Be part of our budding community in gorgeous Coura, Northern Portugal

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  • Last activity: 7 May 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    🌿 Welcome to our pioneering community project nestled in the tranquil woodlands near Paredes de Coura, Northern Portugal. Our vision is to forge a harmonious relationship with nature, grounded in regenerative practices, diversity, and collaborative growth. We are an aspiring community, drawing inspiration from co-housing principles to balance shared and private spaces.

    🏡 The journey of this place began with the restoration of a traditional stone farmhouse, laying the groundwork for a communal sanctuary dedicated to regenerative agroforestry and shared living. In its formative stages, we are expanding our network of local and regional enthusiasts who share our commitment to a lifestyle in harmony with nature.

    🌳 Our mission is to transform the land into a vibrant food forest, an embodiment of ecological regeneration. Each interaction with the land deepens our understanding of sustainable coexistence and the delicate dance of natural rhythms.

    🤝 We invite 2-3 people or households, aligned with our vision, to join us for a journey of exploration and growth. We welcome both long-term residents, ideally with a stable income and a readiness to deeply engage with our project, and mid-term volunteers, who can commit to a minimum stay of three weeks. Each person's contribution, whether for a few weeks or an extended period, is a vital thread in the tapestry of our communal narrative.

    🛖 For accommodation, we offer a guest caravan, campervan spaces, and our yurt. The yurt is available for volunteer stays when not rented and can be rented for stays exceeding 3 months. Participants contribute around 3 hours daily (5 days a week) to communal tasks, integrating into the rhythm of shared responsibilities and experiences.

    💫 Connect with our global community on our public Telegram channel to share in our story, visit our evolving haven, and find your path of engagement here.

    🔗 Reach out to discover more about our ethos, our journey thus far, and how you can be a part of shaping the future of this place

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    We believe that learning to live together harmoniously is an essential and enriching journey. This process involves mastering the arts of communication, care, and setting healthy boundaries. Our community is a living laboratory where we explore these interpersonal dynamics, recognising that in an ever-changing world, reliance on collective wisdom and mutual support is vital for well-being.

    Mathijs, with his background in physics, informatics, and a broad spectrum of interests ranging from technology, economy, and cosmology to deep ecology and community dynamics, is eager to share knowledge and experiences. Plus, we embrace a wide array of skills and insights from our extended network of friends, volunteers, and local collaborators. Our community thrives on a diverse exchange of ideas, from practical skills in sustainable living and agroforestry to philosophical discussions on consciousness and societal structures.

  • Help

    Help

    Ongoing tasks
    - Preparing for our yearly Spring Party, this year on the 11th of May! 🎉🍾🦌
    - Join our dedicated forest managers 1-2 days/week, working on the land. 🧑‍🌾💪🏽
    - Pruning, chipping wood, preparing firewood. 🪵🪓
    - Clearing weeds. 🍀🌾🌱
    - Pointing our newly build walls with lime mortar. 🛠️
    - Finish existing tree inventory. 🌳🗺️📍
    - Watering our trees, plants and gardens. 💦🌱
    - Feeding and petting our two cats while owners are traveling. 🐈🐈‍⬛

    Overall
    We are inviting you to join us in the process, we are looking for individuals and couples to join us to form a temporary/prototype community. We prefer it if you stay longer (3-12 weeks), are autonomous, respect yourself and others and communicate your needs and limits clearly.

    We expect you to help maintain your and our space clean and comfortable, share in common household tasks (cleaning, cooking, shopping, animal care). As a matter of fact, this is the only absolutely required work. Anything additional is fully optional. As such, we will not offer you food and we propose to equally share living expenses - or you can buy and prepare your own food if you please (there's a kitchenette available both in the caravan and the yurt).

    There is always a lot to be done (tree planting, forest maintenance, various construction works, coordination, household and animal care) and you are free to choose what to get involved in. If you stay longer, you could even develop some projects of your own.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We offer (pending availability):
    - Staying in our yurt in the middle of the forest (available until the end of May);
    - Camping in your own or a tent provided by us anywhere in the forest.
    - Staying in our guest caravan (we'll be installing a Diesel heater, together);
    - A dedicated spot for your car or small (camper)van, with water, electricity and fibre internet;

    Our (nearly fully) renovated house features a common living room/kitchen and a comfy bathroom with toilet and shower. In the forest there's a solar shower which is truly idyllic and our dry toilet through which you'll help us feed baby trees some years from now!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We embrace the beauty and challenges of being vulnerable human beings. In our community, vulnerability is cherished, and safety is paramount. This means recognizing and respecting each other's preferences and essential needs. We understand that clear communication and respecting personal boundaries are crucial for nurturing real intimacy and trust within our collective.

    We welcome those who naturally resonate with this ethos—individuals who intuitively adapt their behavior to those around them and expect the same consideration in return. This mutual understanding and adaptability are the cornerstones of our harmonious living.

    ~~~ To ensure you've read our profile, please start your message with the word banana. This small gesture means a lot to us in selecting like-minded individuals for our community. Thank you! ~~~

  • 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 excellent fibre (full wifi coverage) basically everywhere on the land.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is a dedicated parking area with wifi, water and electricity available for cars and small/medium-sized (camper)vans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can receive guests with *well behaved* dogs, chickens, donkeys, horses and ostriches. 😜 We are not able to accommodate cats 😿, beyond our own.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    ~12h/week

Host ref number: 731699599539

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