Come help me start my vegetable garden in Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare, Southern France

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  • Description

    Description

    Do you like the Silence of Wild Nature? You are welcome to "workaway" on my little farm, in the midst of forests and hills, close to a natural lake in the mediterranean climate. From February 2019 on, the organic vegetable, fruit & herbal garden has been started. I'm learning along the way, together with Workawayers who have come and helped me making garden beds, making mistakes and learning from them.

    Summer 2020 is about watering, cutting grass, splitting the last wood for the next winter, things like that. But also about enjoying the weather, the nearby lake, good meals and good company.

    I'm a Dutchman, born 1962 who wanted to live in France since he was 25 years old. My mission is to cultivate compassion with all beings in this world. I now found this farm house after searching it for over 3 years. It has become a place where people and other sentient beings live and feel at ease, in and around a permaculture garden. Next to that, I'm here to help people (online and offline) solving their painful puzzle with love and relationships.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The house is in an area where the French are open-minded and relaxed with foreigners. I've searched for 3,5 years to find this beautiful place. If you would be interested, I would love to share with you my enthusiasm for the theory and practice of buddhism and meditation, music and science, including neuropsychology, trauma healing, and much more.

    I've been a teacher of business and politics, I now work as an author and coach, mostly online, and you can learn about ethical online marketing and promotion with me.

    Essentially I'm a safe, trusted harbour for many people. As a consequence of doing much deep inner work myself, my lifelong spiritual journey and buddhist meditation, I assist people on their emotional and spiritual paths.

    Ton is my Dutch first name. We can speak Dutch, English, German or French. I'm fluent in Dutch, good in English, quite good in German and French; I'd gladly help you practice your languages!

  • Help

    Help

    You can help shape this little paradise for yourself and others who come after you. And for all living creatures, of course.

    Since I only started out here in February 2019, you are most welcome to help with:
    > carpentry (shelves, fixing doors, windows and blinds, build a staircase closet, and more)
    > dry stone walling the old stone garden walls (I added a picture that shows the current condition);
    > gardening (improve upon the original garden);
    > permaculture (there are 2 hectares of bare soil);
    > general maintenance and repairs;
    > building (creating a tiny house for yourself and other workawayers);

    > promoting my online teaching and coaching services (if you know online marketing, or you learn fast, and you are fluent in Dutch);

    Working 25 hours a week would be a fair rate, but you can do more when you’re enjoying yourself.

    I understand that some Workawayers are very short of money. If needed, I can support you with your travel expenses.

  • Languages spoken

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

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A large, simple room of your own. Or bring your camper, or tent.
    Sharing the kitchen, bathroom and wifi.
    Sharing the balcony, garden and beautiful natural surroundings, in a very nice climate.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Quarter of an hour walking distance there is a silent lake, where you can enjoy the pure water.
    Half an hour walking away, and half an hour biking away, you'll find little French villages with a bar, a post office, a grocery shop, and more.
    All around the place are woods where nature reigns, where other animals like birds and insects live, and where you can walk and become empowered by nature.
    For other trips and visits, there are plenty of possibilities within 1 hour driving distance, so we can make nice plans and go sightseeing every now and then. For me, the area is greatly undiscovered as well :-)
    Since we'll be living in the same house, I'm open for a heart connection with you - sharing our emotional and spiritual paths if we both want to. But if you are someone who just wants to work, you're just as welcome.

    Are there any contra-indications? Yes, there are. But let me also put them in a positive way:
    > you are fine in a cold sleeping room with warm duvets and an electric blanket - a farm does not have the luxury of city life
    > you are fine with "farm hygiene", and want to make friends with spiders and bugs, and be at ease with some dust or dirt
    > you are fine with a rather remote place
    > you are conscious about preventing spoilage (of water, food, etc.) or damage
    > you are fine with discussions, social talk and a light-hearted atmosphere
    > you are fine just as well with limited conversation with me, when I'm in a period of retiring myself
    > you are happy with me preparing dinner most of the time, where it will be mostly vegetarian and vegan

    So, if you are interested in such an experience and exchange, please send me a message now.
    I'd love to chat with you about what YOU want out of this adventure, and how we can make this work for you, me, and the project.

    Alrighty? I'll react as fast as I can. Promise.

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

You can enjoy magnificent sunsets over the mountains.
A fresh garden plot, that was made by two of your predecessor Workawayers.
It's quite green up here. Even that little chair and the open door of the dry toilet.
The stone wall, which needs restoration / rebuilding
House, garden and surroundings in a gorgeous landscape.
Carpenter, could you make me a closet here?
View from what might become your room.
View in the garden
Your host, Ton Bil
The little hamlet seen from a distance.
A shower every now and then, warm water from the sun!

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