Help us create a semi-self sufficient culturally diverse permacultural community near the village of Montbrun Bocage, Southern France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small eclectic community of of diverse individuals! "We" are - myself Saskia - I am principally a street theatre performer, puppeteer and tap dance/lindy hop teacher and I live with my 14 year old daughter Dixie Lu. Next door lives a
    lovely French young couple and slightly down the hill lives Mat and Sofi in their self build straw roundhouse (workawayers who never left ;). Other lovely folk are coming and going at various times, meaning that this is quite a dynamic place.

    We're in the process of creating a (semi!) self sufficient permacultural community that will integrate a creation studio, a workshop space for different classes/retreats , and various accommodations with vegetable growing and some keeping of animals (at the moment we have 5 cats, 2 donkeys and 2 chickens!). The land is 4 hectare wild woodland and 1 hectare sloping prairie.

    The help that needs to be doing is mainly building projects (traditional and non traditional methods), and woodland work (clearing, wood collection, building steps, walkways, cabins). It's more or less all outdoor work. Anyone with building / carpentry experience, or with permaculture knowledge would be especially welcome.
    This autumn we are looking for preferably a couple or 2 guys to help with converting the barn. We will be building walls, using old windows ,wood and bottles ;)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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 love to exchange skills! You will be in a beautiful surrounding, in full nature in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, get to know the donkeys, experience how to live in a small community with a local artisan market, lovely people who like to live off grid, enjoy a basic life style...

  • Help

    Help

    We always need help with general maintenance (some strimming, veg garden chores, woodland etc), up keeping the buildings, chopping and splitting wood, some computer tasks, and building various wooden structures.
    The help is varied and seasonal, and always (usually!) fun.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a London Double Decker Bus with accommodation upstairs and downstairs, with kitchen and wood burner, and a lovely 1960's caravan for 2 . If that's all full there is also small bell tent available. The communal toilet is a compost toilet, and there is a communal solar shower.
    All the accommodation is warm, dry, and cosy!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Where we are is kind of remote, would be good to have a vehicle but definitely not crucial.
    The project is happening as it unfolds, i.e. it's improvised! We live near the village of Montbrun Bocage which is a kind of Shangri-La, there is a wonderful market on Sundays and lots of great characters live in the area, including Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese and Thai speakers.
    We are vegetarian, therefore all meals will be meat free.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day / 5 days per week

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