This is a family run project that focusses on our vision to create a sanctuary for indigenous trees and forest wildlife, while at the same time planting a food forest to support future generations.
We are trying to create something that is becoming rare in this day and age. The unique opportunity to disconnect, while enjoying life by living simply surrounded by nature, in a remote enchanting forest valley.
At the same time, our focus is on creating an experience for visitors who want to take something unique from the space. Whether it is joining us on one of our wide-ranging workshop and holiday experiences.
We are looking forward to you joining us on this journey and helping us make this happen!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We like to work with the philosophy of permaculture, so for those of you that want to get hands-on experience on a permaculture project then this is an ideal project for you to get involved with. We also have plenty of natural building projects, so if you want to gain experience in this field then we will be more than happy to share our knowledge.
We are speaking with members of our extended community to organise a wide range of courses, workshops and retreats on the land with the aim for the space to become more financially sustainable. As long as it does not conflict with the day to day tasks that need to be achieved I am sure that when a retreat is happening then there will be time to attend some classes and sessions.
We are looking for volunteers who bring good energy to the land and community, who take pleasure in giving and are willing to get involved in a wide range of projects to help create the vision.
The day to roles that we require help with:
The Garden: We have over 70m2 of no dig vegetable and herb raised beds. Plus between 20 and 30 fruit trees. These require a few hours of love per day, tending to the plants, watering the beds and trees, de-weeding and preparing the compost piles for next season's planting and finally harvesting any crops that are ready for the kitchen.
The Kitchen: Helping with the preparation of three meals a day to feed the community. Plus keeping the drinking water stocked up from the spring.
The Forest Management: With over 10 hectares of land to manage there is always a lot to do. We need to keep the brush under the trees cleared, Prune branches that are unhealthy or create a potential fire risk. Keep the river cleared of debris making sure it is flowing. As well as start removing eucalyptus trees and coving the routes with a plastic cover to stop them re-growing.
The Natural building Projects: On the land, we always have a number of projects to achieve to move the project along to achieve our vision. These projects vary from rebuilding terrace stone walls, building structures that we need to improve the comfort of our living arrangements or are just simply for fun.
We are living in a remote forest valley and as a result, we are only allowed to have temporary structures for accommodation. So we offer Glamping. For those of you who don't know what this is Glamping is a fusion of glamour and camping, glamping is where nature meets modern luxury. No longer do we have to simply witness nature—we can live in it too, without having to sacrifice any creature comforts.
So we have a number of Sioux Indian Tepees available which you will use with other volunteers.
For those of you who prefer a little more privacy then we also have some tents available if you would prefer.
We also have hot water facilities so to wash, dishes, clothes in hot water as well as hot showers are available. However, at present these are forest naturist showers as one of the projects for this year is to build the shower block.
Or alternatively, you can wash in the river and under a small waterfall, which is very beautiful if not a little bracing.
The nearest village is Figueiró dos Vinhos. It is a twenty-minute cycle ride from the land (We have 4 bikes available for use). Every Saturday there is a market and the village has banks, cafe's supermarkets, a library with free Wifi as well as great deal more.
If you like adventure activities in nature then there is a lot of forest roads that are beautiful to cycle as well as reservoirs for swimming and kayaking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week