Help with our sheep and learn about ecologic gardening, landscaping and olive oil production, Camplong d'Aude, France



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  • Description


    Our place is a former sheep-fold (bergerie) that we transformed 45 years ago into an autonomous (self-sustainable) eco-house.

    It's quite isolated; around, there are rocks, valleys, and about 16 ha of land and Wood (more than 33 acres). On the acces-side (quite steep), there are about 180 olive trees, to be kept in shape and cared. To help in keeping the ground clean, we have young sheep, to start with 3 lambs, that we nursed with feeding-bottles. They are now 12, over night in a fenced parc, but need to grass outside during a 1 1/2 hour walk in the morning. Our Border-Collie Maya is part of the gang. Firebreaks against woodfires need to be cleaned, plants planted and the ground protected against erosion.
    Wood (cut trees) need to be carried to the electic sew in the village, biggest part with car.

    Apart from this, we are artists, architects, doing sculptures, mosaics, collage and painting. Buildings and most furniture are fabricated by ourselves. Actually, we are renovating a small house. Preparing for paint and painting is one more possible activity.

    In the village, we have an atelier, providing full spectre of civilisation (shower and internet for example). Please contact us for more information, impossible to communicate all this here in small space.

    We speak english, french and german, some spanish and italian. We are 3 brothers: Christian (teacher of art em. 76), Mathias (doctor, 73) and me, Achim (architect-engineer, 71), who keeps the whole thing going. We have our families and friends appearing from time to time, multiple contacts are possible. If interested, I send you pictures and whatever you want.
    We are non-smokers, but accept anyone else smoking - moderately. Personnally, I like the whiff of good tobacco.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can learn about living close to nature, in an autonomous house (we provide our own electricity, water supply, heating etc.). You can learn about building techniques, materials, energy-saving, natural beauty - and experience yourself the well founded joy of building.

    You can learn about wine-growing (we are close friends to the local cooperative) who produce excellent wine, on biological terms.

    You can learn about ecological olive-culture (we cultivate 180 olive trees, that need care, harvest is by end of november, we produce our own olive-oil).

    You can learn language, french, english and german (in a friendly community).

    You can experiment with your own ideas, concerning for instance: soil, water, plants, building, animals and so on.

  • Help


    I need help in assisting keeping sheeps and lambs, feeding them. Help required also In doing some land-scaping, gardening, grass cutting and caring for olive-trees, (fixing for ex.). There are continuing projects, like extending a water-reservoir, or repairing dry stone walls, to protect garden terraces. See more above, 'about us'.
    From November until April trees are to be chopped, bushes and dry wood cut to chaff. One person or two.

    We cook mostly organically a hot meal in the evening, and there is some help welcome too. Best is to answer in detail, if you have further questions.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Single sleeping-rooms, bathroom outside, under a porch.
    There is also a Zen-hut in a valley above, some 150 m away, if you wish to be alone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    time off is no problem, there are no fixed hours. It would be nice to plan together from day to day, what should and what could be done together. We have no producticity constraints. It is a point of cooperation and understanding. The mediterranean see is 40 km away, inviting for a swim; old cities like Narbonne, Perpignan or Carcassonne are lively and full of culture, cascades and lake of river Orbieu always in reach for cooling. Local markets, handcraft, conference, fêtes locales, music and exhibition are part of our everyday life.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    20 hours a week

Our place, as it is looking now. 40 years ago, it was naked land, menaced by erosion. Now there is a windmill and photovoltaic panels, to produce electrictiy, water cisterns and complete independence.
Host ref number: 331179736149