In the Serra do Açor (central Portugal), I live in a remote beautiful off-grid Quinta with several original rebuild slate stone houses and barns, together with two lovely dogs.
I am in my end fifties and left a busy former world behind to live a sustainable life. Out of the city, back to nature, enjoying the land, fresh air and the wild life around. Deer, foxes, wild boar, birds and my bees are just a few of the animals who share their land with me. As there are no streetlights anywere around there are great starlit night skies!
I like music; singing, dance, good humor, Healing Tao, Thich Nhat Hanh, woodworking, photography and most of all taking care of the land. I 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 for a while, help out, and have a nice joyful, perhaps even a healing time.
Maybe it is important for you to know that the old cultivated land, the forrest of Oak/divers trees below the Quinta and the Quinta (farmhouses) itself are untouched by the big fires in October 2017, but the pine forests around were burnt.
Reforesting has been done and is still one of the main projects that is still going on, mainly in wintertime when there is enough rain for the young trees to grow. Replanting also from my own nursery like Oaks, Cork Oaks, Chestnut, Modronho etc..
I am facing a Nature Reserve forrest that looks pritty much untouched with mainly native trees which is very special in this country.
In springtime on the Quinta there are so many wild flowers around. Everywhere new Pines, Oaks, Chestnut, Cork Oaks, other trees and bushes like flowering heather are coming back, Nature is very resilient :-).
I am part of a fantastic community, and there are activities organized like music, film nights, reforesting, markets, etc.., lots of fun, and helping eachother out, connecting people.
Keywords; my two dogs :-), sustainability, gardening, reforesting, working/taking care of the land/vegetable gardens, team work, music, love for live, having fun, bees, meditation, humor, communicating, connecting with people, exploring and open for new things, singing, dance, flowers, new innovating ideas, minerals and stones, reading, hiking, photography, cooking, Healing Tao, Thich Nhat Hanh, Art, community.
Keywords Quinta and the property: Beautiful (remote) nature/abandoned old agricultural terraces area, permaculture, off-grid, sustainable, eco-farm, solar energy, vegetable gardens, Nature, composting, grey water system, olive trees, gardening, Oak forrest, chopping firewood, pruning, wood carpentry, forestry, 4 beehives, little river with waterfalls at the bottom of the property, wildlife, birds, adventure, central Portugal, Healing land, Minerals, music.
Just to let you know, I am not on facebook or any other social media. Hope you appreciate and respect this kind of privacy I have chosen consciously. I have Internet: WiFi.
Cooking and meal preparation will be shared amongst those confident in cooking :-).
Some DIY, painting and construction around the house has to be done in the season(s) depending necessity.
All skills welcome!
Note: Not only individual Workawayers asked, but also I would like to invite Couples who would like to stay mid to long term to help me out with various activities on the Quinta and have a culture interest. It would be very welcome to have an own 4x4 car (because of the track), so you would be more self sufficient, or willing to drive a 4x4. Lots of help needed, like planting trees, chopping/splitting wood, vegetable gardens, and cooking. To take care of the Quinta and the dogs, and to have a good time together :-). I have a beautiful little guest house were you could stay, with wood burner, shower, little kitchen, terras.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I offer a place to experience the alternative way of life. Learn about many ways of Off-Grid living. The beautiful land and Quinta feels very quiet and peaceful, it may give you more than you could think off. 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 (ore find it :-)), language, it is all possible here at the Quinta!
I would like to have help with:
* Farm sitting
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Revitalising the land
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparation and maintenance of vegetable gardens
*️️️️️️️️️️ Reforesting / forest management
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparing firewood. (Chopping and splitting wood)
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Maintenance of the compost facility (What to do and how to use it)
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ General Maintenance help on buildings, like wood treatment, small repairs, cleaning etc..
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Olive picking (November/December)
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Maintenance of cultivated lands. Strimming with the bush cutter, removing mimosa, brambles, watering
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ …… and dog-whispering, vegetarian cooking, music making etc. etc. ....
*️ Cooking : your input in cooking is very welcome!
I encourage musicians to bring their instrument(s), and Art people also have the opportunity to be creative, more than welcome!
This host offers a language exchange
I would like to learn the Portuguese language and share English or Dutch.
I have a beautiful little guesthouse with one double bed (140x200cm), shower, kitchen, compost toilet, wood burner, with a little terras, located next to the main house.
In exchange of your help, I provide accomodation and vegetarian food. Or, if you like, you could also now and then could make your own food in the guesthouse, and I provide the food. For a mid to long term stay it is best to talk about the conditions.
The nearest village is a 15 minutes walk through nature (10 minutes by car). It has a little hotel with café and restaurant (free Wi-Fi) and once a day a bus is going to the nearest town.
I am 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, and In 2 larger towns not so far away, a weekly big market is organised were you also can buy trees/plants/food/clothes, etc..
Events (music, art, dance, movie, workdays, walks, excursions etc.) are organised by the community.
There are walking tracks close to our Quinta, the National Nature Forrest and beautiful villages nearby. One leads to a beautiful big waterfall very near to our village. The mountains around offer lots of possibilities for picknicks, walks, and swimm.
From the nearby village it is another 20 minutes walk to the next village that has a nice Esplenada with a café and a river pool, or you could take the local bus to the neares town, which leaves early morning and returns in the end of the afternoon.
A bigger town, 1h.15 drive away, is very beautiful to visit, has nice restaurants, bars, national music events and theatre.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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