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Small permaculture-farm with food forest and reforestation project, in Aljezur, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 28 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Some people wonder why I do the things I do.
    I wonder why they don't.

    Hello and bom dia!

    Thank you for visiting my profile.

    I’m Dirk, living in this wonderful part of South Portugal since a couple of years.

    In a previous life I worked as a photographer and in tourism. I traveled a lot, my favorite travel destinations so far are Morocco and India.
    I am interested in music, art, films, photography, philosophy, reading, meeting new people and discovering new countries and cultures. I'm curious and open-minded and I like to share experiences with people from all over the world! I love untouched nature, the sea, a child's laughter, forests, water, animals and... silence. I do meditation, yoga and massage, and introspection, reflection and personal growth are very important to me.

    I think it's high time to change our perverse economic system and to return to a simpler, more spiritual life. To slow and be close to nature and ourselves.

    I am a vegetarian, non-smoker, and speak German, French and English.

    A few years ago I settled on this beautiful little farm with a typical Portuguese rammed earth Taipa house and 4.5 hectares of beautiful land on the beautiful west coast of the Algarve, taking care of two dogs, a cat and some real free range chickens.
    The farm consists of an endemic forest (cork oak, arbutus and pine), an old orchard of fruit trees (tangerine, orange, olive, fig, apple, plum, pear, apricot, lemon, …), a food forest under construction, a vineyard, a small permaculture garden and some uncultivated areas.

    We are 10 minutes drive from Aljezur, a beautiful little village with all facilities (shops, restaurants, markets, laundries, internet, buses to Lisbon...) and 20 minutes from the most beautiful beaches in the region.

    I host for a minimum of two weeks and as long as is comfortable for you and me. Board and lodging in exchange for 25 hours of work per week.

    The farm is isolated and a small private project.
    If you come for tourism, surfing, meeting people, "fun" and partying or looking for a community, this is definitely not the place for you.
    If you want to immerse yourself in nature, learn about gardening, take care of land and animals, plant trees, if you love silence and time to yourself, then you've come to the right place.

    By the way, I prefer accommodating people who are genuinely interested in my project and I take the time to read my entire profile. So I invite you to put the word "Yuachuma" at the beginning of your request.

    I hope everything is clear and makes you want to live and work here for some time. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

    Obrigado, see you soon,

    Living intensely every moment...
    When walking, walk. When eating, eat. When reading, read.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    Since we somehow live together during your stay, there is plenty of time for exchange and sharing. And enough free time for everyone to have their own program or pursue their own interests.

  • Help


    I prefer to host people who have special knowledge of permaculture, natural building techniques (rammed earth building) or carpentry/wood construction.

    If you enjoy cooking, teaching yoga, giving massages, gardening, or taking care of animals, that's fine too.
    In fact there is a lot to do here, we will definitely find work for you - if you are really willing to work seriously and help develop the place.

    You should be open-minded, respectful and curious.

    Some examples of what to do next:
    - Installation of an irrigation system
    - Construction of a composting toilet
    - Construction of an outdoor shower
    - Construction of an outdoor kitchen
    - Construction of several pergolas around the main house
    - Build stone walls
    - Installation of tanks to collect rainwater from the roofs
    - Maintenance of the permaculture garden
    - Mulching, pruning, weeding
    - Swales construction
    - Harvesting

    And also all the normal things like feeding the animals, cleaning the chicken coop, walking the dogs, watering,...

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    I really would like (and have) to learn Portuguese… And it would not be bad to improve my English as well.

  • Accommodation


    You sleep in a comfortable bed, in a beautiful wooden house or in a private room in the main house. The wooden house and the room each have two beds, so there may be single or double cast. Depending on the period, I accommodate one to four workawayers.

    The surroundings are peaceful and the nights absolutely quiet.
    We have WiFi, but it's not very fast and stable. If you need to work remotely, it's definitely not good enough.
    You can use the washing machine and the bathroom with hot water.
    Usually we cook and eat together, vegetarian/vegan food only…

    And, very important, only biodegradable body care products please, as we have a plant-based sewage treatment plant.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    If you have your own mobile home or caravan, you are also welcome and can park on the property.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Around 25 hours a week…

Host ref number: 636573948791

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