1 – 2 week trainee opportunities, Virsoleil (France)

About Virsoleil

Virsoleil is a 500 year old polyculture farm located in Dordogne region of Southwest France, managed by Teryl and Claudia Chapel. Virsoleil joined the ERC movement in 2019 and since then, the founders have been busy working on the land to create a diversity of different habitats, gardens and agroforestry systems. Virsoleil also runs The Center for Regenerative Living, an education center, teaching people about regenerative design, ecosystem restoration, reconnecting with nature, and acquiring skills to build resilient future. They have welcomed over 60 people to date. Now is the time to expand what we do, and or that we need more members of the team.

Our Plans

This year we will build the foundations for our sustainable economic model which includes hosting ERC experiences, local courses in soil building and natural beekeeping Wellbeing retreats, personal restorative retreats, and developing products from our lavender and medicinal herbs. There are too many projects for the two founders to accomplish alone. We offer a unique opportunity to learn from our experience while enjoying life in a beautiful and tranquil environment. If this sounds like what you’ve been dreaming about, we want to hear from you!

Our focus is to continue installing our food forest, planting fruit trees, maintaining lavender and truffle trees, and continue to expand our infrastructure to better accommodate ERC experiences and educational group activities. We will be installing our group kitchen in the barn, completing our second greenhouse and tractor shed, building a tiny house to expand our housing, adding bio-islands in the pond, expand water harvesting and storage capacity, installing our apiary, and much more.

About you

You are dedicated to contributing to a regenerative future, solutions oriented, more interested in quality of life than acquiring things. You want to learn as much as possible about how to run a regenerative farm, and preferably have gardening experience. Experience and knowledge of Permaculture, organic, and/or biodynamic experience is a plus. You have a strong desire to enjoy a meaningful experience in a quiet rural farm setting and work in harmony with nature. You have explored our website, www.virsoleil.org, our Virsoleil YouTube channel, learned about us, and are excited to contribute a minimum of 25-30 hours a week of your energy, physical labour, and knowledge to Virsoleil while continuing to learn and grow. Gardening and restoration experience helpful but not required.

What do we offer?

Virsoleil and The Center for Regenerative Living is a member of the Ecosystems Restoration Community located in “La Dordogne”, one of the most visited places in the world because of the culture, food, and natural beauty. We offer much more than a typical “work away” experience. In addition to the experience of staying at Virsoleil, our trainee program offers:

· Daily one on one instruction and guidance in regenerative design
· Applied permaculture principles
· Water harvesting
· Soil building practices
· Construction skills

Trainees have access to lodging in our shared dormitory or parking for your camper van, shared
kitchen, eco toilet, solar shower, natural swimming pool.

What we ask from you

This programme is a higher level of commitment for you and us therefore we ask a financial contribution of €100 and 30 hours a week to Virsoleil (with instruction and mentoring included in the 30 hours). A truly exciting and fulfilling experience awaits!

Please note: Virsoleil is unfortunately not able to assist with visa applications, and short or long visitor visas (if required) must be self obtained.

If you are inspired by this opportunity and feel you are the right person or couple, we are looking forward to speaking with you. Please visit our website www.virsoleil.org, and our Virsoleil YouTube channel. If you are still inspired send us an email telling us about yourself why you are excited to contribute to Virsoleil and what you hope to gain personally, along with your CV, any questions, and references. We will review your application and schedule a video conference.

Please note: The next volunteer opportunity at Virsoleil will be for March/April 2024.