Experience a permaculture smallholding in Brittany, France

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    *We are now closed for the season for 2022 (unless you have a campervan, as our yurt has be decommissioned for the winter) We will be taking bookings for volunteers from April 2023
    BEST WISHES EVERYONE*

    We moved to France after our world travels in mid 2016 with a vision to create a sustainable, education and demonstration site. Since then we had been renovating the house, redesigning and regenerating the land, and we are now able to follow our dream of leading a more balanced and connected lifestyle in the French countryside.

    Glen is originally from the UK and Karen from South Africa. We have made France our home and have been working on setting up a Permaculture small scale farm.
    Karen in a certified Permaculture designer, educator and life coach, and Glen with his background in Engineering is an all round handyman with a keen interest in woodland management, forest gardens (perennial food forests) and aquaponics.

    We have dogs, chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep and goats. We grow our own veggies in annual raised beds, and plan to move towards a more low energy input perennial food forest which we are setting up. We raise our pigs for meat and have a Community Pig club. Our sheep's wool is used for crafting projects, and we have meat from our pasture raised sheep. We believe passionately in good animal husbandry and in treating all our animals with respect. We also practise rotational grazing thereby improving out pasture land (we offer an eco-mowing services to the local community)
    We are co-founders of a Community Association where we help and support one another living in France. So there are always community related work projects to get involved in.

    We have a few key projects that we are focusing on this year:
    1. A long term project we want to complete is the creation an outdoor earthbag root cellar
    2. Putting up fencing around the property and working on fixing fencing on land we use for sheep.
    3. Putting up a deck on our lovely riverside property so it can be used for parties and teaching
    4. Later in the year we plan to build a compost toilet and shower block area for our yurt, so looking for anyone who is good with thier hands or has previous carpentry experience.

    Please note: we have 4 dogs so only dog friendly people should apply. We ask for a minimum *commitment of 1 week.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Chance to experience the French countryside.
    Great food and drink in a friendly warm household
    Sharing our experience and knowledge in the field of regenerative agriculture, permaculture and woodland management.

  • Help

    Help

    Helping out with animals routines, moving animals, cleaning animal areas setting up new camps
    Growing food - planting seeds, weeding, harvesting
    Building a few eco projects we have planned such as a root cellar, compost loo, and foresters shed
    Mowing, hedge trimming, woodland management and any other general garden duties

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Afrikaans: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Dutch: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are still learning French and would love to improve our basic skills, in exchange we would be willing to help you improve your English language skills.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Comfortable yurt accommodation with a double bed. Compost loo and shower right next to the yurt. Your own private outdoor kitchen. We usually have breakfast and lunches together and you are then free to prepare your own food in the evening.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have bikes available to explore the local area. Lots of walks from the house. Unfortunately as we are quiet rural there is no public transport direct from our property, but we are only 5km from 2 nearest towns.
    Larger city such as Lorient 35km away, and many interesting and historic villages in the area.
    We are willing to pick up workaways from train stations within reasonable distance, and offer lifts to shops or local attractions when we are able.

  • 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

    We have satellite internet connection which we have found more effective than other services. Its not super fast but adequate for most remote working needs. We are happy to host digital nomads by prior arrangement.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a flat field space that is suitable for camper vans and motorhomes, and have found that this arrangement works really well in this Covid era.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 6 days a week

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