A permaculture farm & learning centre in France

We’re building a low-impact farm for the future. We also offer permaculture, meditation, vegan cooking, fermentation and foraging courses.
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Upcoming courses

2–4 October 2020

Introduction to Permaculture, Vegan Cooking, Fermentation et Foraging

23–25 October 2020

Introduction to Permaculture and Meditation

6–8 November 2020

Introduction to Permaculture, Vegan Cooking, Fermentation et Foraging

Our 2021 courses will be announced soon. They will start in March 2021.

Don’t take our word for it

Here are a few testimonials from some of the lovely people who’ve already taken one of our courses

Laurence Rodriguez

This weekend invites us to ask ourselves about our way of life and thus to find other ways for a more harmonious life, for a better knowledge of oneself… but also of others. I deeply thank Alexis and Blanche for their warm and generous welcome, which was a key element in the success of this beautiful moment.

Grant Butcher

Blanche and Alexis, thank you sincerely for the generosity of your welcome! Your project is inspiring on many levels and I feel privileged to have participated in this weekend.

Frédéric Aublé

This weekend showed me how vast the subject of permaculture is and how it has practical value for improving the life of Earth but also humans.

Vanessa Filhol

This weekend was very refreshing and informative, all in good humour and communicative joy. I loved what we did in the garden and the creative workshop of the second day.

Annick Rivoire

I found the weekend extremely inspiring, amazing, engaging, stimulating and motivating!

Florence Marchal

The general tone of the weekend was set by the personality of our guests: we bathed in intelligence, benevolence, generosity, openness, humour, love, curiosity and determination.

Sophie Gravot

Splendid weekend! Very rich in human exchanges. Our discussions and our work allowed me to have a clearer vision of what the “Permaculture” state of mind is. The rhythm of the days is good: alternating moments of mediation, reflection, exchange and very physical activities in the garden. The rooms are very comfortable and I slept very well. The meals were delicious even for a non-vegan like me! The activities in the gardens or at the pond were intense and varied (making a lasagne compost, watering, digging trenches, weeding, planting, mowing, getting the salad and fruit for the meals…).

Julien Lesachey

These two days were particularly rich in exchanges with a really interesting group and great activities! Seeing a real project gives even more value to this concept of permaculture, which is more a philosophy of life than a simple way of cultivating the land. Thank you also for the introduction to Vipassana. Meditating in a group for almost an hour reassured me and I am now thinking of signing up for a Vipassana retreat.

Stéphanie Charlat

What a fabulous weekend we shared! I had a hard time landing on Monday morning, there were so many words and pictures in my head! Thank you very much for a good time. It confirmed my desire to change and my investment in permaculture. The weekend was very rich, and your support was very motivating.

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Our news

Surviving lockdown at the farm

Surviving lockdown at the farm

We’re back! We had to cancel three courses because of coronavirus, but we made it through lockdown at the farm with the help of our Australian friend, Grant. There are worse places to be confined! Our first post-lockdown course, which was lots of fun, was in mid-June…

Filling the pond, burning wood, planting trees…

Filling the pond, burning wood, planting trees…

Winter has well and truly arrived here at The Big Raise and the pond is full for the first time since the spring of 2018. Hurrah! Our wood burner heats most of the house pretty effectively. It takes about two hours to get the living room from 12C to 20C. By the end of…

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Global warming is melting our sense of time

Global warming is melting our sense of time

On June 20, in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle, a heat wave baking the region peaked at 38 degrees Celsius—just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic. In a world without climate…

May 2020 was hottest ever recorded on Earth

May 2020 was hottest ever recorded on Earth

Earth had its hottest May ever [recorded] last month, continuing an unrelenting climate change trend as 2020 is set to be among the hottest 10 years ever, scientists with the Copernicus Climate Change Service announced on Friday. It’s virtually certain that this year…

Solutions

E is for Extinction Rebellion

E is for Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, said Mandela. History is calling from the…

S is for Schools Strike (for the climate)

S is for Schools Strike (for the climate)

When she realised that her generation wouldn’t have a future unless the world’s politicians acted on climate change, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament. What started as a one person strike soon gained…

M is for Milk

M is for Milk

You want milk for your breakfast, but you’re starting to think that cow’s milk, which is mostly brutally extracted from slave animals, which is hard to digest because it’s meant for calves not humans, and which has almost all the goodness removed from it in the…

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