Help us with regeneration and permaculture project in Sandomil, Portugal




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    My partner Marla and I have a 10 hectare permaculture regeneration project in Portugal. We are reforesting land with the native species, that is currently a Pine plantation. We want to rebuild some of the ruins and create a large forest garden to grow food and medicine. Marla is a herbalist and has started to grow a medicine garden. My background is mainly gardening/building, with some electrical & plumbing skills. We love music. I have decks and often play tunes in the evening to relax. Marla has several instruments which she plays with varying levels of skill. We have a black cat called Button who is friendly and loving, but is not good with dogs.
    There is a river at the bottom of the land and waterfalls going down to it from our top spring. There are plenty of dipping spots. There are parts of the riverbank which need gentle care-taking and some cutting back, so access is possible. There are other springs around the land and we would like to restore them to their former glory. We are vegetarian (mostly vegan) and we love to make tasty, fresh food each day, eventually this will all come from our garden. We don't drink alcohol, but there is a river bar only a 10 minute cycle ride away where the beers and wine are cheap (we have bikes you can use)!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Being part of a restoration project. We are nature awareness advocates and spend time being still listening to what nature needs. Our experience with permaculture has taught us to watch and listen to the land and make intelligent systems that flow with the land. Marla is happy to share her knowledge about medicinal plants, she loves hearing other people's stories and knowledge on this subject. She makes tinctures, creams, balms, deodorant, toothpaste and many other products in an effort to reduce plastic in our lives, as well as to have simple natural hand made and chemical free products. We love listening and hearing other peoples experiences and what makes people happy. We have found 7 springs so far on our land and restoring them to their original beauty and helping uncover them so they may flow again is one of our missions.

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    We are looking for all vibrant and enthusiastic people, who have energy to bring to the project. Both skilled and unskilled, as we all have our own way of seeing things and vision to add to this project. Builders, carpenters, cabinet makers, eco-builders and designers for building projects very welcome indeed and would be a great asset, as we intend to rebuild the ruins and incorporate eco building techniques. We are also looking for adaptable and energetic people for many different tasks, anything from gardening, clearing out the springs on the land, digging and uncovering the old lavada channels so the waters can flow across the land as they once did, path making, wall building and there is always cutting back of brambles!

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    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    Bell tent and Tipi tent until some restoration projects are complete. We have mattresses to make your stay comfy. You are welcome in your own tents or vans too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live near a beautiful big river that is a short distance away, it joins the smaller river on our land and they are plenty of swimming spots a short cycle ride away. There is one swim spot on our land and also lots of less deep dipping spots. We have a few waterfalls here too. There is also the Serra De Estrella Natural Park with beautiful mountains and rivers, a wonderful place to walk in nature. It is called Serra De Estrella, which means Mountain of Stars in English. The mountain twinkles with quartz crystal and is very beautiful.

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    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

    We have a portable wifi box with very good signal, so when it is on you have unlimited internet access.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have put in a track at the top of our land where a large van can be parked. There is a spot further down that smaller vans can access.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 258728339746