Eco-renovation in beautiful Larzac .. South of France !

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  • Description

    Description

    I'm german, I lived for more than 20y in France now. Our family have been moving a lot through France and travelling in Africa, India.. We settled down in the region for 15 years and love the area. My husband and I separate and I live half of the time with my children. I have two daughters, one of them is still living with me half of the month, she's 17. My older one has been overseas for a while and she's studying in Clermont Ferrand.

    I studied Art in Germany. I am an autodidact in Ceramics, Pottery, Wool working and so on.
    I choose to live in a authentic wild nature. At the moment my project is to renovate an old ruin, that I bought 5 years ago. We moved in, september 2017. This is a huge work that I did mostly by myself, with the precious help of friends and travellers.

    My approach in a few words is to : recycle, ecologically, selfmade, artistic, preserve the beauty of the old traditional place..
    So the project is also an artistic expression for every solution I have to find, as most part of the big job is done, there is more and more space for artistic and artisanal work.

    I am looking forward to finish the house so I can start with something new and go on with selling my artstuff !

    I met a lot of nice people to help me out and share nice times by living together. I enjoy receiving people at my place, sharing stories. My hosts are part of the familly.
    In winter, there is a cosy fireplace (the house wood heated, and hopefully soon with solar :-)) ), in summer we enjoy the sunny garden and the beautiful view.


    About organisation :
    Until now, I have been working daily around the house, morning and afternoon except weekends.

    When I receive helpers, I expect about 5 hours/day, weekends not included.
    I think sometimes it is more confortable to do those hours in the morning, or, in the afternoon so we can have half day free, to plan something together/or not (go sightseeing in beautiful areas around here, meet friends..), up to you.

    However, I am flexibl and we can decide the organisation together if it doesn't fit to you that way.

    As I said, I enjoy receiving people but I expect helpers to be part of preparing meals as I am vegeterian and I do homemade meals made from fresh veggies. This time is not considered as working time.
    (Note for foreigners : here we usually eat 3 meals a day) Of course.. coffee/tea breaks.


    Internet is coming through my phone. It is limited for emails et websurfing, but NOT to watch videos or movies, for the moment.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    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

    The region is very "multi-culti".
    I have been part of a lot of different kinds of living communities and collective projects around here, that I will be happy to bring you in contact with, if you wish to

    Summer is a great time here, the region is active with theater/music festivals, concerts, shows..

    Also great vegetarian cooking
    I can help you with languages of course

    ON saturdays I go to the Farmer's market in Lodève, where I can take you with me. It's a really nice market, I meet a lot of my (German/English friends) there.. I have to say it is more a chating time then actual shopping :-)

    At weekends I go neo-folk-dancing wich is a great experience, travellers love it.
    Singing circles, where you're always welcome if you're interested, bajhan and rainbow songs.

    You will be learning ecological building, by any job.

  • Help

    Help

    Depends on what you feel like doing and your skills. There always something to do for anyone here ! But it is mostly a building place. We will be working together most of the time.

    There's some (permaculture) gardening that needs to be done, lime coating ++/earth based coating, welding, general maintenance : painting, cleaning
    Wood work +++ : build a wood shelter to storage the firewood, build compost toilets, balustrad, small gate for the garden.. wood workers very welcome !!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    german French English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Depends on the time of year and where you feel better : when my daughter is at home you will have a space wich is open during daytime to the kitchen and living room. I am almost done with the guest room... perhaps you can come and help me to finish it... so you could use it :-)
    When she's not here there is a room available for you.
    In the summer you can also sleep in a tent in the garden if you want to.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You have to know, this is a remote place (small countryside village). In summertime there are things going on several times a week in the villages around, and in Lodève wich is the next small town where I go shopping

    Famous touristic places on the Larzac are the old templars ++, cirque de Navacelles, La couvertoirade .. just a few Km from here

    Otherwise, there is a bus station a few KM away, that will bring you for just about 1,50euro to the whole region (Hérault) so to Montpellier, and to the mediteranen seaside from there. I can eventually drive you to the bus station. Otherwise I can borrow you a bike.

    Nearby there are wonderfull lake, and rivers.. Have a look on the internet for pictures of " lac du Salagou " : you can rent a kayak, windsurf and so on..
    Millau ( 40km) is a famous place for any kind of outdoor sports (climbing, bungee jumping++).
    Gorges du Tarn (Aveyron) is a wonderful place to hike and enjoy the river
    Anyway, just ask me I'll be happy to help.


    Looking forward to meet you and have nice exchange experiences !
    Julie

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week







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