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Volunteering at an Eco Naturist Site near Ourique, Portugal

Country: Portugal


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Richard and Caroline’s place is near a lovely town called Ourique in Portugal. Our place is set on 22 hectares of protected land with a small lake and our [currently] two free roaming horses.

The added bonus is that If you happen to love horses and are a naturist and would like to know how to look after them naturally then why not come see how we do it. Caroline is a horse behaviourist and sorts out all sorts of horsy problems.

We also have three very friendly dogs.

We are not a retreat, or a campsite, nor are we a community. We are eco friendly naturist place, and strife to recycle and reuse items where ever possible. We are working to be self sustainable, in as far as possible and we are totally off grid. We work with nature and not against nature. So what are we? This is a question that we have put to numerous workawayers who have passed through the gates of this magical place. The answer we get it is simply Richard and Caroline’s place, Richard and Caroline’s piece of paradise, Richard and Caroline’s magical place.

In varying degrees our place affects everyone who sets foot on the land, and everyone takes something away with them. For some, it is life changing and for others it is something smaller.

Some workawayers have returned to us within 24 hours of leaving and other have been back time and time again. Being drawn back to the magic of this special place.

It is a laid back place where you can be in touch with yourself and nature. You can relax, be free and above all be yourself.

Anyone, male or female, can do the jobs we are/will be doing. As long as you love the outdoors and love to be clothes free or want to try it for the first time, and are reasonably fit you will enjoy the various projects we are undertaking. However when it gets chilly it will be Richard who is the first person that puts on something warm. Most of the workawayers that have come to stay are first time naturists.

The best part of it is that you can see how we are progressing as we have a blog on our FaceBook. So whatever help you give us you can see the results of your efforts, and of course our thanks.

Unless of course you have your own transport, we would offer to pick you up from the train station in Funcheira, or the bus station in Ourique. We can send you information on timetables etc, just ask for it.

What is the minimum stay? The minimum stay has to be two weeks as we have found one week is too short.

Have a look to see what people have said about us below in the feed back.



Type of help

General Maintenance,
Help with Eco project,


We will accept people anytime of year. We will not expect you to work in the heat of the day. Unless of course it is work in the lake.

The work we do will very much depend on the weather as it is supposed to be fun for us all.

Some of the jobs/projects

Building a pontoon for the lake

Making shelters

Making sun shades

Building of tool sheds and equipment sheds from materials found on the land where ever possible

Making tracks, and roads



Improving existing pitches

Clearing ditches

Building walls

Creating and maintaining a vegetable plot, planting trees

Creating irrigation systems

Land management


Plus numerous other jobs/projects


Languages spoken

English, rusty German and a little French


Accommodation would be tent or caravan, or you can bring your own.

The caravan has a queen sized island double bed and the front can be converted into sleeping accommodation, either two singles or one very large double. All the bedding is provided.

There is a toilet wash hand basin and shower in the caravan. It is fully insulated so it keeps cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There is hot wot water and heating. The heating is for some of those cold winter nights we get. However you will never need the heat on during the day in the winter.

The tent accommodation is either a two man or 4 man tent. We have a portable fully flushing toilet and solar shower for the tent accommodation. All bedding provided.

We eat continental style cuisine.

We have wireless internet connection and mobile phone signals are good. Any questions just ask.

What else ...

It is important that everyone has their own insurance

A little more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

Five hours a days five days a week



These are all pictures of our land plus one of Ourique

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View across the land
View across the land
Richard having a swim in the lake
Richard having a swim in the lake
Caroline cutting back some branches
Caroline cutting back some branches
Another one of the many views we have on our land
Another one of the many views we have on our land
Our horses early in the morning
Our horses early in the morning
One of the many stunning sunsets that we get. We have no light pollution so the night sky is amazing as well
One of the many stunning sunsets that we get. We have no light pollution so the night sky is amazing as well
One of the outside cafes in Ourique, with wifi hot spot
One of the outside cafes in Ourique, with wifi hot spot
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