Eco-farm and land restoration project in Monsanto, Portugal



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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    This piece of land is an old Portuguese farm that we are gradually restoring and turning into a retreat, a healing space, both the land itself and for the people doing it. We want to build, farm, and be self-sufficient. We want to learn from the work we do and hopefully from you and your experiences. It is a labor of love, we are not trying to make a profit, just live a healthy and happy life in a quiet and peaceful place with lots of sun and clean air and clean free water.

    The land is varied in topography and has diverse vegetation. The olive orchard has some really old trees. There are also remnants of a vineyard, orange and fig trees in need of pruning. There are beautiful terraces with dry-stone-walls up to two meters, overgrown with ferns, brambles, young oaks and wild fruit trees. Old agricultural wells dot the land, and a mixed forest of mostly oak, pine, mimosa and eucalyptus stretches over about a third of the land. The land consists of a valley and two ridges. The valley collects enough water to form a small stream in the winter and early spring.

    The many granite boulders and rock outcrops make this land unsuitable for large-scale farming, but ideal for the creation of many small growing plots with microclimates, sun traps, as well as relaxation zones, tree houses and many other cool projects.

    Over time we’d like this to be a permaculture experiment with a thriving orchard and vegetable garden, medicinal herbs, greenhouses, cisterns, irrigation systems, bees, animals and more. Habitation for friends, family, guests, and volunteers will include renovated stone-buildings, treehouses, and other structures.

    There are many other projects we’ll get going, hopefully also with your involvement and ideas. In the next year or two we will build infrastructure, keep restoring the orchard, clear/clean/thin parts of the forest, and plant more trees, as well as work on buildings and land projects.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Sonstige Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Sprachen praktizieren

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is loads to learn and explore, both about what we're doing on the land, and also in the nearby villages, with and among the Portuguese and other expats and Aussteiger. In the last years a very nice community of people formed in the area supporting and inspirineach other.

  • Help


    We have a wide range of activities and types of help here, including planting, gardening, clearing, landscaping, trail-building and maintenance, irrigation projects, pruning olive and fruit trees, chopping firewood, cooking together, and exchanging ideas and stories. We are also planning on building a greenhouse and treehouses and other chill areas. The land is so varied and diverse, with so much different vegetation, the possibilities are endless.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, (some) French, (some) Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    Caravan and Tents.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are some lovely, quaint old villages nearby. Also some lakes and rivers for swimming and fishing. Backroads with amazing views over the rolling hills and old roman bridges and ruins. Spain is only 30 minutes away. Boom festival grounds are very close by as well.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Bee feasting on Rosmarinho (lavender in Portuguese)
Goat whispers... lol :D
Winter light beaming across the land, refracting in the frost-glazed grapevines
There is always time for the hammock, esp with a nice cup of coffee just after sunrise :)
Nearby village of Monsanto, at sunrise, as seen from the trail that leads up to the old castle
Taking a break from olive pruning

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