Starting community; living in a conscious and joyful way in a beautiful valley in Benfeita, Portugal



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    We are a growing community of people and animals living at Quinta Vale de Ulmeiro in the mountains in Central Portugal. Right now, it is Floris (42), Lotte (35) and Isa (6) living on the land and our dream is to live and work together with other people in a conscious, transparent and joyful way. We arrived in the area in 2016 and are owners of a beautiful piece of valley of around 2-hectare since 2019. We are active members of the Project, a spiritual community, and we love nature, creating innovative projects and meditation. We work partly online, have a garden and we are currently building houses and facilities on our land. We are also closely engaged in the growing local community of Benfeita. Isa attends the local parent-run educational project, Lotte owns a second-hand shop for the community and we live in a very lively valley with other families.

    In our spiritual path we have endeavoured on a journey to discover who we truly are beyond limiting ideas and to live in Love, as Love, in each and every moment. We want to be together with other people that have this passion as well and are open to share, be vulnerable and are open to give and receive feedback. This way of living is not always easy, as we understand that we are all deeply conditioned human beings with habits and patterns that are shaping our life. But when we truly come together beyond that and then live and work together, magical things happen!

    We are interested in living with people that want to explore and discover this with us while living in a communal setting with shared meals, conversations, contemplations, meditation, working together and much more that is yet to be discovered! We are in the beginning phase of making our beautiful piece of land suitable to live, with houses, communal facilities and gardens. The facilities are still basic (compost toilet, outside shower/kitchen and tents) but the valley is very cozy with lots of shady spots and a stream.
    We meditate every morning for an hour an welcome you to join us.

    As we are quite secluded in a valley it is helpful to know that our dirt track going there is not very suitable for normal cars and public transport is not stopping close by. If you have a car, you can either park and we pick you up or you can park nearby and take a 20 min walk to the land. It’s a beautiful walk on the old ‘caminho do xisto’ walking trail. If you want to come by public transportation, it’s a 40 min drive from the land, and we can pick you up for an extra fee.

    We don’t allow any use of drugs, smoking only in designated areas and the use of alcohol in moderation.

    On the weekend there is plenty to do in the area. There are beautiful walking trails and old xist villages to visit. There are often (hippie) markets, people’s kitchen or other events.

    If you wish to stay with us we want to have a video call to get to know each other.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    You could learn about what it means to live a life free from preconceived ideas, free from separation. We meditate every morning and we can guide meditations. And ofcourse about all the things mentioned in the description above.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We have a big piece of land where we are building our house with natural materials. We have a garden and a lot of land to care for. For all of this we could use help. So if you have any skills in any of these areas and you feel drawn to try and live together with us, please write to us why you are interested to be with us.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    If someone Portuguese would want to come and volunteer with us that would be a bonus.

  • Accommodation


    We have a Bell Tent, smaller tent a caravan and you can bring your own tent or small campervan (you probably don't want to use the camper van for daily trips as the track is not the best) . We have beautiful shady and quiet places.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's two villages within walking distance with cafes. There are many things organized in the local community. Markets, yoga, workshops, singing nights, mens and womens circles and many more things.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a 4g connection on our land and usually works without any problems. We don't have an office space.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for campervans but the track here is usually seen as lets say adventurous. But many do it so if you want to know more, get in touch.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    When they are ok with our cats and dog and daughter (and us) then we can talk about it.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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