We are a young Belgian family with a big dream..
Valérie Pas is an Ayurvedic and orthomolecular therapist, yogateacher and blogger. It is her mission to help others feel at their best and come to their full potential. She is deeply concerned with environmental issues and living in nature brings her happiness.
Ward Huysmans is a Europian Treeworker and interested in permaculture. Together they are a great team in going for their dreams and supporting eachother in it. Their two kids Aiko & Corazon enjoy playing outside and going along with their parents to different places on this planet.
In 2016 we bought 3 acres of land, near the river Alva in Central Portugal, and wish to build a peaceful eco yogaretreatcenter, where everybody can find joy and happiness.
Now there is a small building, a shelter, a yurt, a caravan, a toilet and a shower.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Building ecological houses with natural resources and old building methodes is a very interesting and time consuming process. It can be an organic and artistic process too, where every participant can bring along his own creative ideas. We will guide you in everyday tasks, so you will know what to do, but we strongly wish to work together as a team. We live off grid, with only solar energy and source water. The river is close by for a daily swim. There are lots of nice villages to be visited.
Daily yoga and vegetarian food will be offered, so you will feel free and happy in body and mind.
We will build a bathroom house , a hobbit house and treehouse as first projects. Later on we will start our house; an Earthship. We need maintenance of the land, cabins have to be build, a treehouse, an ecological swimming pool, an extra yurt will be set up, which needs flooring, decorating. Trees will be planted.
You will have a caravan with double bed, table, closets and solar light. There is the possibility to cook yourself, but we will provide daily vegetarian food or some food to make yourself. Toilet is a dry ecotoilet outside and the shower is outside with solar heating. Sometimes hot water will not be available. Before wintertime 2019 we will hav an indoor bathroom with warm water.
There is also the possibility to sleep in a tent.
We will have early shifts, since it can become very hot around 1pm. In the morning it is mostly fresh and ideal for working. One shift is 3-5 hours of work, depending on what has to be done. The rest of the day, you can enjoy a swim in the river or the swimming pool of Arganil (5km). There are lots of nice villages, restaurants and bars to visit. During summer there are also a lot of festivals. During weekends we don't work.
We prefer people who like to work and keep things clean. Since we have two kids, we go to bed at a reasonable time (10-11pm) and wake up around 7am. Yoga can be conducted 5 days a week early morning. We appreciate it if you join us at least 2 times a week.
We prefer a stay of 2 weeks, but 1 week is also fine. We only take long term volunteers after a trial period of 2 weeks.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week