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Saint Hilaire du Harcouet
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3/4
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 30588
Country: France

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Last Updated: December 4, 2017

The project here at La Mariais is to create a learning centre for sustainable living. The work with friends and volunteers is currently coordinated by myself (an English woman with a background in permaculture, organic gardening, healthy vegetarian cookery, teaching and ecoconstruction).

This year work will continue on the old wattle and daub house (applying lime renders)and in the edible/permaculture garden and forest garden (tree planting, creating garden structures and growing annual and perennial food crops). Designing and/or building a rocket mass stove, a solar shower, dry toilets and an earth shelter or tiny house on the land is also a possibility. So if you have skills in any of these areas I would love to hear from you.

Creating delicious food with wild and cultivated plants is a big part of life here.

If you have skills in building or gardening/ landscaping you could really help to move the project on. However all are welcome.

In lending a hand here there is the possibility for you to gain skills in ecoconstruction, permaculture, vegetarian/vegan cookery and organic growing.

Accommodation for volunteers is currently in caravans but there is ample space for camping on the land or in the house being renovated. Life here is simple and tranquil (no TV). There is internet access.

The nearest town is 6km and has a thriving weekly market. Mont Saint Michel is a half an hour drive and there are beautiful waterfall not far from here. There are lots of towns and cities of interest to visit, like Fougeres with its old castle and the coastal cities of Granville and Saint Malo. You can borrow bikes on days off. There are lots of books on ecoconstruction, organic gardening and healthy cooking here both in English and French.

Music is always a big part of life here - particularly singing and guitar playing. Both English and French spoken.

So look forward to meeting you if you are curious and interested in creating a more sane and balanced world.

When contacting me, it is helpful to know what skillis you can offer, what interests you about coming here, the date you would like to come and your intended length of stay.

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