Restoring olive grove into permaculture home and explore off-grid living in a nature reserve close to Odemira, Portugal



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Oi! My name is Nicolas and I had a dream to create a beautiful place in nature, where family, friends and like-minded people could work together to create beautiful things.

    This year this dream became reality and this place was born. It' is an old olive grove with a house in a nature reserve close to Odemira. The land and the olive trees need love and the house needs some restoration. Long term plan is to create a permaculture and be able to fully live off-grid. If you want to contribute to nature and help create a paradise, then you are more than welcome to join the team!

    Warm regards,

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Odemira is a town and a municipality in Beja District in the Portuguese region of Alentejo.
    It is famous for its wild beaches. The village of Zambujeira do Mar is home to the Festival do Sudoeste, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe.
    The municipality of Odemira has great agricultural potential, specially in the western area of the region.

  • Help


    We need help with the following:

    - Taking care of all fruit trees and planting new ones
    - Create a vegetable garden
    - Create water management for all the plants

    - Rebuild and restore the house. Primarily the roof so that the house will habitable
    - Creating new wooden constructions, such ass a dry toilet, bathroom and platforms (for tents)

    Eco project:
    - Creating a permaculture requires planning, knowledge and creative input. So we are always open to great ideas that could contribute to the land.

    General Maintenance:
    - Be a helping hand at any other general support


    Questions and things you would like to know!

    - Who lives at the farm, and who guides volunteers?

    It is either me or somebody with the same skills and warm heart to provide an amazing experience and stay at our land.

    - Description of the farm and of the different project, and possible future projects.

    It's a 2 ha piece of nature in a valley. There is a house that needs some work and there are 60 olive trees that need love. Furthermore there are many small and big projects to work on like, watermanagement, energy, vegetable garden, facilities etc. Depending on your skills, preferences and length of stay we create an action plan.

    - How many hours are required, how is it organised? How many free days are there, and when?

    In the summer we we work with the following schedule:
    - Weekdays
    06.00-07.00: BREAKFAST (optional)
    07.00-08.30: WORK
    08.30-08.45: WATER/COFFEE BREAK
    08.45-10.15: WORK
    10.15-10.30: WATER/COFFEE BREAK
    10.30-12.00: WORK
    12.00-13.00: LUNCH
    13.00-~~~ : OFF-TIME

    Saturday's and Sunday's are OFF-TIME

    *️️️️️️️️️️️In the fall/winter we start everything 1 hour later

    - How are meals organised? Who cooks?

    This is organised by the host, but we expect everyone to contribute where necessary. We can always use extra help organising the food. Preparing and eating food together is an important social activity we like to do in a mindful way.

    06.00-07.00: BREAKFAST
    12.00-13.00: LUNCH
    18.00-19.00: DINER

    - What kind of accommodation is provided, and where is it?
    There are bunkbeds in the house and in there is a bell tent with single beds.

    - What do volunteers need to bring?
    Apart from the standard things like a towel, toothbrush, and soap, you would need to bring:
    - headlamp
    - working clothes and shoes, these could also be strong hiking clothes.
    - sun protection: in the form of sunscreen, a hat or cap and sunglasses

    - List activities volunteers can do nearby? Are there places of interest to visit?

    - What extra services are provided? WiFi, bicycles, etc.?
    There are 2 bikes and we will try to organise activities regularly.
    There is no WiFi but internet via cellular network.

    - Rules or specifics of the farm, for example, no smoking, dry toilets, or if the farm is very remote?

    Because of the hot/dry climate fire (smoking) is not allowed in the summer, due to forest fires. We have dry toilets. The farm is remote it takes 15 min by car off-road or 30 min by bike to get to the nearest bus station, but that makes the place magical :D.

    R.E.S.P.E.C.T. that's what it is all about.

    Much love!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch,

  • Accommodation


    It will either be in a bell tent or in the house. These "bedrooms" are not private. The beds are comfortable and clean.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Check out the surrounding area, there is so much to do! Surf, kitesurf, SUP, hike, mountainbike, swim, beach, eat great food, culture... and lot's more.

  • 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

Host ref number: 315317761983