Help out with some simple renovation tasks and creating a meditative path at our home near Moulins, France




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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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    Hi, I am Clemens. With my partner Marianne we launched ourselves into quite a project. We bought a Château. Our dream is to renovate the parts that are still in authentic state or renovated long time ago. Marianne is a Yoga teacher and Ayurveda practitioner and as for myself, I teach and practice several techniques for personal development. A part of the Château is dedicated to our practices.
    The Château is surrounded by 16 hectare of forest and meadows and a stone throw away from the largest Oak tree forest of Europe, right in the center of France. There are beautiful authentic villages around and the closest city is about 40 km away. A supermarket and a gas station are at 300 meters from the Château.
    Our 13 year old son Ilan is quit a fan of Basketball and is getting along very well at the village college. We all speak fluently English and French. As for myself I speak Dutch and a little bit of German and Marianne understands a bit of Spanish too.
    I am reasonably good with computers an Marianne is an excellent cook. We eat vegetarian organic food and make little exceptions for our son who prefer to eat meat every once in a while.
    An addition to our family is our sweet dog, 22 kilos of hugging and petting :-)
    If you choose to come and stay with us, we can offer you a great stay in an authentic 18th century Château with modern commodities, great vegetarian organic food, yoga every once in a while and some personal coaching if you wish. You can improve your French or English too. With a great property we have, there is always something to do.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Staying with us, means being bathed in the French culture with the possibility of speaking English.
    The department where we live has beautiful Châteaux, medieval villages, like Souvigny, Bourbon l'Archambault, Hérisson, etc. Lots to discover. At a stone throw away, you will find the largest Oak tree forest, Fôret de Tronçais, with endless paths, natural lakes to swim in summertime and some monumental oak trees, some older then our Château.
    But also you could learn how to cook tasty vegetarian and Ayurvedic food. You could learn and practice yoga, get to know more about Ayurveda and your personal energy management. Further we could take you to a historical city where you can discover on your own, while Marianne is teaching yoga.
    Bicycles are available to tour around for the shorter distances.

  • Help


    We would need help with our private quarters for
    - renovation tasks, like charpenterie, dry walls, sanding, painting etc. It is of course not needed that you are skilled in all of the above ;-)
    - gardening and forestry tasks- clearing the paths - chipping branches to construct paths - using a chain saw, cutting dead trees to firewood - clearing brambles, etc.
    - help in our private home, cleaning, ironing, dishes etc.
    - creating a meditative path through a small patch of huge Bamboo with a little existing pond
    - Ilan is quit good with languages, but it would be good to practice for him, so any help in that direction would be great too.
    The professional quarters are taken care of - you would not help with this, only help our private home

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, English, Dutch, a bit of Spanish and German

  • Accommodation


    As for accommodation we will need to count on your flexibility. Probably it will be a shared room that still needs some renovation. It will be clean and you will have access to a shower and bathroom. Depending on availability you might be upgraded to something more fancy. Best to go with the worst case scenario and you will not be disappointed. There will be three vegetarian, mostly local and organic meals a day. Once a week we will offer wine with dinner.
    We have a strict non smoking policy on the premisses.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we are in the country side, local transport is not of metropolitan standards. There is however a bus service that can bring you to the next city or train station. It is relatively cheap and you will need to make reservations ahead. If you come by train we could also see if we can combine going in to town and pick you up. Bikes are available to discover the surroundings, but you could also use your free time to wonder around on the 16 hectares of park around the property.
    An apartment in the Château is rented out, so we expect you to respect our co-habitants.
    We are early risers and we sleep at 10.30pm, so we ask you to refrain from loud noise after 10 pm. But I guess after a good days of work and activity, the calmness and pure air, you would probably want the same...
    We are strict in zero tolerance of the use of drugs, abuse of alcohol, and smoking on the premisses.
    So we offer a healthy environment where well being is the key word.
    In order to get to know each other a bit better, to come in to the dynamics of the family and the place, the expectations and the learning curves, we do believe that 3 weeks is a good indication for a minimum stay.

  • 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

    Minimum 5 hours a day, minimum 5 days a week

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