Join a sustainable permaculture farm in Labastide sur Besorgues, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello workaway friends,

    In June, July and August we celebrated an amazing and very inspiring summer with 20 volunteers of 7 different nationalities. We are open again for volunteers from 15 October untill 29 October.

    It is a great pleasure to welcome you on our farm. We Sebo and Bastiaan, want to make the world greener with our own hands. Our farm is an off grid, sustainable, energy neutral area and surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests from the Ardèche. We consciously care for nature and energy resources. The uniqueness of this project is that we are creating a whole system design. On a sustainable way we are connecting the elements of energy, buildings and food.

    Our food forest will also be developed according to the ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for each other and share the abundance.

    Hosting is a key part of our philosophy. This means that a lot of times also our children, familiy or friends will stay at the farm to work with us and enjoy the environment. We want to share knowledge with volunteers who are enthusiastic to learn about the whole system design. We also want to share and celebrate the combination of nature and naturism. Our remote and quiet location gives us the freedom and the unique possibility to experience a profound connection with nature. Maybe you have to get used to naturism at the beginning, but that will change almost immediately in something very natural. Naturism brings respect for nature, respect for yourself and your fellow humans.

    We are working mainly on the infrastructure of the food forest. This means, among other things, planting and cutting trees, creating paths and adding the woodstock. This is physically hard work and therefore we are looking for volunteers who can handle the ax and chain saw. You are able to work independently. We are flexible in working hours and looking for diversity in the kind of work.

    The breakfast and lunch are prepaired by yourself in the kitchen from the "Bergerie". A beautiful area where our volunteers can chill. We like cooking the dinners and often we eat them together. We have space for 4/6 volunteers. We share the sanitary facilities. You must be acquainted with one of the following languages: English, German or Dutch.

    You sign up for 7 days. If it fits from both sides and there is room we can decide that you can stay longer. Our site is located 30 minutes from Aubenas. We will be happy to pick you up somewere in town. We love to learn from one another and be able to impart what we know. After the work is done we enjoy swimming in the river which runs just below the farmhouse. We love to exchange stories, during a good meal and a glas of wine.

    We would like to hear your story and hope to see you soon,

    Sebo and Bastiaan

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We like to share knowledge about sustainablefarming and permaculture. We live off-grid, work on our whole system design and developing a foodforest.

    We realy like to connect with people who share the permaculture ethics: care for the earth, care for people and return of surplus to earth and people, also called fair sharing. We are developing this exiting project to develop ourselves and give people who work with us also the opportuntiy to do so.

    Living in and with nature also means naturism for us, when the weather permits. Naturism brings respect for nature, respect for yourself and your fellow humans. We expect a naturist lifestyle from you as well.

    Sebo is the owner of a consultancy firm specialized in learning organizations. He is also writing his thesis about organisational agility and learning networks. Here also the ideas of permaculture are applicable, because using the benefits of diversity and "companion planting" are also fundamental for learning from each other. We are also developing a learning network with people who join our project.

    Bastiaan is an easy-going and passionated man also born in the Netherlands. He is an professional operasinger and former elite soldier. His favorite opera is Parsifal from R. Wagner. Books he likes to read are: 'Walden' by D.Thoreau and L' etranger by A. Camus. He wrote a book by himself and is also a massage therapist. He considers the art of living as one of the most important things we have to do.

    Feel free to write us if you have any questions. We hope to welcome you on our farm.

  • Help

    Help

    Mainly you will help us building the infrastructure of the food forest. This means, among other things, creating paths and adding the woodstock or work in the vegetable garden. Sometimes it's physically hard work therefore we are looking for volunteers who also want to handle the ax and chain saw. You are able to work independently. We are flexible in help hours and looking for diversity in the kind of work. You are helping us for 4 a 5 hours a day and 20 a 25 hours a week. Mostly we start working around 09.00 until 13.30. And during the afternoons everybody is free to do what to do.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Dutch

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We give you room and board. Our accommodation is a beautiful stone build farmhouse. The farm and our forest of seven hectare are beautifully situated against the southern slope of a mountain in the Ardeche (Rhône-Alpes). The river Bésorgues flows along the farm. We have two beautiful rooms four our volunteers. One bedroom with two single beds and a former stable "La Bergerie". This is also the chill area for our volunteers. It has a small kitchen and a double bed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are surrounded by beautiful hiking and biking trails and canyoning possibilities. Our property is located 30 minutes from Aubenas. We will be happy to pick you up somewhere in Aubenas and will return you there. The great charm of this place is the peace and quietness, and the combination of experiencing naturism and permaculture.

    What volunteers say about us:

    "Bastiaan and Sebo are two friendly hosts that are always available to help you and to teach their knowledge about gardening design and permaculture. Their project include several activities all in respect of the nature and the environment."

    "We had here the opportunity to try a naturism experience. At the beginning we were both shy but after some hours all was very normal for us. Thanks in particular for the behavior of the host that made us absolutely comfortable.

    "We really advise you to choose this place to help for a nice project that we found fascinating and inspiring!"

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4/5 hours a day, 25 hours a week



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