Learn about permaculture principles as we develop our land in Portugal



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  • Description


    We are a young family building an organic smallholding from scratch. Under the watchful eye of the Serra da Estrella we are working with the land to create a future for our family and a community that thrives, learns and grows together. We live a simple and creative life, valuing music, art, laughter and connection. In the summer we take regular trips out to river beaches and to gather with friends. We have animals (both domestic and livestock), a veg garden, various building and infrastructure jobs and a toddler to educate and entertain. If you stay with us there will always be a variety of jobs to get stuck into. We are close to a small village, a river, a market and a mountain, plus we are surrounded by beautiful indigenous forests so free time can be fun and varied without too much traveling. We are looking for interesting and interested people. Positive and open minded, motivated and enthusiastic, we believe everyone has something to share and through joining together we all grow.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Art project

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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 live in an incredibly beautiful area on the edge of a national park and live as much as possible in tune with the natural cycles and traditional way of life that exists here. Local people, permaculture principles, our vibrant immigrant community, contemporary technology and the land around us are our teachers. Our work as care takers of the land is part of a massive global shift to a slower, simpler, more sustainable way of living that respects and nurtures the earth instead of exploiting it. Come here to experience an unplugged, seasonal existence, root yourself in nature, and be part of the new movement of creative young farmers helping restore and protect this unique region.

  • Help


    We have animals and a small but ever growing garden to tend plus various out buildings to design and build. We share cooking and washing up duties equally with full support if needed. As with any farm, general maintenance and tidying regularly rears it’s ugly ( and boring) head but we always try to get it done and out of the way together. We try as much as we can to consider the ecological impact of all our jobs. Weighing them up against what we can afford, and effectiveness, and ideas are always welcome. As creatives ourselves, we want to encourage our workawayers to feel free to be creative and leave there mark where appropriate.
    Currently we are working in the house building stud walls, stairs, insulating the roof and putting in first fix plumbing.
    As for outside the house we need help building a compost toilet and solar shower block for visitors and building ponds, swales, and water tanks for water saving. There is also space for child care, inspiring , teaching and playing with our two year old son Elias.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and a little French and Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    We have dormitory style accommodation in a large canvas bell tent for workawayers, with shared outdoor compost toilet and shower close by. We have a bit of space so if people want to bring tents and have a bit more privacy they are welcome.

    Meals are mainly vegetarian, we eat good portions of simple seasonal food and can adapt to dietary requirements if necessary.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can do pick ups/drop offs at the local Rede Expressos stop and there are busses from all major cities.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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