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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 steep 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 seaside garden. My writing and living space in Faja Grande is also home to creative workshops (myself I offer two Creative Writing events per year and I am open for other artists and their workshops too) and cultural events – readings, concerts, exhibitions, etc., for more than two years a monthly (every first sunday) Jamsession with local musicans & guests takes place – and it shall become a meeting-place and a refuge (with studios and camping-possibilities) for artists and travellers on Europe's most western island.
So many things happen here already in my writing and living space on this magical island in the middle of the Atlantic – and you can be part of the story!!!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
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. There is always help needed in the garden: Cleaning, planting, weeding, harvesting. Also landscaping: Build little walls, plattforms and wooden constructions to structure some hills and the borders of my land. Also building small greenhouses and coldframes for growing and having fresh vegetable during the whole year is a project for 2020. Eating well is always a big thing here so it is very nice to have someone creative in the kitchen. Creative and practical help is also needed to tell the story (fotos, films, social-media, etc.) create PR and a kind of Marketing for the place. It would be great too (but it is not a must!) if you are a creative person yourself, maybe play an instrument to join the monthly jamsessions, or write, paint, dance, make music, fotos, films, what ever...
I have tents for guests (a one/two person tent and a big pyramid-tent/tipi for two/three persons) situated in the garden with seaview and privacy. Optional you can also bring your own tent. There is a (dry) toilet, a (mostly hot) shower, a small but well equipped kitchen and a comfortable "Espaco Criativo". Myself I live in a little studio on the land. There is electricity (solar), water too and internet-access. Meals are offered – during the summer with a lot of fresh stuff from the garden. Dinners come with great sunsets!
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
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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