Literally build up the project Robur at The Oak organically with wood and hempcrete!

Permaculture Gierle (Lille), Belgium
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What you offer

Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.


Professional painting, sculpting or drawing.

Painting & Decorating

Help to maintain the appearance inside and outside the building.


Help with a wide range of repairs.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.


A billion stars over your head and a comfy tent to sleep in.


Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.


Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!


Have your free dinner before going to bed.


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The Experience

Robur and The Oak need creative volunteers with (semi-)professional carpenter skills and a good feeling of the place's atmosphere. By helping to build Robur you are part of realizing a connecting, small-scale project that will invite burnt-out people to heal, artists/writers to be creative, and a lot more - surrounded with unique custom- and homemade fourniture in a round and spiraling ecological hobbitlike weekend-cabin in nature!

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What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks

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Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks

Permaculture project

Learning & Fun


I spent around 2 weeks working at Robur and it was a great experience. I learned a lot about living in nature and working on construction. The place Is really unique and it's easy to feel comfortable with the group and the tasks. Marieke was an excellent host and always tried to help us to feel at home. The group of volunteers were also great people. I'll always remember about my experience there and hope that the project can be completed.

8 days ago

Marieke replied

Thank you, Julian, for all you did, and for your music! It added a sensitive touch to the moment and the place. Good luck and safe travels!


One of the best decisions of my trip! Robur is a place to disconnect with the busy world and reconnect with yourself and with nature. A wonderful place, full of wonderful people! This is for me a "must have" experience if you looking for a volunteering work! Marieke is very flexible, just tell her what you like, and she will try to make it the best place for you!
Thank you, Robur, thank you Marieke! Looking forward to see it complete and working! 💙

10 days ago

Marieke replied

Lorena, sweetie, come back! :-D And yes, I mean that, and yes, I think you should find other great experiences... THANK YOU for your happy and caring personality, that you shared with all who were here! (All lucky people to have met you!) XXX


It was a great experience, The Oak is a beautiful and an spiritually It was a great experience, The Oak is a magical and spiritual place, run by a wonderful woman with an unrivaled spirit, I recommend it fervently.

13 days ago

Marieke replied

Thank you very much, Tintin, I appreciate your openess and honesty!


Robur is an escape from the insanity of the modern world and is - as Marieke describes it - truly a healing place for all. You will undoubtedly leave without a lot of the burdens you first arrived with. As a cook, I've thoroughly enjoyed feeding some of the kindest people I've ever met in my life - friends I will no doubt keep and cherish for life. All of this is Marieke's unconditional gift to the world and to all who come Robur. Come with an open mind, ready to meet amazing people, ready to experience a life that is different from the one you came from, and you will love every minute here.

18 days ago

Marieke replied

Wow, Marc, my sweet friend, you're too kind, thank you... I still miss you - you enhanced the healing energy of this place a whole lot, you were a warm and complaisant friend to everyone around, and I really hope to see you back in the UK in October!


Robur is this weird and magical place when you get to unwind and forget about outside world, meet great people and most importantly help to build something amazing and beautiful. You also test yourself because living conditions are comfy but basic. And learning experience and interaction with Marike and her friends is unforgettable!

29 days ago

Marieke replied

Thank you so much, dear Hanna, especially for sharing and connecting, and being so committed!

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About Robur op Den Eik (Robur at The Oak)

  • Hosted by Marieke

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APPLICATIONS WELCOME, especially FOR LONGER STAYS. JULY IS FULL, AUGUST ALMOST, APPLICATIONS WELCOME FROM SEPTEMBER ON. PLEASE ONLY APPLY THROUGH THIS PLATFORM! Come live and work in back-to-basics paradise for a while! This is a healing and inspiring place that is already serving by bringing people together in a most harmonizing way. All people that have been here, go back home a more connected person. When you are volunteering at The O...

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