Institute of Ecotechnics conceptualized the restoration of, and continues to consult on a working ecological farm, artists’ studio and conference facility, Les Marronniers, near Aix-en-Provence, France. Designed as an integrated system, this 15 acre (6 hectare) property makes full use of the vegetable gardens, field crops, orchards, grazing, woodlands, artisan workshops and residences to demonstrate the complex holistic principles on which traditional farming methods were based for centuries. In 1976, Les Marronniers hosted the first European I.E. conference, and continues today to host a wide variety of other workshops, conferences. and events.
Learn More about Les Marronniers
Creative spaces for workshops or meetings in the beautiful Provençal region of southern France
Built as a Manor House in the 18th Century, Les Marronniers, has been carefully restored as a Domaine where small meetings and workshops can take place, situated at the heart of a fully functional 15-acre model farm. To the authentically renovated main house has been added a matching suite of visitors room provides a welcome that is as warm as it is special.
The surrounding land is maintained as a model ecological farm that combines traditional agricultural methods with modern understanding and techniques. Set amongst beautiful orchards, nut and olive groves are fields of grain and other crops which are interspersed with vegetable plots, a herb-garden and an area given over to the raising of sheep, poultry and other small animals. The domain’s original irrigation system, including its goldfish ponds, has been restored and extended, whilst its hedges of boxwood, blackberry and cane, alleys of coppiced trees and a unique forest of bamboo have been extended, enhancing the beauty of the landscape. The farm is designed to demonstrate the efficacy of a total systems approach to the ecological management of small farms in a region where such facilities are under mounting economic pressure from nearby industrial and urban development.
Les Marronniers hosts groups doing creative workshops during the months of April – October, becoming for the remainder of the year, a quiet place of retreat for writers and other artists. Furnished with an excellent library the old Manor House transforms itself into a place of calm concentration for those who seek a productive, inspiring, and secluded atmosphere.
Contact & Directions
Most taxis know their way to Les Marronniers. Here is a brief description in French. See link below for directions in English and there is also a map.
Prenez A51 direction GAP Sortie 12 Aix/Les Platanes/ Puy Ste Reparade dans la sortie prendre à gauche D13 puis à droite D13 Puy Ste Reparade Traversez l’autoroute et tourner toute suite à gauche sur le Chemin de la Bastide Rouge continuer 400 mètres panneaux à gauche Les Marronniers #405