Come to us! Join the journey towards a self-sufficient life in Sao Pedro do Sul, Portugal

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Update : micki with helpers are running the farm at the moment, Danny is off for work.
    Also Looking for long term helpers.

    Hello lovely people! We are Micki (40) and Danny (35) , both from northern Italy and we live in Portugal since summer 2019. Here we live with dog cheffi, cat mimi, gees, ducks, chickens... And soon more of all sorts of amazing critters 🐎🐑🐹🐿️🐔🐓🦃🐣🐤🐥🦕

    After years of traveling and great adventures, the desire to settle somewhere grew ever greater. So we started our search and found our paradise here in central portugal which we are willing to share with nice people!!

    Our place is located near Sao Pedro do Sul, in the middle of nature, native forest and borders with a beautiful river. It is about 2 hectares and we have our own drinking water from a spring. We are both living in our motorhomes and a house/tent which we use as common space, hang out,cooking ecc.

    When we first arrived we where mostly busy with cleaning the land, as it has been abandoned for over 20 years. Among many other things we have installed an irrigation system, planted lots of fruit trees and created a big vegetable garden that we would like to continue to cultivate with you.

    Our goal is to live as self-sufficient as possible, in harmony with nature and living beings, turn the land into a beautiful, self-sustainable place using permaculture principles.
    And to meet many interesting people from all over the world, share our place, knowledge and friendship!
    Looking forward to meet and welcome all of you!

    Occasionally there is only one of us on the land as sometimes we go back to Italy for work.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    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

    At our place you can learn about permaculture/ gardening, building with natural materials, metalworking, mechanical stuff, landscaping, pruning trees, animal care, preserving all kind of food ecc. If you're interested in learning one of the languages that we speak, we can teach you something. Also we are looking forward to learn new things from you!

  • Help


    Tasks will always variate with seasons and depending on the projects...

    Some of them might be:

    GARDENING: weeding, seeding, planting, harvesting, watering, mulching, preparing new beds, composting

    CONSTRUCTION HELP: outdoor kitchen/lounge, renovating the shed, irrigation system

    HELP ON THE LAND: plant care, clearing the land/ forest/ fire prevention, cut firewood, feed animals, clean out chicken shed ecc..

    FOOD CONSERVATION: vegetables need to be conserved or dried, make jam, dry herbs, we also experiment with the fermentation process of vegetables ecc.

    DAILY TASKS : cooking, cleaning dishes, animalcare ecc.

    Also all kinds of artists, musicians ecc. are more then welcome to leave their footprints, paintings and memories around the land!! Be creative, inventive, colorful, inspiring whenever you want!!

    We both love to cook good healthy food but we also like to be cooked and try new dishes. Our meals are mainly vegetarian, we eat meat on rare occasions.

    We would like you to help us aprox. 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Two days a week you are free to spend your time however you wish... We visit friends and neighbors regularly or they come to our place. Most of the time they also have helpers, so there are always nice people around. In our freetime we often go to nice places and we are happy to show you around. Also we like simply enjoy life here on the land.
    As it gets hot here in the summer, we prefer to work in the mornings and/or evenings.

    We will respond to your needs and personal interests and will surely find tasks for everyone, as long as you don't fear to get dirty hands. However, it should not be forgotten that a farmer's life can also be associated with physical hard tasks.

    Most important to us that it´s a nice, respectful and relaxed get-together.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    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


    The accommodation will be in tents, there is a double bed in the big tent or you can also park your van on a nice spot. You can have a hot shower every day in our solar shower (of course only when the sun is out :-) the toilet is a compost toilet and is located in a little forest. Also you can use the internet, washing machine and charge your electric devices.

    In the winter it would be better if you come with your own van/camping car, because it can get cold and wet. We have plenty of space here, so you can choose your perfect spot. Also you can be connected to electricity if needed.

    Your pet is also welcome, as long as shes/hes good with dog, cat, birds and free of fleas! 🐶🙀🐦🐘🐪

    We would like to have a minimum/maximum stay for approx. 7-14 days to get to know each other well. But it can also be a long term stay if it suits for all of us. If u have only a few days to stay, explain why, maybe its still possible with a good reason (we like to help out)!

    We provide 3 meals ,7 days a week.

    What to bring: head torch, if you prefer your own sleeping bag, otherwise we provide them, enthusiasm, a smile and positve vibes!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live outside of a small village, and 10 minutes by car from Sao Pedro do Sul. There you will find supermarkets, the weekly market, some bars, buses, laundry service and everything you need. Here in this area you can find beautiful, secluded waterfalls with pools, lots of hiking trails/mountains, river beaches and also climbing/bouldering areas can be reached by car. As well you can relax in your leisure time by our beautiful river, take a swim in the middle of nature and quietness. 30 minutes from us is the city of Viseu. We can also pick you up from there if necessary, better though is Sao Pedro do Sul. Porto is 1h20min away, Aveiro and the nearest beaches 1h.

  • 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

    Long caravans / motorhomes with low ground clearance will find difficulties to reach the land!

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Approx 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 197151772272

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