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Hello there !
We are a young couple living in a beautiful place, in the middle of nature, just next to the border between France (Alsace) and Switzerland. We moved here from Paris after a long travel from France to Japan by bike from 2011 to 2013. We changed our way of life from engineer and financial management in Paris to this life "in the middle of nowhere", as people say, and are very happy of that !
From the beginning of the year Emma and Matthieu has joined us here to participate in the project. One last thing : we now have a baby called Lou ! :)
The goal of our project is to build a place for a community with a sustainable behaviour, good food and peace of mind. The place is jut perfect for that, as you can see on the pictures. Forest is all around, wild animals feel safe here and come very close, and nature grows everywhere.
At the moment, we are running a hotel in the main house, and we use the big barn to make events (music festivals, dance and other workshops, weddings), and we develop the farm side with permaculture in mind. There's a wood workshop and a flower farm to come on top of this !
We have connections with some associations around here to make repair cafes, local exchange and other transitional projects, but unfortunately we don't have time to be everywhere !
We can speak French of course, good English, Italian, Russian, and we learn Japanese but aren't able to have a talk with Japanese people yet !
If you have more question, just ask us or come here ! :)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Anytime you stay with people you learn something ! We did it a lot in our 2 year trip, everyday, with so many different people ! We like to share experience and are looking forward to hear yours !
The place is huge, and we have a lot of projects !
[please have a look at our calendar below to see when we host volunteers !]
We like pro-active people, who can do stuff around without asking for everything. We give a lot of liberty for volunteers to have creative ideas and help us find good solutions, we believe it's much better for everyone ! This doesn't mean we won't be with you while working, we just want people to be inventive and help us with their new ideas, not only with their hands ! We like the idea of self-organization, it can take some time to find a place but then people feel much more comfortable !
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On the first week end of October we organize a Folk Festival for the sixth time. 300 people are expected during three days. It's a small and self built festival where we can imagine, create and build a wide variety of settings (herbal tea bar, outdoor spaces, guests'dorm, stage, etc.) : a good opportunity for the volunteers to take the lead on some projects !
Folk preparation is an extremely good moment for exchange between volunteers and friendship built during theses days last for years !
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We began a bigger scale farm in 2019, with people joining us to grow vegetables, so we have plenty of task to be done if you like it ! Harvesting and preparing next year will be the work for the end of 2019.
And many other things : bees, project to have some chickens (the place is to build, if you want !), we want to plant many trees (november and march), grow flowers, build wooden furniture, create new projects, meeting new people, enjoying life, doing aikido, zazen and Vipassana, etc. Burners and Nowhere addict welcome too, we're very open !
We try to do almost everything by ourselves, so even if there's no real "job" to do, you'll be able to help with anything you like, I think it's that easy !
French, English, Italian, Russian
We have a dedicated place for volunteers and friends !-, so no problem for accommodation ! It will depend of how long you want to stay, how many you are and so on !
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We will be hosting volunteers from late September, to prepare our folk festival, for almost all winter.
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Our place is a very remote one. Don't expect to find any city, any shop or places to visit ! First village (140 people, no shop) is 3km away. First shop is 12km away! Here you can find nature, animals, flowers, open sky. You can hike in the forest, go biking, do meditation in a beautiful and quite old castle from the 12th century, and so on. Some people were not looking for that and I think they were a little disappointed so that's why I write it here.
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️How to come*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
Transportation : we are far from everywhere ! Going to our place can be tricky, but it's part why it's so beautiful : by the way it's a great opportunity to meet nice people by hitch hiking !
If you want to come by train you can come to Vendlincourt in Switzerland, 7km from our place.
If you come from France, you can take a train to Altkirch or Delle and then bus to Ferrette, Oberlarg, or hitch hike from Delle or Saint Louis : just head up to Ferrette then Oberlarg, our village.
Try to come close to our place, then we can pick you up by car !
See you soon !
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
As you want! maximum 25 hours, 5 days a week
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