Newsletter December 2019

Dear friends!

Fall has passed and winter has arrived, and with that a natural slowing down of the pace. Yes, we have been busy here at Eotopia since the last newsletter in August. It is not always easy to practice a life of a slower pace when there are so many motivating things happening around us, so many interesting people that are coming to visit us and so many projects we want to be involved in! But that is why winter is here, to remind us to also take time to relax and put some of our projects on hold – while other projects, such as lactofermentations, little inside construction works and strengthening our social bonds take over. 

The drought this summer was tough for us and for our garden. Our well dried out early in summer and not a lot of our vegetables were able to survive the lack of water. At some point, however, we noticed one particular part of our garden that seemed to be flourishing with flowers, seeds and vegetables. This was around our newly created phytopurification system. The system, as we had designed it, had not survived a week of drought with very few residents (and little water flow) which actually just meant that the greywater from the house now became more available to the plants and vegetables we had planted around the spot. This gave hope in the middle of the drought and we have spent many hours on planning and redesigning other parts of our garden to have more water retention, to harvest and store more rainwater and to release this when needed, next summer. In the midst of this tough period, it gave hope to see just how adaptable nature is when we work together with her! We also held a little ceremony to welcome water on our land – and we have definitely not been missing water since then..! 

During the long dry period, Loona and Thor managed to put up their yurt, which they have bought second hand. Recently, they also finished their poelito, a little rocket mass stove, and they can now pass winter with comfort! The pallet cabin of Ben, Yazmin and Ada has also moved well forward and is now ready to be covered with clay when the spring comes, very exciting as well. We are very grateful for all the help we’ve had moving these construction projects forward! The common house has also seen some changes, we have made a quiet office space upstairs and we have moved a bit forward with creating a yoga/music/contemplation room next to this – this room has already housed its first concert with our very own Elsa Fôret! However, with the arrival of winter and the departure of the cats with Vincent and Juliette we currently have a bit of a discussion with the rats living in the house, and we don’t seem to agree on the standard of tidiness with the little creatures… Hopefully, and animal communicator can help us on this. 

But this is not all on the house front! Our association, Vert de Terre, is now the owner of two houses! The one we’re living in and now also another one we have acquired in the middle of Cronat. This house used to be a meeting place for the locals, a place where you could have your coffee while reading the newspaper or chatting with your neighbours. Our aim is to make this place a space for welcoming people from near or far, for cyclists needing a stop on their way through the Eurovelo 6, for locals to come and hang out, take part in a workshop or sharing in other ways, for visitors to sleep over and for many other things. But we have also promised each other to take it slow with this project, because we do still have many other things we would like to progress on around and in our current living space!

And one final note for all those of you who have already contacted us or are considering contacting us for a visit: We really hope to be able to find ways of meeting you all! We will continue our open door days in 2020 as well as our different visit periods. Please check back here on our website and/or on our Facebook page in February for news and specifics regarding this. 

Until then, and to all of you out there, we wish you a pleasant, peaceful and harmonious winter with time for reflections and introspections whenever needed!

With love,

The Eotopia family

Newsletter summer 2019

Hello dear friends from all over the world,

We haven’t given so many news in the last months, yet things have happened in Eotopia! Between the garden, the preparation of the festival, the construction of a hut in palette, the implementation of our system of phytopurification, the redefinition of our visions, missions and objectives and all the endless meetings that go with it, difficult to take a step back on what we are experiencing.

Fortunately, summer has suddenly settled in, and with him great warmth that invites us to spend a good part of the day in the house, cooler. We take advantage of it to take a well deserved rest!

The garden is flourishing… it is rotting under the more or less desired plants and the drought that is coming is not the most reassuring. Our methods are suitable enough, semi-shaded cultivation, consistent mulching, invasive wild flora… we hope however that there will be some storms from time to time to water all this!

Yazmin, Ada and Benjamin’s pallet hut is progressing well, the roof is laid, all that remains is to fill all this with straw soaked in dab. We look forward to welcome our volunteers for our participative construction! The yourts of Elsa and Liri are already settled into the forest. We thanks our visitors friend for helping us bulding this chaming inhabitat for our new residents!

The pytoepuration pond is off to a good start, it’s a big step!

The Eofest went very well, magical moments shared by a little more than seventy participants and we are already looking forward to organising the next one. We let you make an idea by consulting the photos on this album: link.

But the big news is the reorganisation of the Eotopia project, which is taking place gradually and augurs great things, thanks in large part to our brand new residents, Elsa, Liri, Thor and Loona!  Together, we have taken each pillar and redefined it, rewritten our vision, redefined our personal and collective goals, and refined aspects of our daily lives.

These salutary integrations are contrasted by the rather sudden announcement of the departure of Juliette and Vincent who prefer to change course. This brings us therefore to 8 residents in total including two aged 4 years old. So there’s still room to join us…

On this subject, news there too: we have decided to change our organization of visits to respond on the one hand to the more and more numerous requests and on the other to our constantly changing needs! We are planning open doors so that more people can visit us for a day, we keep 10-day visitation periods and we open up the possibility of hosting 1 or 2 people for a longer period if there is consent! We would also like to open the space to thematic meetings in collaborative self-management. Please consult the page of our website during August to see the updates on this subject

We wish you beautiful sunny days, shade, plenty of water and beautiful harvests!

With love,

The Eotopia family

Newsletter winter 2019

Dear friends of the world,

Vive l’hiver!Viva el invierno !

Long live the winter! Long live the cold, long live the changing seasons which allow us to see the world with new eyes! The countryside wrapped in a white blanket gives us the possibility of breathing fresh air and inspirations. OK, it’s a bit cold outside… and still also inside. Our stove is able to heat one room where we are passing the majority of our time… we reach 16 degrees, and we’re making it through. Seen from the positive side, we are not at all regretting not having a fridge since the kitchen doesn’t get above 5 degrees..!

In relation to activities, we’re evolving slowly with loads of discussions particularly preparing for our three days of family gathering in early March, where we will be working on the basis of our project. We’re also doing a little bit of gardening, mulching, planning, clearing, some work on insulation (and big puzzle-solving to try and find the most ecological and sustainable solutions with the lowest costs…) as well as a lot of reading.

We’ve finalized our overall agenda for the first part of 2019. There are two visiting periods open from the 1st until the 15th of April and from the 1st until the 15th of May, respectively. We are however already almost full… but there are a few spaces left for the month of May. And, for those who would still really like to discover Eotopia, we will also be welcoming visitors from the 1st to the 15th of September plus the 1st to the 15th of October, and the Eofest 2019 will also be a great opportunity! For this, we will be welcoming you all from the 13th to 17th of June at Eotopia to celebrate living together.

For Eofest 2019, we’re inviting you all to join us in our current reflections on what it means to live together, and which tools are useful to find harmony with oneself and those one is surrounded by, as well as with all other beings!

Just like last year, we’re inviting you to arrive from Thursday to pitch your tent and be ready from Friday morning to start the sessions and workshops. On the programme (which is still under development) there are loads of ideas (please add more, if you like): empathic communication, meditation sessions, sociocracy, how (and why) to create an ecovillage, speaking circles, artistic mending workshop, sweat lodge, landart, yoga, wild kitchen workshop etc.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a specific idea, a workshops to propose or other things!

We’re full !!!

And here is a little video from the festival last year:

In the meantime, may the winter be a source of peace and introspection to allow all to jump into the spring in the most fruitful way.

A wonderful new year to all,

The Eotopia family

Newsletter November 2018

Winter is definitely coming early this year! While we were enjoying summertime in October, snow came suddenly to freeze the remaining tomatoes!

As for most gardens in France, it’s been a great year for tomatoes, paprikas and chillies! However, our cabbages and corn have had some difficulties with the drought…

We’ll start again next year with the same idea from the 1st to the 15th of April and the 1st to the 15th of May. June will be dedicated to the organisation of the festival which is planned to take place on the third weekend of that month.

On site, things are changing a bit… and we express all our gratitude towards the helpers and mother earth who feeds us so abundantly!

We’ve finished the renovation of the floors of the garages and now, our basement is fully operational. We’ve also installed our bike workshop in the barn.

All spaces are now defined… or almost. The big room upstairs is planned to turn into a yoga and meditation room this winter.

The cabin of Yazmin and Benjamin will wait until next year to get finished… we’ve only put the floor so far… it goes slowly, but surely! We’ll start in April with the same materials – pallets, clay and straw.

We’ve had the visit of some bike geeks who redesigned the bike washing machine. We can now clean our clothes and even speed up to spin! We’ve also got the bike machine to produce electricity, which was made by some students for us last year, up and running. We can use it to charge our smartphone… with about 5 hours of our time! Clearly, some improvements can be made, but like everything here, we move forward at a slow and happy pace!


These days, we’re planning the forest garden and planting some trees.

We wish you a great winter and see you next spring!

Skittishingly yours,

The Eotopia family

Newsletter august 2018

Dear you,

Earth seems to be heating as never… is the end of the world finally coming ? Is it time for the big collapse ?

At Eotopia, talks are going on and on about it. Even if we are trying to remain as much as possible in the present, we can’t help ourselves to project in a possible future without electricity, transportation and supermarkets… what will we do ?

Our conclusion : whatever happens in the coming years, better to be prepared from now to an autonomous way of life ( before being forced into it) and, more importantly, enjoy fully what life can offer today.

Free and daily pleasures which exist since the beginning of times and will never disappear : a walk in the forest in the moonlight, a starry sky, a dive in the delicious water of the Loire, a gaspacho with the abondant tomatoes of the garden, an animated discussion (Viva la NVC!) around a friendly table, some music under a tree…

Therefore, fo celebrate the heat, we invite you warmly to quit your job if you have one to live fully your life, become a self-employed person or just leave money away, start a garden, in your place or anywhere, share, as much as you can, understanding the others around you, laugh, as loud as never and love what’s surround you.

In eotopia, it’s what we’re trying to do. We also take adventage of the heat to rest after the festival which was great… no words to really talk about it… but a video ! Maybe it’ll motivate you to come next year.

We chose to close the place for august to spend some time among us and have important redefining reunions. We also changed our visitor’s routine. From now on, we’ll welcome people from two weeks for the first 15 days of september and october. We’re already full…

We’re sending a lot of good vibes for the summer, some freshness in your heart and a lot of hope for a smoother world !


The Eotopia family

Newsletter spring 2018

Good day everyone,

It’s a big pleasure to give you some news after a rainy (and sometimes snowy) but happy winter ! The communal house has been quiet for the brave resident who stayed with a collection of butternuts and the cats Osiris and Ramsès who finally became friends. Juliette and Vincent have appreciated each day and are proud to say they are fully enjoying this life changing step.

We are now all back or almost on the land for the eternal rebirth of nature. On schedule, for the main activities : planting trees, apple and prune trees ; plant as much seeds as possible (we’ve done already hundreds in our new veranda/greenhouse ; finish the phytodepuration bassin started in February ; isolate the greenhouse in front of the house with some clay and straw ; prepare the garden ; finish the isolation of the roof ; install the solar heat system and prepare the festival coming in June 2018 !

About the festival, some news. We have already 19 people who subscribed, hurry ! The theme will honor the name Eotopia which means on the way towards utopia. We invite you to take part in the creation of a small ecovillage with the construction of dry toilets, a kitchen with rocket stove, the preparation of a garden et the buildings of small chalets with palettes. A good training for when you’ll get your land ! On side of that, many other things : yoga, meditation, confection of dental paste, wooden tools, tawashis, paper masks and cooking lessons with wild plants. You are also invited to offer a workshop or an activity of your own !

Until then, we re-open our doors to everyone from the 2nd of april 2018. Here the visiting time :

Du 2 au 8 april

Du 16 au 22 april

Du 28 avril au 5 may

Du 11 au 18 may

Du 24 au 30 may

Du 5 au 12 june

Du 20 au 27 june (preparation for the festival)

Du 28 june au 2 july : the festival !

You’re welcome for a week or just some days, food is shared between each other, lodging in tent or inside the house if we have some place left. Please read attentively our website and especially the pages under : « participate »

If you want to come, write to

Hoping to see you (again), we wish to you a wonderful spring !

The Eotopia family

Newsletter december 2017

Dear earthlings,

Winter has come and eotopia is more than ever in hibernation. Only a few activities will be organized during that time by the guardians of the temple : Juliette and Vincent. They are ready to brave the cold and loneliness while winter will gently prepare the soil for the spring. Where will be the others ? Some have cowarldy flewed towards Mexico, some others are working in Paris, write their thesis or just spend some quality time between lovers.

Just before we officially close our doors, we finished the structure of our futur Greenhouse/veranda in front of the house. It’s not too big, about 10 m2, but it should help tomatoes and other plants giving fruits earlier and heat a little bit the house. We’ve used only reused materials, palets, windows, doors et some planks gathered here and there. We’re waiting for the spring to isolate with dirt and straw. If it works the way we hope, we might extend it in the future.

Garden is resting and besides some kale, cabbages, arugula and chards, there is not much. Some beans grow in the greenhouse and the berries are hibernating.

We haven’t defined yet precise dates for the opening of the place for visitors. What we know is that we will keep receiving people two weeks per month. It worked fine until now. We’ll let you know in march for the next visitor’s periods.

However, we have some dates to give you, and not the least ones ! We will organise our first Eotopia festival this summer. It will take place from the wednesday 27th of June to the monday 2nd of july. Places are limited since we want to keep this first festival quite small with no more than 70 attendees. So please, if you are interested, let us know !

This festival will be a gathering where everyone will be able to offer a workshop or an activity (please let us know in advance), meals will be taken together with the food everyone will bring or that will be rescued around, the event will be completely self-organised to celebrate gift economy, trust and consciousness. We will communicate more about this festival, the different activities in the future.

But it’s still a bit far ahead, in the meantime, have a wonderful winter !

With love,

The Eotopia family

Newsletter october 2017

Good morning, afternoon or evening !

Some news before winter comes. If the sun is less present everyday in our blue blue sky and the tomatoes hardly getting red anymore, the temperatures are quite mild .

We have lived some very nice moments with the visitors of September and October (as always actually) and we are now starting a quieter period to deepen the relationships and seriously consider the integration of newcomers. Three people are indeed actively into the process of integrating Eotopia : Pierre, Juliette and Vincent, and some others are on way. Sandrine also left the project for different reasons, one of them being extremely positive ! We feel a lot fo gratitude for all she’s been giving to the project.

On site, some significant progresses :

1. The isolation of the roof continues, it’s a long and hard work, we have to take out the planks from the palets, nail them again to the roof, put some straw in between, and all of that in equilibrium ! Some little mathematical problems come to spice up the process since the planks vary in size and thickness. Overall, it is an easy process and we won’t give more details because it might not be that efficient – we will tell you after the winter ! – but it’s completely free…

2. The greenhouse is done ! Some windows scavenged from the carpenter screwed together, tiles gotten from the place, a seal made out of lime and a combinaison of dirt, sand, straw and sweat to plug the wholes. We hope this will help to start the season earlier next year !

3. The garden is also getting a new look. This main activity of those weeks might not appear like essential, but i’ts actually quite refreshing for the eye and it helps get a clearer picture of what’s planted and what’s not. We just love it !

4. Besides all that, we keep mowing and mowing…

We won’t organise any participative workshops in november and we don’t have official visit’s week. We want to take a little time for ourselves. Visits will start again next year, around April probably.

Until then, we wish you a wonderfull fall and a good harvest !

The Eotopia family

Newsletter august 2017

Good morning, evening, night and on ! It is with a great joy we are sharing some summery news !

You are many to write us this last weeks, many wanting to come visit this summer, unfortunately, we have been obliged to refuse most of your request since we are full ! About that, we feel it’s necessary to precise we have realized how important it is for us to keep the “1 week for visitors, 1 week without” to be able to take some time for ourselves, to do activities in a smaller group, live experiences that consolidate the group of permanents. Therefore, we can only receive people for two weeks per month, with means 15 to 20 people at most. That’s not a lot for our desire to share what we do with everyone but we try to be patient. Sure, a time will come when we will be able to receive more people. Although we have received more than a 100 people !

Until then, we’re evolving each day a bit more, with our hands, minds, our ways of exchanging and communicating, accepting and loving. To answer some of the commentaries we receive which we have found quite relevant, here a detailed summary of some of our summer activities :

1. Renovation of the floor which separate the cave from the garage : we used palettes to make a floor of 3,20 m to 3.60 meter without beams, without buying anything and, therefore, with the minimum impact possible. However, we have used some used screws and some electricity for it.

a. Europe type palette of 120/60cm. Strong and ideal for this kind of structures. You can get them in particular with the heating engineer, carpenter, seller of windows and verandas.

b. Free standing structure with included shelves for the harvest.

c. Isolation with clay extracted from the land, wet, steeped and mixed with straw given by the neighbors.

2. This room has been renovated to welcome our brand new bike-washing-machine ! It’s been some times we wanted to do it. Thanks to some videos on the internet and the precious help of two visitors, one mechanical engineer and a mechanic, we have achieved it ! Some hours of work for a lot of satisfaction. The only drawback, we were missing a tool to dismantle the pinion and therefore we can’t complete the wringing. It there is any amateurs to give us a hand on this, be welcome !

a. washing machine with the opening on top, it’s easier. You can find it in the waste reception center or in second-hand shops.

b. we fix the pinion on the wheel of the barrel. It is the easiest way we found. You don’t need to buy any belt.

c. We turned the bike upside down so we can pedal from an armchair. Ungrowth is no synonym of torture !

d. you got yo make everything very stable, that’s why we took of the outside shell of the washing machine.

e. Recipe : with a washing powder made out of bicarbonate or ashes, pedal gently for about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the dirt, you shouldn’t go over 60 turns per minutes ; empty the water bringing down the evacuation tube, put clear water, pedal more intensively for 5 minutes, change plates if necessary, empty the water et pedal even stronger. (here it’s where we’re missing a bigger plates on one end and a smaller one on the other, next step to achieve 700 turns per minutes!)


3. We reap and reap and re-reap to cut the grass and prepare some vegetation cover. This technique has been used since last year and proved quite efficient :

a. Reap dry grass (preferably before the seeds are out), put the grass the way you want for culture, in big layers (40 to 80 cm).

b. Let simmer for some months, ideally a whole year, but after three months, it is already quite good.

c. the earth go smoother, life is developing in it, undesirable weeds are stifled, you can directly plant or seed.

d : The results in images :


Many others things happened and are happening, but the newsletter is getting big ! On a practical level, we will launch the renovation of the barn’s roof ; continue isolating the roof of the house with straw wet in clay (exit cal and cement for more coherence) ; keep on plan the different spaces thanks to our wonderful landscaper Pierre (see drawing below) ; start the construction of a sweat lodge in the forest ; reap, mulch et prepare the winter garden ; continue our ongoing learning of giving, unconditional loving, selfless sharing and renewed joy at every instant !

A great program to look for and we hope you’ll be many to come experience this with us ! Here the next visiting times :

September : du 7 au 14 et du 21 au 28.

October : du 5 au 12 et du 19 au 26.

Looking forward seeing you (again) soon, fraternally,

The Eotopia Family.

Newsletter June 2017

Dear Earthlings,

It is with a complete joy and a lot fo gratitude that we write you in this beautiful beginning of June. After a complicated and tiring winter period, the springlike sun came to warm up our hearts ! We have re-opened our doors and welcome so far about 40 people in April and May. Beautiful encounters and some nice achievements on site ; for instance, the garden spread out over the land to host a hundred potato plants, 70 tomato plant, a hundred butternuts and pumpkins, zucchinis and all kind of various and delicious plants. We’re getting ready to get closer to self-sufficiency.

Some improvements as well on site with the participative workshops : a geodesical dome made with bambous from the site, wires, straw, sand, clay and dirt, all local and reused materials ! We created an outdoor kitchen with a new mud oven, an outdoor shower made with palet and we started to build the chicken hen !

The feedbacks from the visitors are always good and strengthen us in the idea that we do can bring joy, inspiration, hope and solutions for ou society.
Some medias got interested in us : we had the pleasure to work with Arte and France 2 to talk about what we do, why we do it, the limits of the experience of gift economy and of our vision for the future. This was as well an opportunity to get to know better the inhabitants of the village by organizing a pique-nique at home. We could talk to the mayor who confirmed that he was fully supporting us with our bizarre construction plans !

To keep with a positive note, we also finally resolved our juridical problems… the notary had made some mistakes with our case and we found a new notary, vegetarian, who helped us for free. After asking some of her colleagues, she found a legal solution for our special case ! you can check our new status (in french… we need someone to help with the translation!)

Finally, for the following weeks, here the participative workshops ;

We are not sure of what we will do depending on many things. What we would like to do this summer : finishing the geodesical dome with mud, repair the roof of the barn, create a room upstairs with palettes and straw for the isolation, construction of a greenhouse with windows, construction of bike-machines, etc…

The dates :

From the 15th to the 22nd of June
From the 29th to the 6 of July
From the 13th to the 20th of July
From the 10th to the 17th of August

Each workshop happens during the whole week. We share the food between each other, you can stay in the house depending on the available places or throw your tent. Dont forget to have a look at our website for more infos about that :
If you are interested by a workshop, please write us to

Some pictures : Facebook album

We wish you a beautiful month of June !

With love

The Eotopia family