Volunteers in permaculture, Forestry and Natural building in Alentejo, Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, We are a group of friends living in Portugal as collective , with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Our group like to live simply with Nature. We are creating an abundant organic Garden ( Veggies, aromatics, ornamental ), using different techniques of Permaculture and Biodynamic that we have been learning and now practicing. We are also specialized into regenerative Forestry management using natural succession to establish healthy environment around us. We have started few nurseries, where native trees and bushes are growing to be then planted in different projects that we are involve. Transforming degraded lands into a lush environment creating an healthy Biodiversity.
    Some lately projects, that we are working on with local Landowners, is a ReWilding project. Part of our crew has already experiences in these domain working along with others organizations around Portugal. The re-introduction of certain wild animals has already offer the possibilities to indigenous species finding an natural habitat and thriving as protected specie.
    Join and learn Natural building skills and let's put our hands into mud to create simple constructions by using diverse techniques and local materials, as wood, stones, cork, straws...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
    Teaching

  • 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

    The place is a very nice land, surrounded by the Mira River and an abundant Forest, where you could learn a lot about Nature, building knowledges and collectives interests. We are interested to practice an Non-violent communication and Sociocracy and to share with you, how a group dynamic can function in efficient way using the Collective Intelligence to create projects and run it.
    The River is navigable with Canoes and offer a large number of wild edible plants along the bank.
    The Forest contain a great Biodiversity with a old growth native Trees and bushes, that allow immersion into Nature. A great inner journey trough the landscape.
    We are self sustainable with the electricity, using solar power, is the chance to learn how to be minimalist in terms of needs.

  • Help

    Help

    We appreciate people that care about Nature, who enjoy being actively part into different projects. By sharing time and creating an abundant place with the garden, forest, that we'd like to see growing even more. We prefer If you already have experiences into Farming or Permaculture but if not and you'd want to learn and experiment Permaculture.
    You may know about Forestry and Regenerative way to manage a nursery. We would need you to care about trees, that needs watering, weeding, potting, seedling, planting... and having fun.
    If you know about Wild Animal survey, to list different wild animals living around ( Lynx, Otter, Mongoose,... ), taking notes, picturing them ( We provide Scouting Wild-life camera ).
    We need help with Natural Building, we generally use clay, straw, stone, wood, cork ...

    We are, now starting a new wooden frame structure, for a common space and we need hands for clay/straw building. So if you want to get to know how to do with fun, come over.
    If you to know about wooden work and how to use hands tools and power tools. If you have some tools, that's sound even best.
    We are looking for autonomous persons that like to share their own skills and experiences.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    For the staying,
    For the warm season, we offer you the staying in comfortable tent, ( Bell tent ) you will have your privacy and mattresses, pillows, blanket.
    You can even prepare your food in the collective kitchen that has basic cooking items. There is a shower. Solar system for electricity.
    Depending on the situations
    We could provide a room
    In exchange of your help, We offer two meals per day and the accommodation, the breakfast is at 8h30, then the lunch time is at 13h00. The dinner is optional*️️️️.
    Most of the food will be vegetarian dishes from local and organic farms and from our garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    By you time of you can enjoy swimming in the semi salty river, you may have the chance to go on canoe trip toward the Ocean or to the next traditional town as Odemira. Visit the surrounding by walking or on bicycle.
    Discovering the wildlife from the River Bank with the amazing range of Wild plants.
    You will find some trekking paths ( GR ) along the coastal Region, enjoying the Ocean's breath and the sun in daily life.
    Vila Nova Milfontes is just about 30 minutes drive from our place, that offers great surfing spots. Also there is some really good restaurants to enjoy a relax time.
    It is also next by different panels of communities, where projects are blossoming.
    We, as Regional communities, have started a regional market where locals and foreigners and co-existing in peace.
    Portugal is a very peaceful way how to live in harmony witch each others, the respect of the culture is very important for us. We often go to give hands in between neighbors, witch it has starting to build up a trust and supporting Regional interest for us living in Portugal.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

The Permaculture garden, here we are growing organic veggies
View on the River
Here is the dormitory and volunteers space
Our Common space
The "Mira" River Bank
One of the Common place made of natural materials
Our pristine valley looking down the River Mira
Host ref number: 455998959518