Join our meditation retreat in central Portugal




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    Hi again! 🙏
    Sorry... a bit of a late update, but there's no point in getting too far ahead with planning during these global.....
    Let's just say.... "times of crisis "🤔
    If you're around this way, come and visit/stay, no problem.
    Apologies in advance if we don't respond too swiftly!😉
    Next update in the "Primavera"...
    next year, we hope😂
    Back to the last post...

    We love discovering the new secret!
    Central Portugal.
    We are creating a small Meditation Retreat which we moved into a few of years ago.... an abandoned old house and quinta with lots of potential!
    -The only place in the Benfeita and Coja aea offering daily yoga and meditation, with a fully Vegan diet! ...where we enjoy home grown food, a relaxed lifestyle, beautiful greenery and surroundings - a real step far and removed from the busy outside world.
    We are looking for people who could work with us. At present the veggies are feeding us as a main part of the vegan food on offer. We're raising beds, watering, painting, roofing, planting, mulching, landscaping a large natural pool in the garden.
    We use a combination of mains water and water from the spring fed well in our garden. Enjoy outings to swim, partake in local events and have fun too!
    Hopefully you can join the daily meditation and yoga practise? Or just help us after the long months of lock up?
    You are welcome to contact us for more info! 😊

    Om Shanti
    Jamie and Mel

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Everyone who wishes to spend a bit of time with themselves benefits from visits here, we enjoy sharing it! Our satvik approach with a wholesome meditation and yoga practise acts as .. Karma yoga swimming and siestas is a main course. We wrap up with big dinners cricket song and quiet evenings.... except for those outings to local music and markets. We often provide Vegan food for community events.
    Mel is a pioneer in the local area and the largest estrangero landowner in the Benfeita valley, where she brought up 8 children in a house truck!
    With 100 years between us gathering wisdom, we have a lot to share and learn with you!

  • Help


    We need your helping hands and hearts to share or just visit and practise with us. Every day there are gardening chores to deal with from weeding to harvesting. Presently we are harvesting beans salad strawberries onions potatoes etc. There's lots of non food plants to work on too. The 20 metre pond is ongoing project ... and we are looking to develop the outside area into a winter garden.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    We are offering rustic, yet comfortable accommodation - two bedrooms, shared bathroom, separate composting toilet room, living and dining room, outside relaxation, hammocks (!) Large Buddha's Room for Yoga and Meditation and 24hr birdsong.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Check out the local river beaches and explore this area becoming famous for "estrangeros" who need to live off grid and away from it all. There's a honey-warm social life.
    Best to have a car to explore a lot, or just come along with us on our regular excursions. We can collect from good bus links to Porto and Lisboa 5 minutes away. Best route is via Coimbra to Catraia de Mouronho.Any questions? Just ask.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hrs, 5 days

Host ref number: 342596445199