Come join us in the Pyrénées and help us develop our ecological place and forest houses, France



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    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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 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...

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 6 hours a day, 4 days a week

the south front of house that we want to transform with plants and trees (the only flat spot!)
Me (Marion) working ...
A walk in the mountains
Bart, positive, with a belgium beer and is motobike
a workaway helping
me (Marion) cuting the "nails" of a sheep
the entrance : we like to take time to create artisitic and ecologic artwork in the houses
the opening view from the houses, the light is each day different in the valley and on the mountains

Host ref number: 386451648633