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Who are we? Leslie, Sally and family, working out how to live a more sustainable lifestyle on a very rural smallholding in Normandy, learning by doing, and sharing our thrills, spills, trials and tribulations on the way. Leslie is an engineer, trained as a horologist, Sally is a life scientist, currently working as a marketing manager. We bought our house in 2001, and since 2007 spend most of our time in France, renovating slowly and with as low impact as possible on the environment.

What can we offer you? Well, RIGHT NOW, free learning and practical experience in sustainable building techniques and renewable energy, in exchange for helping us progress our renovation projects. – Check out the building projects page on our website to find a project that appeals to you. Whether you stay for 3 days or 30, you will go away armed with new skills and a smile on your face!

IN THE FUTURE, we will become a small residential centre, where we plan to offer paid courses, in these and many other areas! From eco-renovation to making your own mechanical clock, from learning about life sciences, meditation and well-being, to just hanging out with cheese and cider, you can “Skill and Chill” with us in beautiful Normandy!

Whether you are a lifetime advocate for sustainable living or self-sufficiency, thinking about some small changes you could make to your lifestyle to leave the planet a better place, you fancy learning a new skill in exchange for helping us out, or you could just use some help to feel better about being here on Earth, we invite you to join us.

DANGER: previous helpers have been bitten by the bug and started their own projects or even businesses! – That’s the echo in echorenovate!

Whilst we’re getting the blog up and running, do visit our website www.echorenovate.com.

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