Join us in the forest of Alentejo, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 25 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Permaculture project with idea and space to create a eco-village.

    The quinta is located in Alto Alentejo 2 km from Portalegre. Fifteen hectares whit magical forests and a beautiful valley provided by seventeen sources and several mines with healthy water.
    At the moment I run the place again alone, my name is Michel I am a carpenter from Luxembourg, already had a little eco business running for 25 years on making furniture. In 2015 I did a permaculture curse in Vale da Lama (Portugal).
    The Projekt is now in the phase where I want to open it so that more people can live here. Because parts of the ruins are now ready for occupancy, I have space for people who want to stay longer, which can bring new and stronger dynamics throughout the year, not like before, when there was only a lot going on in the summer months.
    So far there is already some gardens and numerous species of plants, shrubs and trees on the place for local consumption. But since I have little energy and time for the garden, I am particularly happy when someone shows enthusiasm for the garden. I can impart a lot of knowledge here, but my focus is currently still on the buildings

    If you want to learn about carpentry or helping whit gardening you are welcome.
    In autumn my plan is so far, paving stone in front of the house and doing jobs in and outside the house
    to create a waste water treatment and building walls.
    Please bring:
    just biologic soap and cosmetics,...... and peaceful energy ;)

    And now to the initial project of building a small community project.
    When I bought this wonderful land in 2016 that was after my permaculture course. I knew because of the size of the project, there would be a lot of work that could not be done alone. And that there is space and development opportunities for more people here
    Now 7 years later this idea is still open and presenter then ever.
    But how do you find the people who suit you? Therefore this little appendix here .. Maybe after Covid there will be more movement in this direction.
    My idea of ​​how this can work together is that we agree on a few basic life goals. Byond that there is plenty of space for private life. More like a village life with community projects such as maintenance, gardens and animals.
    -Ecology: I would rather address people who share ecological values ​​without becoming too ideological (e.g. we now have a tractor and other small machines that make noise although we are convinced of the basic ideas of permaculture. At the beginning we were more uncompromising , I tried to get support from volunteer work, but I didn’t get the job done and besides, you cannot ask too much of the volunteer work, that comes very close to exploitation).

    - Digital: I find it difficult for me to enter texts behind a screen, that's why I am little present out there on the internet, it doesn't have to stay that way when the project gets bigger an people join this can be a dynamic place with a lot of exchange
    Hope the text here finds resonance and something emerges ...

    - Another perhaps important thing, from my experiences from shared flats and the volunteers who have already been here. We live in a world that is becoming more and more complex, there are so many big and small differences, due to our different experiences and ideas that we have about this world. This should be a place of exchange in many respects, crafts, art, music and philosophy.
    That means closed worldviews are alien to me. Viewfinders that evoke resonance in me I like them.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Here at 700 meters in a beautiful part of the national park with a large biodiversity, you will find healthy air and spring water, no intensive agriculture and no heavy industry in the area. Great to regenerate and to ground yourself.
    In addition, there is the beautiful town of Portalegre not far from us.
    Anyway, in summer we take life easy here in the Alentego when it gets really hot. We are close to beautiful lakes and waterfalls, where we often meet friends
    There are regularly parties with music and good food here or on friends places.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    The work involved in the project is very diverse. From the wilderness that prevailed here before I bought the land, I try to create a small self-sufficient farm with the knowledge of permaculture. In addition to everyday work, two to three priorities have emerged for this summer
    -To continue to work and restore parts of the house and a sewage treatment plant
    The help I suggest is 4 hours, 5 days a week. We start in the morning with a small meeting where everything can be planned and discussed. There are some the priorities, but I am open to creativity in the implementation and happy when people can bring in their knowledge.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    There are 2 rooms on the first floor of the large house that dates back to the 17th century. The rooms are 5 by 5 meters. Life like in the middle ages only with more comfort and sleeping options for 5 persons
    Now for more people how want to come, we set up in the warm season the new yurt on a platform in the oak trees that gives 2 more sleeping possibilities.
    and last but not least, there is already an existing platform with a tent and mattress for 2 people.

    I will be providing bedding and tents for the Workawayers, you dont need to bring you own tent.
    There is a communal kitchen with a common room in the big house, hot shower is also here.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 691734439963

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