About the local hosting organizationThe Clausonne abbey is situated in the Saix, a small village in the canton of Veynes in the Hautes-Alpes. Today, only the remnants of this 12th century building are found as the abbey was destroyed, burnt, rebuilt and finally used as a farm and school in the 19th century. Clausonne remains, however, a remarkable site, sharing the beauty of the wildness that surrounds it : situated at 1200m of altitude, in the heart of a vast « circus » of mountains, the abbey became the route point for numerous hikers that visit the Haute vallée of Maraize. Thus, rather than letting the vegetation once again cover the ruins of Clausonne, 20 years ago, the inhabitants of Saix founded an association in order to highlight and maintain this site. Progressively, thanks to numerous international workcamps that have worked there, this place lives again and is currently open from April to October. The workcamps organised at the Clausonne site are received by the hosting centre of the Faï farm, not far from there. The Faï is an extraordinary place where you will meet young people in difficulty, employees in training as well as professional artists or long term volunteers. We hope that during your stay at the Fai you will bring your willingness and good humour to contribute to the spirit of encounter and of teamwork that enlivens this place.
About the volunteer workIn 2017, the work will concern the accessibility of the site and its visibility for hikers. You will highlight the vestiges of the pit by clearing and securing existing walls. You will make a path in the abbey's vestige and will discover the technical creation of a pebble way. You will also participate in the preservation of the carved stone. A final phase will emphasize an old barn from the abbey which will serve as a technical room.
Local accommodationIn tents at the Faï farm
About the project locationClausonne, 5km from the village of Saix, 30km from Gap, 200km from Marseille. Located in a remarkable natural environment, Clausonne is an exceptional place to discover the pleasures of mountain hiking and life in a rural area, with its local markets and producers. In the evenings, at the Ferme du Faï, you will be able to organise games, international meals and project movies. During the workcamp, touristic outings to discover the towns and villages of the region may also be organised.
Extra info about the projectIt is possible to combine SJ05-1 and SJ05-2 if you want to participate from 21/05 to 18/06.