Creating a beautiful calm zen garden in L’Isle Bouzon, South West France



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Yoga teacher in southwest france, looking for help transforming a large garden to an oasis of calm! With pathways and different areas for quiet contemplation. Lots of clearing to be done. Also if possible to help create a vegetable garden and a medicinal herb garden.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This region, the Gers, is beautiful. It is known as the Tuscany ofFrance. It is also a real food region! I am near a small pretty village and in between 3 lovely vibrant market villages of saint Clar, fleurance and Lectoure. There is a swimming lake just 5 mins away in Saint Clar.
    I am native English but speak quite good French, so could help with language.

  • Help


    Anyone with previous gardening experience would be a bonus, but not essential. The area to be transformed is a woodland, and bamboo forest, with natural spring and pools. It is gorgeous but very overgrown and needs some love to get it looking peaceful rather than raging!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am upper intermediate French but always want to learn more and more! English is my native language.

  • Accommodation


    My house originates 1780, I am renovating slowly and trying not to modernise, rather keep it traditional and sympathetic, and am using eco materials as much as Possible.
    Depending on when work starts, I have a pigeonnier which would be your accommodation. If work has already started on it, i have another self contained bedroom and bathroom.
    I am vegetarian so meals will be meat free, but you are welcome to buy meat for yourselves if that suits you better.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You would need your own car.
    The market towns are lovely and we can arrange time off for your favourite market. There is also a thermal spa in Lectoure if you want to treat yourself one day.
    A swimming lake very nearby, with boating etc too, restaurant and ‘beach’.
    If you feel the need for a city, or a bit of retail therapy, wonderful Toulouse is just an hour away.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    In theory I can, but the internet is currently only good in the kitchen but I’m looking at methods to boost this.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of space for a campervan

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, well behaved dogs, they have to get on with other dogs as ihave two, I also have a cat so must not harass the cat! and they are to sleep with you and not with my dogs.

  • 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, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 498981782684