Living in an old French Flour Mill in Aveyron, France

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  • Description

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    Nathalie is an interior architect, project manager and all round dreamer who could no longer be contained in a small terraced house in the London suburbs! She has jumped in at the deep end and taken the step to embrace French life in a Mill in the Tarn Gorges, Aveyron - a UNESCO area of outstanding natural beauty. Nathalie is developing the building to create a retreat centre, hosting week long creative (artist led) and holistic, spiritual wellbeing retreats. There will be a workshop space, as well as a seperate ceramics / artist's studio. She is a practising ceramic artist also. The flour mill dates back to before 1735. The refurbishment of the flour mill is being undertaken with respect to its heritage, and retains many of the original beautiful features. The aim is to be as self sufficient as possible. She needs help with refurbishment of the interiors of the building. Anything from cleaning down walls & old machinery, still lots of flour dust around. Help putting insulation in-between rafters. Treating areas for woodworm. Small carpentry jobs.(AND BIGGER CARPENTRY JOBS) Painting with lime wash, sanding & oiling floors. Any building skills a super bonus. Would be great if you are comfortable with power tools - including table saw. Outdoor jobs.. Moving wood, cutting wood. Stacking wood- wood jobs basically! Preparing area for vegetable patch. Planting bulbs. - digging jobs. Using petrol strimmer. Jet washing jobs. Walls/ patio etc. Organizational jobs.. - moving stuff around. Knowledge of drip hose irrigation system & River pump Any electrical & or hydroelectric engineering knowledge a super bonus! Help with designing / building a hen house, and chicken run. A large part of the plan is to reconnect the existing turbine & become self sustaining with hydro electrical power harnessing the river. And grown as much food at the Mill as possible. Simultaneously Nathalie is hosting 2 x Airbnb spaces whilst works are on going (different part of building)
    The Mill will be a creative centre for the local residents as well as visitors fromma Cross the globe.. The neighbours & inhabitants of the village have been nothing but supportive & nurturing in assistance & positivity towards the project. If you have a passion for community / art / exchange / collaboration.. And feel you would like to part of The Mill Project & add your own dynamic energy in helping to facilitate change & you also have an ethos built on trust, love, sharing & Community, and you have a skill set that you feel would be useful.. Then please get in contact!
    In the doorstep is the magnificent Millau Viaduct. Stunning landscape that will take your breathe away. Rambling climbing, parascending, rivers lakes & waterfalls for wild swimming. Millau is a vibrant town with market twice a week, bars restaurants & medieval streets & Towers. You will be in the heart of knights Templar territory here, so much history to explore!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers will benefit from living in an amazing building, in the nurturing landscape & along the banks of the River Cernon.The village is serviced buses and trains in & out of Millau. Nathalie hopes to inspire others to take the leap & follow their own dreams, by demonstrating what can be achieved if you trust & follow your own heart. Nathalie is currently learning French and hopes to practise both English & French with Volunteers. Volunteers will have free time and space to follow their own practice, be that pottery, painting & drawing, writing. Permits available locally to fish the river (river trout). Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, great for cyclists, walkers and runners. Visitors to date have all really enjoyed their time there!

  • Help

    Help

    Nathalie is looking for help with gardening, landscaping, including setting up area for chickens, creating a vegetable garden, chopping & organising wood for the winter, general DIY & painting / decorating, IT /social media help, and any other skills you wish to offer. Anyone knowledgeable in Hrdro electric engineering for advice on how to reconnect the existing turbine is most welcome! If you're a community spirited, hands on person and want to escape the city for a bit, and be inspired to instigate change in your own life, this is the place for you!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is offered in various rooms. Some rooms maybe shared with other Workawayers (same gender) . This will be agreed in advance. There are currently 3 bathrooms which guests can use. Nathalie will happily prepare 2 meals a day. And happy to offer cooking lessons!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Two days free time per 7 days are given for exploring the beautiful surroundings. The ancient town of Millau is close by, accessible by train/ bus and the surrounding scenery is wonderful for walks. Great views.Nice spaces to relax & chill out by the river here also.znd when it's warm enough the river is lovely for a dip under the waterfall at the end of the garden

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    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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