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Area (ha): 27
Persons: 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 40430
Region: Quebec

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Last Updated: March 11, 2020

We are a couple of semi-retired artists (composer and filmmaker). We wanted to buy a large land to preserve the forest. We targeted a region of Quebec that is still quite wild, even if only an hour from Montreal. We wanted some comfort to enjoy life, to get back into shape from our stressed-out urban lifestyles. 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 greet people who want to learn about health and detox, and who love the forest. We have already started hosting documentary evenings to spur community togetherness, joy in learning and discussing. With like-minded people, we imagine a better future for our community and for the world.
As we are only two not so young and no longer very strong, we need people to help us. Our most common tasks include sustaining our beautiful but neglected forest.Clearing the forest of the dead or sick trees, maintaining the trails, planting new trees, chopping wood, weeding, etc. Some indoor work for rainy days can include carpentry or painting. Our guests stay in our home on the second floor which has 4 rooms, a bathroom and a big terrace with a sauna. We would love to share plans on possible permaculture setups, dream of ways to use our house to raise consciousness in our community, etc. Caring for the forest is 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 and experience we have acquired, and above all, let you enjoy our beautiful environment. Birds, wild animals, a lovely lake, our canoe and kayak, hiking trails, pool, etc.

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

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