Co-create a magical, conscious place at our wonderful little farm near Vila do Mato, Portugal

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    I am Pierre-Emmanuel and this project has been in my mind since I was 15 years old. It took about thirty years for the dream to become reality. The goal was nature, nature and nothing but nature.

    We are gradually settling on a 4 hectare plot of land in the middle of nature.
    The space is spread out in different terraces that go down to the Mondego river. We are located near the village of Vila do Mato, off the grid and completely autonomous in water and electricity. A spring provides us with drinking water and several wells ensure the reserves for the irrigation of future crops. The Seia River also flows below the property and offers a beautiful waterfall just a few minutes walk away. The beach and a cove for swimming are also nearby.
    The farm has three access roads via relatively chaotic tracks. It is possible to get to our house with a normal vehicle, but it can be a bit intense if you are not used to it.

    Our project is to set up a retreat centre to reconnect with our deepest nature through body practices (Yoga, Qi Gong, earth work...), spiritual and energetic practices (meditation, pranayama, shamanism...) and the magic of group work. The setting and the space of the place contribute to the return to oneself and to simplicity.

    We already have a good base with several renovated buildings, dry toilets, a nice bathroom for Workawayers, wifi, pure water, solar energy and nice accommodation spaces.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    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

    We are in an ideal place to practice yoga, meditation, qi gong, the Wim Hoff method, musical evenings around the fire...
    You are welcome to join these activities, to which we devote one hour a day.
    We are of course open to share with you the knowledge we have already acquired along the way.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are expecting 5 hours of help per day, 5 days a week

    In general, we are looking for help with gardening, grounds maintenance, ongoing construction, seasonal tasks (harvesting olives, pruning trees and vines, helping in the vegetable garden...), developing a playground, helping with the children and the house.

    Please take in consideration that farming includes physical hard tasks. So you should be prepared to work as hard as we do. If you have any reservation about intense physical work, this project is probably not for you.
    If you have any interest to put your creativity at the service of growing things, and if you are enthousiastic, we look forward to hear from your inspiration.

    Our place is drug free and if you are smoker, we will ask you to always smoke cigarets at specific spots and to be very careful with the risk of fire.

    (Please note: you will need to have your own travel and health insurance as we do not provide this)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Depending on how many persons are already there, this can be either in rooms or in tents.
    You have a bathroom with a shower and hot water.
    The 3 meals offered each day are taken together and are also prepared together.
    There are no snacks between meals.
    The dishes as well as the rest of the daily tasks are done together.
    The helping hours are fixed and start after the morning practices, which you can join, and the breakfast.

    The meals are healthy and balanced. Most of the products used are organic. We cannot prepare meals for special diets (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.). As long as this does not represent additional work or costs, we can make some slight adaptations.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time, it is possible to go for a swim in the Mondego River. You can go for a nice walk in the surroundings. It is also possible to rent a bicycle to visit an incredible megalithic site a few kilometres from the farm... or simply to discover the surroundings.

    If there is a course during your stay, you can also join in some activities in your free time (yoga classes, massages, Qi Gong...)

    It is possible to access the property with a vehicle. Several parking options are available. It is also possible to arrive via the railway station of Carregal do Sal (or by bus) where we can pick you up.

    We are about 20 minutes from Carregal do Sal, 30 minutes from Tabua and 10 minutes from Vila do Mato.

  • 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

    Wifi connection via sim card router. Good stability and good speed. Suitable for video conferencing.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    It is possible to park a van or other type of vehicle close to the house. There is a car park a few metres from the house, but access is not easy. Another parking place is possible along the river. It is a 2 minute walk from the house.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Animals are welcome if they are well behaved. For example, a dog that barks all the time is not welcome. The excrement of your animals should not be seen on the places where we live or pass.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Host ref number: 543859996991

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