A beautiful off-grid quinta, likes to share and improve a sustainable life with like minded people! Portugal



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    In the Serra do Açor (central Portugal), we live in a remote beautiful off-grid Quinta with several original rebuild slate stone houses and barns, together with our two lovely dogs.
    We are a couple in our end fifties and left our busy former worlds behind to live a sustainable life. Out of the city, back to nature, enjoying the land, fresh air and the wild life around us. Deer, foxes, wild boar, birds and our bees are just a few of the animals who share their land with us. As there are no streetlights anywere around us we have great starlit night skies! We like music; singing, playing piano, Healing Tao, Thich Nhat Hanh, woodworking, photography and most of all we like taking care of the land. We value the peaceful tranquillity of the land and like to share this space with like minded people, who also want to leave there busy lives, or just want to relax and have a peaceful chill-out away.
    We feel it is important for you to know that the cultivated land, the Oak/divers trees forrest in front of the Quinta and the Quinta itself are untouched by the big fires in October 2017, but the pine forest around us is burnt. We are working very hard to cut down the burned trees on our land, and to reforest (a lot of help is here needed!), trees from our own nurcery, like Oaks, Corck Oaks, Chestnut, Modronho etc.. We are very lucky because we are facing a Nature Reserve forrest that still looks pritty much untouched. We feel very blessed to live like this with the Mother Earth, with her rain, sun, wind, animals, and all that is alive.
    Harriët's keywords; our two dogs :-), gardening/reforesting/vegetabal gardens, love for live, having fun, bees, meditation, singing, flowers, reading, hiking, cooking, photography, Healing Tao, Thich Nhat Hanh, art.
    Paul's keywords; Piano playing: classical music, tango, minimal music, accompaniment on the piano of musicians. sailing, bees, The Iceman (Wim Hoff) breathing meditation technique, working the land/vegatable gardens, Translator, Pianotuner, hiking, carpentry, cooking, reading.
    We are part of a community, and there are lots of activities organized like music, filmnights, reforesting, markets, etc.., lots of fun, and helping eachother out, connecting people.

    Permaculture, off-grid, sustainable, eco-farm, solar energy, vegatable gardens, community, nature, composting, olive picking, gardening, chopping firewood, wood carpentry, forestry, animals, wildlife, adventure, central Portugal, community, music.

    Just to inform you, we are not on facebook or any other, to our feeling, unreliable social media. Hope you appreciate and respect this kind of privacy we have choosen consiously.

    FOR THE MONTH NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 WE NEED OLIVE PICKERS on our beautiful land! Who wants to come and help us?
    Workawayers, Couples are also very very welcome!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a place to experience the alternative way of life. Learn about eco-gardening and many other ways of living. Our land feels very quiet and peaceful, it may give you more than you would be thinking of. Meet other people who live in the same circumstances, other off-grid family's and artists (musicians, painters, writers, therapists etc). Be your true self, it is possible here at our Quinta!

  • Help


    We would like to have help with:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Rebuilding / revitalising the land that was burnt during the October fires in 2017
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparation and maintenance of vegetable gardens
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Forestry: Cutting dead trees, removing undergrowth
    *️️️️️️️️️️ Reforesting
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparing firewood. (Chopping and splitting wood)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Maintenance of the compost facility (What to do and how to use it)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ (Re)-building (slate stone) walls and stairs. (dry-stone building)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ General Maintenance work on buildings. (wood treatment, small repairs, cleaning etc.)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Olive picking (November/December)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Maintenance of cultivated lands. (Brush-cutting, removing mimosa, brambles, watering
    gardens etc.)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ gathering and drying herbs.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ …… and dog-whispering, vegetarian cooking, music making etc. etc. ....
    *️ Cooking : your input in cooking is very welcome!

    We encourage musicians to bring their instrument(s), and we have of course a piano :-).

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, German and basic Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    We have a guesthouse with one double bed (140x200cm), shower, kitchen, toilet, wood burner, with a little terras, located next to our house.

    In exchange of your help, we provide accomodation and vegetarian food. Or, if you like, you could also now and then could make your own food in the guesthouse, and we provide the food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest village is a 15 minutes walk through nature (10 minutes by 4x4 car). It has a little hotel with café and restaurant (free Wi-Fi). 10 Minutes walk to our nearest neighbours. (Off-grid too)
    We are part of a very nice and inspiring (young) alternative community In the nearby valleys with artists, craftsmen, therapists, musicians, farmers, writers etc. Twice a month there is a eco market where you can pay in the local currency*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️, the Estrella, and Euros. In the larger towns a weekly market is organised.
    Many events (music, art, dance, movie, workdays, walks, excursions etc.) are organised by the community.
    Direct from our Quinta you will find various tracks. One leads to a beautiful waterfall.
    From the nearby village it is another 20 minutes walk to the next village that has a nice esplenada with a café and art-shop/activity centre.
    From the nearby village a local bus leaves early morning and returns in the end of the afternoon.
    More information about the area you can find under aldeiasdoxisto.pt

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Under certain restrictions.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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