La Ville es Gaudin

Learning experience and contact with nature, language exchange connection with earth energies and development of personal magnetism. For city/town dwellers this could be a complete new vision on life and how the world works.

Martin & Vanessa,  are 64 & 61 years old respectively . Have no formal education having left school 15 & 16- years old.  Whilst they are not academics, they have a lifetime of experience in a whole host of different aspects of life.   Martin has never been a company employee for more than 6 months in his 49 year career choosing to either find or create his own work . Vanessa was employed as a data processor for the first 9 years of her career & since has not been employed outside of the family .   Having moved to rural Brittany in 1990 to a derelict house with no money, 2 small children & unable to speak more than a few words of French, with the attitude if you want to do something you can, it just requires effort & determination. Their 3 children 1 having been born in France are now adults & have left home.   For the last 9 years we  have been making a low energy small holding of 3 acres where we have large permaculture gardens for fruits & vegetables having rebuilt much of the depleted soil, sheep for wool & meat, as well as Goats, Chickens & of course a couple of dogs .   We can offer good home cooked food although we are not really set up for vegan diets, accommodation as yet, not so good, but perfectly reasonable (tents or living in own vehicle could be possible). Along with a whole host of transferable practical skills, which can be invaluable for anyone who wants to live extremely frugally or on the edge of society; Most of these skills are self taught or have been learned on the job.   Martin is now fluent in French is able to get by with Spanish, but believes that everyone can communicate with each other regardless of nationality, as long as you make the right effort & with a bit of creativity & want to understand . A very down to earth straight forward non pretentious  person who looks upon himself as a life apprentice. And can offer from experience to show you ; Most aspects of building, with new & reclaiming materials, as well as using what is around naturally, keeping animals as well as butchery, basic mechanics, operating digger & dumper safely, how to strip, clean & safely use shotguns. On a more esoteric level, para magnetic gardening, Dowsing, Geobiology, creating sacred high vibrational spaces etc. Generally living on your own initiative with a low budget.   Vanessa is proficient in French & very creative, a firm believer in natural health, & can offer from experience ; how to create garments & a whole array of other goods. From different materials, reclaimed or new. How to process wool straight from the sheep up through to knitting delightful warm clothing, or weaving all wool cloth for creating woollen goods. Gardening skills & real home economics.   It would require an entire book to list all the skills & experience we have accumulated. We are both open minded and relatively easy going and have led a full life.  We believe that in order to learn something you have to do it & mistakes are part of the learning process.

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5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

France

5

I had a lot of fun helping out Martin and Vanessa on the farm. We did a lot of gardening and did as many tasks around the farm and weather allowed. I also enjoyed exploring the area and running around the country side on my time off!

22 days ago

Brazil

5

I can't be more thankful with the hospitality of Martin and Vanessa, they make you feel at home. I appreciate all the beautiful experiences with them. The tasks where really easy. Martin help you in many different ways and always being open to clarify doubts.
Vanessa cooks perfectly. And they have a nice and warmth talk with you. The place it's beautiful you're able to feel peace in here and enjoy all the nature and good vibe in the place. Was my second experience as volunteer and I would surely recommend it. I'll be missing them. Thank you both.

8 months ago

Brazil

5

I had the most incredible experience at this garden! The warmth and hospitality from Martin and Vanessa were beyond compare. The way they've organized the place is truly impressive, all geometrically thought out. I never felt lacking anything. They exceeded our expectations in every way, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn so much here. I can’t miss mentioning Paddy and Inca who are the most adorable dogs in Bretagne. This visit will always hold a special place in my heart, and every moment was an absolute pleasure. Many thanks to you.

8 months ago

Argentina

5

I don't have words that are fair to describe how good our first experience as volunteers was. We take a lot of learning about self-sustainability but above all we take great moments shared with Martin and Vanessa. Working with Martin was very enjoyable. He was flexible when we needed some time to do another activity, very patient to explain each of our queries. Vanessa was always attentive to our needs and each meal that she prepared was even better than the last. It also helped us a lot to practice our English, which was somewhat rusty. We will miss them. !

9 months ago


Martin replied

Juan it is me who should thank you for a great time & great work ,
contact us if you come back to Europe
all the best & enjoy your travels .
Martin

Argentina

5

Vanessa and Martin are two amazing human beings. Living with them was very easy, they are lovely and super fun people.
We learned a lot about permaculture, self-sustaining living and MAGIC. We enjoyed delicious food made by Vanessa and great stories told by Martin.
It was our first volunteer experience and we couldn't have picked a better one.
We are very grateful to them for letting us into their home and life and we will surely miss them.
We hope we have been useful and that you have enjoyed a little of our "Matecito"
Thanks for everything!
Juan & Maylén.

9 months ago


Martin replied

Maylen it was really briliant with you & Juan , I really enjoyed you being here & loved your note with the flag
Enjoy the rest of your travels

Martin


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