Help me around a beach farm in Figueira da Foz, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 26 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi I have retired and bought a small farm of 6000sqm near the beach at Figueira da Foz Portugal, I am a yoga teacher, a builder, architect, farmer, and cook. I was born in New Zealand, lived most of my life in Australia, and have a house and apartment in Phuket Thailand for the winters. The farm is 3 klms from the river, city and 4 klms to the beach, there is surfing as well as calm waters for swimming, and lots of river and beach side walks and cycling paths. Fig da Foz is easily accessible by train and bus, and is half way approx between Lisbon and Porto. We have 7 bicycles you can use to explore the area, or you can walk to the local cafe or the bowling alley. The farm is quiet and fairly private for being so close to everything, there are sheds to develop with potential for a fireplace, pizza and bread oven and hammocks under the trees. There is the main house and two, two bed units. fruit trees and a well. As we are in drought here and water is life, we will need to practice water conservation, and sharing and developing ideas of sustainability are very welcome. My passion in life is yoga/meditation/zen practice and understanding and is the main focus of daily living.
    If anyone was interesrted in a yoga intensive and happy to commit to it, we can do that, mantra, kirtain, awareness etc
    We are understandably full around the holidays and you will need to be able to share a space with others. As we are just developing the place, understandably there are a lot of projects, and work to do, to make the place fully utilized and all it can be, so help setting it all up would be great. We can collect you from the train/buss station in Figueira da Foz.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    You can learn yoga and meditation as well as tai chi and relaxation practices, I can help you with your english language speaking and writing skills, or you could learn some simple Thai phrases. As I am a builder and an architect, you can learn some practical skills while helping with some projects, also there is the gardening skills to learn as well as easy, healthy cooking. If you are interested in Australia or New Zealand I can give you some practical tips.
    If anyone is interested in a yoga intensive, and haappy to commit to it, mantra, kirtain, awareness etc we can do that

  • Help


    I would appreciate some help with many projects, such as improving the facilities, some building and painting, building maintainence and refurbishing a 100 yr old house, as well as help with the garden, and some fire wood.
    Cultural exchange is also important as I am interested to learn and share some yoga/meditation/zen, and philosophy and artistic pursuits. If you have online skills you could help with an online yoga project. I want to make the sheds into a workshop and an outside living, recreation area, build a fire pit and a pizza oven and some landscaping.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner
    Thai: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Would like to learn Portuguese and French, and am interested in learning a little of all languages, as I winter in Thailand am learning a little Thai also.

  • Accommodation


    There are choices of accommodation, The 2 bed units are private with their own facilities, bathroom kitchen, living room, the main house has 3 bedrooms, there is heaps of outside space under the trees for camping , if you like that.
    I will cook the evening meal, which we will share, mainly Indian, Thai and fusion food.
    Lunch is usually salad bread, omelet, humus, curry left overs. Breakfast is special porridge, yogurt and fruit , and I make a great chai tea.
    We provide pillows , sheets, and towels, if u could bring a light covering would be handy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Figueira da Foz has of course the beaches and the river, the main beach is the biggest urban beach in Europe, across the river are other beaches stretching off into the distance, the city of about 60,000 people has everything you need, there is even a casino, and heaps of great eating and drinking places. There is a marina and a great music venue in an old stone fort with water views, there are numerous cafe's along the beachfront. Klms of wooden walkways around the beaches and a huge groin out into the ocean at the mouth of the river. The train/bus goes to Porto and Lisbon, daily and Coimbra, the ancient capital of Portugal, many times a day, Porto or Lisbon are 2 hours away, Up the river there are rice farms, mountains and vast forests, if you like mountain biking there are many forest trails.
    I can collect you from the train , bus station, 3klm from the house

  • 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

    I can provide a mobile hotspot internet for those who dont have their own

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    any size of van is hostable depending on how wet the weather is

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    there are lots of birds here so any pets would have to be contained

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 624866145488

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