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. You can see a typical weekend programme here.
Our permaculture, meditation and vegan cooking courses are free! Instead of asking for money before a course, we give participants the chance to make a donation afterwards if they want someone else to benefit from a weekend with us.
This concept is called Dāna, which means generosity, charity or alms in Sanskrit. The idea is simple: if you feel you’ve learnt something during your time with us, then you donate so that someone else can benefit.
If you’d like to book a weekend course at The Big Raise, then please send us an email to [email protected] and include your first name, surname, email, mobile phone number, dates of the desired course and mode of transport (e.g. Paris, train).
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.
Here are a few testimonials from some of the lovely people who’ve already taken one of our courses