We want to demonstrate a way of intentional living in and with nature, in a forest, that is healing both for human as well as 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 practises. 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; myself, systems thinker, and Diego, next-level forest designer, who spends part of his time managing his first food forest near his home in Santiago. Apart from that, we are working with brilliant professionals to make this happen: communication and subsidy experts, forest designers, translators, architects and natural builders. When we work, we hurry calmly, following nature's pace but never standing still.
We have just bought a gorgeous 1,5 ha forest land with farmhouse in Silverto, Rubiães, Paredes de Coura where we are working on the land and the house. We have a great number of tasks to be done, employing both hands and minds: forest work, organising, cooking/cleaning, small construction etc.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We can offer you incredible natural surroundings, quiet, peace and interesting conversation on a variety of topics, good (mostly vegetarian, though rarely vegan) food, walks in nature and many lessons on nature, ecology, sustainability, physics (systems theory, complexity, quantum physics), mathematics, programming, (web)design, forests, yoga, consciousness, art, photography and undoubtedly other things. We might also take you on occasionally trips to the nearby national park, the Roman hot springs in Galicia, Porto or (Diego's farm near) Santiago de Compostela.
We'll also happily share things about the Dutch, the Portuguese, the Galician or the Spanish culture or to exchange wonderful music and travel stories from around the world. Lastly, we've been building quite a book collection relevant to our interests and research leading up to our project, which you are welcome to indulge in.
Until spring there's mostly some 'simple' jobs to do:
- Cooking, cleaning, keeping the fire going
- Moving large amounts of dirt around
- Getting firewood from the forest, splitting and storing it
- (Possibly) helping with general (de)construction works
- Occasional house- and cat-sitting while we're visiting friends
Lastly, we really can't live without creativity, music and art - tell us what you have to share!
We'll give you our best and hope that you'll do the same. In any case, we consider celebration to be part of the work. It's ok to have fun, to relax (during or) after a day of hard work, to find comfort in one another, or in one's self or to *️️️️️️️shake it*️️️️️️️ (whatever *️️️️️️️it*️️️️️️️ is) to some funky beats under the full moon!
English, Dutch, Portuguese (limited)
Our house is a traditional Northern-Portuguese stone farm house with (currently) 2 inhabitable rooms. You can sleep on our guest mattress in the (well heated) living room or you could stay in the bedroom in one of the beds. You might share the room with one of us and/or other volunteers. From May until October it's also possible (and recommended!) to camp in the forest, we can provide a tent, mattress and sleeping bag or you can bring your own.
We have a well-equipped kitchen, wifi and a nice warm shower. Most of the food is organic, local and vegetarian-friendly - we generally don't prepare meat. Vegans (who do not suffer a resulting sense of moral superiority) are welcome too, but we might not be able to accommodate your diet at all times.
Our friendly antique stove, Calcifer, tries it's best to keep us warm during winter. It eats lots of wood, as the house lacks any form of insulation. Yet, due to the nature of the warmt, even at 16 degrees (Celcius) the house gets comfortable enough to live in (for now).
If you intend to help out, please let me know what (type of) tasks you'd like to do and 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!
If you have any particular dietary habits (i.e. low-carb, vegan or allergies) please suggest how we might accommodate you without disrupting the eating and cooking habits of the house (mostly vegetarian with an occasional sausage or cheese).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
15 hours/week: no food, 16-25 hours/week: (good!) food
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