Project Details

Code: SJ05
Start date: 13 may 2019
End date: 08 jun 2019
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Country: France
State: Clausonne
Airport: Marseille Provence or Lyon Saint Exupéry
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99


Let's discover the Clausonne Abbey, a former hamlet situated at 1140 meters of altitude! You will take part to the valorization project of a place that is classified as a Historical Monument. 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 wilderness that surrounds it: situated 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.

Work And Activities

You will participate in a large-scale project to restore the site. This workcamp will allow you to discover traditional techniques. Depending on the weather, you will work on the reinforcement of dry stone walls, renovation and construction of part of the old sheepfold, but also participate in landscaping work (ie : pruning)

Accommodation And Food

In individual tents at the Faï farm. You will share this place with other volunteers from others workcamps. You will take care of the collective life (preparation of menus and meals with local products, cleaning...)


Clausonne, 5km from the village of Saix, 30 km from Gap, 200 km from Marseille




Leisure activities: 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, touristy visits to discover the towns and villages of the region may also be organized. Closest train station: Veynes Dévoluy (05400). Access through the stations of Valence TGV, Valence ville, Grenoble or Marseille Saint Charles.