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Montesquieu Volvestre
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18123
Country: France

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Last Updated: July 7, 2015

Hi There; We are a family of 3 anglo/belge street theatre / cabaret performers (Ben, Saskia and Dixie Lu aged 9) who moved to this wonderful area of Haute Garonne from Antwerp in Belgium 3 years ago. During that time we have been building and renovating like crazy, setting up our vegetable garden, exploring and harvesting wood from our 10 acre wild forest, and generally adapting to this new way of life. We are striving to run our place on permacultural principals with varying degrees of success! In our local village which has an incredible market on Sunday mornings we, with others, set up a café / venue which we now run as a collective. We still perform and teach but we are also broadening our line(s) of work. I (Ben) did a year long Mindfulness Meditation teacher training course and now teach, and Saskia teaches dance and has a vegetable paté business (!!).

We always need help with general maintenance (some strimming, veg garden, woodland etc), and we are also in the process of clearing an area in the woods and preparing to host our first workshop in October.

Between 10 and 15 October Ben will teach a full Mindfulness Meditation course to up to 5 or 6 HelpX-ers (for free) to test drive so to speak this idea.
During this time the work will involve rendering a building with natural materials (lime/sand), and building some walls (also natural - clay / straw /wood) under our new barn roof.

The idea would be for the 5 or 6 HelpX-ers to stay with us between the 9th and 24th October. So during the first week we will do the Mindfulness course in the morning AND work 4 - 5 hours a day, and during the 2nd week we will work 5 hours a day and continue to practice.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to establish a hugely beneficial meditation practice in the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, and to learn some natural building methods. Please get in touch if you may be interested to take part!

For more info, check the website:

Accommodation is either in one of 2 gorgeous caravans, a gypsy wagon, or in our fully kitted out double decker bus. All sorted and cosy!

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