6 month internship programme, 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 a resilient future.

Our plans

This year we will build the foundations for our sustainable economic model which includes hosting ERC camps, 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 camps 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. You are self-directed, solutions oriented, entrepreneurial minded, and more interested in quality of life than acquiring things. You want to learn as much as possible about how to run a regenerative farm, with the potential of wanting to create your own in the future, 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.

Skills we appreciate

French language skills
Permaculture design
Ecosystems restoration
Business management
Social media and marketing
Website management
Yoga/wellness instructor

What do we offer?

Virsoleil offers an opportunity for the right volunteer or couple to join our team and contribute to realising the vision of Virsoleil, where people come for personal healing through reconnecting with nature while learning skills for regenerative living. You will be working side by side on a daily basis helping with planning, organising, and hosting our various courses and events. You will also participate in management of gardens, orchards, truffle trees and lavender. You will have input on the development of our various products and programmes. After this training you will be qualified to manage a project. If you are interested in creating your own regenerative homestead or restoration project this is a good opportunity to get real life, hands-on, skill building experience on how to do just that in a beautiful and tranquil letting to better prepare you for embarking on your own project.

We offer hands on daily learning in:

Regenerative Site Design
Food Forestry
Applied Permaculture
Integration into local culture
Programme design and event planning
Carpentry and natural building
Water harvesting plan design and implementation
Participation in all educational workshops including our two Body Heart & Soil events
Bio complete composting
Natural hive building
Apiary installation and management
Food planning and preparation for groups, forest bathing and nature connection
You will enjoy:
Shared meals with Teryl and Claudia
Access to the community kitchen
Lodging in a private cabin, in our dormitory or your private Safari Tree Tent (depending on
Use of our natural swimming pool, composting toilet, sauna and outdoor hot showers.
Use of the shop and tools
Access to internet and our extensive library
Free time for exploring local walking trails and visiting medieval cities and farmers’ market
Participation in our Spring and Fall “Body Heart & Soil” restoration camp
For the right person/s we offer the possibility to become a long term team member/partner in Camp
Virsoleil and share in revenue from Farm products and Camp experiences.

What we ask from you

This programme requires full participation in all activities and planning to equal minimum 30 hours a week plus €400 per month to help cover food and utilities.

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

Ready to apply?
A truly exciting and fulfilling experience awaits! 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 the period starting March/April 2024.