DIY help for intentional community aiming for climate resilience through agroforestry in Midi Pyrenees, France

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  • Description

    Description

    (Traduction en Francais en bas!)

    [As it says in our profile we only accept people for a month or more. And we are specifically looking for long term residents ]

    Hallooooooo :)


    Spring tentative activities:

    -clearing/making paths, mulching and clearing around fruit trees
    -planting fruit and other beneficial trees as part of an agroforestry project.
    -gathering and chopping firewood (normally once a week =)
    -Making, clearing, garden beds!!
    -sowing seeds, planting, mulching
    -finishing DIY greenhouse and sauna
    -making signs for fruit trees, orchards and gardens (rainy days)
    -harvesting/drying wild plants
    -foraging
    -house improvements
    -other Random projects.. always...

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    We aim to build a laboratory for an ecological, feminist and harmonious village that is at the same time an international, resilient, welcoming and intentional community. A mouthful of adjectives right there =)

    We started the project as a collective and after two years we separated. One part of the collective chose to leave the land and now we are trying to learn from our mistakes and brainstorm different forms of community living that are more suited to the land, to those who remain, who have joined us since and who wish to become permanent residents.

    The activities we offer range from permaculture gardening, green building, forestry management, farm and land maintenance, water collection and management and many DIY projects (we would like to have solar showers, grey-water filtration, hobbit-houses, etc...). If you have experience in any of these last domaines please say so =)

    Other driving philosophies -
    Biomimicry, low tech, anti-capitalism, permaculture, sustainability, food sovereignty, social justice, frugality, fabulous food

    Please contact us closer to the date of your arrival to see what projects we are working on at that time.
    As much as possible, we will try and match your skills and desires to tasks that need to be done

    We ask for 25 hours of help per week + participation with collective meals.
    -We have meetings at least once a week (probably on Mondays at 2pm) where we talk about weekly tasks, times, how everyone is feeling and work groups.

    * Sometimes, when we are full on volunteers, we would like to offer other people the opportunity to come as « part-time helpers ». In this case we would ask for 15hrs of help a week (3 hrs, 5 days) and would ask that you pay for your food.

    We try to structure our weekly projects and working hours during this meeting in order for everyone to be able to feel organized and so that everyone can find a place here.

    After a week we check-in + discuss a longer stay.

    Physical Description:
    We are located on a South-facing mountain with two rivers within a ten/twenty five minute walk from the main house. We have a spring on the land that provides water from November to July/August after that we rely mainly on rain water
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    The forest is everywhere. This a perfect place for people to be surrounded by nature and the ability to hike around and forage for hours without seeing a soul.
    At the same time we are only a 5 minute drive from Vabre (where there are buses to Castres 4-5 times a day - except on Sundays!).

    Accomodation:
    In the guest dormitory. Bring your sleeping bag but we also have blankets.
    There is also loads of tent space.
    Maybe semi-private space in the main house depending on how many people are staying.
    Possibly a private space inside (good for couples or families) depending on if it’s being used.

    FOOD:
    Breakfast prepared individually.
    Lunch and Dinner taken together (unless stated otherwise).
    We try and eat organic, locale (from the farm or region), or dumpster-dived, 95% of the things we buy are organic and/or bought in bulk.
    The meals are primarily vegetarian but if there is a vegan amongst us there will always be a vegan option).

    There are normally between 8-12 people on the land. Often more.
    We are especially looking for more medium/long-term residents!

    Also, when you contact us we will ask to do a video conference with you =)

    Hope to see speak to ya soon!

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    [On accueille seulement des personnes pour un mois ou plus. Et on cherche particulièrement des personnes qui voudrait rester long terme!]

    Francais!

    Activities probables au printemps

    -Créer des chemins/sentiers
    -defricher des parcelles pour les arbres fruitiers ou du maraîchage
    -préparer des planches pour ses plantation de printemps
    -planter des arbres fruitiers (et tout ce qui va avec)
    -faire du bois (tous les vendredi)
    -créer des nouvelles planches de cultures
    -faire des semis, repiquages
    -faire et reparer les escaliers
    -faire et entretenir plus de chemins
    -ameillorer la maison
    -autres projets divers (cabanes...)
    -embellir le lieu =)

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    On voudrait creer une communauté qui visent à etre un laboratoire d’un village écologique, FÉMINISTE, DIY et harmonieux et qu’il soit aussi une communauté internationale, résiliente, bienveillante et intentionnelle.

    On s’identifie aussi avec:
    La Permaculture, le biomimétisme, le low-tech, l’anti-capitalisme, la souveraineté alimentaire, l’agroecology, l’autonomie.

    Nous avons commencé le projet à la base en collectif (en 2016) mais celui c’est dissout l’hiver passé. Donc, à partir du printemps (2019) les projets renaîssent avec beaucoup de leçons apprises et d'autres personnes qui s'ajoutent à la communauté.

    Ce lieu magique se situe dans une forêt - de châtaigniers, de chênes, de frênes, et beaucoup d’autres espèces - qui comprend 39 hectares de montagne face au sud – dont 8 hectares de belles vieilles terrasses en pierres seches. A part les 500m2 de jardins et un verger de 30 jeunes arbres fruitiers, il y a une maison principale, une énorme et très belle grange qu’on a retapée avec l’aide de beaucoup de personnes (un grand merci à tout le monde), d’autres dépendances, des habitats divers, et une autre bâtisse à rénover (eventuellement... ;).

    Les activités qui ont lieu quotidienement sur la terre sont: du jardinage avec des principes permacole, de la gestion forestière (on se chauffe au bois) avec beaucoup de défrichage, de la gestion de l'eau et pleins de projets DIY (comme le poele de masse dans la grange), puis toutes les taches menagères; cuisine, nettoyage, recup', nourrir les poules, etc... et aussi souvent il y a des chantiers d'auto-construction ou renovation d'un des batiments sur le terrain.

    - On demande environs 15-20 hrs par semaine. + Participation dans les repas collectifs.
    -SVP soyez la pour la réu du lundi 14h :)

    * Parfois quand on a trop de benevoles, on aimerait offrir l’opportunité à d’autres personnes à venir en tant que bénévoles à « mi-temps ». Dans ce cas on demanderait seulement 15 heures d’aide (3heures, 5 jours) and on te/vous demandrez de payer votre nourriture.

    On essaye de structurer nos projets de la semaine et nos heures de travail pendant cette réu pour que tout le monde peut s’organiser et trouver une place.

    Après une semaine on voit si tout se passe bien et on discute d'un séjour plus long.

    Logement:
    Dans le dortoire des invité.es. Amene ton sac de couchage mais on a aussi des couvertures/draps.

    Il y a aussi beaucoup de place pour des tentes. Peut etre un autre un coin dans la maison plus privé aussi. Voir une chambre séparée dans la bâtisse collé à la maison

    Repas:
    Petit dej' pris souvent individuellement dans la cuisine collectif.
    Dej et Dinner pris à priori ensemble.
    On essaye de manger bio et locale (legumes de la ferme), produits 95% bio et acheté en vrac. Souvent c'est aussi de la Recup et des plantes sauvages! Les repas sont principalement vegetarien (il y a toujours un option vegane, si il y a quelqu'un de vegane). Mais ça nous arrive aussi de cuisiner de la viande dans un plat a part.

    Normalement on est entre 8-12 personnes sur le lieu. Des resident.e.s , des ami.es, de bénévoles, des nomades y passent du temps.

    On aime bien faire des vidéos confèrences avec toute personne qui demande de participer au projet.

    Aussi, on est à la recherche de resident.e.es moyen/long termes :)

    @bientot!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Languages!!!! We love learning.
    Food! We love eating. This one of the things about living in a place where we all take turns cooking. Always good food and often new dishes :)
    One of the things that makes this place special is as a place where different people can meet, it has always been a place for nomads, city-folk, farmers, squatters, experimenters, musicians, artists, builders, and the open minded to mingle and create an open, intentional and welcoming place.
    This is a place where many friendships are made and, often and, importantly where people figure out what they want out of life!

  • Help

    Help

    clearing/making paths, mulching and clearing around fruit trees (present and new plantings this winter)
    -planting fruit and other beneficial trees as part of an agroforestry project!!
    -gathering and chopping firewood (every tuesday =)
    -Making, clearing, garden beds (depending on the month)
    -loads of gardening!
    - finishing DIY greenhouse
    -making signs for fruit trees, , native trees and gardens (rainy days) as part of pedagogical project.
    -house improvements and other carpentry projects
    -working on the sauna!!
    -occasional house cleaning or organising day

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Russian: 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

    Accommodation

    There are several different dormitory spaces with varying levels of privacy. The common dorm has three double beds, there’s a mezzanine with another double and there are two side areas with beds and visual privacy. Sheets and pillows etc... are provided for people staying more than a couple weeks otherwise for shorter stays we ask you bring a sleeping bag (shorter stays are possible but exceptional)

    Long term residents don’t live in the collective house so it’s only fellow travelers and friends there :)
    And you can always pitch a tent in the forest :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are 5 buses from Castres to Vabre and the last one is at 17:10/18:10 Mon-Fri/Saturdays respectively. If we have to pick you up from Castres we will ask you to provide gas money about 6-8 euros total (depending on which car is available to drive).

    We have reviews on another volunteer profile! If you want to see them just ask and we can send you the link
    :-)

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Depending on if you come part time or full time.

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