Avidanja is a future oriented place of inspiration, growth and sustainability. We deeply care about life and are part of a newly evolving culture. This new culture is built on core values of transparency, trust, honesty, and integrity. It is our commitment to live beyond ego, which means living beyond imposed separation and beyond imposed limitation. Therefore our highest value is that we want to be free more than anything else and we endeavour to back this up in action with ourselves, with our relationships with each other, our relationship with the earth and all sentient beings.
Avidanja is both a community and a project. As a community we come together to live a life in communion with people and our environment, where we are truly together and support each other in our evolution.
As a project we host events and retreats around the themes of health, art, sustainability, meditation and evolution. We also offer programs that support individuals on their journey to become a free human being. These programs are catered to the individual.
We have no smaller aim than being part of creating a new culture. A culture based on the knowledge that the essence of everything is consciousness. Consciousness is the bridge that connects us ultimately with each other and everything that surrounds us. Ego on the other hand is the part of us where our limiting and separating behaviour patterns originate from. Patterns like fear, competition and mistrust, just to name a few. Ego is not interested in living a life full of joy, harmony and connectedness, because its nature is separation and it can only survive if it keeps us in the state of limitation, fear or doubt. If you wake up to the fact that this could be true, what will be the direct consequences?
If we begin to understand that our true nature is being connected with each other and everything that surrounds us we start to truly care about each other, because we have understood that the development of somebody else is as important as our own development, and that in fact it is one and the same thing.
The place is situated in the middle of rice fields and bush land which is as beautiful as challenging. As it is highly cultivated land, we are directly confronted with modern agriculture. The philosophy is to stay here to mark a difference and attract new energies. Just recently we reflected how being here, spreading love and beauty seems to have a strong effect on the surrounding area. Everything is shining brightly and there is a peace emanating from the surrounding. We have many different birds, frogs and wild life in general, due to the water of the rice fields that provide niches for many creatures.
17km from here is Figueira da Foz, a very nice town by the sea. And only 30 km away is the university town of Coimbra. Porto and Lisbon can be reached in 2 to 3 hours by train.
Are you enthusiastic and open to change? Do you like to explore life beyond your comfort zone and experience new ways of being together? We are looking for people who are truly interested to help us grow. Therefore we need people with specific skills such as building experience, handycraft skills or (permaculture/organic) gardening. The minimum stay is at least 1 month. We ask from our visionaries and volunteers to be willing to integrate themselves in our daily structure which consists of meditation, preparing food, cleaning and tidying communal areas etc.
The spiritual context we are living in is most important to us, and we ask all our volunteers to read our vision page before coming to make sure that this is what you want to!
Work will be 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
We offer you living in a community that endeavors to be with other people in an authentic and relaxed way. That means we don’t gossip or manipulate each other, instead we support the best part in all of us. Through an open, honest and transparent communication we use arising conflicts to transcend rigid behavior patterns.
During your stay here you will find the opportunity to learn practical skills and to discover new areas of interest. Avidanja is a very creative place and we like to use materials that exist and are waiting for a new purpose.
Health and nutrition is very important to us, we therefore pick wild edible greens, to make delicious smoothies for breakfast. Our diet is vegetarian with lots of fruits and tasty salads.
As we are also hosting retreats, you have to be prepared that on those occasions many people are around and that our daily routine will therefore change.
Accommodation will be in single rooms or our dorm according to availability. We earn money with hosting retreats, and on those occasions we need to vacate our rooms and share a room together or move into a tent. Our plan is to build more rooms for the future when the right people come to support us in that.
If you feel inspired to get to know us please read our vision page write an e-mail and explain why you want to come and what you can offer to the community. We then can arrange a skype call to get to know each other better and see whether we feel inspired by each other.
Jutta, Sandra and Joel
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
We have different projects that we want to realise and need help for.
Like a solar shower, compost toilets, solar dryer, grey water system, water harvesting, permaculture garden, renewable energy, several construction jobs around the house. New accommodations will be constructed, which depends on volunteers or possible long term joiners.
German, Portugues, English, French, Italian
Room in the house (if there is no Retreat), tent.
We have 2 showers and a compost toilet. We would call our life simple and very comfortable.
We are looking especially or volunteers which are skilled in building, renewable energy or permagardening.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5h, 5 days