A new community volunteering project
We are a collective, just moved South of France up a hilly huge forest called “Domaine de la Rivière”. We are aiming at becoming autonomous in food and energy, yet we are just beginning to get settled in this beautiful place. The “Domaine de la Rivière” is bound to become a place of spiritual and humane activities and exchanges. Exchanges between different collectives, from everywhere. A haven as the world may need in the not-too-distant future.
The people who are living here and are still settling have known each other for 15-30 years and are highly ethical, respectful, dynamic and open-hearted each deeply involved in his/her own spiritual path. They are from 35 to 60 yrs old + the friends and families that live nearby (young and younger).
What are you looking for help with?
- Building 🛠
What’s the mission of your community? 🎯
To begin with: the building of the platforms on studs or stilts is necessary for each Yurt. The work implied for it will depend on the slope the Yurt is built on.
Then we put the floor and then we assemble the yurt ‘s different components (bamboo or douglas-pine lattice and poles, wool insulation, soft windows, dome, doors…).
Very natural materials and techniques are used (except for the screws and the wooden floor which contains glue).
Important to know: the yurt ingeneer/artisan builder comes to the Domain to help build the terrasses and assemble the yurts, but he will have built most of the components beforehand!
The yurts are not for commercial purposes but will be places to live, to work, and to host friends.
We have already built 6 yurts (2 to host friends, 2 to work in, 1 to live).
Everyone being different in size and shape and technique (some ovals, some round – also heli-yurts and traditional ones, with branches or regular mesh…).
Volunteers’ age restrictions 🔞
We cannot host unaccompanied minors
Volunteers with disabilities ♿
Volunteers with disabilities are welcome ♿ ✅
Considering that “disabilities” includes many different particularities, it is not possible to tick or untick a box on that matter.
Just know the terrain is sometimes hilly, there is forest, and most of the work can be physical.
How many volunteers could you host? 🎎
I can host Groups of volunteers
When would you need volunteers? 📅
From March 10 to August 10, 2023
How many hours of help per day? ⏱
4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week? 🌒
5 days per week – 2 days off
Are accommodation and food included? 🏠🍜
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide? 🏕
- Dormitory/shared rooms 🛌
- Private home 🏠
- Treehouse 🛖🌳
Diet – nutrition information 🥗🥤
All diets are welcome – We can accommodate Vegetarians, Vegans, and people who also eat fish and meat.
Fees transparency 🆓🔍
No fees are charged
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? 🛂
No! we cannot help with Visa/invitation letters – similar requests will be ignored. ❌
Volunteers’ benefits 🏆🏅
- Learning how to build a yurt
- Learning how to make yurt components
- Deep human experience as the people who live on the Domaine are non-sectarian yet long-time spiritually involved, respectful, dynamic and open-hearted people
What to do in your free time 🚴🚣🦒
Have walks, discover the Tarn region, many streams and rivers, canoeing, meditate, helping around, bicycling…
French, English, Italian, Spanish, universal…
Beautiful hill with the river down below.
The domain stretches from the top of the hill to the river.
Forest, wild animals, amazing view
How to get to your site ✈ 🗺
- Plane to Castres airport
- Train to Castres town
- Car or hitchhiking to Burlats 81100 or anywhere not too far and we will pick you up.
Is there internet access? 🌐
CONTACT DETAILS 🔍📧
To contact the hosts of this listing, please send an email to voluntouring.freelistgmail.com with the subject line “Domaine de la Rivière collective.”
We will reply promptly and provide you with the host’s contact information. Thank you for your interest.