WELCOME TO HOMADE
HOMADE IN SOUNDS
Listen to what previous visitors have to say about our space!
We’re creative nomads! So we meet a lot of different people who have many many different ways to do things. And we believe that dialogue and creativity are the best tools for us humans to live our lives in a fulfilling way. That’s why we’re building a space where everyone is welcome to share and practice creativity. A place for nomads, artists, educators and social actors to come and play, learn, create and share. A place for you, for us to shape our world together! Check it out, Homade is here – the art centre’s official webpage.
HOMADE IN NUMBERS
7 rooms of 2-3 people for up to 15 awesome visitors in total
100m2 of movement space with a 7 meter heigh ceiling and an old cinema sound system
5 toilets, 2 powered by drinkable water, 2 dry toilets
1 shared kitchen, dining room, living room and library
4000m2 of garden full of walnut trees, apple trees, cherry trees, plum trees and fig trees
1 river a few meters away!
A FEEL OF OUR SPACE
Homade is the perfect place to relax, unleash your creativity and kick ass!
Built in a barn renovated in the early 20th century, the place is designed to invite dialogue and creative exchange between its inhabitants: our wooden rooms overlook a movement space. Our kitchen, dining room and living room are shared as well as our participative library. Our 4000m2 of garden around the barn are home to a myriad of fruit trees and border the river Dordogne! Do not hesitate to take a swim or go canoeing there, it’s worth it!
All of our rooms are meant to be shared, unless there is space enough for everyone to be in one private space. The building is not yet insulated: so it gets chilly when it’s cold outside, and very warm when it’s hot. Also, the sound travels pretty well everywhere. So we recommend visitors to be quiet indoors between 22.00 and 09.00. Outside is beautiful too!
There are a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, gaz hoven, all equipment needed to cook around, and a collective car that can fit 9 people in. So shop & cook what you want.
Bedrooms, bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, dining room and living room are accessible at all times.
The movement space and work space will be occupied by artists in residency and sometimes open for creative workshops: yoga, dance, acrobatics, …
INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS
Homade is a collaborative place, managed collectively as a place for dialogue, co-creation and social art. You will be invited to participate in collective governance moments, as well as keeping the place awesomely clean and welcoming. You’re always most welcome to participate in the various activities offered by others between and beyond our walls.
Co-creation brings to life a unique blend of ideas from different people and their various backgrounds, talents, perspectives. It’s inspiring, empowering, connecting, invites us to understand, respect and uplift each other! That’s why we dedicated Homade to it. Look, we evn wrote wrote a full article on the matter: here.
ABOUT COLLECTIVE GOVERNANCE
Because we all have different visions of life and diverse personalities, we defined here our basic, which helps all of us to create similar expectations from a stay at Homade. Homade is run by its inhabitants as a non-hierarchical community, and there is a collective responsibility to realize this principle. Decisions are made and problems are resolved by practicing consensus on weekly collective governance circles. Many people are not experienced with working this way, so please bear in mind that it works best if people concentrate on the discussion and make constructive proposals for concrete problems. We try to keep a balance between working effectively as a group and respecting everyone’s personal preferences and freedom.
Homade cultural programme is self-organised. It is prepared by an open group of participants and anybody who wants to help out. There is ideally no difference between organisers and participants. The people who prepared activities in the past try to share their knowledge with other participants so that all of us know how to keep Homade going. Everyone is welcome to help out with organising and all daily tasks are shared on a voluntary basis.
Homade visitors are international. Expect a surprising linguistic mix once you pass the front door.
It is a collective responsibility to make sure everyone understands and can be understood and, if possible, alternating the language used in collective governance circles. In the past, English has most of the time been the dominant language on the Biketour, but we encourage multilingual communication so as to include those who do not feel comfortable communicating in English.
We are asking anyone using the space to become Nomadways member. Then no financial contribution is required. However, donations are welcome and needed. Homade is financed by all of us, for all of us. It is a self financed space which can only survive, live and even thrive thanks to the contribution of its inhabitants.
Brivezac is a village located in the Corrèze department in the Limousin region. It is on the right bank of the river Dordogne. It has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses made with stones from the ruins of old buildings and pebbles of the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne that crosses Brivezac offers a beautiful point of view between cliffs and fields that border the stream.
ABOUT THE LIMOUSIN REGION
The Limousin is a region of hills, valleys, rivers and low mountains. It is one of the most beautiful and most rural regions of France. Its biggest human center is Limoges with 140 000 inhabitants. Brive la Gaillarde, the region’s second city, has just under 50 000 inhabitants, and is the closest big city from Brivezac, 40km away. Once a Roman city, Limoges was renowned in the Middle Ages as a centre of arts and culture. In the nineteenth century, it became famed throughout Europe, and beyond, for its porcelaine. Limoges has a large beautiful historic quarter, with narrow streets and many fine half-timbered houses. Brive-la-Gaillarde, on the river Corrèze is an attractive small city, with a historic centre built in the pale honey coloured local stone.
Rural Limousin is a land of deciduous woods and fields in the west and northwest, of sheep grazing land in the north, and an upland area of spruce forests and grazing land on the Plateau de Millevaches (the plateau of the thousand springs, not the thousand cows – there are many more than that!) in the east. In the south west, the region borders the river Dordogne, that cuts through the south west of the region, after several kilometres where, in its steep wooded valley, it forms the border with the neighbouring region of Auvergne.
-Argentat: Delightful small town on the Dordogne. Water sports.
-Beaulieu sur Dordogne: Fine romanesque church, with remarkable carved tympanum
-Brive la Gaillarde: Attractive old city centre.
-Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte and Turenne: Reputedly three of the prettiest villages in France. Collonges la Rouge is so known on account of the red sandstone used in the buildings.
-The Dordogne valley: The upper Dordogne valley is a place for water sports: sailing on the artificial lakes, kayaking where the river flows freely.
-Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches: The Limousin highlands – outdoor activities, hiking, riding, nature.
-Flights: Limoges airport is the closest, served by several low cost airlines from the UK and Belgium. There are also some services to the new Brive airport. Otherwise, most convenient airports to fly to are Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris, from which you can reach Brive la Gaillarde by car sharing, bus or train.
-Bus and train: From Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris Gare d’Austerlitz, you can go to Brive la Gaillarde. From there you will take a train/bus to Bretenoux to get closer to Brivezac.
-Car sharing: We consider it the best option: there are several rides a day from Toulouse to Bretenoux, Beaulieu sur Dordogne or Argentat, where people might drop you just in front of our space. Try and catch one!
And, now, for your utmost pleasure, meet our Homade: