Permaculture yourself and learn natural building in Tabua, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 24 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Join us to be part of creating an abundant place with healthy food and positive mindset! We are a Polish-German couple, who met each other while traveling and soon later decided to live in Portugal, running a sustainable farm.

    Our main focus on the farm are:
    Food Forest Garden
    Maintaining and developing 4 ha of land
    Hosting events, workshops, courses
    Natural Buildings.

    Over the last 2 years we run or hosted couple of courses, such as:
    Forest Gardener Course
    Weekends with Permaculture
    Permaculture Design Course
    Workshops on several topics: Composting, Medicinal Herbs, Fermentation, Geodome building, Soap making, Food forest, Soil and Composting etc.

    We built up facilities, like showers, toilets, classroom, hang out space, kitchen, yurt and wooden cabin as accommodations. We also have a small cob house as our bedroom. Currently we are working on building up a natural swimming pool. As always we spend a lot of time in the garden cultivating all sort of vegetables and taking care of the young food forest. This year we are hoping to start bigger construction project, our future dream house.

    We will be a good match if you:
    > Have a passion for farming and natural building
    > Are not afraid of physical work
    > Like to work in group, but can also be independent.
    > Like cooking and are not afraid of contributing your time in the kitchen.
    > Are tidy and responsible person, that cares for the facilities and tools as they were yours.
    > Can manage to start up the fire in the wood burner, since we cook and heat our rooms entirely on wood.

    What we usually struggle with:
    > If you are vegan, we will often ask you to cook for yourself, because we use dairy products on a daily basis.
    > If it's your first experience living on such farm/"off grid" place.
    > If you are looking for a community place, love to chill all day and party in the evening, our place is maybe not the best choice for you.
    >If you don't like to be alone and need to have company all the time. We are busy in the day and we like to have privacy in the evening, therefore not always keen on hanging out.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach about permaculture principals, strategies and techniques.
    It is a perfect place for those, who wish to reconnect with nature and with themselves. Who wish for peace and are hungry of knowledge.
    We can share our traveling stories and experiences since both of us made long journeys before getting established here.
    We have a passion for good food, so you'll enjoy good meals every day.
    We have basic knowledge about natural medicine and medicinal plants.
    Kasia is studying Process Oriented Psychology and can share some knowledge about that.

  • Help


    What work may we expect from you:
    GARDENING (weeding, planting, mulching, harvesting, watering)
    PLANTS PROPAGATION (sowing the seeds, repotting plants)
    COMPOSTING (collecting material for the compost, turning compost, applying on the garden beds)
    LAND CLEARING (chopping down shrubs we don't need, taking away brumble bushes)
    FOREST WORK (we will not ask you for using heavy machines unless you had experience with them and you feel comfortable with that, but you might help with loading wood on the trailer, pruning the trees, or taking away dry ferns)
    HELP WITH MAKING FIREWOOD (assisting us while we are cutting the wood, storing it, bringing to the kitchen)
    COOKING (If you enjoy cooking, you are more than welcome to make dinner or bake. We always cook on the firewood, so energy is for free and you can bake as much as you want ; )

    Type of help always depend on the seasons, on what do we have to do at certain time and also on your personal skills and prefers.

    We would consider 5 hours of easy going help for 5 days a week as a fair deal for tasty food and accommodation through all the days of your stay. Usually we let volunteers prepare what do they like for breakfast and lunch and then we have a shared dinner together. Most of the time we cook, but if you are happy with cooking, we might also ask you for that as a part of your helping hours.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Polish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    For our guests and helpers we just have built cosy wooden cabin. It has a lovely view on the land and wood burner to stay warm in the frosty nights during the winter.
    In case if the wooden cabin is occupied we have nice old style canvas tents. You are able to see them on our pictures. If you have certain preferences about type of accommodation, tell us in the private message.
    Also there is a lot of space to park a van, pitch your own tent or set up your hammock. If you bring your own accommodation, we don't need to save space for you and you are generally welcome any time you wish!

    What do we recommend you to take:

    good rainproof jacket and shoes
    warm clothes for chill evenings
    environmental friendly soap/shampoo

    hat or anything that protects you from the sun
    your own sleeping bag in case if you will be sleeping in the tent
    environmental friendly soap/shampoo

    Since we are situated in the area with very high risk of fire, we want to make sure, that you are very conscious about that. We will ask you to always take care that you put your cigarette leftovers to the jar that is closed afterwards. Remember, that your one mistake could costs us loosing our land and creating a big danger to our neighbours.

    We provide food for all the days of the volunteers stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For your free time:
    we have a lovely river close by to swim in the summer time or you can also hop in the water tank to cool off ; ) There is also a good possibility for hiking, mushroom picking, biking, fishing and getting to know the portuguese village life and local festas. We are 10 minutes drive from Tabua as well as Olivera do Hospital and about an hour drive from Viseu or Coimbra or the Serra de Estrela. The farm itself is nicely remote to be private but lays in 10 min walking distance to the village. There you can find a café, some bars and a little shop for the most necessary things. Close by we have two different yoga teachers and taekwondo. We are surrounded by plenty of similar projects/communities and farms like us. This creates a beautiful feeling of building a better future among friends and neighbors, who take great care of the nature and want to live a healthy, responsible and happy life. There are few local flea markets and other nice social event happening from time to time.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of space to park a van, but the entrance is a bit limited. Big trucks will not pass through, but there is still option to park near by in a distance of few minutes to the farm.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    dogs, cats, donkeys, gorillas, giraffes, elephants. Monkeys maybe not.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 172247281823

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