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 11 year old daughter Dixie Lu. Next door lives a small French family. Slightly down the hill lives Mat and Sofi in their yurt (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 8 ducks! ). The land is 4 hectare wild woodland and 1 hectare sloping prairie.
The work that needs to be doing is mainly building work (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 November 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 ;)
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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...
We always need help with general maintenance (some strimming, veg garden chores, woodland etc), up keeping the buildings, chopping and splitting wood, some computer work, and building various wooden structures.
The help is varied and seasonal, and always (usually!) fun.
Also - we help run a non profit venue in the village and Workawayers often come and help out there too. It's open 2 saturdays a month for concerts or theatre.
French, English, Flemish
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!
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.
We co-run with other volunteers a café / venue in our local village, and wonderful events often occur there.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day / 5 days per week