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I'm building a sustainable community in rural central Portugal. This I want to share and co-create with like minded individuals.
This project is about healing ourselves and our planet. We are open to long and short term stays but are not able to offer visas.
I am a non denominational Reverend of Metaphysics, talking therapist and medicine Woman
I offer and teach Reiki, Energy medicine, Ho'oponopono and mindfulness.
I am completely off grid where the aim is for zero waste. I also teach humanure composting and have mentored communities globally teaching basic permaculture design and Composting.
Part of our zero waste is to combine Art and recycling. We reuse, recycle and repurpose everything we can. Art can speak many languages and say more than words.
Therefore anyone with a creative streak may find themselves able to immerse themselves in their art.
There will be animals here and they roam freely working the land so all visiting animals must be neutered and socialised so we can maintain the balance
There is a van park for campers. We also have a camping spaces for those wishing to camp.
Because we are a Permaculture project there is no room for discrimination of any kind. It is a place for all people from all walks of life and belief systems to come together and live by the ethics, People care, Earth care and Fair share.
People with disabilities are welcome, as are families and couples and those with animals. We are all unique individuals with something to give.
Vegans and Meat eaters are equally welcome and we will prepare and cook accordingly.
Every one is entitled to their opinions but no one has any right to force it on others and will be expected to work alongside each other for the greater good of mother earth.
We are looking for people who wish to learn and share their skills to build a better place for all to share.
Nothing should be a chore here. We both believe that happier people are way more productive.
Anyone who stays must agree to live by the 7 co-commitments (please see requirements below). This way we all know we have a shared foundation in our community core beliefs.
We work in daylight hours and wherever you are sleeping I need to be able to access tools etc while there is daylight.
If you wish to get closer to nature, lower your carbon footprint and learn to tread lighter on our planet then come and join us.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsTeachingGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Here you will meet people from many walks of life from locals to people from other countries. They follow many different religions and cultures.
You can learn to reconnect to your true self and become more aware of the importance of consent and boundries.
You will learn off grid skills and various permaculture methods.
You will learn holistic animal husbandry methods and how animals integrate with humans and the planet.
You will learn to reconnect to nature and communication skills when you don't have a phone 24/7 due to intermittent signal.
You will learn basic herbs and holistic health. How to eat and cook better.
You will learn how to use our planets resources more responsibly including how to achieve less waste.
*We need help with the following:
Plant ID & recording
Creating medicine Garden
Creating food forest
Care of fruit trees
Improving water set up
Improving solar set up
Building an eco pod
Making various new animal homes
Recycling and zero waste
Sewing & upcycling old clothes
Dehydrating & preserving
*All who say yes:
Recieve Humanure composting training free including ebook.
Free core values session
*All must agree to live according to the co-commitments;
*Community Co-commitments ;
I agree that I have read and fully agree to live according to the following 7 Co-commitments;
*I am dedicated to developing and being an active part of a stable and sustainable community. I will whenever I am able, take part in discussions and voting so that I can honestly and respectfully listen, share and contribute my experience, skill set and perspective for the highest good of all.
*I will live by the permaculture principles of Earth care, People care and Fair share where I value and respect all living and non living things. This includes having a humanure community composting system, not using chemicals, practising the 5 R's, sharing the excess and supporting each others safety and growth.
*I understand that for me to live my best life that it is important to prioritise myself and am fully committed to working on my health and wellbeing holistically (mind, body and spirit), which means I retain my full autonomy and am dedicated to living authentically in all aspects of my life. Including how I express myself honestly and interact with others.
*I commit to taking full responsibility for all areas of my life and allow myself and others to make their own choices and take total responsibility for them. We are all human and have the right to get things wrong. I will also accept responsibility for my children, vulnerable adults, pets and guests who are in my care.
*I believe in true equality for all. Regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, disability, race and education treat all and work on accepting all as my equal. I will also work on letting go of my judgements of myself and others. Because we all have the right to have freedom of choice, where we can live safely and explore our own life choices or belief systems in our own space and time.
*I understand while I stay and utilise the therapy space that prices for my services and workshops will be on an ethical based community sliding scale so accessible for all. When I offer a workshop, I take the full amount for my service unless it is a pre-agreed part as my role as a community member and part of my service to community. If I sell my goods in the community shop, then I will give 10 percent of the sales price back to community.
*People must work 20 hours per week.
There are many jobs to be done and we will give jobs depending on skills and experience.
There is no job you can't say "No" to.
We expect people to try their best and contribute in a positive way.
People will be expected to wash pots when it's their turn.
Detailed description of accommodation:
All offgrid - limited power and internet point in tiny home
I hope you will bring practical clothing and decent footwear. Most things are outdoors and we are offgrid.
We have a van park suitable for campervans We also have a back field where people can pitch a tent / yurt.
We have a 4.2m canvas Geodome with a double bed. This has a double duvet and king size fleece blanket.
There is a two man tent with two inflatable roll mats and two mummy sleeping bags.
Chemical free soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand cream and laundry liquid are available on request.
There is a limited amount of towels available.
Laundry is done once a week on a Monday morning.
Food is a help yourself to breakfast, porridge cooked most days and we make lunch and a main meal.
Most dietary requirements can be catered for with enough notice.
The kitchen area is in the tiny house
There's a compost toilet.
What else ...
It's 1km to nearest village where there is many shops, cafes, restaurant's, bars.
There's a go cart racing track about ten minutes away
Castelo Branco is a massive city with alot of everything in. Historical, sport, art you name it, it's in Castelo Branco .
Trains and buses from Castelo Branco and buses from local village. The closest train station is Lardosa.
** We can collect you for free from any of these pick up points in Castelo Branco, Lousa and Lardosa please make sure you check times and dates with us to save waiting **
We are an hour's drive from Spain or the Estrella mountains
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
The signal here is best with MEO and we have areas here with good signal. We do have a shared internet here and your hours of work can be chosen by you so can work around your schedule. It can be intermittent at times, mainly in bad weather.
Space for parking camper vans
We can accommodate small and medium sized campers and have space for 4 on the camping field.
Can possibly accept pets
Peaceful socialised pets welcome
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
20 per week