Help us with our organic, off-grid, self sustainable, family project in Cantal, France



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    Welcome to the mountains of the Cantal, Auvergne, France.
    We are Roy, Eve, River (girl aged 15) Florence (girl aged 5) and Forest (boy aged 2yrs)
    We moved from the south of the UK to the south of France in January 2019.
    We speak English & are learning French quite quickly.
    We have bought a barn, with some land, and we're be turning it into...
    An holistic retreat centre - a Peaceful, Interactive, Global Community/Retreat Centre.
    A Place for Rest and Rejuvenation.
    Our Short Term Goals - SURVIVAL MODE
    Putting down our Roots, Exploring, Building, Creating Together one step at a time.
    Our Long Term Goals - SHARING MODE
    Sharing Knowledge, Organic Gardening, Sharing Food/Seeds, Accommodation; B&B, Student Exchange, Home School Gatherings, Doula Workshops, Healings, Retreats, Workshops/Events and more.
    We homeschool our children.
    We are starting lots of community projects and we would love you to join us on our journey.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Learn how to be more self sustainable. Live off the land and be at one with nature, leaving your stress at home.
    If you are interested, you can learn basic meditation, healing techniques and how to live a healthier, holistic life
    (Holistic = mind, body & soul)
    Practice your English or French.
    Learn about vegan cooking, family style.
    Learn about barn renovation and general building skills.
    Learn how to build a dry stone wall.
    Learn all about Home Schooling.
    Learn about organic gardening.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Any of the following...

    General help with gardening & community gardening project.
    Path laying & wall building - Cobbles & dry stone wall
    Barn Renovation - general help with building & labour
    Homeschooling - any subject
    Various Self Sustainable Projects
    (if possible cooking the odd Veggie/Vegan meal for the family only)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    2 berth Caravan. With shower & dry/eco toilet. Electric heater. Tea/Coffee making facilities. Small fridge.
    Washing machine available. All bedding provided.

    Hot/cold meals cooked and prepared by family, you can eat with us or on your own it's up to you.
    We are vegetarian and don't eat meat. If you want to eat meat you will have to buy it and cook it yourself on our outside ovens.
    Please let us know of any allergies you have beforehand.

    It is a non smoking accommodation but you can smoke outside in the garden and dispose of your butts responsibly.
    We are - at the moment - on mainstream electric and water.
    We will empty the caravan toilet every day but there is another Eco/Dry toilet that we encourage you to use too (during the day) at the bottom of the garden. It is very refreshing!

    ACCOMODATION PHOTOS COMING SOON - just finishing renovation on caravan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick you up from Aurillac (Train Stn or Bus) or Mauriac (Bus)
    If you would like to know which route is best to get to Aurillac/Mauriac please ask us.
    There is very little public transport near us. The nearest village - St. Martin Valmeroux - is 2 miles away and only accessible by foot or by car.
    The nearest town - Mauriac - is about 15 miles away. There are one or two buses a day out of the village (St. martin Valmeroux) to the nearest town.

    If you would like to hire a car there are volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains and forests and lots of other sightseeing opportunities around. There are lots of walks in the area and we would be happy to drop you off and pick you up if you wanted to do something specific during your stay. There is also a horse riding school just down the road.
    There is tourism (near us) all year round with ski resorts not too far away. The snow here is amazing, it literally is a winter wonderland. Our children spend the days sledging in the fields next to us.

    The Cantal is the cheese capital of France. It is also known for being the best Organic/BIO part of France.
    We have our own fresh, mountain, spring water supply which we also filter through our 'Berkey' filter.
    Most people who visit us enjoy the peaceful ambience of our location, the melodic sound of the cow bells in the neighbouring fields and the joyful sounds of free range children.

    It is a home from home and a perfect way to escape the everyday stresses of modern life.

    We have a mobile phone (2G no smart phone)
    We have a landline and access to the internet via ethernet cables... no WIFI
    There is a very good 4G signal for internet around here, most of the time for smartphones etc.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 244948683654