Creating A Nature Retreat for Artists & Urbanites (Toulouse)
I recently moved to France (April '15) to begin renovating a farm complex (20,000 sq ft & 27 acres) in Coupiac. The goal is to transform it into a retreat for artists, nature lovers & urbanites who enjoy working holidays & volunteering. The grounds, I'd eventually like to open up as a public park with a long-term goal of hosting small festivals.
I welcomed 9 volunteers last July / August & hope to welcome even more this year (between April - Sept).
If anyone would like to get involved, there are all kinds of projects for you to develop your skills & flex your creative muscle, including:
> landscaping & gardening
> creating nature trails
> fruit picking (apples, pears, peaches, dates, walnuts...)
> tending farm animals
> painting & decorating
> furniture making & MORE!
I'm also setting up a small antiques showroom in one of the barns on the property & have begun scouring local brocante boutiques & flea markets. If anyone would be interested in helping run it - along with an online eBay shop - I'd be willing to split the profits.
Another barn has been ear-marked to become a cinema / performance space; perfect for parties, live performances, exhibitions, corporate events etc. If anyone is interested in helping develop this space, they can have use of it to host their own events etc. once complete.
I also need some urgent help with electrics, plumbing, stone masonry & carpentry so that we can offer volunteers accommodation in the main house, year-round.
Donations of time, expertise tools or equipment etc. would be hugely appreciated in exchange for any or all of the following:
> use of the venue to host your own classes or workshops (train apprentices etc.)
> use of the spaces & materials on-site to work/create
> testimonials/recommendations for university course leaders or potential employers
> photos of the projects you work on
> listings, editorial &/or advertising on my website
> editorial &/or advertising in my quarterly newsletter (1, Protected content
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