Medicinal plants, fruit trees, bees and love in North East Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    I am Kathleen, 32 years old. I bought a 2 hectares land in the Natural Parc of Douro International (north-est of Portugal), two years ago. I am starting an agricultural project with medicinal and aromatic plants, fruits trees and bees. For now, I am living in a little wooden and stone house that I made with friends. The land has fresh drinking water from the spring and there is a little river that flows part of the year. There is a lot of wild life: eagles, vultures, lezards, frogs, trees and flowers... and hudge granit rocks. Escalhao, the closest village, is 3 kms away.
    I am also interrested in massage, yoga and natural medicine. It is a long term project to combine these practices to make a living out of it.

    Sou a Kathleen. Comprei uma terra de 4 hectares no Parque Natural do Douro International, ha dois anos. Estou a comecar um projeto agricola com plantas aromaticas e medicinais, arvores de fruta e abelhas. Para ja vivo numa casita de madeira e pedra que fiz com amigos. O terreno tem uma nascente de agua potavel e um ribeiro. Ha muita vida salvagem: aguias, abutres, lagartos, rãs, arvores, flores...e enormes rochas de granito. A aldeia mais perta fica a 3km.
    Eu tenho muito interesse em massages, yoga e medicinas naturais. É um projecto de longo prazo de juntar essas practicas com a populaçâo local, e de tirar rendimento disso.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am doing an experimental farm. I mix traditional knowledge from the area with new (re)discovering about sustainable farming, inspired by permaculture and others . My companion João is a biologist, working on an 800 ha natural park that belongs to a local association. It is the occasion to meet people from Portugal interrested in nature preservation. I have many nice friends in the small village of Escalhão, that the traveller can meet if she/he wants to.

    Estou a fazer uma quinta experimental que mistura tecnicas antigas de agricultura e novas descobertas sobre agricultura regenerativa. Estou inspirada pelas ideas de permacultura entre otras. O meu companhero João trabalha como biologo numa assoçação local que tem uma grande reserva naturale de 800 hectares. Pode ser a ocasião de conhecer gente de Portugal interessados em conservação da natureza. Tenho muitos amigos na aldeia de Escalhão que o viajante pode encontrar se quiser.

  • Help

    Help

    The land was abandoned for many years before I got there, so the biggest work for now is to prepare it before planting. Depending on what the workawy likes to do, there is also a lot of ecoconstruction work. This summer I will be working on cob house construction. I also welcome ideas to help me organize the project.

    O terreno estava abandonado há muitos anos. O maior trabalho é de o preparar para poder plantar. Se o viajante gosta, ha tambem muito trabalho de ecoconstrucão. Este veraõ vou estar a fazer construção de terra e palha. Eu sempre gosto de ouvir diferentes ideas para planear o projecto.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

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

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The travellers can sleep in a truck house that has a doble bed, a kitchen and a shower cabin ( no runing water). There are dry toilettes. The traveller can come have all the meals with me if she/he wants to or can be alone in the truck if he/she needs to.
    I also receive people that are travelling with there camping van. If there are many volunteers at the same time, there are many places to camp in tents.

    O viajante dorme numa autocaravana que tem uma cama dupla, uma cozinha e uma cabine de douche ( nao tem agua coreente). Ha uma casa de banho seco. O viajante pode comer as refeiçãos todas comigo se quiser, ou pode ficar sozinho/a na carinha se precisar.
    Eu tambem recebo pessoas que viajam com autocaravana. Se ha muitos voluntarios ao mesmo tempo, ha possibilidade de acampar com tenda de campismo.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I went everyone to feel free and confortable on the land. I take care of people, and have moments to listen to how everyone feels.
    The land around is semi wild and beautiful. There are great walks to do. The village of Escalhão is made with old stones ( houses and streets) and have a church from the 11th century. There is a pacific atmosphere. I am close from the river Douro and the river Agueda, that make the border with Spain. In the region they mainly grow olive and almond trees and vines.

    Quero que cada um se sinta livre e à vontade na minha terra. Cuido das pessoas e tenho momentos para escutar como cada um se sente.
    As terras à volta são meio selvagens e bonitas. Podem fazer-se caminhadas. A aldeia de Escalhão é feita de pedras de granito (casas e ruas), e tem uma ingreja do século 11. Ha um ambiente pacifico. Estou perto do rio Douro e do rio Agueda que fazem fronteira com Espanha. A região tem sobretudo oliveiras, amendoeiras e vinhas.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I don't have wifi connection. Most of the time, we get good Internet connection trouve my sellphone but not always.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I accept all pets. The only thing is that I have a female dog. Some times she has difficulty in accepting other females.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours per day, 5 days

Host ref number: 225931287794