We need help at our piece of paradise in Paredes de Coura, 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 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    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!

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Polish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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!

    Social interaction
    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!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    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). ;)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is a small parking area on the edge of the forest specifically for (medium-sized) campers or cars.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept well-behaved dogs who are non-aggressive towards humans, dogs and cats and who don't bark much at night.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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Host ref number: 731699599539