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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are looking for someone to help us with some land work and carpentry: if you know about permaculture, come and play with us to create a beautiful nourishing place!
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are also looking for someone to help us especially with childcare, meals/home and gardening in the summer/ fall of 2020. 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 12 year old boy and 9 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 12 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 9 year old daughter is passionate about animals and nature, writing stories and drawing and creating, and learning piano...
Our upcoming projects as of June 2020 are:
- finishing the new extension of the house: electricity, flooring, painting, creating a kitchen... if you have experience in kitchen creation, we want you! :)
- watering the existing trees/gardens (summer), setting up new gardens (fall), planting trees (winter), making our land more and more a paradise!
- building a zome
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.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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!
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....
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.
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!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours/day, 5 days a week (plus help with washing up after meals)