A sustainable learning place that positively contributes to a healthy ecosystem
Welcome to the site of Laferme sur Bésorgues and thank you for your interest. We would like to invite you to become a volunteer in our unique ecological project. Our permaculture farm is located on a southern slope in the Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche. We, Sebo and Bastiaan, are happy to meet you and learn and work with you towards a sustainable future. Our beautiful terrain consists 7 hectares of forest with its own well that provides us with drinking water. We live off grid and produce our own electricity. The river Bésorgues flows over our land and is located 80 meters below the farm. We swim here every day. When we don't work we are celebrating the naturist lifestyle. In recent years, more than 140 volunteers from not less than 22 different nationalities have helped us.
Every morning we start with spiritual exercises in nature. We physically work an average of four hours a day in the food forest or vegetable garden. This is good for our personal health and it teaches us physically how much energy needs to be produced for a regenerative and ecological living system. Every day we reflect for ten minutes in a personal place somewhere on our site. In the afternoon you are free to do as you please. In the evenings we usually have dinner together and tell each other stories about wonderment in nature that day. These are often special and rich moments in which we really meet. You share a nicely furnished bedroom with another volunteer. We all share the bathroom. In addition, we have a cozy and beautiful space where you can retreat from time to time.
We have room for four volunteers at the same time. We like to show commitment to our volunteers and we ask them to do the same towards our eco habitat. Two weeks is the minimum period if you are interested in participating in our project. Characteristic of our project is that we live nude in a small community. Everyone is naked when we are not working and when the weather permits, which is almost always the case in the summer months. You don't have to be experienced in this, but we do ask you to go along with it. It strengthens the social connection and the connection with nature. Social engagement is another important component in a sustainable ecosystem. We make sure that everyone has a good time by looking out for each other. In concrete terms, this means occasionally taking a broom to clean the rooms, making a cup of coffee for someone else and extending a helping hand when cooking or clearing up.
Our concept is inspired by the Wwoof and Workaway principle. You get a unique experience and room and board. In return, you work with us four to five hours a day, on average twenty-five hours a week. Are you interested in connecting more deeply with the earth, the animals, the plants, the water and your inner nature? Would you like to feel that this is a fantastic experience that gives us vitality, liveliness and enthusiasm? Do you have the desire to live like an ecological person who respects the earth and chooses a lifestyle that suits it?
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We would love to know you better. Experience has shown that it is important to make personal contact first. That is why we would like to have a chat with you without any further obligations. We are really interested in your stories as well. Contact us via Whatsapp: Bastiaan +31629592143.
Accessibility by public transport:
You can take the train to Montelimar or Valence TGV. There is a bus going to Aubenas every hour from both stations. In Aubenas we can pick you up at Place de la Paix on the day of arrival between 13 and 14 hours. We will also bring you back in the morning on the departure day.