We want to demonstrate a way of intentional living in and with nature, in a forest, that is healing both for human and ecological communities. To create a rural co-housing, based on eco-construction, with both private houses as well as collective facilities, inside a beautiful diverse forest managed through agroecological practices. We want to show that an alternative to the stress, the pollution, and the noise of the city life is possible, comfortable, and affordable. And that there's a lot to gain in reducing consumption when the right choices are made!
We are currently with two; Mathijs (NL), systems thinker, and my partner, Susana (PL) who is mainly occupied with creating permaculture gardens on the land and steering towards self-sufficiency. There is an enormous amount of work ahead of us, but experiencing the beauty of a learning process gives us a sense of wholeness.
Apart from that, we aspire to be a nucleus for the (young but) budding local community through mutual sharing, exchange and cultural events.
We live on a gorgeous 1,5 ha of woodland in Silverto, Rubiães, Paredes de Coura where we are renovating an old farmhouse, tending our gardens and managing the transition of a naturally regenerated woodland towards a highly diverse food forest.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You can stay for free in our forest paradise! Really, we are not exaggerating, this place is gorgeous, green, lush and
perfectly peaceful. You will be able to calm down, relax, work and/or regenerate.
We'll happily hook you up with the local community, there are quite a few energetic and kind English-speaking neighbours around with a more ecological mindset.
We can also share our big collection of books&music from around the world!
We need some help on the farm, including watering, weeding and tending to our gardens, cutting firewood, assisting with building small constructions in the forest, etc.
If that works for both sides, you can stay longer (no maximum). We would like to create a small proto-community, taking care of each other and the land together. We want to be able to learn from one another and grow as vulnerable, sensitive humans. We dream of a community that gives energy, inspires, but also becomes a healing space.
You are welcome to camp in the forest or to stay in our caravan. There is a solar power and water from the tank. Compost toilet&forest shower. We share the kitchen in the main house, but there is a little kitchen in the caravan as well.
Preference of tasks
Please let us know what specifically attracts you to this project! We want to make you feel valuable and useful, and we also want to get to know you a bit before you'll come!
Like you, we are vulnerable human beings, and we like it that way. But we can only be vulnerable if we feel safe. Within a collective, this implies that our preferences are acknowledged, recognised, and that our essential needs, what we cannot do without, are met. Knowing and communicating needs and preferences is difficult, but not having our needs met, violates our personal limits and makes real intimacy impossible.
If it is obvious for you to adapt your behaviour to those you choose to live around, if they do the same, you are welcome here!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We've got fibre in our house, our guest caravan has an off grid solar system and there's excellent 4G reception anywhere on the land. We're working on extended wireless coverage throughout the forest (FttF, Fibre to the Forest). ;)
There is a small parking area on the edge of the forest specifically for (medium-sized) campers or cars.
We accept well-behaved dogs who are non-aggressive towards humans, dogs and cats and who don't bark much at night.
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