Discover our forest island-like autonomous eco site in Aquitaine, France



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    We are feedback cookers, see in "What else ..."

    We do eat everything, if your have a special diet, What caracterize our Workaway host place, "Working" time at our place :please see in "What else..."

    /Update NOV 2020 :
    We have a blog with stories and photos at our workaway host place. To have access to, you must ask the link. Don't hesitate to ask !

    Before reading more on us, an important notice :

    saffron harvest period is over
    -persons with good teaching skills/cooking skills are really welcome this year !

    End of update/

    We live in an old farmhouse from the 18th century in Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, south west of France. A rural area of ​​"pays de serres" hills and valleys, beautiful tourist area in the summer.
    The area have many old buildings and interesting castles to visit. And the ancient walled city named "Bastides".
    Not far from us the Chateau de Bonaguil

    Our farm is an area of ​​wild and wooded, hidden and saved from the surrounding world.

    It's like a real autonomous island, a small world apart, with a tranquil setting.

    We live at the solar time, almost TU time (Greenwich). Our 200 years old bell do rhythm the food time, so it's the immemorial and sun time. Although legally, Hitler did order it's end since WWII in 1940. But we don't obey him here.

    Our uniqueness is that we live in energy independence and autonomy of water, but without sacrificing comfort.

    We have managed to develop the best technical solutions to achieve this, as well as lower cost, even if it is not completely finished.

    We are found of the durable technology from the past, some collectables are very long lasting technology and more interesting at an autonomous point of view, are in use at our place. We are fighing against planned obsolescence. See at bottom page technologies your can discover at work here.

    We can gladly introduce you to our facilities, explain the ways of doing and you can see the results as well as the equipment used.

    Our region is a touristic area in spring/summer/autumn & well suited to cycling tours, we can lend a bike.
    Near village : 2km (small supermarket) by feet or bike, flat
    Interesting ancient village with history : 3Km by feet or bike, 200 m higher
    Near city, bastide with historic center : 13Km, by bike, flat
    Middle age castle to visit : 22Km real push on pedals needed/bus challenge

    But as we are in a little paradise place, it's soo good to stay here, we find now workawayers don't go wish much to go out !

    We are saffron growers (crocus sativus). October we will be harvesting saffron. Volunteers are welcome, but at this period cooking skills are required.

    Nous habitons une ancienne ferme du 18eme siècle en Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, sud ouest de la France. Une région rurale du "pays de serres" collines et vallées, belle région touristique l'été.
    La région possèdent de nombreuses bâtisses anciennes et châteaux très intéressantes à visiter. Ainsi que les anciennes villes fortifiées nommées "Bastides".
    Non loin de chez nous le Chateau de Bonaguil

    Notre ferme est un espace de nature sauvage et boisée, cachée et épargnée du monde environnant.

    C'est comme une véritable île autonome, un petit monde à part, un véritable écrin de tranquillité.

    Chez nous, l'heure solaire à cours.

    Notre spécificité est que nous vivons en autonomie énergétique et autonomie d'eau, mais sans sacrifice de confort.

    Nous avons su mettre en place les meilleures solutions techniques afin d'y parvenir, ainsi qu'à moindre coût, même si cela n'est pas totalement terminé.

    Nous pouvons avec plaisir vous faire découvrir nos installations, expliquer les manières de faire et vous pouvez voir les résultats obtenus ainsi que le matériel qui est utilisé.

    Notre région se prête bien aux ballades à vélo, nous pouvons prêter un vélo.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can experience life in the countryside in a comfort autonomy farm without electricity grid or water system, discover the solutions used and the results obtained. Depending on your affinities, you can learn about in various technical fields. As the forge... You can discover Indian cuisine and you initiate it.

    If you are interested in the topic of autonomous living, you may be interested to discover how we found a solution for some specific matters.

    learn indian based food with my wife.

    full comfort electricity autonomy with affordable expense.

    LOW TECH TOPICS, antique & durable found applied here :
    -french old railroad crossing technology
    -french old magneto telephone & network
    -Lister engine, Diesel mall scale electric plant
    -energy efficient leather piston water pumping from sun energy
    -labor-saving agriculture (in development, still need ideas & advice)
    -autonomous dog food making
    -working on : resawable grain culture (wheat etc), harvest & flour making & store

    -solar autonomous self-installed, lead acid battery long lasting proved technology
    -Arduino board programming :
    applied & in use : gates, bell, timers
    rebuild machines with self-made brain, as dish washing machine not heating with electricity
    working on : automated greenhouse for early seedlings (early seedlings are mandatory to have most plants in a garden, but it requires too much hand power and care)

    IF YOU HAVE TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, young, but comes from the city, you're going to be in the precise place you have to be. The more you'll stay, the more you'd learn. With time, I would deal with different specialities/activities and I would take the opportunity to teach you about. AND I CAN TELL a city guy, even with a engineer diploma would have nearly everything to learn in life ;)) !!!

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    When you come to our place, you become a member of the familly for the duration of stay ! And if you agree to, if you fit well, the story of what you did and pictures could be posted on our blog, as a part of our saga, workawayers are not forgotten after they've gone, here.

    Now we mainly need someone for help my wife to prepare food and caring maine coon (cat) kittens, the long stay is preferred.

    We set up our organic crops to feed our family /workawayers/stuff for the winter. We appreciate people with experience in this area.

    What interests us particularly is how to develop methods of cultivation / find the right tools so as to have the least possible manual labor, rather motorized.

    Our soil is a very good one, it is of vegetable sandy soil types "ideal for carrots"

    we have self-made cultirateau, tractor, disc plow, etc, and a workshop (mechanics, DIY,), another workshop for electronics.

    Your participation could be to give a hand in daily activities in which you are interested, covering many different areas. Electrical, mechanical, housing renovation for future volunteer, help us to develop our cultures, environmental conservation systems...

    Especially for a woman (more specific activities usually dedicated for):

    My wife Indian origin (also speaks English) would be delighted to welcome a lady, possibly with small children, to help a little, spend holidays and to teach our little girl, 3 years old.

    It can give you the basics of indian cooking , a very healthy food and little spicy
    My wife would be glad to meet other indian people / Mauritian.

    In this specific case we need someone to help in the house, mainly to help in the kitchen. She (or he) have to be someone who likes to do this kind of things, and who like the work nicely and efficiently done, this is very important, please note.
    In these conditions, the house/cooking activity is very mild and pleasant.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a little caravan in nice woody environment with 1 big bed, and another bigger caravan in another woody environment with 1 small bed + 1 big bed. each caravan have light and 230V electric plug.
    It gives a certain freedom to you, as if you were in a camping .
    Both are 20 meters from our house, where the dinner takes place.

    We provide excellent Indian food typical little spicy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Dietary/Veg etc :
    Indian food doesn't mean not eat meat. My wife does continue the same diet than her ancestors, it is the use. We do eat chicken, eggs, milk, etc. Just we don't eat pork or cook it, whereas beef we eat rarely because of her ancestors.
    Also Indians says it's not a good idea to change one's diet just by will. People in india who don't eat meat do it from thousand of years and have genetic capacity to stand that. Indians don't advise to change your diet if your ancestors were eating meat, one could suffer malnutrition.

    If you are veg we don't refuse you, but you may have real problems to find something for you everyday, Unless you made a provision / bring your special ingredients you would cook yourself. Here we have indian chick peas, pharatha press, chick peas maïze flour, and other things but non specific veg.

    What caracterize our Workaway host place :

    Survivalist soft : no survival training, but self-sustainable oriented

    Organic garden & reseedable plants : health & food safety. But we are not totally self sustainable on food : you'll have food from the supermarket too.

    Mother nature's daylight time : here, with Molen island are the only 2 places you can experience living at real time in France.

    Indian & oriental food (not everyday)

    "Camp" in caravan among the forest

    Experience drinking pure water (if you want)

    Drug free place could help you. No alcool, no Tobacco, no coffee (the next health scandal to come), and no any other drugs/phychedelics. But we have tea.

    Volunteering time at our place
    Here most of the time, we are not really working. We could be considered as "always having holiday" or "having never an holiday".
    The time schedule 5hours a day does refer as comparative to an amount of hard work provided by a paid worker in a company, in the normal life. But we are not normal life, we are selfsustainable. We are mostly living by ourselves.

    Think about that : here we have foxes, so let's take them as an example :
    -does a fox have to think about his working schedule during the day ?
    Ex: 9 to 10 look for food, then 12 eat, then having a rest from 14 to 16 ?

    It's certainly not like that. When fox wakes up, he can have an idea about looking in a specific place to make a new hole, and maybe in the path he will have a idea about looking for hunting a little.

    But on the topic "how long is he's working time" really can't tell, he just lives ! Maybe 100/100 as 24/24 work or you could also consider he's in holidays 24/24 7/7 !!!

    Well here we live like that !
    We always try to find thing to do that you like to do. We want you to have a good experience and learn things. We would never oblige you to do something, you are not a worker here...

    Notre gare la plus proche est celle de Penne d'Agenais (5km)

    Dans les départements voisins vous pouvez visiter :

    Our nearest train station is : Penne d'Agenais (5km)

    In neighboring departments you can visit:

    le gouffre de Padirac
    les hommes préhistoriques de lascaux et de cro-magnon aux eysies

    We are feedback cookers ! :
    We believe evaluations are very important on Workaday. Also a Workawayer would easily find wide open doors in lots of interesting host places if they have good & fit evaluations.

    After you've been helping us here, it will be time for us to help you back, give you the chance of having more open doors at your next Workaday hosts.

    Normally Workawayers who put goodwill and who efficiently helped us here, with no behavior problems and who have not required intense management "look after" should be granted with an excellent evaluation at us here.

    If you were happy to meet us, learn interesting things and/or liked the place, you would be kind to also give us a nice evaluation, we like that too !

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day max, 5 days a week. 5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Saffron growing
The 200 old chapel bell that rythm our life, giving the lunch & dinner time. We live at solar true time. We don't need to ring it by hand, sun's energy do it for us. It doesn't have religious meaning.
at left owners François and Avina. At Right, Diana & Clara helping at harvesting our Mennonite sorghum (bio/organic)
collecting some wood, so the tractor will carry...
Diana and Clara, workawayers from spain, helping at pulling wood to the tractor for storing it
path to the farm main courtyard
path going to the garden
view from the sky of our settlement
self sustaining electric facility solar & listeroïd diesel

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