The term ‘WWOOF‘ stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It can be described as an exchange program. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic growing, as well as eco lifestyles.
Living Forest Farm has been hosting volunteers since 2008. We enjoy offering valuable training in permaculture and organic growing to people of all ages and nationalities. Furthermore, it has given others the opportunity to contribute their energy to our evolving permaculture farm, which they have found exciting and rewarding. The farm is directed by Kali Martin and is supported by a wonderful team of interns and volunteers.
Our property is less than 5 km from the village (St. Léon sur Vézère) and 15 km from the town of Montignac, which avoids the isolation that some may feel in remote places. Many wwoofers ride one of our bikes or car-share to town to enjoy market day and café culture, explore local shops, chateaux, and gardens, or visit the famous prehistoric painted caves in the area. Canoeing to town is also a possibility!
Due to the farm’s protected location, there is a wide variety of wildlife and diverse plant species in close proximity, and hiking trails run through the property and throughout the region.
Staying on our farm, you will have opportunities to learn more about organic farming and permaculture, experience a healthy rural French lifestyle (the sustainable kind) and practice your French (or English), if you wish. We keep a well stocked English and French library with multi-media language-learning tools for your use. Kali keeps company with many inspiring artists, writers, musicians, meditation practitioners and permaculturists whom you may also enjoy meeting.
How does it work?
As a WWOOF host, we:
- grow organically and use only ecological methods on our land.
- provide hands-on experience of organic growing and other learning opportunities where possible.
- provide eco accommodation and vegetarian meals for our volunteers.
You will have the opportunity to participate in our workshops and learn something new every day. We will be working with permaculture design principles and a variety of organic growing and eco-construction techniques. We will also be preparing our own vegetarian meals together using our farm’s produce and other fresh ingredients.
The aims of WWOOF are to provide individuals from all around the world the opportunity:
- to get firsthand experience of organic farming & gardening and to lend a helping hand wherever needed
- to hang out in the countryside and experience new places
- to contribute to the growing organic and permaculture movements
- to make contact with other people undertaking various ecological initiatives
- to have a fun, enriching experience
- to enjoy a cultural exchange
Volunteers can get involved with all aspects of life on the farm. This includes planting vegetables and fruit trees, feeding and caring for the chickens, tending gardens, making great compost, concocting herbal remedies, preparing natural plant feed, helping design and establish the food forest, constructing rocket stoves, and joining in on any natural building projects currently taking place. Check out upcoming learning opportunities here.
A day in the life of a wwoofer at Living Forest Farm :
Wwoofers work around four to five hours a day with a day off each week.
- In normal weather the day starts at 8.30 am and finishes at 3.30 pm, with morning tea at 10 am and lunch break between 12.30 – 2.30 pm.
- In summer when the days are longer and hotter we start at 7.30 am and break at 10.30 am then start at 4.30 till 6 pm. An afternoon siesta on the hammock tends to be much appreciated!
- Breakfast is DIY (we offer a selection of freshly milled whole grain cereals, fresh eggs, artisanal breads, teas and fruits – all organic and as vibrantly nutritious as nature intended!).
- Evenings are deliciously fragrant with the scent of wild honeysuckle and can be spent by the campfire (where spontaneous musical ensembles often come together), discovering the various hiking trails and meditation centres in the area, or following one’s heart in any number of directions.
Accommodation is either in a caravan or tent close to the house. Meals, other than breakfast, are taken together in the house.
How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering or WWOOFing at Living Forest Farm, step one is to make sure that you have read the above information as well as our frequently asked questions. Next, you will need to download and complete the application form.
Practical Guide to WWOOFing:
For a general introduction to WWOOFing, you can download the following guide:
The WWOOFing Guide (English)