Our mission is to restyle modern life. Getting the focus again on the things that are really important. In order to do that, we have some basic values we are striving for. We don’t want to lecture at abriecosy, I believe strongly in learning via inspiring, inviting, discovering. Basic elements to discover the deeper meaning are the following, at Abriecosy we work on it every day:
Get to know / love yourself :
How can we do good for someone else if we are not good for ourself? Be connected with yourself, your talents, your values is the first step. Healthy eating, organic food is the way to indulge yourself. Doing the things that give you energy and enjoying every small and beautiful moment is making you happy and a stronger person!
Take the time to eat good food:
Taking time to grow, make , compost your own healthy food is so important. Look at all animals and you can understand that food is the number one need in life. So why isn’t food on the number 1 priority in most peoples life? We are part of nature and of course connecting with nature gives energy.
Let go of the greediness
Greediness is in all of us, it is basically a thing of survival. But we have to make a huge difference between the one strongly stimulated by the consumer industry and the survival skill. In our society today for most people you can not talk about survival, there is enough of everything for everyone. The greed is doing so much bad and is on the base of all problems in this world. And you know what? Greed never makes you happy, always want to crave for more, it is a vicious circle with no ending.
Doing good for some-one/-thing else
Doing good for someone else isn’t for me coming in the picture because you donated a lot of money for a project in the south. Most of the money isn’t going to the the people anyway but to the cost of the project. Furthermore many projects in the south isn’t to the benefit of the local people and their situation, most of the time we are pushing our vision onto them. Doing good starts by making time for others. It looks difficult in our demanding society but time is not something you get, time is something you make by setting your priorities right. Helping people/animals/nature in your surrounding , without any expectations , is the most rewarding for the heart.
Be responsible for every action you do
Every action you do has an impact on this world, it has to do with being honest to yourself and your surrounding. If you eat meat it has the repercussion that you support a certain industry of killing. We make choices every day.  But do we always ask ourself the question what the impact is of our action on others, our future, the environment ? A more conscious lifestyle is all about that, being aware of the consequences of our action.

Values for volunteering at Abriecosy :
RESPECT / LOVE       for yourself.
for others around you.
for nature.
for things and equipement (every broken tool is waste)

HONESTY                    The most important honesty is within yourself.

GRATITUDE                for every thing the universe brings to us , even
bad things, because from those we learn.
DEVOTION                  everything we do , we do with love and


Why the project?

A lot of people are convinced that (thanks to the industrial revolution) we are smarter, living in a more comfortable way and having a longer life. But in fact none of this is really true : most of us have lost comfort and longer life by a bad health, bad nutrition, less freedom and a high demanding society. We’ve lost knowledge in astrology, personal intuition, connection with plants, ourselves, living with seasons and natural energy sources. We’ve lost our familybound and group spirit in the West , you can still find it in the East , but it is also disappearing fast.
Bottomline : most of us are loosing themselves in a fake world created by commercial purposes. They are disorientated, lonely, eating very badly and most of the time, feeling unhappy!
Pills mask all symptoms but don’t solve the fundamental cause and even more, cause certainly problems in the future. If you really think about it, that’s exactly what the pharmaceuticals want : selling more pills. They don’t want to solve the problem, they like to maintain it. Ever thought about why the pill against aids doesn’t cure it?
If you look at it from a distance: in our society, people care more for their cars then for their body. Imagine going to the garage with your car because it makes a funny noise and the technician gives you earplugs to solve the problem? You will not be satisfied won’t you? Isn’t it exactly the same when the doctor subscribes you a pill? Chinese medicine proved 1000 years ago that pain on your stomach can have a lot of different reasons different from the stomach itself. Why do so much people have confidence in someone who got pay from the pharmaceuticals to sell you a certain medicine? We should learn in school about being our own doctor…
And then there is the importance of good food. How many of us spend rather 100 euros on luxury instead of healthy food? Isn’t food the most fundamental need of any living creature? Nowadays everything is about making money and showing others how much luxury we have and in the inside we are just feeling miserable.
Facing the truth looks maybe a bit pessimistic but it is not at all! You have to go through it in order to see the real beauty of life again…
 logo abriecosy [Automatisch opgeslagen]
Abriecosy would like to bring people together, who would like to change their way, be inspired and maybe inspire themselves. In Abriecosy , we want to bring awareness in the things we do, the impact on ourselves and our health, on others (in their uniqueness) and on nature. We want to create a space where looking for a balance is essential, just like nature does. Abri means shelter, the eco stands for ecological (and of course organic) and cosy for the place that brings peace in your head and in your heart. .
On a south orientated hillsite, not far from an idyllic village Bargemon (French Provence), we found the perfect location for our project: somewhat isolated, in the middle of the forrest with breathtaking views. Abriecosy has place to receive guests: on the one hand lodging for guests who want to be inspired by an eco vacation or a spiritual class , on the other hand for volunteers and sympathetics.
Some watersources, good ground and the famous provencial terrases are ideal to establish permaculture. The old olive trees, almond trees, fruit trees make this place a special place.
I want to invite teachers , who give classes about more conscious living, to organise it here.

Why Bargemon?

Bargemon is an idyllic little village with 7 fountains, called the pearl of the Haut Var. Bargemon is a much used setting in many paintings because of the many picturesque little alleys and squares.

Not only the village itself is one of the most beautiful of the region but it’s location is perfect for discovering de Provence. It is only 30 minutes away from the “Côte d’Azur” or in the other direction of the Alpes with the famous “Gorges du Verdon”. A little further you can easily reach Nice, Cannes or some ski stations in the Alpes.

Bargemon is located in the mountains where you can enjoy the amazing views but at the same time the warm Mediterranean climate.  The region is known for it’s olive oil and wine production.

Why vegan?

We are responsible for every choice we make in live and the impact it creates on our surrounding. Eating Vegan is the most responsible thing to do :

First for ourselves :
– You can be sure that from the second the animal is killed, anaerobe bacteria take over in order to clean up, the rotting process is started. As we are made in the same way, the last we need for a good health is more of those bacteria that breaks us down right? All kind of nasty diseases have a link with those bacteria.
– If all is energy and in the form of vibration, every food we take, will feed us with a certain vibration. The cruel way of slothering brings terror, anxiety, panic and fear in animals and thus in the meat. Look at our society and you understand.
– All animal products are acid forming in the body. If you reed the book “the ph miracle” you understand that our body has to work a lot to maintain the slightly alkaline Ph of the blood. An acid body produces fungi and diseases. It is in an acid environment where anaerobe battery thrive.
– Every animal in the meat industry is treated preventive with antibiotics and other chemical medicines. If you choose it or not it is in your meat.
– If it is already bad for our health why spend most of our food money on animal products? If you let go of meat you have a whole lot of budget more to buy quality and organic vegetables.

For the environment :
– In Belgium more then 80% of all agriculture land is used for animal production. More farmers every day change their business because they gain more money with meat production. The land is well sprayed with chemicals because it is just for animal food, no controle whatsoever.
– Animals use a lot of water, produces a lot of CO2, in fact more then all the other industries together.
– Forrest needs to make place for meadows and mais.
– The excessive manure production pollutes all ground water, rivers and eventually the sea.

For the terror of mankind:
– Just watch a movie on youtube how it really works in a slother house and realize that you support this action by being the meat from them, and you never eat meat again.

For spiritual growth:
– Most of the time vegan organizations never talk about this part but I can asure you it is an important difference. Not without coincidence all the biggest philosophers were vegan. Like I mentioned before, the energy you eat, defines you on an other level. Eating healthy vegetables make you understand things in an other perspective, make you connect stronger with other living creatures and nature as a whole.

Why ecological?

It is already a long time clear that chemical substances have a tremendous impact on our health, and the health of other living creatures. This impact shows only after a certain amount of time, different for one person or another. Our body becomes full of toxins that slow down the good functioning of our organs. Nature is already polluted in a way we can not return to 100 years ago. The government states that a small dosage of chemical in one product doesn’t harm you, but they never show the impact of the cocktail we get by using all the “convenient” product every day. Plastic packaging, exhaust gases, gases of paint and concrete in our homes, exterminators, clothing, food, deodorants, cosmetics, chemical sugars, chemical salt, flavor enhancers, cleaning products,…I can go on and fill the whole page.

Do we have to be pessimistic? No not at all , in fact it is the opposite, we need to change our habits! With Abriecosy we want to search for natural alternatives in order to eliminate most chemicals in our daily life. We can not be totally free anymore but it makes a huge difference if we eliminate the things we have impact on.

We always impact other life in order to live. Even if you are vegan, plants you eat die to give you the energy to live. The world of bacteria that lives in the soil nurturing the plants are destroyed just by making a hole in the ground. Every step we take , we crush life under our feet. So it can not be perfect but trying to make our impact to the world as small as possible is the way to go! And certainly think about what the impact is of our action. Let nature be our guide, partner to establish things. Let us try to give new life to “garbage” and make new things from already existing things. The society wants us to believe that a good economy and thus a lot of selling will bring us prosperity but if you think about it : If we all spend less money on useless things, we have to produce less so basically we all have to work less. That means more time for the important things in life like family, good food, enjoyment and it doesn’t have to cost so much.