Living green, experience permaculture and home / unschooling in the Dordogne countryside, France

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  • Description

    Description

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are looking for someone to help us with some land work and carpentry.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are also looking for someone to help us especially with childcare, meals/home and gardening in the late summer/ fall of 2019 (late Aug / September...). Please contact us if you love kids and are happy to join our little family for this time...

    We are a French-American family with two little ones, living in our eco-home that we built ourselves in the Dordogne countryside. Kevin is French, has had multiple professional lives (musician, carpenter/green builder, translator) and now Nonviolent Communication facilitator; Elizabeth is American and a psychologist and psychotherapist from California. We have a delightful 11 year old boy and 8 year old girl. We are very interested in sustainable living, permaculture, meditation, nonviolence and community. And you!

    We're finally in our home, hooray! After a break from hosting, we're again feeling really excited and open to hosting and meeting some lovely beings. We have a few projects to bring our home and life to the next stage: a couple of extensions to the house (so some carpentry), and a whole new permacultural approach to our land involving the creation of gardens, chicken, sheep, bees, dry stone walls, planting trees, terracing... to invite beauty and life around us. Our orientation is to make our land and life abundant and resilient while trying to enjoy every step of the process. So come and join us if you would love to work with the land! We also have some spots dedicated mostly to child care and helping around meals.

    As part of our life changes we will be home/unschooling starting this year (2019-2020). So we are very happy to host you if you would love to spend some time with our children and share your passions and talents with them and us! Our 11 year old boy is learning Spanish, guitar, woodworking and is passionate about technology, design and architecture, nature, sports and martial arts (he practices judo and aikido)... Our 8 year old daughter is passionate about animals and nature, writing stories and drawing and creating, and would like to learn piano...

    Our upcoming projects as of Sept. 2019 are:
    - finishing the new extension of the house: woodsiding, electricity, plumbing, flooring, painting, creating a kitchen...
    - setting up a space for the sheep: fencing, creating a cabin for the sheep...
    - planting more trees (in the winter)

    We really invite people who love to share time with children.
    Always welcome: volunteers with gardening, land-work and building skills!
    Also amazing if you are into architectural design and permaculture (Lucien dreams to learn how to use design programs such as Rhino or SktechUp!). And if you are a musician and can teach us some of your skills and passion!
    We would be delighted to share with you our interests for permaculture, meditation and nonviolence.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a very open-minded, bi-cultural (French-American) family. We love hosting folks from around the world. We love the cultural exchange side of workaway, we have made incredible friendships and have felt really nourished by the flow of young adventurers who have graced our home!

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for help with developing our projects on our 1.2 hectare land (3 acres) where we have built our straw-bale house over the past few years, and we'd love to host folks who have interests and/or skills in caring for land and green building, and also people who love children. Kevin can teach you about traditional carpentry, straw-bale building and earth renders, permaculture, etc. and French! Our schedule is: extensions to the south, setting up a self-retreat space in the forest, terraces and cabin, land work, etcetera... :)

    Also, Kevin is a certified Nonviolent Communication facilitator and would love some help to put together a blog or easily manageable website about communication, presence and relationship. So if you have such skills and don't mind mixing outdoor work with a bit of programming, he would be very excited to meet you!

    Sometimes we host folks primarily to help us with the kids, in that case we would hope you love kids and proposing activities to engage them, creative projects, walks, baking, games....

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Français, English, Espagnol, Português

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a guest room in a little office cabin that can accommodate a single person or couple. It is quite cozy and away from the main house so has privacy. Folks could also camp in the forest on our land if they prefer the outdoors during warm months where we have a beautiful open-air cabin. In general we provide healthy vegetarian meals. We also have a lovely 3m bell tent.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It's a beautiful area, nearby there are countryside fields, a river, forest, caves, castles, and beautiful villages to explore...
    If you are enthusiastic and keen to learn a lot about sustainable living, please contact us!

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days a week (plus help with washing up after meals)

Our summer yurt, and cabin in the woods.
Family and friends (from workaway)
The house in the summer 2011... next: tiles on the roof, and wall structure for the future strawbales.
The house we're building now!
A couple of permaculture designs for our land!


































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