Many kinds of yurts to help build, Castres, South of France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

A new community volunteering project

We are a collective, just moved South of France up a hilly huge forest called “Domaine de la Riviรจre”. 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 Riviรจre” 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).

ย What are you looking for help with?
  • Building ๐Ÿ› 
What’s the mission of your community? ๐ŸŽฏ

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, doorsโ€ฆ).
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 โ€“ also heli-yurts and traditional ones, with branches or regular meshโ€ฆ).

Volunteers’ age restrictions ๐Ÿ”ž

We cannot host unaccompanied minors

Volunteers with disabilities โ™ฟ

Volunteers with disabilities are welcome โ™ฟ โœ…

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? ๐ŸŽŽ

I can host Groups of volunteers

When would you need volunteers? ๐Ÿ“…

From March 10 to August 10, 2023

How many hours of help per day? โฑ

4-5 hours of help per day

How many days of help per week? ๐ŸŒ’

5 days per week – 2 days off

Are accommodation and food included? ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿœ

Yes, we offer food and accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide? ๐Ÿ•
  • Dormitory/shared rooms ๐Ÿ›Œ
  • Private home ๐Ÿ 
  • Treehouse ๐Ÿ›–๐ŸŒณ
Diet – nutrition information ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅค

All diets are welcome –ย We can accommodate Vegetarians, Vegans, and people who also eat fish and meat.

Fees transparency ๐Ÿ†“๐Ÿ”

No fees are charged

VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? ๐Ÿ›‚

No! we cannot help with Visa/invitation letters – similar requests will be ignored. โŒ

Volunteers’ benefits ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…
  • 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 ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿฆ’

Have walks, discover the Tarn region, many streams and rivers, canoeing, meditate, helping around, bicycling…

Language ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

French, English, Italian, Spanish, universal…

Geography ๐ŸŒณ

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 โœˆ ๐Ÿ—บ
  • 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? ๐ŸŒ



To contact the hosts of this listing, please send an email to with the subject line “Domaine de la Riviรจre collective.”

We will reply promptly and provide you with the host’s contact information. Thank you for your interest.

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