An artistic eco-lodge and the dream of a rural cohousing, Canada



Favourited 113 times

  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks



  • last activity

    Last activity


  • Badges

    Super Host

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Welcome to all our fellow visionary who wants to transition the world into a permaculture land of living !

    Taking advantage of a 4 hectares wooden land that we recycled in a creative eco-lodge, we continue our way through our own utopia. We dream of a trully regenerative "living" cohousing on this land,

    Our economic base is the eco-lodge, very busy in summer time, and always improving with crazy ecobuilding works going on each year. Nonetheless, our human base is our children. Two wonderful forest-child of 3 and 5 years old. We are committed to provide them an alternative home-based education with nature, by nature, along with deep parental support.

    Still, alternative living is always a challenge and workawayers comming sometimes are like a boost of energy.
    In exchange, we hope our journey will inspire fellows to start their own.

    Coaticook is a really nice small town to discover with lot of things to do around. You won't be prisoner here deep into a remote forest, but part of a small rural town with a large natural park in the middle. It's even possible to come by bus ! It's only a 30 minutes drive from the larger city of Sherbrooke.

    Chloé is from Belgium, Joël from Québec. We both graduated architecture and quickly escaped office-based life to perform art projects and sculpture, engage in participatory processes, learned to be free, and then started this journey.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We works slowly, takes long time to prepare food and love to have long discussions around evening tea time. This gives plenty of opportunities to exchange. We are grateful for marvellous persons we met during past years.

    We host workawayers as a human to human relationship, not as an utility workforce. If we need an employee, we will hire an employee. Workaway is for mutual exchange. Work is volunteer and it is part of the reciprocity for us to share the maximum knowledges and help you grow your way.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We have a very organic and circular way of working, where diversified task are growing in parallel. Thats help everyone to contribute where his skills are. We spend a lot of time outdoor everyday, working a little on the forest, gardens or eco-building works. We also have to clean the 4 rooms of the eco-lodge about every day and welcome new visitors. However we dont ask workawayers to help on the hotel side because it's our duty, we are paid for it.

    In summer time :
    We look for people who love to spend time with children and develop nature-based activities with them, especially when we are solicited by service to guests. Its also a great time to learn about gardening and permaculture. Minimum stay is 1 month in summer time.

    In spring/fall time :
    Everyone interested to participate in eco-building works is welcome at those seasons where guests are fewer to come. No specific knowledge is needed but willingness to be ressourcefull is mandatory. We work slowly because work has to be beautiful. We only begin things we are going to make beautiful.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending on your preferences and the time of your stay, we can either offer you a small tent in our beautiful forest or a small private room. We don't have a private separate house for our own family and all buildings here are occupied in mixed use between the eco-lodge and our family. In summer time, we live mostly in a caravan to allow the maximum space for guests rental. Between october and may, we requisite more space from the hotel side to meet our family needs.

    All around the outside spaces are gorgeous and its a very nice land to live in, with plenty of nature, a bus stop at 5 min foot walk, Internet access, fire camp site, etc. Food is included with your stay but food preparation is a shared task we consider as normal. We love to exchange cooking tips.

    Last thing, we are veggies (almost vegans) and we do not accept smokers even if it is just outside (sorry).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are living at 30 minutes from the larger city of Sherbrooke, which count a famous university and a rich cultural life. It is even possible to go there by bus 3 times a day.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    From 3 to 4 hours a day (in average), 5 days a week

Host ref number: 185231393788