Community Living

WHAT TO EXPECT

THE CATFARM COMMUNITY

Step off-grid and join our collaborative projects and be part of a purrrrfect adventure.

The Catfarm offers a unique opportunity to learn new skills, showcase your talents, make life-long friends, and build a masterpiece together. We have the equipment to build living structures and are open to all creative input.

Also, you will have the time and right environment to reconnect with nature, work on your personal growth and connect with beautiful souls while becoming a cat yourself <3

The sky is the limit! If you have an affinity for cats and are interested in collaborating with other types of project developers, artists, healers, builders, gardeners and entrepreneurs to learn about sustainable and alternative living, this is perfect for you! Also, we work online for the development of trainings, events and expanding to other terrains.

Though all of this takes time, once you arrive, you will go through an adaptation process. We lovingly ask you to please be patient in the first weeks, sometimes it takes a little while for the new kittens to find their place and comfort <3

HOW WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Staying together and having a sense of community and connection to others is important to us. You will have plenty of time to talk, laugh and meet people. To strengthen our bond with others we emphasise the importance of sharing. Every morning we have a community meeting where everyone has the chance to tell the community how they are feeling. Also, we organise sharing circles where each individual has the opportunity to develop on a topic and express themselves. At times, we also run women and men circles to create a sense of sister and brotherhood by creating safe spaces for individuals to comfortably open up about their emotions and views of the world. 

We also enjoy having silent moments and connect with ourselves so we welcome the cats with interest in meditation or healing to run workshops on these topics, guided meditation sessions, and Moon celebrations.

We encourage everyone to organise activities and other kinds of workshops like up-cycling, nutrition, painting, yoga, dance, or any other topic that you love. We love empowering people and welcome you to share your passion with the community <3

2 MONTHS LONGER SUMMER

The Catfarm sits amongst wide open spaces near the seaside and just 30 km away from Montpellier’s liveliness. The land allows off-grid living and has the potential for a permaculture system to be put in place. It is a social laboratory and artsy playground for designing new ways of living in harmony with nature and with each other. There is a lot of maintenance work to be done on this French farmhouse as well as freedom for your own creative direction once you spend some time with us and understand the dynamic and vision of the community.

The thick castle-style walls of the house provide solid foundations and plenty of existing character oozing inspiration. It is a place where a community can thrive together, whilst working towards achieving sustainability through creative collaboration, love and dedication.

 

CATFARM SEASONS

MARCH

Opening of the A spring season – We slowly get back to a more active rhythm and the place gets more alive

APRIL & MAY

Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges or Trainings *

JUNE, JULY & AUGUST

Summer Season – Here the community is with its highest rate of volunteers and we host local events/mini festivals

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges or Trainings* 

NOVEMBER
The number of volunteer decreases and we slowly prepare for winter.
DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY
The winter cats are cocooning and we re-structure the place while developing new projects for the rest of the seasons. The number of people at Catfarm is at its lowest.

* ERASMUS + YOUTH EXCHANGES // If you are planning to visit during these events, have in mind that the place will be full of around 40 people. Also, the priority of the community is on hosting the participants so you will be directly involved in it while continuing your projects. We expect a collaboration between volunteers and Youth Exchange participants. Dates & more info >

JOIN OUR MISSION

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Are you a remote worker/digital nomad?

Would you like to have a bit of extra space or just want to stay for a short time? Be our guest and get 10% discount if you book through our website.

It is a place where a community can thrive together, whilst working towards achieving sustainability through creative collaboration, love and dedication.

BECOME A CAT

THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN UP

  • A chance to work on exciting sustainable projects.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Meet interesting people from various places around the world.
  • We love Art!
  • We teach people how to work with tools!
  • Freedom to follow your own creative direction.
  • Opportunity for professional development and co-creation of projects.
 
  • Develop your sense of initiative, self-drive and motivation to build your dreams.
  • Off-the-grid living can be more challenging than what you might be used to and involves problem-solving and patience. But living in a community means we are all in this together, and no problem lasts too long when we work as a team.
  • Watch some videos to know more about Catfarm
 

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

CONTRIBUTION

  • Staying as a volunteer is for FREE. We do expect about 5 hours a day of active participation with community work.
  • A great part of the work involves the improvement of the facilities and the preparation for events (Trainings / Youth Exchanges / Festivals)
  • One hour a day for community sorrows (cooking, cleaning, dishes, etc).
  • If you are having other projects on the side, please let us know in advance to see if we have the space to receive you.

EAT, SLEEP & STAY

  • 1-month minimum stay.
  • Volunteers contribute with €4,00/day which is for all meals.
  • BYOS (Bring Your Own Sleeping bag).
  • Our main living area, The Hangar, is where we eat, relax and where some of the cats sleep. We require volunteers to be open to alternative ways of living, as you will be sleeping in our shared space, or in a tent.

HOW THE CATS RUN

  • We start our day at 9:00 am with a community meeting.
  • We use open and direct communication for solving tensions.
  • We encourage you to share your skills and knowledge and give workshops and organise activities!
  • Got a cool idea? Tell us!
  • The Suricats will be on-site to help you with the adaptation process 🙂

BECOME A CAT

SIGN-UP!

We are an inclusive community, from the moment you enter you are part of the group no matter where you come from, or your ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion. However, everyone goes through a selection process and a 1-week trial period to see if we are a match. Additionally, the staying process is maintained by the Core Cats, these people have the mission to protect the Cats and care for group dynamics.

Checked all the must reads & want to become a Cat ^-^?

(Volunteers from Worldpackers, please send us a message through Worldpackers! )