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• Do you want to learn how to build a house with eco-friendly materials from scratch?
Are you passionate about growing healthy organic food?
Come share your talents and learn some new ones. Everyone motivated with a can-do attitude is welcomed.
Hello all you great travelling people!
We are a portuguese/danish family, Durval, Helga, Alma (10 years) and Zaidi (2 years), living together with several other families in an. Approx. 42 hectare off-grid amazing nature area. Together, we bought this land about ten years ago with the intend of living in respect and love for each other and nature, aiming for the utopic self-sufficiency (we are doing pretty good so far😊). We are totally off-grid: our water comes from nearby springs, we use only renewable energies as a source of electricity, and we have compost toilets.
It was an abandoned little village with many ruins, land for cultivation, rocks and forest areas, many springs and a river going through the land! GOLDMINE for eco-village-self-doer-freaks like us. In the beginning we all camped together and build a common-area-shelter, but over the years we spread out and each person or family found their own area to build their nuclear-nest and our family decided for one of the ruins, which came along with two little old animal ruins.
Eight years ago, we made one of the little animal ruins into a house thinking in starting small and getting experienced before building the big ruin into our dream-house. At that time, we didn´t think would pass eight years before getting started😊, but coming from a campervan, a little house was enough and other interesting projects came along the way; like planting lots of trees, gardening and building school-buildings for our common home-school-project, teaching in the home-school-project, building the other little ruin into the sheep-stable, keeping bees, lots of good parties, travelling, playing music, theatre, building for other people etc. and lots of time with the life off-grid, with each-other and with all the lovely kids, animals and mama-nature.
Two years ago, when our youngest daughter was born came the urge and will to finally get on with our dream-house and we started to plan ahead and now this year it´s time to get started. We have the ruin as the foundation of the house, but we will build with many windows and straw, clay and wood. It will be an approx. 100m2 stone, straw, clay and wood house. This year we wish to finish the foundation, part of the earth floor, the wood structure and of course the roofs (tile and green roof).
In June we are hosting a workshop for the initial part of the structure (a Round Wood Timber Framing Reciprocal Structure), but until the we have soooo many things to do, and with our three hands (last one is for the two-year old😊) we cannot manage all.
We have already a BIG pile of locally cut eucalyptus logs waiting to be arranged for building. We have stones to be moved to make the terrasse. We have the garden to get ready to be planted for the spring (which is just around the corner…yeahh), sheep to look after and in April we will make part of the earth-floor etc.. many things to do.
Our only problem for now, is that it is still cold and we don’t have a warm place to stay…later in May weather is good for camping, but for now we are looking for volunteers with their own campervan…unless you are a hardcore tent-camper😊
We wish you come and stay with us and enter in our little nuclear-community and we wish you stay for as minimum of one week! Until weather gets warmer, we can host maximum two/three people!
We share the good vegetarian cooking (we provide the ingredients of course), we have a shower in our little home for you to shower and limited WiFi.
So, if you are motivated to help and if you are interested in meeting alternative ways of living, seeing an eco-village from the inside and spending your time in amazing nature, this could very much be your place.
We are happy to share this adventure with creative and motivated people. We hope to meet people that we can exchange different cultures; people who like to live in direct contact with nature, people who respect nature, and all nature´s creatures that live here with us.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We wish to share and learn with whoever cross our way. Before starting life in Enterranha we have travelled a lot playing music and making handcraft and we still love playing music at night at the bunfire...while fire is still legal. We have lived in other communities. Worked with theatre, music and festivals. Here in Enterranha we have gathered a lot of experience of how to build up a village/community from scratch. We love to learn and get inspired by other ways of living. So please come and share with us!
From now on we really need help..we have a date to finish the stone-terrasse while in the meanwhile we will have to start the garden...impossible for our three hands:-) March, April and May we really could need some help with the garden. This means making the beds ready for transplanting and we will need to seed potatoes and other early crops.
We are also bark-peeling the eucalyptus ready for the construction of the structure of the house.
And we slowly move stones and earth from the ruin to get ready for the foundation.
In April/May we will make the first part of the earth floor. Mixing and pouring clay, sand and straw mix.
This host offers a language exchange
Any new words in any language is interesting. Alma our oldest daughter has great interest in Italian.
Until mid-end April it can get very cold at night and we don´t have room in our house to, so until then we look for volunteers with own campervan.
End April and forward the weather is normally warm enough to sleep in tents. We have some spare tents, bedding and mattresses if needed.
Our family is vegetarian...actually we eat mostly vegan. All we can get from the garden, the wild and the local market we love to use in the kitchen, but we also spend a great amount of money in the supermarket:-(
We provide breakfast and two vegetarian meals a day. We wish to work as a little community, so we will share the task of cooking with you:-)
We live right in the middle of the wild rocky north Portugal, and great walks on days of are relaxing and good for the spirit. Next to our land there is an old quarts-mine and many visitors make their way to see if they have their luck in finding pointed quarts. Next to the river running through the land are many good quiet places to hang out.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have plenty of space to host campervans. But one really good is under a growing oak-tree.
You are welcome to bring your dog, but our cat is NOT so welcome to dogs...this means that in our house the dog cannot enter...sorry, she really attacks even though we try to teach her not to:-)
More than two
Máximo 4-5 horas por dia, 5 dias por semana