Smala Grandvaux Ecovillage

GRANDVAUX ECOVILLAGE is the first ecovillage of the French part of Switzerland, in Grandvaux (VD), in the middle of the vineyards of Lavaux (UNESCO). Our ecovillage is labelled ECOPOL, and we are part of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Grandvaux is situated at 10 minutes by train from the city of Lausanne and 15 min walking from the Leman Lake. In front of the house, we have a common permaculture garden and some hiking path close to our house.

We adopt an ecological and community-based way of living. We live in relatively small private rooms (some of them have private bathroom and kitchen) and we have big shared spaces (cafeteria, party rooms, garage, multi-purpose rooms). The food is usually vegetarian and organic and we share as many things as possible in our everyday life, material and immaterial.


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Mi llegada a smala, lamentablemente fue de ir con expectativas de poder aprender, resultó que termine haciendo labores muy pesadas, no respetándose mis tiempos, no tuve en ningún momento una habitación estable para mi, me movieron de un lado a otro cada día, siendo un sillon el mas comun, las veces que tuve una habitación, pensé que por fin tendría privacidad, pero theo entraba directamente a la habitación sin consultar, siento que son puntos que se pueden mejorar, lo mismo el trato más humano con los voluntarios, siento que si se tomara en cuenta el potencial humano que tienen, podrían progre

8 months ago



Foi uma experiência diferente, eu aprendi a me alimentar mais saudável, e viver em uma comunidade onde todos se ajudam, as atividades foram diversas.

10 months ago

LA SMALA replied

Esdras a passé 1 mois au sein de notre communauté. Il a été ponctuel, respectueux, polyvalent, bienveillant dans ses activités d'assistance à notre équipe de créatifs (déco, tenue de stands, événements), et c'est de plus un super animateur d'événement (présentation, organisation).



Foi uma experiência incrível, tive uma recepção incrível, e aprendi que posso desenvolver hábitos sustentáveis em qualquer lugar...tudo é uma questão de adaptação.

over 1 year ago



My time in Smala was incredible 🤩. Alberto and Theo, are excellent hosts that anyone
I could ask. They make everyone feel at home 🏡 and they are very clear about the tasks they must
perform volunteers.
In Smala one can meet interesting people, learn from different cultures 🌍, I appreciate
Alberto, lucila in taking part of his time to teach me his culinary art, very good cooks, the
place is super nice a lovely view in front of the lake, Theo has extensive knowledge
about permaculture, 🌻🌹☘️🌞 you learn a lot. It is a super productive experience, I recommend it.

almost 2 years ago

LA SMALA replied

Ivonne is a really kind and hard working woman. Always very helpful and willing to help. Communicative, smiling and always happy. Thank you very much for your efforts here, we wish you all the best!



My first experience in a community, people are very nice and a wide range of people with different life stories and at the same time the opportunity to learn new languages, I felt very good during the time spent here at Ecovillage and I recommend you try this experience

over 2 years ago

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