Bart and I (Marion) are in the Pyrénées in the south of France (Ariège). We love our area and we love to share it with people. Each day the light is different on the mountains, a lot of people here are making alternative lifestyle choices like eco building (like us!), home schooling, producing food locally... We also like it when life is an adventure, and to travel through hosting new people here.
Bart works in eco-construction and creates artistic furniture. He also enjoys photography and riding his motorbike to the market in the sun on Saturday morning. I (Marion) run the place (sheep, garden, guests), sing in an acapella band, and practice massage.
We have turned an old farm into three original and ecological houses. What was the barn is now a cultural space with a small stage for concerts and workshops. We also built a round cabin and a camping area. We have a few sheep, chickens and a cat. We don't accept dogs on our place, sorry. We hang a boat in trees for a new habitation, and we need 2 persons from time to time to help with preparing it (inside/outside). The best is 3 weeks for us (time to find a balance and harmony together), with the possibility to stop whenever it's unconfortable.
The work here is varied next to the main project (here the boat). It depends on the weather, our priorities, and also how we wake up in the morning ! It can be preparing the garden, cutting the wood for next winter, planting trees, preparing some very special camping places for this summer, improving the houses...
We love adventure, people, art, ecology, dancing, drinking good Belgian beers, and welcoming travelers and tourists here.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are quite sociable people, we often go to cultural or artistic small events, we go each Saturday on the very special market of Saint Girons (organic /hippies/alternative people/music).
We share moments with the neighbors, play improvisation music, organise events in the barn, and soon the collective garden.
Bart is from Belgium and we are often with foreigners, travelers...
We are looking for motivated people to help us prepare the boat in the forest to transform it as an habitation for eco-tourists.
We also need to cut wood for the winter.
We have a caravan for helpers large enough for a couple, and next to the bathroom and sauna with shower and dry toilets.
And 2 nice places for tents.
Hiking, swimming, climbing... all the activities you can do in nature and mountain. Lot of caves to visit, nice market places...
Hitch-hiking works very well here and we can from time to time share the car with you.
We'll be happy to share activities with you and make you discover the area and the culture here. We also think it's important that each of us can have his or her personal space and time, a few times a week. For us, a vibrant social life goes with quality personal time !
The wifi connexion is on our mobile phones (4G), so not always available, and limited. There is a bar with the wifi 10 min driving from here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 6 hours a day, 4 days a week