Help building a sustainable life in nature in the lustrous countryside of Northern Portugal




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  • Description


    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. 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.

    During the winter, particularly around the holidays, we are looking for cat sitters for our two lovely cats, Freddy and Mina, so we can travel and/or visit friends and family.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    There is much to be done in our forest land and the farm house. We'll need many hands cutting and mulching dead branches in the forest, construction/carpentry, organising spaces as well as regular household tasks (cooking, cleaning, cat care). Lastly, we really can't live without music and art - tell us what you have to share!

    During the winter months, we would like to occasionally leave the house, to visit friends in the city for weekends and/or to visit family for the holidays. During this period, we would love to share the house with you and, while we are away, for you to take care of the cats.

    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!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, Portuguese (limited)

  • Accommodation


    You have the option to share our bedroom in the house with us (and potential other volunteers). Until the end of 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 fairly 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.

    If you intend to stay in the winter months (November-March); we are trying our best but cannot currently guarantee full thermal comfort. The house might get as cold as 12 degrees (C) - it all depends on how far we can get with construction during the coming months. Until the end of October this shouldn't be a problem though.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week: no food, 16-25 hours/week: (good!) food

The incredible view from our land in Silverto, Rubiães.
This is just one of the parts of our incredible forest.
Another part of our forest (we have about 7 terraces, all of them amazingly unique!)
Our very first Volunteer Weekend in Silverto, in May.
If you're good with wood, we'd love to have you! :)
Lush green: check!
Diego giving a tour in our forest.
Mathijs / Le Moi
Camping in our forest!
Our incredible forest in Silverto, Rubiães, Paredes de Coura!
Mr. Freddy Cuddlybutt (on the hunt!)

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