Live in nature and learn about self-sufficiency in the Ardenne, Belgium

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  • Description

    Description

    We provide vegetables and medicinal/ aromatic herbs using biodynamic process in our farm. Certified organic. The location is perfect for nature's lovers. Forest is all around. Our first goal is to aim self-sufficiency. So we go for it.
    We prepare food, make soap, cultivate grains, cut wood, BUILD TINY HOUSES, ...
    Animals, flowers, trees are around us all year round.
    We love travelling and intercultural exchanges. We speak fluent French, German, English and a little bit Dutch.
    Antoine and Nancy 😀

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll live a very pleasant experience through your staying with us. We are almost totally self-sufficient. We live in the forest (Ardenne) and we produce vegetables, electricity, soap, bread, kombucha, infusions, vinegar, ...
    Antoine is qualified as an herbalist and french cooking chef. Nancy is on her side sociologist and nature guide. We both are biodynamic farmer, carpenter and wild edible plant teacher.
    Our cultural interest has brought us in a one year world trip, looking for meeting people, traditional way of living and wonderful exchanges.
    We don't have television, we love reading books and we don't smoke.
    We play harp, practice carpentry, pottery and yoga.
    We love to be happy, we work and share with passion.

  • Help

    Help

    There is a lot of chores to do. At moment we're looking for help to finish our eco-project: a gipsy caravan. We have to finish the tiny house from inside: electricity, water system, carpentry (wood on the walls),...
    So we are looking after manual people who are able to drill screws, saw board, ... We work always together and we are looking for help to go on faster ;-)
    In total we ask 4hrs per day helping, 5 days a week, with a maximum staying of one week.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay in a cottage in the middle of fields and the forest. The cottage is for maximum 3 workawayers. So if you come alone, you will probably live a nice experience with other workawayers. There is a wood-burning stove, to keep the cottage warm and relaxing. It's often the opportunity to perform the "fire-making-skills" or to learn it 😉
    There is no water in the cottage. You can take showers at our place and we provide water bottles for the cottage. There is also no electricity. We will furnish lights ans candles. You can charge your smartphone at our place, but we don't have enough electricity to charge your computer. Staying at our place is the right place to switch of internet and to reconnect yourself with mother earth.
    From June - September it doesn't freeze anymore in Belgium. Than you can also come with your tent or we can give you one.
    If you come, please take ecological soap with you to respect the area and biodiversity in our place. You will need waterproof shoes and old working clothes.
    We cook and eat vegetarian and organic together, it's always a pleasure.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    From home, many trails would bring you to marvellous area, such as the Millennium tower (234 steps for a great view) or the beaver pound.
    By car or bycicle, you could also visit the local brewery, a hawkfarm, a bison ranch, middle-aged castle, the Hans cave,...
    You are 10 minutes walking (1-2km) from a little shop, a bakery, a pharmacy, a butchery and a bar. The next little town (Gedinne) is 6 km far away. There is a library, a tourist information center and free WiFi.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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