About the local hosting organizationCome and discover « La Mère Église », one of the oldest chapels of Hautes-Alpes ! Every summer, its stones dance to the music of musicians coming from different parts of the world for the Music Festival of Dévoluy. Built in a roman architectural style, the chapel is located in the community of Saint Disdier amid the mountain range of Dévoluy. Named as a historical monument in 1927, La Mère Église was built by the Clusien monks. Witness to the implementation of a monastic life amid a mountainous region, the chapel also represents the modest proportions of roman art, whose research is dedicated to symbols, the ties between the visible and the invisible, the passing from a materialistic life, therefore the beyond, and to human nature. Its stone bell and its thatched roof, give it its charm. In the interior, one can admire it's magnificent frescoes.
About the volunteer workThe remains of multiple fortified buildings dating back to the period of religious wars, the cemetery, and the chapel of « Giscons », also know as La Mère Église, are located in a restrictive place. In 2017, the work will consist of clearing and extracting material around the remains of ancient fortifications located in the northern extremity of the site. However, you will also work on fortifying the low-wall parapet, located on the southern part of the cemetery. This will be your opportunty to learn traditional techniques of masonry work, and to discover the proper functioning of this building that survived different wars.
Local accommodationIn tents at the Saint-Étienne campground in Dévoluy, located 7 km from the workcamp site. The entertainment group will be there to help you particiate in the community's life (cleaning, dish-washing, and organizing outings), but also to prepare meals using local produce.
About the project locationSaint Disdier (31 km from Veynes). Dévoluy Valley offers numerous outing possibilities. According to your tastes and desires, from being on the mountains (there are 200 km of hiking trails, multiple rock-climbing sites, and canyonying, to enjoying activities organized by the leisure center of Superdévoluy). You will also be able to visit heritage sites and go on walking tours to discover the villages perched on hills, farms, and sheepfolds.