Helping to make a special place near Toulouse, in the French Pyrenees. France



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  • Beschreibung


    Hi, my name is Dorian I'm 53 years old, dual national, half french and half English. I teach Tai Chi Chuan 3 days a week in Toulouse, South West France, where I have been living for the past 28 years.

    In march 2014 I acquired a house in the mountains, the previous owners called it a chalet... but it's not made of wood, it could also be called a "Grange" because they were originally used to keep animals and hay during the winter.

    The house faces a local (mystical) mountain called the "Cagire" and is a 10 minute drive from the lovely mountain town called Aspet in the French Pyrenees. The nearest town with a train station is called Saint Gaudens situated 15 Km away from Aspet.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    The house is isolated and the local village is very quiet with only a few permanent residents, people staying would have the opportunity to connect with the surrounding nature and deepen their sense of place, just being here and letting go of the stimulus and distractions of our virtual world. No electricity, no internet or humming fridge, just the rustle of leaves and the odd dog barking across the valley...

    Aspet is a five minute drive from my house, here there are 2 cafés, a resourcerie which is a wonderful place where you can give things for others or just pick up something you want for free, no money and no expectation to give back, they have mainly clothes but sometimes you get find something really cool ! Aspet is where I do my shopping and there is a typical french market there on Wednesday's and Saturdays.

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    Volunteers would be asked to help with clearing the land of brambles and the ferns that are taking over the main field, this involves using a petrol powered strimmer which is noisy but very efficient! Cutting back branches from overgrowing areas close to the house, collecting and moving wood for the fire, digging some holes to plant some fruit trees, cleaning the house, painting the shutters and some painting in the house. Plus any other suggestions you may have during your stay to create a harmonious and eco-friendly environment around the house.

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    English: Fließend
    Spanish: Fließend
    French: Fließend

  • Unterkunft


    The house has a big upstairs room with beautiful wooden roof which can be used as a dormitory-shared space to sleep and already has 7 mattresses, you can also camp outside on the land next to the house or lower down on the land in a sheltered area. The ground floor is a large communal room with cooking facilities, dining area with table that can seat up to 8 people when we hold courses, a big fire place and a wood burning stove.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    I am happy to consider most types of request and will always answer your emails, however if you come to stay with me you need to be of the self sufficient type. I enjoy receiving guests, shopping and cooking and making you feel at home. It may happen that during your stay I have to leave the house for a day or two to teach in Toulouse, you would be welcome to stay at the house on your own or come with me and do some sight seeing in the pink city of Toulouse where there are some great places to see and a vibrant student ambiance.

    The house has running water but no electricity or landline, therefore no fast internet access, which is a fun thing if you want to test your ability to be away from the "virtual world". The mobile G3 phone network does work and all my hosts have been able to use their mobile phones to access the internet, so you will not be totally cut off!. Most people tend to use Whatsapp when they stay with me which works well. The G3 signal is not really good enough to stream media or to Skype.

    I am happy to cook to cater for most needs, i enjoy mediterranean food and also like spices, indian and north african cuisine. I am happy to cook vegetarian food. At certain times I might need to leave the house for the day to work, volunteers will be required to fend for them selves and do there own cooking, fear not ingredients will be provided.

    There are many wonderful walks and places to explore in the local area, but you must also be aware that Aspet the nearest town with a café is 6 km away, which means an hour and a half away to walk. I have a mountain bike you are welcome to use. If you don't like the idea of being isolated in the mountains then this might not be the best location for you...

    Please be aware that the house is located in a area that has many deer, they sometimes can be seen from the house when they graze in the field. Deer are unfortunately also the carriers a decease called Lyme which can be transmitted to humans via tick bites. If you come and stay with me during the summer months you must be careful when you walk and work outside to keep your legs covered when in long grass and ferny areas !

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

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      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    4 or 5 hours depending on the tasks we need to do

December 2014 the first of the snow !
Walking meditation during first silent retreat January 2015
Our Sunday meal on the last day of our silent spring retreat
The kitchen corner now has a proper sink and shelves, YES !
The upstairs space is open plan, it's a dojo for Tai Chi and can sleep 8 to 10.
Job nearly done. Merci Sabine !!
Sabine painting the shutters.
Corey prepares to drill into the chimney and install the wood stove piping
Luke stacking wood for the winter
Elliot my son and I before we did our crazy short hair cuts....
Cheers Jacques ! Thanks for helping change all those broken slates on the roof
The best place to be after a day working outside, just relax and watch the flickering flames !!
Good ol Volvo ! Loaded to the brim with wood to make shelves
François play us a wee drop of jazz as we prepare to dig into sunday lunch !
Eric and Ivan making slow progress through the thick brambles, still lots of work there !
Camille, Arnaud and Claire clean a very dirty metal cupboard to keep the mice away from the food !!! Next job would be to paint it...!
This is the view from the house looking south, a very enjoyable part of eating out in front of the main entrance !
The house viewed from behind and above, not the best but shows the western back drop !
Jacques did the job ! Knocked out a few bricks and we now have much more light blasting in from the west !!
Me on a hot day trying to keep track of what's going on....
Not much snow left on the Cagire mountain after april... but still a beautiful view !
The kitchen area, all open plan viewed from the entrance on ground floor... boy would I like to change the sink, it's so low !!
The house viewed from below in amidst the trees... a great place to camp in the summer.

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