Organic garden with meditation and tantra and stunning sea view on the hillside of Algarve, Portugal



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  • Description


    We are a couple in our fifties, who came here in 2012, rather on the quiet spiritual side than partying.
    Our vision is to create a garden paradise and lead the land back to its natural state by replacing the eucalyptus monoculture with fruit trees.
    We run organic vegetable farming, cuddly chickens, solar system, photovoltaic, regenerative heating, biological water system with mountain spring water.
    CURRENT SITUATION: We will start the next run in May. Mostly construction tasks (build kitchen and bathroom for workawayers, sewerage system), some light forest maintenance and gardening with Ines. So this time we are offering hosting for one couple and two men.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers definitely will see what it means, to put a sustainable way of living into practice.

    When I work in the forest in midst of nature alls this stillness, oxygen and sunlight and breathtaking view to the sea, I feel profoundly being part of nature and creation itself. Time flows and stays still at the same time. For me, making this piece of land a better place is pure bliss, the pinnacle of how good life can be at all.

    The volunteers feedback describes it better than I could: "Occasionally we would get together in the hot pool and have discussions or simply sit in silence as the sun set and the stars began to appear coupled with the amazing view of the city at night. Not something I'm going to forget.... A quiet place where your soul and spirit can rest or heal and wonderful people whose spirits shine bright made this an amazing experience."

    The monchique picota mountain slope is a sacred place, which offers extraordinary stillness, so if you are on a spiritual path you will get the most of your stay. Yoga is available in the buddhist monastery in walking distance.
    You are invited to join our guided meditation like Quantum Light Vipassana, Karunesh Heart Chakra and others.

    We live tantra in our daily practice and have experience in teaching it, so if you are interested, we might invite you to some tantric meditations or rituals.

    If you get along with other workawayers, consider yourself as curious, easy-going, hard-working and reliable: welcome to our paradise - we are a strong team and there is always a good laugh.
    If you focus on urban lifestyle, hostel atmosphere, diving, surfing and party, you might find places that suit you better.

  • Help


    The tasks on the hillside are physically very demanding.

    Johannes does the forest. With Johannes you will have a good workout.
    He offers
    - cutting trees and moving them out of the forest. Access streets are close and trees are small. Still hard work.
    - making fire to burn branches (much fun)
    - cutting and preparing firewood
    - building paths and stairs in the land
    - building cabins for workawayers
    - concrete, brick and stone construction, roofing, plumbing, electric
    We have a tractor which makes work much easier.
    He is the chicken-dad, so cleaning the stable is also on his list.

    Ines does the work on the organic terraces. She offers
    - gardening in the vegetable terraces
    - removal of weed
    - install irrigation systems
    - help in the house
    - replace eukalyptus with fruit trees on terraces

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    The volunteers share the guest apartment of the main building. It has a hot shower and floor heating and is very cozy in the winter. Since it is part of our private house, we ask you to keep it tidy.

    The kitchen has cooker and refrigerator, so you can do your meals as you like. We provide food. Usually we visit the local organic farmers market once a week. Alcohol, body lotion and sun creme is not considered being food.

    There is one curtain-separated room with a double-bed for couples and the other room has a bunk bed, so we can host up to four people.
    We are hosts for years now, experience has shown, that many workawayers enjoy being together with others, so we try to arrange more than one party being there at a time. Sometimes it can get packed, especially when we rescue people out of tents in winter, sometimes you might be the only one with us.

    There is a patio with hammock and table for outside eating.

    UMTS coverage is good, so with your smart phone you will have internet access.
    No smoking in the building, no drugs, no pets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is great hiking and the famous Via Algarviana runs directly through our land. If you love beautiful calm sunsets with nightingales, this is the right place.

    With a car the south coast is 25 minutes, the west coast 40 minutes away.

    Public transport is available at Caldas de Monchique bus station, which is about 5 km from our place.
    This is the spot where we pick you up and bring you back to.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Average 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 689855325456