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Saint Laurent de Cerdans
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 90
Persons: 4-10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3921
Country: France

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Last Updated: November 9, 2019

Eco farming, building and tourism. !!!

Summerseason is nearly over and we're going back to all the projects again! There's plenty to do on the land, making this place even more beautiful than it already is.

Work during the next months will be:
Expanding the area for the donkeys, creating a new water system for irrigation and grey water, building another shower and toilet. There's some fencing work for a new vegetable garden and orchard and much more...
During the next months untill the weather will change usually at the end December, most work be outside, after that there's plenty of inside jobs.

I am trying to vary the working days, so no one gets bored and to give you the chance of choosing which kind of work you prefer, so everyone feels comfortable with what he/she is doing.

More about the ongoing projects:
We still have an organic walnut plantation on the program! 4 Hectares (10 acres ) of land has been cleared, first job is a fence, then the trees will go in the ground and irrigation to be installed.

There are of course always general jobs like grass cutting, chopping wood for the winter, clearing areas, taking care of the donkeys...

Building work on the old farm houses will continue after the summer months, as well as the building of another tree house.

If you have skills, great! But for us your enthusiasm and spirit are more important! We need people that enjoy being outside and working physically and that see what needs to be done and can work independantly.


About the location and accomodation:

We`re in the Southeast of France on the Spanish border, surrounded by mountains, forest and next to a small river to swim in.

When we arrived here there was nothing but a virgin piece of overgrown land and a bunch of ruins...no road in, no electricity, water, sewage and no place to live in, but just a stunning scenery to look at :) This is 10 years ago and a lot has been done since, with our vision, hands and of course the incredible support of many volunteers that passed by over the years....

Your accommodation can be either in a caravan or the restored ruin or you can pitch your own tent somewhere on the land. Please be aware we are in the middle of nature, so the accommodation is basic, but still comfortable! We have warm showers, electricity from solar panels and a big kitchen with a great view. There is Wifi, but it’s very limited, so we have to be consciously using it. Most likely you won't have internet connection from your own provider.
I provide all meals and we either take turns with cooking or one person is responsible for it. During the summer months I am also looking for someone to cook regularly for the guests and then we have dinner all together on the terrace. Always a nice event- especially the weekly pizza nights!
If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let me know.
We are also often baking fresh organic bread in the self-built wooden oven and if you are into baking you are welcome to be creative here!

Normally volunteers are working 5 hours/day, 5 days/week.
The weekends we try to go out and do something nice, go for a drink in the local Spanish bar, to the close-by lake in Spain, for a hike...


Are you enthusiastic and not afraid of getting your hands dirty and would you like to experience life in the middle of stunning mountain nature? Then you are in the right place!

Please contact us if there`s anything you`d like to know. See you soon!

reviews (15)
Helper: Sarah Hoelke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 8, 2018
I spent 2 months in La Solane - from shortly before until the end of the high... view complete review

Helper: Michael Oster Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 7, 2017
This is much more than just a great place in the sun. The location is amazing... view complete review

Helper: Philipp Lux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 27, 2016
I had a wonderful time in la solane, the hosts and the other helpxers were su... view complete review

Helper: Karolis Averka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Lithuania Date: August 18, 2016
Somewhere between France & Spain dutch sounding echoes travel the mountain va... view complete review

Helper: Melody Goudge Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 9, 2016
This is a wonderful project in the making. I experienced daily variety in the... view complete review

Helper: Chloe and Joe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 29, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay with Shabuti. Although we were not told that Eva w... view complete review

Helper: Chloe and Joe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 29, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay with Shabuti. Although we were not told that Eva w... view complete review

Helper: Chloe and Joe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 29, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay with Shabuti. Although we were not told that Eva w... view complete review

Helper: Antonia Mielke Möglich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 27, 2014
I spend 3 weeks with Eva and Shabuti and I had a really great time! The a... view complete review

Helper: Bruno Zugrovs Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Latvia Date: October 17, 2012
It's was nice 5 weeks what I spent with Shabuti and Eva, the area is very be... view complete review

Helper: Felix and Joelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 7, 2011
We stayed for about 3 weeks in La Solane. We had a really great time with the... view complete review

Helper: Claire and Chris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: May 24, 2010
We just spent 11 days with Eva and Shabuti and have had a lovely time. La So... view complete review

Helper: Ciaran Taylor Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: January 11, 2010
Hello, i spent 3 months with Eva and Shabuti at Solane from September to ear... view complete review

Helper: Roland and Raphi Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Netherlands Date: July 23, 2009
Bonjour, we worked for 4 months at la Solane and we had a very good time ther... view complete review

Helper: Jessica and Nicholas Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: December 1, 2008
First of all let me say that Eva and Shubtie were very nice people..but they ... view complete review

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