Come and learn in our permaculture nursery in the profound countryside of central France



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    (version française en dessous)

    Hi there,

    We are a young (well... 40 's ;-) family hidden in the valleys of the Limousin with a permaculture nursery and fully engaged in a permaculture designed farm for our own food and to establish a rich and biodiverse environment. We've created a buzz on the French, Belgian and Swiss market thanks to our hard work and knowhow.

    We are specifically looking for people who'd love to spend an intense short period during spring or summer to make us win time with simple tasks as watering, looking after the animals, harvesting and taking care of our concept of mixed fruit hedges where fruit trees, fruit bushes, spices and perennial vegetables grow together in a very efficient lining with the purpose of minimal maintenance and maximum diversity.

    Creative souls can create insect hotels, nesting houses for birds and chicken trains for chickens and rabbits, help with our 2 children, cook nice meals with vegetables straight from the garden..

    We are really searching for maximum 2 volunteers with a specific interest in permaculture and country living. We can accomodate you in a big 12 meter long caravan with dry toilet and kitchenette. We sometimes share meals or we sometimes ask you to cook for yourself with the ingredients you wish.

    The countryside here is unique because there are only 9 inhabitants per square kilometer. You can walk a whole day without crossing a single soul or maybe a wild animal. For some we are lost in the wild, for other we have the most beautifull life possible. Just be conscient you come to the REAL profound countryside where real water pops out of the rocks and 35meter high oaks keep an eye on us.

    Hope the winds bring you here where trees sing and birds colour the sky.

    Love Kate, Walt, Maya and Bo



    Nous sommes une jeune (beuf quarantenaires ...;-) famille vivant dans les collines de la Creuse ou nous avons crée une pépinière en permaculture. Notre engagement commence à faire du buzz dans le monde francophone et vous pouvez jeter un coup d' œil sur pour plus d'infos sur notre projet.

    Nous cherchons specifiquement une ou deux personnes qui veulent passer du temps pendant le printemps ou l'été en campagne profonde pour nous alléger dans les tâches simples comme l'arrosage manuel, la récolte, la tonte, s'occuper des poules.

    Vous auriez une grande caravane de 12mètres à votre disposition avec toilette sèche et kitchenette. Nous cherchons des personnes avec une grande autonomie et qui sont conscients que la creuse compte 9 habitants par km2 qui implique qu'on peut s'imaginer un balade pendant une journée sans croiser un personne !!!

    Si la vie en ferme et la permaculture vous intéresse, on espère de vous croiser ce printemps ou cet été chez nous.

    Montez vos voiles et laisse le vent vous amener ou les oiseaux chantent tout le temps et ou les coucher du soleil sont d'un orange pétant!

    Arborément votre,

    Kate, Wally, Maya & tiBo

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    multi linguistic
    wild nature
    orchard and vegetable growing
    music (guitar and percussion)
    painting / drawing

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    watering and weeding in the nursery, opening closing the chickens and harvesting eggs and vegetables, vegetable garden and light construction work, cooking...
    arrosage et désherbage en pépinière, soins des volailles, récoltes des fruits, légumes et oeufs, tâches du potager et construction légère, cuisiner, ...

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    caravan(e) !!! Autonomy ! The caravan is completely hidden in the garden forest with your own entree etc. You'll be in your own green paradise !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    A historically rich and traditionally rural rather lightly populated area with beautiful preserved landscapes, ancient and typical art de vivre, original stone architecture, no major urban center and many heritage site such as castles, abbeys and Celtic stone monuments: the Creuse department has become a Green tourism destination since the late 1990s.

    Creuse enjoyed a temperate climate with mild springs and autumns, rather cold and snowy but sunny winters, and relatively warm and sunny summers, but not as hot as in the southern parts of France. Thanks to its preserved forested landscape, little pollution and wonderful stone buildings, many foreigners (notably British and Dutch, but also German and Belgian) have sought to buy holiday homes in Creuse.

    The major tourist attractions are the tapestry museum in Aubusson and the many castles, notably those of Villemonteix, Boussac, and Banizette. The monastery of Moutier-d'Ahun has exceptional wood carvings from the 17th century. (fr:Abbaye de Moutier-d'Ahun). After World War 1, some towns in France set up pacifist war memorials. Instead of commemorating the glorious dead, these memorials denounce war with figures of grieving widows and children rather than soldiers. Such memorials provoked anger among veterans and the military in general. The most famous is at Gentioux-Pigerolles in the department (see picture on the left). Below the column which lists the name of the fallen, stands an orphan in bronze pointing to an inscription ‘Maudite soit la guerre’ (Cursed be war). Feelings ran so high that the memorial was not officially inaugurated until 1990 and soldiers at the nearby army camp were under orders to turn their heads when they walked past.

    Guéret, Creuse is also home to a large nearby animal park named Les Loups de Chabrières containing some of France's few remaining wolves, held in semi-captivity.

    We've got a nice lake to swim @ 1 km from our house.

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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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 233276922338