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Area (ha): 25
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 40430
Region: Quebec

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Last Updated: July 10, 2017

Hello there!
We are a couple of semi-retired artists (composer and filmmaker). We wanted to buy a land big enough to start an ecovillage and especially preserve the forest. We targeted a region of Quebec that is still quite wild, even if only an hour from Montreal. At the same time, we wanted some comfort to enjoy life immediately, to get back into shape from our stressed-out urban lifestyles and not to have to work too hard from the start. We were also looking to be as close to nature as possible. So when we came across this nice house, with a swimming pool, a spa and a sauna on a big forest land next to a lake, we jumped on the opportunity! We are proud to have saved this land from real-estate promoters who wanted to separate it into tiny lots and build, because the area we are in is in demand and quite gorgeous indeed. We see the investment for the large forest and the promise to preserve it as our way of thanking mother nature. Here we hope one day to greet people who want to learn about health and detox, organize fasting weeks. We have already started hosting documentary evenings to get the community together, enjoy learning and discuss imagining the future. We also have an important film under way which needs editing (professional doc editors or filmmakers welcome!). We have a fabulous infrastructure. A great music/film room where musicians can come and jam, where we show movies, or hold conferences, especially around ecology and health, which are our areas of interest. In the house, there is an independent second floor with 4 rooms, a bathroom and a great terrace. Our most commmon tasks include sustaining our beautiful but neglected forest. As we are only two,and no longer very strong, we need people to help us. Clearing the forest of the dead or sick trees, maintaining the trails, weeding, seeding, chopping wood, etc. We would love to share plans on possible permaculture setups, dream of ways to use our house to raise consciousness in our community, etc. We also could use some help in renovating, painting and carpentry. This means a lot of work, but by taking one step at a time, we hope to leave a positive imprint in our own modest way. Possibly with your help, we will be able to get there sooner.
We are very respectful of the energy and work you will provide us with, so we will be very careful not to abuse. 5 hours a day of your help will be appreciated in exchange of food and board and use of our marvelous infrastructure. We love to cook for you, (except breakfast where you are on your own), and we will be sharing meals together most of the time. We hope to be able to share some of the knowledge we have acquired, and above all, let you enjoy our beautiful environment. Birds, wild animals, a lovely lake, our canoe and kayak, hiking trails, etc.

Don't hesitate to write to us if this suits you. Thanks!
Nadia and René

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