Great mix of learning, (garden & construction) and experiencing family and community life in Portugal



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    We are a family of four, creating a beautiful and conscious space - for us to live and for others to learn. About permaculture gardening, natural building with wood and clay, and "community life" beyond the hippy cliché...
    Soon we want to expand our land and invite other people and especially families to join our project.

    Our goal is living together in trust and honesty, supporting eachother, enjoying life and getting sh×t done at the same time. 😉

    We are Maja (37, German-Polish), Patricio (43, German-Cap Verdian) and our two kids, a girl (7) and a boy (10).
    We all speak German, Portuguese and English (the kids are learning)

    We have a little HOUSE (3 rooms) with 0,7 hectar of land around it, on which are also 2 CAMPERVANS and a YURT.
    There are 5 GARDENS we created during the last year, a couch and a hammock lounge, three big trees that provide shade and we planted more than another 70 trees.

    We are currently finishing two clay buildings and are harvesting / improving our gardens with small structures...
    and generally making the place more cozy and beautiful.

    Maja and Patricio run a mobile massage business in Berlin, Patricio is also an actor in theater, film and television.
    We spent quite some time in the 40-year old-community „Tamera“ nearby and participated in various courses.

    We are interested in the subjects of Free Love, Radical Honesty, Non Violent Communication, The Work and other tools for communication, self exploration and community-building.
    We've both been facilitating men / women circles.

    We wish for SUPPORT with the following tasks:
    --- maintenance and harvesting of the permaculture GARDENS
    --- COOKING and HOUSEHOLD stuff
    --- BUILDING wood and clay constructions
    --- setting up a CROWDFUNDING page for our project

    (optional: DOING FUN STUFF with our kids)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Come and benefit from / learn about the following topics:

    --- PERMACULTURE GARDENing and CLAY works with special tips and tricks
    ---how to make amazing KOMBUCHA
    --- COMMUNICATING openly and directly
    ---basic LIFE COACHING (on request only)
    ---MASSAGE training (we are both quite experienced)
    --- PORTUGUESE for beginners ;)

  • Help


    We usually host 2-3 workawayers at a time.

    We are looking for people who
    - are willing to stay for AT LEAST A MONTH (after some "getting-to-know-eachother-days" we will know if we all feel good togethe
    - honor their SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
    -are thoughtful & honest,
    - like being together and also can be independent,
    - are somewhat reflected and open to learn more about open communication and getting along in a group
    - are willing to SOMETIMES do tasks on their own after a good instruction

    - extra points if you love cooking 😋

    Usually you will perform your tasks with one of us but you can also have your own project (depending on your skills or what you want to practice / learn)

    At the moment are looking for HELP with the following tasks:
    ---permaculture GARDENING
    ---COOKING & household
    ---CLAY and WOOD constructions
    --- setting up a CROWDFUNDING page for our project

    It would be great if you
    - are a bit flexible with the working schedule, like working a full day some times to have an extra whole free day to spend at the beach or lake or to start in the morning (8-11am) and take a trip to swim during noon and then again in the evening (6-8pm)
    - communicate honestly and directly, also about limits, wishes and needs
    -have a sincere respect for mother nature

    -we prefer to do the chores in a GOOD MOOD & still getting things done
    -we would like 5 helping days per week & we still love to stay flexible
    -your support in exchange for tasty, vegetarian or vegan meals and accommodation (if needed)
    -everyone treats nature, the infrastructure, the tools, the others and themselves with CARE

    - Monday through Friday we have a quick check-in and work-briefing in the morning
    - We have lunch together around 1pm and dinner around 7pm.
    - we are open to meet after dinner, to share how the day was and to connect with each other
    - if something bothers you or YOU FIND YOURSELF in a bad mood, COMMUNICATE honestly and DIRECTLY
      to at least one of us, so we can help to resolve things or at least know what's up

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    Polish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You can either come with your own TENT, CAR or HAMMOCK.

    There is also a CAMPERVAN for up to two people available and from end of September to beginning of November a BEAUTIFUL YURT.

    NOTE: the internet situation here will improve by mid September... so far you can use mobile data on specific areas on the land...

    We can also LEND YOU a tent including mattresses and sleeping bag and so on.
    We have a well equipped outdoor-kitchen, outdoor-shower and a compost loo (from September on).
    It`s all only working well, if WE ALL take good care of it.
    We eat mostly vegan, even we are "flexi-terians" and are open to raw-, vegetarien, sunlight-eaters.

    You wish to eat meat sometimes?
    Maybe the kids will join you
    & we know where to get "regional" meat.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Possibilitys to be mobile:
    -- hiking
    -- borrow our bikes (2 availible) to explore the beautiful nature around
    -- come with us to the markets, to the beaches, ... let`s see, what we all wanna do!

    -About the REGION/ possibilities for FREE TIME:
    --hiking, walking and biking in beautiful and peaceful NATURE
    --regional (dance) events and markets
    --the SEA is 35min away by car
    --a beautiful RIVER for swimming and hiking (25min by bike or by car+walk)
    with a Canyon ideal for bouldering and jumping

    -Nearest towns around
    --Odemira is a pretty town with a Chocolaterie, library, cinema, old portuges houses and lots more
    --Sao Luis is a small, calm and still pulsing town with lots of art and different nationalities
    --Reliquias is an old, small & traditional VILLAGE where you can meet "real-portuges-people" ;-) and see their way of life

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    max 6,5 meters long

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    Dogs and cats, yes. Giraffes and sea lions, no.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our little couch lounge between the two campervans. Work smart, chill hard 😉
Magic place 20 min by bike for swimming, bouldering, meditation
One of many beaches in the area (round 45min to drive)
2019.11 swale nr 1 after the first rain and with first babytrees
2019.11 garden Nr 3 ready to get planted. Now (january) there are growing already lots of veggis.
Trying to make everything beautiful - and practical
Spending time with the kids
Same garden Nr 1: two month later, beginning July 2019

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