Looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the house and garden of 17th century 'maison de maitre' near Monsegur in SW France

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  • Description

    Description

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️UPDATE: We are in need of one or two volunteers for the beginning of June to help in the garden and renovation works including laying flooring and tiling*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️

    Calling inspired and meticulous Volunteers to help bring to life a vision of a truly sacred retreat space in the heart and deep calm of the southwest France wine country a tiny village near beautiful Bastide town of Monsegur. Our 17th century ‘maison de maîtresse’ home and land holds ancient history, the El Camino trail running close to the property’s parameter.

    The house has a special energy and asks that a labour of love be instilled to cultivate this space into an oasis of higher living and learning, deep rejuvenation and sanctuary, thriving life and joy. Let us work all together to restore this ancient manor to its original splendour. We aim to open the space as a spiritual retreat centre (including yoga, energy healing, rejuvenation, music, etc…) and special events location from 2020.

    Seeking creative, motivated, respectful and environmentally conscious skilled and willing-to-learn volunteers for the following tasks:

    -Painting/Decorating & general building/carpentry (woodworking)
    -Landscaping/ Biodynamic garden creation
    -Tiling
    -Land clearing, old unused barn clearing
    -Sewing bedroom curtains (must be experienced seamstress)
    -General house upkeep duties (incl. deep cleans)
    -General duties of clearing rooms, preparing for house renovations, etc etc etc…
    -Fine artists, furniture restoration

    In exchange for 4-5 hours of help a day you will be given free accommodation in the grand manor and full board, all meals, outings, bonfire nights in the summer evenings, swimming in the light of the moon or the heat of the sun in our swimming pool, exploring the surrounding medieval towns and sites... You will be within reasonable driving distance (or catch the train) to the bohemian city of Bordeaux, a short sprint to Monségur for its acclaimed summer jazz festivals and within very doable driving distance to the Pyrenees for breathtaking mountain hiking experiences. There are rivers to kayak and canoe in and so much natural life and adventure to purely enjoy. The permanent residents of the house are Katie and Kévin (English and French couple) and Lucila and Axel (couple from Argentina and France) - we're mainly an English speaking household, there is the opportunity to speak and practice Spanish and French in the house as well as using your French out and about in the local villages.

    Communal eating is a big part of the experience. We are a mainly vegetarian/vegan household, but will make allowances for all dietary needs within reason.

    We would love for you to be a part of this magical endeavour. We will need Skype or Facetime to have a chat and make plans before your arrival. Couples, friends and individuals welcome. Learn, develop and share skills. Bring your artistic powers and tools (music, writing, photography, sculpture, etc.) and engage in the magic of creation.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It's a lovely environment for making new friends while learning a new language, new skills, developing existing ones or may be you have just qualified and need work experience for your CV. There are a wide variety of jobs needing doing so the work will be interesting and varied. When it comes to the work, we are a mix of professionals and learners so all skill levels are welcome and we encourage getting involved and giving things a try!

  • Help

    Help

    Skills required include

    Building work
    Painting and decorating
    Electrical
    Plumbing/ Eco heating expert
    Landscape/ Gardening / Sustainable Farming (Biodynamic farming)
    Cleaning (general household and deep cleans)
    Carpentry (Bookshelves, shutters etc)
    Seamstress/Seamster
    Healing/Light Workers

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There will be an option of shared and single accommodation in the main house. Couples/friends/individuals welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time explore the beautiful French countryside, local markets, walk or cycle through the local vineyards, canoe on the Canal du Midi (10 minutes away) Enjoy the winter evenings around the fire and in the summer months there is also free use of the secluded pool and outdoor kitchen and BBQ with stunning views. We want to create a beautiful positive energy for the house with a community feel. if you are an artist, musician, writer, photographer, yoga teacher, singer, masseuse etc please feel free to bring your instruments/skills with you and share your creativity with the rest of the group! In the evening winter months we have a beautiful fire where we can play music, get inspired, Jam etc. There will also be quiet areas if people want to read, paint, or just have some time to themselves. This is a place to feel at home, work as well as have fun, relax and take time out for yourself while learning new skills and experiencing a new culture and area.

  • 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 5 hours a day, 5 days a week



























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