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My name is Rainer and I am a well-known german writer of novels, travel-literature and short stories. The first time I came to Flores was 2003 as a travel-writer doing some stories for several newspapers and magazines about the Azores. This island is magic and very special and I felt in love with it in the moment I saw its step cliffs and lush green emerging from the horizon. It was in summer and I came on one of the regular ferries between the Acores islands. My first impression was: This looks like the Marquesas and I thought wow! a South Pacific Island in Europa (even on it's most western edge). I stayed seven weeks on Flores and when I left the island I knew that I would come back soon.
Which I did: Some years later I made Flores to my writing-place. I spent many winters on the west-coast of the island in Faja Grande, doing "cat-sitting" and writing my novels. This island is perfect for writing! It's perfect for making every kind of art – for being creative.
Since 2016 I am a resident on the island. In Faja Grande I bought a huge piece of land, which builds up behind the village – divided into a couple of terraces – like an ocean wave with stunning views over the Atlantic and to the steep cliffs with its lush green and the many waterfalls – the complete grande panorama of the most western village of Europe, Faja Grande.
Within the next years this place will become more and more a beautiful garden. My writing and living space in Faja Grande is a place for creative workshops (I do already creative writing workshops here) und cultural events (readings, concerts, exhibition, etc. – since two years we have already a monthly Jamsession with local musicans & guests) too and it shall become a meeting-place and a refugium – with two or three studios and camping-possibilities – for artists and travellers on Europe's most western island.
You see, many things happen here already and on this magical little island in the middle of the Atlantic – and you can be part of the story!!!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
This is a place to be creative. A place to "ground" yourself in a way, a place for well-being and one to be and to live in the moment – what we should do all the time, don't we!? As I am a well-known artist myself – writer and journalist, I also make fotos and play music –, there can be an interesting exchange between us – especially if you work, just got started or want to work as an artist yourself. If a have one of my Hike & Write Tours or a Creative Writing afternoon you can join if you want. You can join the cultural events too and meet other creative and interesting people – from the island or visitors.
I look for people who want to be part of the story of this place. At the moment there is a lot of help needed in the garden to do, some little things to build, also creative and practical help is always needed to tell the story (fotos, films, social-media, etc.) and create PR and a kind of Marketing for it. It would be great too (but it is not a must!) if you are a creative person too, maybe play an instrument to join the monthly jamsessions, or write, paint, dance, make music, fotos, films, what ever...
German, English, French (little), Portuguese (mais ou menos)
I have a tent for guests (one or two persons) situated on a little terrace with seaview and privacy. Optional you can also bring your own tent. There is – at the moment – a (dry) toilet, a (sometimes hot) shower, an outside-kitchen and a very comfortable "Espaco Criativo". Myself I live in a Tipi. There is electricity (solar), water too and internet-access. Meals are offered – during the summer with a lot of fresh stuff from the garden.
Faja Grande is located on the wild and stunning west coast of Flores and it is of course – you will know it already – the place to be on this island!! :-) The village (about 100 people) has two shops, some restaurants, some houses to rent out for tourists (not so many), one or two guesthouses and no hotel (yet). From here you can do great hiking. You can take a swim in the ocean or in the pools of waterfalls. There are buses (not many) which bring you to Santa Cruz (the main town of Flores where the airport is) and Lajes (there is the harbour & some good supermarkets too). Faja Grande has a nice camping-ground (free of charge!) too with hot showers. In Faja Grande and around the island are some other places who have helpers and volonteers too. We all know each other and have contact – Flores has a very lively communitiy with locals & expats...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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