Help in a sewing workshop using up-cycled materials in Morvan, Burgundy, France



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  • Description


    I am living on a family land in south of Morvan, a granitic area at the heart of Burgundy, part of the natural parc of Morvan.
    The place, and the village are very special for it's one of the 3 biggest granitic areas of France, so the natural site is classified and protected.
    The main interest is nature, hiking (300km of path from us), ...
    The nearest village with shops is at 10km .
    there is a bar-restaurant just nearby us (1km)...but not always open, specially in winter !
    There are many places of interest about an hour's radius drive: the roman Autun, the medieval abbey and town of Cluny, the Celts capital Bibracte, Chalon on the Saône river...and of course Beaune, Nuits-Saint- Georges and the wine area...

    Our place is quiet big (10 hectares of fields - 10 hectares of forests), with several buildings, spring water, fresh air, wild birds and animals...
    A cattle farmer is actually taking care of the fields.
    I came back in my birth area 9 years ago, after long trips around the world and many different experiences.
    This land here is beautiful, strong and rough (due to the granite and the relatively high altitude for the area - 680m).
    I have a small permaculture garden.
    I am a handicraft creator :I am sewing cloths, hats, bags...from recycled fabrics and sell them on art and craft exhibitions since 13 years.
    Sometimes I play music with friends (irish songs and traditional music and singing...) . You will be welcome to come with me when I go to irish music sessions or trad dancing bals...
    My plan is to allow this place to welcome more people for increasing the food self sufficiency, but for that I need to do some refit on the buildings.
    It's a good opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous nature around,help on sewing projects, learn about gardening, and life close to nature, enjoy to prepare nice preservation and specialties from the garden, or help on building projects, and refit of all kind... !
    I only have a wood stove as a warming system, so pilling wood is one of the often requested well as checking the fire to keep us warm and comfy !

    For now, I need someone to help me to prepare the next exhibition season : someone who knows at least a bit about sewing. If you can use an over locker, you'd be more than welcome.
    I need help with sewing if you already know a little bit about it. If so, I can teach you simple things you can help me with. Plus there are plenty of other tasks I need you to do help me with my job. It's simple tasks but I need someone who get a certain interest with sewing and fabrics.

    I leave here on my own with 2 cats. But even though it's a quiet remote place, I receive quiet a lot of visits from friends and customers. We do yoga at my place once a week and I have a personal daily practice (ich.)

    I am interested and connected with native american traditions and spiritual path; some sweat lodges are regularly led on my land and I travel often to attempt to some "red road" meetings.

    For sewing project, I'm asking for a commitment of at least a month , as it's requesting a lot of imformations.
    But in spring, I'm happy to welcome people for shorter time to help with starting the garden and cleaning and sorting out the land around the house after winter.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sewing and using an overlocker
    French life, cooking...
    yoga deck and practice

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Depending on the abilities of each one, and of the time of the year and the weather, there are various things to be done as :
    - helping Claire at the sewing workshop and on exhibitions when needed: someone who can use an over locker would be a precious help !
    - gardening - wooding - weeding (very light as it's permaculture !) -grass cutting and trimming -
    - helping with building and general maintenance , painting...etc
    - fruit and vegetables preservation...
    - helping in the house (cleaning, little diy things...)
    - we need handy people...
    - the requested help (except for sewing) is mostly outdoor so please come with convenient clothes.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will sleep in a heated caravan just next door to the house (cf picture).
    You can use the shower in the house and the dry toilets
    The main living room and kitchen is open to everyone to enjoy the view or the wood stove.
    Washmachine available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    -enjoy the yoga room upstairs for your everyday practice.
    -enjoy 2 nice cats
    -enjoy home made mostly organic and local food (flexitarian)
    -internet comes with shared connection on my phone. So, no connection when I'm not at home. A good opportunity to give up with connection addiction !
    -no smoking inside (possible outside )
    -most of the time, I'm not providing alcohol (only for special occasions or friends visiting...)
    -I don't have a television
    -there is no public transportation arriving to our village . We can fetch you to the nearest train or bus station.
    -I consider that cooking and do the dishes is something we share, and which is coming on top of the requested 4/5 hours a day.
    -I like the house to be quiet clean and tidy. So I'm expecting the workawayers to respect that and to help with it.

  • 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

    any type up to 19 tonnes

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4/5 hours a day - flexible ( ex : 8 one day, nothing the day after...) 25 hours max

Host ref number: 249477448794