I am Glenn and my wife is Joe, we have two young boys (age 6and 9) who we homeschool, and live in a beautiful area in south east france. We have 2 hectares of land and live off grid in a yurt.
We left our smallholding in Wales four years ago to travel in Europe. We were workaway hosts in north Wales for some time where we kept various animals. We now find ourselves in rural France, and in the process of setting up our next smallholding venture. We would appreciate some help to do this and are keen to host and introduce workawayers to our way of life.
Our plans here are to build another yurt base, a compost toilet, outdoor kitchen and prepare another garden. We are also making a wood burning shower and an earth oven.
There is always plenty to do, feeding and tending to the animals. We have donkeys which need walking and they will haul wood from the forrest, geese, ducks, chickens rabbits and a few sheep.
Gardening, we try and grow and eat all of our own vegetables so plenty to do there. Collectting firewood, and foraging is something we try to do as much as we can, olives, nuts , fruit etc.
The weather is usually lovely and we try to go for a swim most days to the rivers, pools or to the med.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Travellers can learn about off grid living, setting up a smallholding, wind and solar power, animal husbandry, join us in learning French, learning about local history.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for help in the garden (weeding digging over etc), help with the animals, collecting fire wood, den building, getting water from the well and general jobs around the place.
There is plenty of physical work. We plan to build houses for animals and a shed, from recycled materials.
We dont need help with cooking but find it interesting for others to share their knowledge and skills in the kitchen.
Help to build a clay oven.
We offer food and accommodation in return for 5 hours per day
To clarify a few points, we ask for 5 hours help per day, for 5 days per week in exchange for three meals on the days you help. As we live in a yurt, accommodation would be in a tent (ours or yours), we have a solar shower, compost loo, our washing water comes from our well and drinking water from a local source. We accept people in campers or live in vehicles.
We are happy to cook however love to share ideas and other peoples' cooking! Clothes can be washed by hand and there is a laundrette in a nearby town.
We don't have internet access as we are off grid, however phone signal is very good.
The area we live in is steeped in history, there are many Cathar sites and castles to visit. We are reasonably close to the Medieval city of Carcassonne. There are lots if things to do, whether your interests lie in swimming, hiking, cycling, kayaking, visiting historical sites, visiting the beach (only an hour to the Mediterranean with good public transport links) and skiing in the winter. There are vineyards, markets, stunning countryside, gorges, rivers. The list is endless. We like to encourage our visitors to explore independently and will do our best to show you round too.
We live on the outskirts of a village, which is within walking distance. There are various services there, pharmacy, boulangerie, bar and is on a bus route to Perpignan and the Mediterranean.
Our closest airport is Perpignan.
I must stress, this is a very rural area and there is minimal access to nightlife, but there is a bar in the village.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25 hours max