Hosting community for persons in high need
84750 Saint Martin de Castillon
Tel : +33 / 4 90 75 13 08
Since 1973 the non profit association Bergerie de Berdine (Berdine sheep pen) has been hosting without interruption persons in high need, especially drug addicts and alcoholics.
In 1977, it acquires a hamlet in ruin made up of about fifteen houses on the Courennes plateau of St Martin de Castillon in Vaucluse, France.
Over the years, life returned… By rebuilding the village, the hosted persons rebuild themselves and regain a taste for life thanks to the rule of abstinence.
Each according to his/her skills contributes to rebuilding the village :
65 accommodations, refectory, kitchen, sanitary facilities, workshops (bakery, honey production, dairy, woodwork, pottery, forge, sheep pens) as well as offices, barns and garages have been built.
Since its founding, the Bergerie de Berdine has hosted an average of 150 persons per year.
Thus this communitarian life style made it possible to meet an important demand for hosting, offering each one a new start towards a true rehabilitation.
Construction and restoration
The most intense activity up to these last years.
Since 1994, restoration work et compliance upgrades for the buildings.
- Recent undertakings :
- a fifteen room bioclimatic house
- a new sheep pen
- a woodwork workshop
- collective heating with wood pieces
- solar panels for sanitary water
- pottery workshop
- Exploiting wood plots (ONF – National Forrest Office, and private individuals)
- Preparing and Packaging
- Selling heating wood to private individuals
- Community needs : heating, cooking, bakery oven
Casual construction and maintenance work, seasonal work with neighbouring farmers.
- Organic market gardening and main crops
- covers part of the community’s food needs
- produces fodder for the livestock
- Animal production
- Caprine farming (50 goats)
- Ovine farming (100 ewes)
- Porcine farming (10 pigs)
- Poultry farming
Transformation and sale of the products
- Part of the production is transformed on the spot and sold locally :
- Wholewheat bread
- Goat cheese
- Lavander extract
- Organic vegetables
Characteristics of living at Berdine
- Hosting : free, without prerequisite demand, open to all.
- Work : in exchange for free hosting, social, administrative and health care, and as a means of rehabilitation : trainings and varied activities.
- Abstinence : regarding any addiction (alcohol, hard and soft drugs, psychotropic or substitution products)
- Respect of the rules and regulations
- Support to other non profit organisations : in developing countries (South America, Africa, Haiti).
Enable addicted persons to recover in total abstinence the physical health and psychological balance that will ensure a successful rehabilitation.
Located in the Luberon, about 20 kms away from Apt, one needs to go there by his/her own means…
They support Berdine :
Our institutional partners : Conseil Général de Vaucluse (RSA – minimal welfare), CAF (ALT – housing subsidies), Conseil Régional PACA, Direction Départementale de la Cohésion Sociale, Direction Départementale des Territoires, Ministère de la Justice.
Operations : Banque Alimentaire, Rotary Club, Lions’Club, Secours catholique, Croix Rouge, Secours Populaire
Investments : Fondation ANBER, Fondation des 3 Cyprès, Fondation la Financière de l’Échiquier, Fondation Marseille Bienfaisance, Fondation Première Pierre, Fondation VEOLIA, AG2R La Mondiale, Conseil Régional, Direction Départementale des Territoires, Groupe REUNICA.
Assistance et bienfaisance : Les Amis de Berdine – 6 rue du coteau 13770 Venelles – Tel : 04 42 54 72 31