You are welcomed to stay in this flourishing land, next to the mountains of Serra de Estrella in central Portugal. We live in a valley with the clean and fresh water of the Alva river, and an apple orchard of about 1000 trees.
Our dream is to create a thriving ecosystem, providing as much for us than for all the wild life.
We started the project 2 year ago. We restoring the orchard, rebuilding the old house, replanting part of the land and establishing a productive permaculture garden and food forest. We are now Certified Organic, so we can sell our produce in the local organic shop.
We are a young family with 2 kids. We looking as much for people with experience and skills to share, than for newcomers that want to expand their world view and are curious about alternative life style.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
You can learn about :
-philosophy and basics of permaculture
-nutrient cycle in the ecosystem
-Wild plants, wild edibles
-mushroom identification and picking (october-march)
-ground covers, nitrogen fixers, soil restauration
-working with wood, lime mortars and stone
If interested : spiritual practice
-meditation, shamanic journey, kundalini yoga, plant medicines
More generally, the project is part of a global experiment for alternative life style. Portugal is a "hot spot", with a dense network of people trying to re establish a relationship with nature and a more respectful and fulfilling way of living. Being here is being part of this experiment.
Gardening : helping establishing a permaculture eden. Include :
-planting trees and veggies
-mulching (covering the ground to nourish and protect it)
-making wood chips
-harvesting fruits, veggies and wild plants
-digging a pound and making earth work for water conservation
-Restoration of a 100 year old stone ruin, using wood, lime mortar, etc
General help with daily life task :
-cooking and cleaning
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
You will get a beautiful shaded spot to camp along the river - we provide you with the tent and gears if needed.
You will get access to the communal building with kitchen - where you are free to make breakfast and teas anytime.
You will be provided 3 (vegetarian) meals a day. 99% Organic food from a local shop.
We can cook vegan food if needed. We expect you to help with cooking and cleaning the kitchen.
Please enjoy :
-the beautiful river on the land, for swimming or relaxing on the beach
-the wonderful neighboring comunity that can add to your social life, share music, make parties and ceremonies (all accessible walking)
-the Nature all around, and the mountains (with the highest point of portugal 30km away)
-the beautiful old village of Sandomil, and the lovely rural portuguese culture
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.