Help transform an Ancient Convent into a happy place of life in Dordogne, South of France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Franco-Belgian couple, sculptor and yoga teacher, wanting to be part of a necessary ecological transition...for this we have just bought a former convent in a small village in Dordogne (south of France) to build a place of life for many, which has meaning, in a search for simplicity and for external and internal ecology, a place to recharge and welcome yoga retreat , artists, writers,.... a place open to everything that will be consistent with our vision of being in the world. This year, we need to build a new bathroom in the convent, paint all the windows and restore another small house in a very beautiful village nearby. We also need help with the parc of the convent, cleaning the leaves, ...
    La Dordogne is a region rich in architectural heritage with a preserved nature, it has completely seduced us to carry out our project. The convent is a building from the middle of the 19th century, in good condition, requiring just interior fittings to revive it. Its basic function lends itself naturally to a life shared in simplicity and happiness.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The location of the convent makes it a perfect place for lovers of old stones and history, in the picturesque Bastides region.We are living just next Beaumont-en-Périgord founded in 1272. With its numerous castles and medieval villages, our region will seduce you. With our knowledge, you will be able to experiment with manual working techniques with Stéphane (stonemason, sculptor, and with empirical knowledge in many crafts) and with Véro the possibility to join the yoga classes. It is quite obvious that for people who do not speak French it will be a good opportunity to practice and improve your knowledge (we speak perfectly English, a little Danish and a lot of Belgian:)))
    We’re going to do a good job, but we’re going to have a great time!

  • Help

    Help

    We are initially looking for people who are not necessarily qualified but full of enthusiasm to assist us in the realization of an additional bathroom in the convent... then restoring the chapel, and another house in a beautiful village nearby. It will therefore be questions of masonry , stonework, painting . In a second time, we may need also some help to take care of the convent's park, clean the convent,...it's sooo big !
    Anyway be ready mostly for building work and painting this autumn and winter!!

    Man, woman, genderfluid...what counts is the motivation!!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation will be in the convent , in shared room and bathroom for most part. Possibility of single room according to availability. Vegetarian or vegan meals , organic, taken together in our beautiful refectory of the convent .

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our small village is 30 min by car south of Bergerac. In Bergerac you have a small airport . There is a train station in Bergerac (25 min by car) where we can catch you easily , and Périgueux (1h by car) , and a bit further (1h40min by car) in Bordeaux . In Bordeaux you have the TGV (fast train) coming from Paris. We have bicycles (and one electric).

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

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