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I am a yoga teacher and a painter. Originally I am from the Netherlands, but four years ago I decided to adopt a lifestyle closer to nature. This is how I came to live in a small village on the portuguese countryside.
I have a house here plus a small piece of land (1200m2) and I move towards a self sufficient paradise when it comes to food. I have a nice orchard and grow my own vegetables. In future I want to go off grid, but as for now I am happy to be hooked up to the main grid.
The property is at the edge of the village and the woods -which are great for hiking- are a 5 min walk away. The river Mondego is close by and can be reached in a 30 minute walk down into the Mondego valley. Back up might take a bit longer though, especially in the soaring heat of summer.
The village itself has 2 cafes annex shops and has a friendly and welcoming population. It is a beautiful walk to a next village, where there is also a small art gallery with different exhibitions during summer. Yet another neighbouring village has a lovely typically local portuguese restaurant with very decent prices and a bit further there are also 2 pastelerias with free WIFI. .
So far I have realised the basic things that make it possible for me to live here, a functional bathroom and kitchen.
This year I want to concentrate on renovating both the yoga studio and painting studio.
I am looking for experienced do it yourselfers, specifically in the field of stonemasonary and/or carpentery.
There is a permaculture design for the garden and orchard. Next step is implementing an automatic pop up sprinkler watering system. I have a place also for a volunteer with extensive gardening experience.
I am WIFI sensitive and turn the WIFI on for one hour a day only. If you want to spend more time online, there is a WIFI connection in a next village (15 min on a bicycle or 40 min on foot).
There is no public transportation that connects the village to the rest of the world, but I have 2 bicycles that can be used freely and in the weekend I can take you by car to Nelas where you can catch a train to go to f.i. Coimbra or the seaside.
I am out of the rat race and into arts, spirituality and easy living.
I practice yoga and meditation. I cook vegetarian.
I do not smoke and do not drink alcohol.
Cooking / shopping
Native portuguese speakers that are willing to teach me (as part of the exchange) are very welcome. I am happy to teach you Dutch and my english is quite decent so I could also help you there.
Different projects are waiting to be done and I every project that gets done is an immediate improvement and I am happy with them.
For 2017 I am looking for experienced people, either carpenters or stonemasons or all round DIY-men/women.
I have space for short term volunteers up to 2 weeks (a longer stay however is always open for discussion after the 2 weeks).
I offer vegetarian meals, as much home grown as possible, as well as a daily program (before breakfast) of yoga and meditation for those who want to participate. I have regular bhajan singing evenings at my place to which you are very welcome. I anyway love singing and dancing and play a bit of guitar.
I am currently not painting as my painting-studio-to-be is still storage space and my attention is mainly focused on renovating the rest of the house.
I expect my visitors not to smoke nor drink alcohol for the duration of their stay with me.
Volunteering hours expected: 4 hours, 5 days a week.
If you would like to help me out please send me an email with your motivation and do not hesitate to ask me anything that you would like to know.
Dutch, English, German, basic Portugese, basic French
I have a caravan for volunteers with a good matrass and down duvets.
Shared bathroom, kitchen and dining area.
Circumstances are relatively primitive but are getting better every day.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4 hours, 5 days a week