Olá! Hello! Welcome!
We are a family of 5 living in a rural village in central Portugal. We came to this beautiful place with a vision to live more communally and with the land. (a common dream of beautiful souls who come to this area!). We have a modest home with out buildings to renovate and a plot of land that has fruit trees and a veg patch, views to the mountains from the balcony and a stream walk five minutes from the house. We are super passionate about creating community living, practicing presence, creativity(art,music,dance and more), tai chi, healing, sustainability, growing things and healthy living amongst many other things. Having 3 children we are taking things one step at a time, allowing things to unfold and prioritising the here and now. We have renovated the main house to have hot water (we have one bathroom with bath and shower)band are working on more improvements. Our dream is to renovate all the out buildings to create long and short stay accommodation, a studio for Tai chi, yoga, music making, dancing, meditation and more (with calm space upstairs views of the valley), and even spa space under the house!! We would then like to offer retreats and holidays, as well as let others to use the space to do the same! We would also be ecstatic to have others come and buy/rent property in our village so that we can do this collectively with other like minded beings! We have called our project - 'the presence project- and we regularly have visitors of all sorts who share our dreams and want to contribute, share and join in.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are a project focusing on presence being the guiding force in a joyful life. Basically we want to focus on living in the moment and bring that energy to all we do. We are by no means masters but we do strive to live this way everyday. Using this we are so excited to renovate and build our land and house into a hub of creativity, innovation and healing. We want others to come and join us short and long term in the village we have settled in. We want to work alongside our Portuguese neighbours to be connected and abundant. We have skillsets in holistic healing, running businesses, tai chi, meditation and presence practices, computer skills, renewable energy, general building, coaching, supporting women and pregnancy and more.
We are open to your skill set. There are many things that you can support us with.
Support position 1.
Help with the children (2 year old, 5 year old and 8 year old).
Au pairing for 3 rambunctious and super inquisitive children (5 year old and 8 year old are at school in the week).
4 hours a day, helping the children explore their surroundings, build things, make things, fix them simple lunch.
1 hour a day helping or making an evening meal (we take it in turns).
Support position 2.
some help with the children (very basic in the moment stuff in case of emergencies).
4-5 hours a day working in the garden (unskilled)/clearing messy areas of the property making it ready for renovation/building
Building an outside composting loo and shower (with guidance)
Gardening (basic stuff)
Creative projects welcomed
Support position 3.
Support building and renovating buildings to be safe and then useable for workshops and guests
5 hours a day building work
Creative geniuses welcomed!
A room of your own in the house with our family. Single bed with a cupboard. Shared shower and bathroom. large shared living space with a useable kitchen (currently being updated). Large garden with fruit trees and veg and views to the mountains from the balcony! We live in a village 5 minutes drive/20 minutes cycling to a fantastic town with all the amenities. There are walks in the trees and a river running through our village. We have 3 children! Things can get noisy and there is shouting at times! With the littlest being 2 you can't leave anything lying around. You will be welcomed as part of the household.
As I said above we are in a village close to a town, there is a gym in the town and lots of cafes and a few restaurants. There is a train station in the village also that goes to Lisbon and other local stations. You can get a train to the closest city (Coimbra) in 45 minutes. There are many villages and walks in the surrounding areas. We are 1 hour from the sea by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week