The Lodge is a holistic nature reserve in the Serra da Estrela natural park. We have 22 hectares of land...including blueberry farm, dam and outdoor plunge pool.
We have a herd of 12 goats that need milking and we make our own cheese and yoghurt. We have chickens & ducks producing organic eggs and an organic garden for fruit, vegetables and herbs. There's also a family of 6 friendly dogs and 3 cats that keep us entertained, so a must for animal lovers!
We have two yurts, a tipi and a guest room for guest accommodation for people who want to experience living closer to nature. We offer fresh, organic food produce for guests and volunteers staying at the lodge all harvested from the land.
Andrea who runs the lodge has a background in holistic therapies including astrology. During June and July we're running healing retreats, There's lots to do before this time to get the space looking at it's best and this is where we'd like some help with developing the land and onsite facilities.
The space we have here is very serene and peaceful, you're completely at one with nature and the outdoor work is great for the soul. There's a lovely community feel in the area and you'll have the opportunity to interact with guests as well as other workers at the lodge should you wish to.
There are many places to explore here and the area is ideal for people who enjoy walking, cycling, parascending or even kayacking as we are close to the River Mondego. There's many lovely spots for reading, meditation, yoga and watching the incredible sunsets.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Experiencing living off the grid, care for farm animals and pets, milk goats, learn new skills, breathtaking sunsets, meet new friends, access to loads of amazing books, eat healthy organic food and learn about growing organic veg, clear your mind and detox the body, input in to the development of the space, try out alternative therapies, thai massage or get an astrology reading :)
- Clearing land to make space for marquee and additional tipi's
- Build compost toilets and outdoor showers
- Clear plunge pool
- Build, sand, paint furniture and create seating areas
- Decorate areas
- Help build stretch marquee for workshops
Anyone with carpentry skills or experienced in manual labour would be very desirable
- Milking and herding the goats
- Maintaining the organic garden
- Cleaning out guest accommodation
- Cooking for guests/ other volunteers
We have two caravans and tents available for volunteers. Although there are plenty of spots to bring your own tent or small camper.
Outdoor kitchen and compost loo available. Indoor shower and bathroom available
There is no public transport near our location. We tend to visit the local shops by car once or twice a week. We are a 10 minute walk from the nearest village and cafe.
You can get a coach for 12 euros from Porto to get to Celorico Beira in 2.5 hours or from Lisbon in 4 hours. We can collect you from the coach station.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week