Be involved with creating community for personal development, yoga and meditation retreat center in Côte d'Azur, France

  • Francia
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  • Última actividad: 06/02/2023



 Estancia mínima:  Al menos 3 semanas



  • Descripción


    [Last Update: We are welcoming volunteers from September 2022 to May 2023. Minimum stay is 3 weeks]

    In the pre-alps of French Riviera/Côte d'Azur, on a large 80 ha property made of mountains, forests, fields and streams, nested in a lovely valley, we are creating a sustainable international community to support the creation and development of a NPO and its home, dedicated to personal development and growth, parenting and relationships, as well as yoga, meditation and wellness in general.

    [The profile is pretty comprehensive - please read before asking questions and engaging into the program ;-)]

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    This is an international center receiving volunteers and guests from far-West to far-East. There will be lots to share and many languages to learn and practice (we are fluent English, French speakers).

    You will learn and share experiences about refurbishing apartment/house/building, from foundations to roof, insulation, layout, plastering, plumbing, electricity, tiling, wood works, but also outdoor/forest/wood works, gardening...

    You will learn to live together in a community (with the goods and efforts on self it needs); work with consciousness and efficiency, focusing on goals while staying safe.

    You may also participate in the sustainable projects.

    And above all, lear and grow from each others experiences and knwoledges.

  • Ayuda


    You will take part to the foundations of a community and a Non Profit Organisation focused on harmony between sustainability and person development by:

    1) DIY: helping fully refurbish 2x 15m² caves into a fully renovated bedrooms with shower room/WC, general site maintenance and development (supervised plumbing/electrical/building/wood/iron works). Loads of opportunities to learn a lot in DIY.

    2) Mechanics: repair an old Kubota tractor: unmount, diagnose, order broken part and rebuild the bridge. Apply general maintenance and bring back to life this old good boy ;-/

    3) Woodworks: contribute to start the sustainable forest management and wood production plan, that will provide the boards and beams needed to build 10x wooden cabins and constructions (including 200m² dome, fire pit roof).

    4) Farming: help in planning and testing a 5 ha permaculture project by gathering the necessary knowledge from literature, Internet and partners, and combine with information collected from the land (species, seasons, weather, different earth qualities...). Student or experience in permaculture preferred. Help with the vegetable garden.

    5) Electrical independence: participate in challenging project to create first community-reproductible solar-generated gravity-stored electrical plant.

    6) Wooden works and charpentry: create different wooden cabins, furnitures and fences from our own wood (to be) harvested on site.

    7) Water management: help design and implement/upgrade to new water sources network and waste management system, finding and applying sustainable ways to source, use, recycle and store water.

    8) Metallic construction: help in design, source parts and make a tree trunks transportation self-breaking trailer adapted to the property (small and steep paths).

    Work schedule is 6 hours / day, 4 days a week, and enjoy free time the rest of the time. Work hours are generally 9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00 - 1 hour/week is kept to complete work or achieve a small extra task here and there.
    On demand, can eventually adapt to 3 days x 8h/day (8-12:00 and 13:30-17:00), and 5 days x 5h/day schedules.

    Work schedule is generally: guided works Friday, Saturday, Monday, and autonomous works the 1-2 others days. Might adapt to each others agendas. Manager(s) might be away a couple of days per week for others professional activities.

    Please come with relatively protective working shoes and clothes, as well as rain clothes (not a lot of rain here but good to have when it happens).

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Francés: Fluido

    Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
    We are French natives receiving volunteers from all around the world, literally. As such: - The community language is generally English. - Language of work is generally English too when working in international groups. - Happy to speak and teach French during social times, and during work times when the level of French of the workgroup is good enough for safety and efficiency, or when working 1-to-1 with us. - you will have the opportunity to learn and speak many others languages with the others volunteers, from latine languages to north europe, asian and middle-east languages. Personally happy to practice my Spanish and Italian (limited to social free times - can't work in these languages).

  • Alojamiento



    In warm season (mid-April to mid-October), you will enjoy the pleasures of the glamping site with its 20m² canvas lodge tents hosting 2 pax each, large comfortable 100x200 natural latex beds, convenient bathroom trailers - see photos - with in-tents electricity, lighting and WiFi. You will also share outdoor covered living areas.

    In cold season (mid-November to mid-April), you will share in-house fully-renovated bedroom with its own en-suite shower room and toilet (separated from each others). The room has a lovely view to nature, with terrace. Nice and warm feeling thanks to underfloor heating. You will also share community living room with fire place.


    Food is provided. Grocery shopping and cooking are shared and organized depending on the number of volunteers, generally taking turn following vegan/vegetarian and volunteers/hosts' own local/international receipes.
    Meals will be prepared in a large fully-equipped community kitchen, and taken in outdoor covered dining area or picnic table under the shades, or inside the community room with fire place in cold season.
    Out of fire-risk season we will also enjoy singing-along, music and grill by the super-large fire pit.


    Kundalini Yoga courses will be provided at least once a week. Shared daily meditation course/session is offered on demand.
    You can also benefit from the outdoor spring water swimming pool and outdoor activities (on-site: badmington, volleyball, trampoline, hammocks, slackline, hiking; off-site: mountain biking, climbing, canoe, via-ferrata and beyond all what the French Riviera offers...).


    It is unfortunately NOT possible to host your pets (live animals, free-range farm animals, others volunteers and clients allergies, cleanliness...).

    We work efficiently and play hard to achieve actual sustainable goals while having fun. We expect volunteers to be dedicated with professional-like proactive attitude during work times, being on time, taking reasonable pauses on their own as needed.

    The place hosts a retreat center for people development and health that regularly receive guests/clients to sustain the project.
    No smoking, consumption of alcool (weekly social consumption tolerated) or drug is allowed on site, and a calm and respectful behavior is requested.
    BTW, Sébastien is comportemental and cognitive therapist and can help you quit any of these addictions once for good.

    As such, site maintenance is handled on a "I use > I clean +1" basis so we can all live together in a clean, harmonious, healthy place with awareness.
    Cleaning and tidyng is required after each use of kitchen, bathroom, furniture, outdoor equipement, tools... Expectation is the whole site being clean, feeling cozy (and nice looking) and efficient (site is super large, finding a lost tool or cloth is a headache).
    +1 is being aware nobody is perfect, so we also tidy/clean/pick up this little thing/stain/waste unadvertently left by another person or nature. Generally on Thursdays, a deep cleaning/tidy/reset is performed in shared kitchen, rooms, spaces.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...


    See for general info.

    If you arrive by train in Nice, it's easier to take the train to Puget-Theniers from this other train station 15min walk or tram away:

    Last train to Puget-Theniers departs from Nice at 18:09 on weekdays 17:10 on Saturdays.
    If your train arrives to Nice, let's say 30 min beforehand for safety, then that's enough to take the train to Puget-Theniers.

    If you arrive by plane, best to take bus 790 from Aéroport Promenade stop to Puget-Theniers.

    We will pick you up in Puget-Theniers when we are on site, generally Fridays to Tuesdays - good to request our schedule (please avoid Sundays our rest day as much as possible).
    Alternatively, easy and safe to hitchhike the last 8kms (only 1 possible route and countryside people are very helpful here) from Puget-Theniers' bridge to Col St Raphaël in La Penne.
    Volunteers hitchhike on a daily basis to visit the coast towns and surroundings.


    Lots to do around from almost every kind of outdoor sports (hikes and bikes, paragliding, climbing - including on the property - canyoning, via ferrata, acrobranching, kayaking...) to local countryside village sightseeing, and of course all French Riviera famous towns like Cannes, Nice, Monaco, St Paul de Vence, Grasse...
    Train station Puget-Theniers to Nice is 8 kms away. We can bring/take you there few times a week, and hitchhiking is easy in this countryside villages area. A vehicle is a plus for your autonomy - possible to rent cheap one at the local grocery store.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Despite being remote, the property has 4x Internet connexions multiplexed to get a decent 200/60 Mbps bandwidth allowing remote workers (like us) a good experience.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Yes we have plenty of space to accomodate any size of van.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    Schedule most asked by volunteers is: 6 hours a day, 4 days a week. Work hours are genrally 8:00-11:00 14:00-17:00. Schedules also available on demand: 5 hours a day, 5 days a week; 8 hours a day, 3 days a week.

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 419746822583

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