This is a 75 acres off grid project, inspired by permaculture design, located in Portugal in South West Alentejo, between the beautiful natural park of Costa Vincentine and the Monchique Mountains.
We are at the early stages of building and revitalizing the land through soil, water and plant management.
We are aiming for food self sufficiency with natural growing practices based on vegan/vegetarian principles and we are putting together a viable economical structure.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
If you want to experience off grid living,
if you enjoy "glamping" in quiet country side,
if a plant based diet suits you,
if you want to learn more about natural building,
if you like the blue Portuguese sky...
This might be your workaway destination!
All help is welcome, carpentry skills are a plus. No smokers, no drugs.
The helpers will work with us on harvesting, improving and maintaining the vegetable garden, clearing tracks, planting aquatics in natural ponds/dams, starting a forest garden, earthworks (swales, terraces...), participating in natural building projects (cob oven, plastering, vermicompost toilet,greenhouse dome, restoring taipa ruin, some carpentry...)
Execution time frame of each projects is unpredictable,so it is not always possible to precise in advance what the helping hands would be needed for!
Please bring your own work gloves. Thank You
In exchange for your appreciated help, we offer food and accommodation.
You will sleep in a yurt (which has a green reciprocal roof above it that keeps it cool during the summer months) or, depending of the number of guests, in a comfy bell tent (5m diameter cotton tent with mosquito screening all around).
A well stocked ( vegetarian) kitchen is accessible for you to prepare your own meals.
There is a satellite dish that makes Internet freely available at certain times in certain areas of the land.
The closest village is Luzianes-Gare and is only a few km away. Two bikes are at your disposition to explore the area.
Beaches are 40 minutes away by car. There is a limited bus service from and to Luzianes.
Nearby neighbours are offering sailing experience (excursions and classes) on the Santa Clara barragem.
At arrival and departure, we will pick you up/ drive back in/to Odemira or at the Saboia-Santa Clara train station.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have good wifi acces in and around the yurt , which is the common area or your private area if you are the only workawayer at that time.You can really set up a little working space in the yurt or next to it on the summer patio.
Any size campervan or motorhome is welcome on Monte Selao. You can safely park them near the little bridge that brings you to the yurt, kitchen and bathroom area. So you can benefit from the wifi coverage and make it your personal extension if you are staying in the yurt!!!
Coming with friendly dogs should be fine. Two big dogs are living here : Luuz and Ancho. Luuz is nearly 4 and has been in contat with a few other dogs without any problem, once she has been introduced to them; Ancho just turned 1, and does not know many other dogs than luuz. But I suppose he would be fine too to run and play with a new 4 legged friend! I would not try to come with cats or other pets...
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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