Discover nature! – 2021

This summer we are offering a wide variety of outings and workshops to share the wonderful site of Les Courmettes with you, and also to show you its hidden treasures! Whether you’re interested in butterflies, birds, bats, or geology, we have something for you (and the kids)!

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

(This is a provisional programme and is subject to change in correspondence with government guidance).

In order to reduce the risk of coronavirus, we ask that you please maintain a safe distance of at least metre during our excursions. We also ask that you wear a mask for the duration of the event. We cannot be held responsible for non-compliance with these rules or subsequent infections. 

Should the weather be bad, you will be informed of the cancellation of the excursion by email, either the day before or the day of the outing. 

Astronomy outings (2hrs)

  • Thursday 8th July – 22h00
  • Thursday 15th July – 22h00
  • Thursday 29th July – 22h00
  • Thursday 5th August – 21h45
  • Thursday 12th August – 21h45
  • Thursday 28th October – 21h00
  • Thursday 4th November – 21h00

More information and registration

Discover… nocturnal birds of prey (2hrs)

  • Friday 16th July – 21h00
  • Friday 6th August – 21h00
  • Friday 24th September – 20h45
  • Friday 5th November – 20h00

More information and registration

Discover… butterflies! (2hrs)

  • Saturday 24th July – 10h30
  • Saturday 11th September – 10h30

More information and registration

Discover… nature (2hrs)

  • Saturday 4th September – 10h00
  • Saturday 30th October – 10h00

More information and registration

Build a birdhouse with us (2hrs)

  • Wednesday 27th October – 14h00

More information and registration

Beekeeping workshop (2hrs)

  • Saturday 4th September – 9h00

More information and registration

Botanical outing (2hr)

  • Saturday 18th September – 14h00

More information and registration 

Discover… our ponds (2hrs)

  • *New dates will be added soon!*

More information and registration

Discover… the dragonflies (2hrs)

  • More dates to be added soon

More information and registration

Discover… the bats! (2hrs)

  • Friday 27th August – 21h00

More information and registration

Discover… the landscape

  • Saturday 25th September – 14h00
  • Saturday 2nd October – 14h00

More information and registration

Discover… the stags (2hrs)

  • Tuesday 21st September – 19h00
  • Tuesday 28th September – 19h00
  • Tuesday 5th October – 19h00
  • Tuesday 12th October – 19h00

More information and registration 

Discover… minibeasts!

  • Saturday 18th September – 10h00

More information and registration

Photo à la une : © Ellen Moerman-Teurlings – Pixel.len Photography

Events for 2021

The programme is still being put together, but here are those which are in preparation for 2021 at Courmettes. It’s a varied programme for all ages and all tastes. Some weeks are already finalised, but for others, the details are yet to come, so keep an eye on this page!

Wanted! Volunteers at Les Courmettes

Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers for 3 specific projects, have a look to see if you would be interested in coming to help us for some time from March/April to September/October 2021, we would be so happy to have you!

Read more about the opportunities we are offering and apply via the link at the bottom of each offer:

  • reception and welcoming of visitors / hikers : click here
  • group reception and welcome : click here
  • conservation work / monitoring survey : click here

We love welcoming volunteers. If you are free for 3 weeks or longer (anything up to 4-5 months!), we would be thrilled to welcome you to the team.

General volunteering

If you have some time available and would like to invest it in Les Courmettes, we most certainly have things you can do!

Managing the site is a constant challenge and we rely on help from many people.

You can help the work of Les Courmettes by offering to volunteer with us – a great opportunity to be useful and to meet dedicated people. We can propose you a structure and a schedule that matches your wishes and skillset. We are used to accommodating volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and look forward to meeting you!

In particular, you can help in the following areas:

  • Building maintenance and renovation
  • Environmental conservation
  • Gardening
  • Footpath maintenance and way marking
  • Development of educational materials
  • Visitor area
  • Communications
  • And anywhere else where your skills can serve the life of Courmettes!

Depending on the situation, we may be able to offer you board and lodging at very reasonable rates.

We welcome enquiries not only from individuals but also from groups (e.g. churches) who wish to come for a team volunteering experience.

Being able to speak French is not necessary but it does come in handy 🙂

If you would like to know more and explore the possibility of spending time at Les Courmettes and if you would like to apply to stay with us, please fill out our volunteer application form.

Gîte rental

Our gîte “Les Marronniers” is open to rent !

Come and take advantage of the magnificent Courmettes estate, and recharge your batteries in the middle of nature, by staying in this beautiful apartment, entirely renovated in 2020. It can accommodate up to 6 people, benefits from two bedrooms with bathrooms and a large living room/kitchen, as well as a south-facing terrace.

Tariff (valid until 31/03 ; for the full price list, see here)

  • from Sunday to Saturday (6 nights) : 400€ (2 bedrooms) or 300€ (1 bedroom)
  • from Saturday to Sunday (1 night/2 days) : 200€ (2 bedrooms) or 150€ (1 bedroom)
  • (depending on availability) : from Friday to Sunday (2 nights) : 250€ (2 bedrooms) or 185€ (1 bedroom)

For more information and reservations, email: courmettes@arocha.org

Living room/kitchen includes a sofa-bed sleeping two.
The east bedroom, with twin beds, opens onto the terrace
The west bedroom also has twin beds and opens onto the terrace.
The south-facing terrace with a view of the Mediterranean and the Esterel massif

International Volunteer Week (in French and English) – 19/25th April

Come and dig in with A Rocha France at Les Courmettes!

Join the Courmettes team for an international volunteer week, an opportunity to (re) discover the Domaine des Courmettes and be part of making it even more welcoming for our numerous visitors.

Events 2020

7 March – Afternoon “green weddings” (only on invitation)


12 – 15 March – IFES International retreat (only on invitation)


20-21 March – General Assembly of A Rocha France


28 March – Day “Se bouger pour la planète”


17 – 19 April – Pilote “A Rocha France Ambassaders training ” (only on invitation)


19 – 25 April – International volunteers week


26 April – 2 May – A Rocha Netherland volunteer week (open to all)


5 – 11 July – Summer camp “éco-aventure” with Ligue pour la Lecture de la Bible


19 – 25 July – Training seminar “A Rocha France Ambassaders”


2 – 8 August – Seminar ” Spiritual direction “ with Francis Mouhot

International volunteer week – 7 to 13/04/19

If you have a serving heart, an interest in creation care and like to work in and international setting, this week might be something for you. 

Seminar on creation care – 1 to 7/09/2019

‘Your Kingdom Come’: Living with hope in a wounded world : join us for a study week and explore how creation care relates to the Bible.

Events 2019

31 March-3 April – Fast and prayer retreat (in French)


7-13 April – International volunteer week (in French and English)


26 May – 1st June – “Nature and discovery” week with A Rocha Switzerland (in French)


7-13 July – “Eco-adventure” camp for the 7-12 years old with Ligue pour la Lecture de la Bible (in French)


14-24 July – Teenagers Camp (15-18 years old) with Joie & Vie (in French)


14-20 & 21-27 July – Family stay, “On holidays at the Courmettes”


28 July – 3 August – Seminar “Gospel and Psychology” with Francis Mouhot (in French)


11-17 August – Adults camp “God, the planet and me !” with Joie & Vie (in French)


25-31 August – Training seminar “Eco-church” (in French)


1-7 September – Seminar on creation care with Dave Bookless (in English and in French)

Events 2018

22-28 April – Volunteer week (in French)


29 April-5 May – Natuurwerkweek (in Dutch)


25 May – 7pm – Fête des Voisins: Neighbour party!


10-16 June – A Rocha UK Discovery Week


8-14 July – “Eco-Adventure” camp for 7-12 year olds with the Ligue pour la Lecture de la Bible (in French)


29 July-4 August – “Spiritual accompaniment – Initiation and advancement” with Francis Mouhot (in French)


12-18 August – Camp for adults: “God, the planet and me” with Joie & Vie (in French)


31 August-2 September – Courmettes centenary


28 October-2 November – Seminar: “know-pray-act for Creation” (in French)