Two weeks of intense work around a dream problemic: to go from the inn in an idyllic setting to an “eco-spot”. Two weeks of sharing and exchange with wonderful people. Two inspiring weeks when Hopineo will settle a little more into reality, where we will refine, if not the direction, the path …
[1st part : the landing at La Rhonie.]
Listening to senses, to oneself[one_half]
It all started in March 2014, when Marie-Rose Ampoulange receives an email from Justine which introduce Hopineo. As she says herself, she “opens” the email and answers, “intuitively, by instinct.” In early April, she invites us to the Domaine de la Rhonie during the week of sustainable development.[/one_half] [one_half_last]
The following Monday, she was the one coming to Paris for a seminar and took the opportunity to visit us in our neighborhood at the time, the Pantheon.
You know what are these encounters that leave a mark on you, these kinds of “love at first sight”, that you know or you feel from the begining, will be for long?
[box type=”note” ]Anyway, this Monday night when Marie-Rose walk down the Rue Soufflot looking for a cab, our friendship was born.[/box]
Change of mission, change of plan ![one_half]
When we arrive on July 26, we are eager to get going. La Rhonie, Marie-Rose, Serge … these two weeks are a beacon step for us on our Tour de France, that we had in focus from the beginning. First of all, because this is the first time we stay that long in one place. And then, because Marie-Rose and Serge are wonderful people (that’s cutesy, but there is no other word) that we were impatient to see again, and that the area of La Rhonie is one of those places we love .[/one_half] [one_half_last]
Finally, because the theme on which we thought we would be working excited us at the highest point. But on this July 26, after the emotion and joy of reunion, Marie-Rose explains us what she expects. This is not the establishment of a training offer on agritourism or ecotourism. She hoped not to disappoint us … she is funny! (this is precious 😉 Instead of what was expected, the owners of the domain want us to dig deeper on the development of the activity.[/one_half_last]
[box type=”note” ]Objective: to formalize their ideas, their desires, and study with them the feasibility, since the very concept of offer, to how to animate it, promote it and market it. Well, it was not exactly said like this, but that’s what we heard.[/box]
We mull over right away and lay the foundations : “How to switch between an accomation in an unique place to an eco-spot in Dordogne, in France, or even beyond?“.
And in a way, the pressure goes up a notch. We only have two weeks …