Help with the rebuilding of our Eco home and land project in a rural valley, Benfeita, Portugal.

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, I am a writer and holistic therapist, working with sound, music, dance, and herbs. I live with my 3 sons, who are home/community educated. We have some land in a beautiful valley, with a great community, full of inspiring people! We built a shist eco home and lived there until it was destroyed in the big Portuguese firestorm, in October 2017. We currently have caravans on our land and also have been renting a house in the village. We soon expect to be moving back to our house on the land, which was awarded funding from the E.U. It has been a long process to rebuild, yet finally, we are close to moving back and then, ready to focus our attention on developing our land to be able to host holistic and creative events.

    The large caravan has a burner, a separate bedroom inside and also has indoor cooking facilities and this is the accommodation available for volunteers. We are in the process of building an adobe outhouse with a shower room, compost loo, workshop, and healing room.

    I have studied permaculture and assisted with teaching courses and like to implement this knowledge, in the creation of our project. We are working towards reviving our forest style, organic vegetable and herb garden. Also this year I would like to rebirth my stock of local flower remedies. Prior to the fire, I had a project to promote flower remedies (similar to the Bach flower remedies) as a therapeutic practitioner and wholesaler. In over 2 years, I had created 40 mother tinctures of local herbs and trees and was getting ready to launch the business. This year I intend to remake the Mother tinctures.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are beautiful waterfalls at the head of our valley and other interesting natural places to visit, including the Mata de Margarca; a small nature reserve, above our valley.

    I am also happy to share my skills and experience in the various things that I do, such as making tree and flower essences, healing balms, raw chocolate, colloidal silver alongside the creation of holistic dance spaces and ceremonies for earth healing. I am also involved in alternative education within the community and am a musician and poet. Of course, my availability will depend upon the timing of what priorities are present, according to the seasons and commitments that I have throughout the year.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    Currently we are preparing the land; which involves clearing wood, etc to create space for the building of a tradition swet lodge. Also, I would like help with the continuation of building an outhouse; which is a bathroom, come workshop come potential bedroom, involving mixed materials; such as, adobe and cob, with a lime and sand render and back holding wall, with cement blocks. Other potential tasks on the outhouse are painting, mosaic and tiling. Also, we need help with tipi construction, including cutting and preparing poles. Using the natural material of 'Shyst' we are making a slate paving base for the tipi. Also in the garden, I would like assistance with other things including, pruning, building an irrigation and grey water system, land design, planting and general maintenance.

    My 3 lovely boys, ages 11, 15 and 18 are all an integrated part of this venture and positive input with them is essential and a pleasure, as many friends tell me. General support within the day to days of the life is also very much appreciated. Help is also required for the holistic produce that I make, such as gathering and planting and preparing herbs, so this is another option, for those with interest in these areas.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Currently, we have 2 caravans on our land that can be used as accommodation. There are kitchen facilities and running water. We have a usable bathroom in the outhouse, with a shower, sink, bidet and compost toilet. The bathroom is fully functioning, yet there is still beautifying work to be made inside, involving tiling, lime rendering, and mosaic. There is also a small river and a natural dipping pool, at the bottom of the land.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area where we live flows with beautiful rivers, streams and waterfalls, offering wonderful bathing places for the heat of the summer and interesting places for hiking in the winter.

    So, other things of interest.. there are a lot of musicians around and artists . There´s also a wealth of community projects happening such as ajudas (communal work days), transition town activities, environmental awareness, holistic living e.t.c. The village is in walking distance of our home (20 mins), with a small shop for basic provisions and a lovely open air cafe, where wifi is available. There is also a river beach and a small community venue.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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











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