Aider animer un atelier/help run a workshop

Je recherche des personnes pour m’aider sur une» stage que j’organise du 29 août au 5 septembre. C’est une stage pour aider des jeunes engagés de devenir entrepreneurs sociaux. Ils viennent avec un projet qu’ils veulent mettre en place et nous leur donnons les outils théoriques et pratiques pour le faire. Mais ce qui rend notre stage spécial et très différent des autres, est le temps quotidien consacré aux projets écologiques, de reconstruction et de jardinage et les ateliers pour encourager les participants à changer leur relation avec eux-mêmes, les autres et notre planète terre (par la réflexion, discussion, exercices, méditation, etc.).
Nous vivons en tant que communauté pour la semaine, partageant des tâches telles que la cuisine, etc. et nous nous soutenons mutuellement et nous amusons ensemble dans une très belle ancienne ferme entourée de collines et de prairies.
C’est la 6ème année que nous organisons ce stage et je recherche 3 personnes pour aider avec 1, cuisine, 2, projets de reconstruction et de jardinage et 3, soutien général. (Ça aide si vous pouvez comprendre le français)

Si vous êtes intéressé, vous pouvez en savoir plus sur le stage sur et le lieu, et me contacter pour plus de détails via wwoof france ou

I am looking for people to help on a course i am holding from august 29 to September 5. It is a course to enable committed young people to become social entrepreneurs. They come with a project they want to set up and we give them the theoretical and practical tools to do this. But what makes our course special and very different from others is that as important as the teaching is the daily time devoted to ecological, reconstruction and gardening projects and to encouraging participants to change their relationship with themselves, others and our planet earth (through reflection, discussion, exercises, meditation etc).
We live as a community for the week, sharing tasks such as cooking etc and support each other and have fun together in a very beautiful old farmhouse surrounded by hills and meadows.
This is the 6th year we are holding this course and I am looking for 3 people to help with the course
1  to coordinate a daily meal prepared by the students themselves. You need to know how to cook (and organise a bit) but your role here is to assist the students in preparing the meal , not to do all the cooking yourself. (some will never have cooked , some will be great cooks)
And help a bit generally in the smooth (hopefully) organisation of the course

1  with decent do it yourself and practical skills (no need to be an expert just like doing gardening, building) to help me run daily workshops where students engage in practical gardening, small construction projects etc. You do not do the work yourself but show people how to do it and provide them with the tools and support. I will show you any skills you don’t have but will need and will support you generally and we will be supervising and supporting the students together. Again some mightbe very skilled but others might never have held a tool or implement before.

1  to supervise and practically help in the everyday organisation and functioning. So this could range from carrying out some practical repair, to making sure daily cleaning has been carried out,to helping sort out student concerns, encouraging people to be on time, taking over:filling in gaps in practical roles etc. Again i will be there to support and advise you

As well as your tasks you will have plenty of free time for yourself and for relating to other participants. We will all be part of the emerging community

If you are interested please let me know and we can go into more detail.

If you are interested, you can find out more about the course from and about here and can contact me for further details via

Dave Wassermann


Ready to re-energise and de-stress?

Kundalini Yoga Retreat; Monday 15th June – Sunday 23rd June 2020


We are super excited to announce this retreat which is a joint venture between Olivia Flecha and Chloe Wasserman. Their aim is to offer you a chance to re-energise, de-stress and reconnect to yourself in beautiful and calm surroundings.

Chloe will be hosting and cooking for you, helping you to feel loved and nourished during your time here.

image3Olivia will be teaching yoga and meditation, encouraging you to feel at ease on your mat and deepening your practice. She is a qualified Kundalini yoga teacher who holds weekly classes and runs yearly retreats in Northern Spain. This is the first time she brings her teaching to France. You don’t need any experience in Kundalini Yoga. The retreat is suitable for all levels.

When: Starts on the evening of Monday 15th June – Ends on the night of Saturday 20th June. Travel home on Sunday 21st June (5 full days of yoga tues-sat, plus arrival and departure days)

Where: Os Figueiros’ rustic charm has a way of helping you to forget the outside world during your stay. Beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces to practice yoga, delicious vegan/vegetarian food prepared with produce from the gardens and local markets, plenty of time to relax, swim in the river, go on walks, read in a hammock and to just ‘be’ in nature.

102       Cooling off       Alecia

Yoga: Each day you will have two 90 minute Kundalini Yoga sessions. One in the morning and one in the evening plus daily meditation workshops, silent walks and mantras.

57Known as the ‘yoga of awareness’ Kundalini Yoga uses specific sets of excercises called kriyas. These are a powerful mixture of physical excercises, postures, breathing techniques, mantra, relaxation and meditation. The kriyas are designed to balance the different body systems, break through energy blocks and raise the kundalini energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. Classes aim to energize, de stress and awaken you to live a fuller life. Brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga is considered the most comprehensive of all yogas. It is said to be the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind and soul.

Food and accommodation: All meals and accommodation included. Freshly prepared healthy and delicious vegan/vegetarian food. Teas, coffee and fruit will be available throughout the day. And a glass of wine for those who wish in the evenings.

117   Apartment bedroom

A mixture of single, double and triple rooms are available.

Price: £380 / 450€. To be paid in two parts. If you would like to reserve a single room there is an added price of £50 / 60€

Both Olivia and Chloe believe that wellbeing experiences should be available to all, regardless of income so they have tried to keep the cost of the retreat as low as possible. Having said that, if you would like to attend, but feel the cost is a barrier, please do get in touch with them and they will be happy to discuss possibilities.

If you have any questions or would like to book please get in touch. thumbnail_image1



Os Figueiros chefs on the move

Last weekend we decamped to Saint Antonin Noble Val where we spent Saturday and Sunday catering for all 50 members of a choir. It was hard work, but lots of fun and we even got a song as a thank you! We had a limited budget to work with, but used our creativity to come up with a great menu. Here’s what it looked like:

Dinner: Roquefort, pear and walnut salad. Adobo pork and wine stew with mashed potato. Kiwi and blackcurrant pavlova.

Breakfast: Toast with butter and a selection of homemade jams. Yoghurt and fruit.

Lunch: Spiced carrot and lentil soup. Spaghetti with smoked salmon, white wine and parsley sauce. Green Salad. Chocolate brownies and creme anglaise.

One of the delights was seeing how much of our own produce we could add to the meal. With our eggs we made the meringues for the pavlova, and the yolks were used in the creme anglaise. All the jams were made with our own fruit, as was the blackcurrant coulis for the pavlova. The walnuts in the salad were from our tree and we made soup with our carrots and our tomatoes went into the stew.

Kiwi Marmalade

Our friend Lucy came for a visit and brought one of her homemade jams as a present for us. When Francesca, our fantastic wwoofer tried it, she liked it so much she decided to make some of her own. We found the recipe on Lucy’s website. And thanks to Francesca we now have 10 jars of the stuff…although it tastes so good it might not last very long!

Recipe for kiwi marmalade:

2kg kiwis, peeled and chopped
4 large oranges
2 large lemons
2kg sugar

1. In a large jam pan sprinkle sugar over kiwis and the chopped zest of the oranges and lemons. (Save the juice.) Leave overnight.
2. Bring to a rapid boil and add the lemon and orange juice.
3. Boil to setting point and put in jars.



Yes Oui Can Video

Yes Oui Can came to Os Figueiros in June 2014. They brought a group of young people from all over France for an innovative week of work, classes and activities designed to encourage and support the young entrepreneurs. They just sent us the video they made of their time here and we wanted to share it with you.

Film Night

Enjoying a post-film supper

Last week we had a film showing of the Serbian Film “La Parade”. All about the first Gay Pride parades in Serbia. It was both funny and sad and we enjoyed it greatly (much more than expected in fact!) and afterwards all 20 of the viewers had a delicious, 5 course, sit down meal together that lasted til the early hours.