Family Eco-holidays, in a cooperative village in Ardèche !
The site of Le Viel Audon has been inhabited since Prehistoric times by people who have enjoyed its mild climate, a river full of fish, a spring with constant temperature as well as rich fauna and flora.
In the early 19th century, when silkworm breeding was a successful activity, the inhabitants of the hamlet left it to build large silkworm breeding houses on the plateau overlooking the village.
After being deserted and forgotten for a century, all that was left of it was a heap of ruins buried under ivy.
In the 1970’s, a handful of “utopists” put it into their heads to revive LE VIEL AUDON. They created an association and organised international volunteer work programmes for young people. Over 11,000 volunteers took part in rebuilding the hamlet, and some of them decided to live there too.
The farm (animal, vegetable gardens..) is now an example of sustainable management of the resources on the site.
The association, “LE MAT” is in charge of volunteer work programmes, environment discovery classes and environment/development training sessions. The team coordinates all the activities on site.
Sunday: Arrival - You will meet the team of the association Le Mat of the Viel Audon.
Guided visit of the hamlet - Buffet (Everyone brings some specialties from his country/region)
Monday: Formation of two groups- Visit of the vegetable garden
1rst group: Helping with the vegetable garden
2nd group: Cooking workshop to prepare lunch and dinner
Evening: Night walk: Narrated tour with Nicolas Grisolle, nature guide
Morning: Cooking workshop, picking in the garden and around, discover the scrubland, making the lunch
Afternoon: Bread workshop : Making bread in a traditional wood oven. This bread will be the one enjoyed throughout your stay.
Evening: Pizza party, create your own pizza cooked in wood oven!
Wednesday : Volunteer day in the hamlet: help on the farm with the animals, clearing in the garden, collective workcamp.
Evening with the young volunteers of the workcamp.
Thursday: Free day; Multi activities providers nearby : Climbing, viaferrata, canyoning, caving, canoeing and mountain biking etc.
Friday: Morning : Art and Nature Workshop: clay or vegetable ink.
Saturday: Free morning. Departure after lunch.
The participants will be in charge of their collective life. Each morning starting on the Wednesday, a small group will be in charge of cooking for all the participants.
Family package : 515€/family : Package includes activities, organisation and follow up
Meals: 60€/person for 7 days.
Accommodation package for 6 nights:
87€/per teenager (10-18 years old)
63€/ per child less of 10years old
Each family will have their own room in a recently renovated house. Bedrooms have 4 to 8 beds. Common areas are shared: kitchen & dining room, terrace with a big table and the view on the river Ardèche, bathroom with 2 showers, toilets on the ground and the first floor where the bedrooms are. A spare shower is also available on the first floor.
Around the house, you will see:
- the farm, the animals and its sustainable management of the scrubland area
- the garden, the agriculture and various food processing
- the workcamp and meet up with the volunteers
You can reach the beautiful and picturesque village of Balazuc 15 minutes walking along the river.
How to enrol:
To apply, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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« Le chantier famille au Viel Audon à permit à mes enfants de découvrir la collectivité, le partage, le faire ensemble et la participation à un projet collectif. Elles en ressortent heureuse et grandies.
Histoire et vie du lieu très intéressant, esprit du groupe très coopératif, et bonne ambiance. De plus le lieu est adapté aux enfants»
« Séjour enthousiasmant, bien organisé tout en restant souple, dans un lieu vraiment rafraîchissant tant par les personnes qui le font vivre que par le cadre naturel. Propice à la rencontre et au faire ensemble.»