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Area (ha): 3
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 57310
Country: France

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Last Updated: January 22, 2018


Living in maritime Brittany, we are the French `guardians` of a 3 hectares (nearly 7 acres) piece of land on the edge of a forest, 6 kilometers from the sea and the gorgeous beaches of the north coast. Its name is `Jardin du Kalon` (Garden of Heart), next to a small village called Lanvellec.

Our land is a beautiful, celtic green place surrounded by woodland, including a meadow, big granit boulders, a small lake with a place to make night fires, a stream and a fairy swamp, a big mandala-shaped vegetable garden, hand-made chalets available as working studios, and plenty of nice and quiet spots for contemplation or artistic expression, or whatever joyful and ecological activities you would enjoy!

For the past 16 years, our on-going project has been to create a retreat/garden/centre for sustaining inner, spiritual resources and creativity, and the project is unfolding nicely, with the help and inspiration of so many excellent visitors over the years.

This summer again, we`ll have a number of different activities to attend to :
- Land clearing and strimming the over-enthusiastic vegetation, grass, brambles and branches... with hand tools as well as mechanical tools;
- Taking care of the organic vegetable garden : seeding, planting, weeding, mulching, picking… And creation of fine new permaculture beds;
- Restoring the two yurts and transforming the barn into an affable collective space.
- There will be (therefore!) plenty of opportunities for DIY workshops, fixing-tidying-decorating-painting-sowing...
- And last, but certainly not least, cooking delicious food and bread!

Most valuable helpers would have carpentry (or electrical) skills, but any other talents and all good-hearted, green-spirited, energetic and inspired volunteers are welcome!
We receive 2 to 4 people at a time, from April to October, for a minimum period of 10 days; working hours are usually 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, to be organized collectively.

Bedrooms are individual caravans set here and there among the oaks in the meadow, with plenty of stars above your heads. There is an organic toilet outside and, in the barn, a little kitchen, and simple, clean toilets, showers and sinks.
In the stone main house, there is another kitchen, a dining room with a piano, a living room with Wi-Fi, and a little English-French library.

We are mainly vegetarian but not totally so, and we love going on the beaches at low tides to pick edible shellfish and seaweeds.
The nearest airport is Brest, nearest cities are Plouaret, Lannion and Morlaix, where we can meet you at the train stations; we have bicycles available, and during summer months, there are buses going to the beaches.

So, see you may be at a crossing of roads, for a shared time of beauty, work and joy !

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