We want to help people to live differently, to have less impact on the planet and to be happier. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to offer permaculture, meditation & vegan cooking courses.

Upcoming courses in 2019

15 – 17 March 2019

An Introduction to Permaculture and Meditation

26 – 28 April 2019

An Introduction to Permaculture and Vegan Cooking

14 – 16 June 2019

An Introduction to Permaculture and Meditation

Find out about our permaculture teaching, the style of meditation we practise and our vegan cookery courses

Course details

Course schedule

The fun starts with the 18:06 train from Paris Montparnasse to La Ferté Bernard on a Friday evening and ends when participants return to Paris Montparnasse at 19:55 on Sunday night.


The cost is 200€, which includes 13 hours of teaching, six vegan meals and a bed in a twin room. If you’re a student or unwaged, it’ll cost you 100€. The only thing you have to pay for is transport.

Longer weekend courses

If you live outside France, then watch this space because we’re planning some four‐day permaculture / meditation / vegan cooking weekends for the summer!

Book a course at The Big Raise today

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If you have any questions, please consult our FAQs here or email us at

Why study at The Big Raise with Alexis & Blanche?

Alexis studied for his Permaculture Design Course with the late great Patrick Whitefield and has completed two permaculture courses (Forest Garden & Micro Farm) with Charles and Perrine Hervé‐Gruyer at France’s top permaculture farm, Bec Hellouin, and has done a nut growing course with Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust, who is widely recognised as owning Europe’s finest forest garden.

Before moving to Paris in 2015, Alexis taught Introduction to Permaculture courses in London. He has completed two 10‐day silent meditation retreats and has been vegan since his first silent retreat in May 2017. Before that he was vegetarian for many years. Alexis loves to cook and Blanche loves his cooking!

Blanche is a teacher in Paris. She incorporates permaculture thinking into many of her classes. She has also done a 10 – day silent meditation retreat. Blanche is a vegetarian.

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

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. Laurence Rodriguez

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. The involvement of everyone, and the feeling of sharing that we have experienced, affects me a lot. Grant Butcher

As a citizen engaged in the ecological transition, the subject of permaculture interested me, but I had never really practised it. 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. Thank you, Blanche and Alexis! Frédéric Aublé

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. And among the highs I definitely put the excellent vegan meals! Vanessa Filhol

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

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. Florence Marchal

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