amazing art-retreat place it will become. I hope to see it then !! :)
Food thumbs up ! Bedrooms thumbs up ! Job thumbs up !
You were a brilliant support and were really great at tackling any task - from the gruelling wallpaper removal to transforming the front of the property with your gardening :)
Always interesting conversations and a better card player and cook than you give yourself credit for!
Thank you for all your help, hard work and generally being a
A man of many amazing skills for a project like ours, I felt we barely scratched the surface of them. You were such a great person to have advise on our works from the day-to-day tasks to the bigger picture, a super practical man with amazing creative vision.
Thank you for your hard work and for dedicating time and energy beyond
Miss you all already I hope to come back and see how it's all going one
You were the most wonderful person to have with us, every day bringing something completely new and harmonious from beautiful yoga practice to incredible baking, big talks to healing massage. And the actual work-work you did was just as incredible - girls got skills!
This was my first workaway experience and was so rewarding and special. I spent three weeks here and wish it could have been longer. I was there with Katie and two other workawayers who were lovely- Katie was absolutely amazing, she fed us
This was my first Workaway experience and at the end of my 2 weeks I definately wished I could have stuck around longer! I stayed with Katie and 3 other Workawayers who were there at the same time (Corinne was out of the country but sent me a lovely message thanking me for my help).
Corrine and Katie are both inspiring warm people and we felt right at home from the moment we walked in the door. The house is beautiful to say the very least and it was a pleasure helping to give it a new lease of life. This really was a good time and it gave us everything we wanted from a
A bientot, Corinne & Elena. And not forgetting the pooch Cosmo he's missing you lots