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Help us create self sustaining homestead on the foothills of Serra da Estrella national park, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 30 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    A trio of friends Bron, Chris and Bella have lived in a Quinta (small farm) in the beautiful foothills of Serra da Estrella national park for the last decade. Working to create a self sufficient homestead along permaculture principles we are completely off grid and are blessed with a source of fresh drinking water.
    Rediscovering ourselves through a deeper connection with our earth and each other , we love to share food and laughter as we navigate this magical and complex existence. We are also connected to the wider community of Quinta's and travellers in the area and regularly exchange space, time, projects and joy with each other.
    The land is 3.6 hectares of terraced gardens, forest and open spaces on the banks of the river Alva. We happily share it with dogs, cats, chickens and an amusing goat.

    Our most enjoyable helpers have been autonomous, intuitive and creative people who enjoy self discovery, outdoor living and physical activity. This is our first online profile, though we've hosted many people via word of mouth.

    Thanks for your time, any more questions drop us a line, we look forward to welcoming you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Off grid living
    Animal care
    Gardening and forest management

  • Help


    The tasks around the land vary from gardening to woodland management , building and maintaining structures to creative painting, sharing time with animals and cooking nourishing food. Some projects are in progress with set design and other areas are a blank canvas open to initiative and creative ideas. The types of activities vary with the seasons, weather and spontaneous opportunity, for example tree pruning on a dry day at the end of the winter, unexpected rains can facilitate cake baking indoors by the fire.

    The work is 4-5 hours a day, 5 days per week. On working days we'll prepare you two meals and provide food and facilities for you to prepare breakfast. Cooking facilities also available on rest days. Self sufficient campervan option for a pitch on grapey flats is available for 4-6 hours per day, 2 days per week. Preferable time frame is a minimum of 7 days to facilitate bonding with the land and community.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation options are a 2 berth caravan under a canvas awning with a 360 degree view of the mountain surrounds, with basic private facilities and amenities or 2 beautiful bell tents tucked down in the bowl of the land. If you'd prefer you can set up your own tent on the land or park your van on our top field, Grapey Flats.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We enjoy swimming in the river and relaxing under the shade on hot days.
    There are many beautiful walking trails in the local area.
    There a vibrant monthly market in the local village and a friendly bar serving food on the riverfront.
    We have many alternative therapists/healers in our local community.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have top field with easy access off the road available for campervan and caravans. There is a composting toilet and fabulous views.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 432991649129

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