Family Eco-holidays, in a cooperative village in Ardèche

Family Eco-holidays, in a cooperative village in Ardèche

Unforgettable sharing moments

Transmit the live and work together values

Magic place suitable for children

Spend eco-holidays with your family in the heart of an environmental education, cooperation and sustainable project.

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    Detailed programme

    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 12,000 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
    Afternoon: free
    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: Free day; Multi activities providers nearby : Climbing, viaferrata, canyoning, caving, canoeing and mountain biking etc.
    Thursday: 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.
    Friday: Morning : Art and Nature Workshop: clay or vegetable ink.
    Saturday: Free morning. Departure after lunch.

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From 30 July to 05 August 2023

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    The Viel Audon hamlet is located at the entrance of the Gorges of Ardèche, 800m form the village of Balazuc, South of France.
    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. Cars do not reach the hamlet. You can park top of the hill and then reach the hamlet walking down for 400m or park in Balazuc and walk along the river.

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    7 days - 6 nights

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    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.

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    Living Conditions

    The participants will be in charge of their collective life. Each morning, a small group will be in charge of cooking for all the participants.

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    515,00 €

    The family package: Package includes activities, organisation and follow up

    Plus depending on the size of the family:

    Meals: 87,5€/person for 7 days.

    Accommodation package for 6 nights:

    - 120€/per adult (14 years old +)

    - 84€/ per child (from 3 to 13  years old)

    - Free for babies from 0 to 3 years old

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    Application Process

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