Eco construction permaculture project, Vilar de Mouros, Portugal




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    Dear community,

    We are a young couple - yay celebrating our thirties this year - and chose to live a different life.

    We bought a house in northern Portugal which we will completely rebuild using natural building techniques. Our aim is to build a circular living concept that integrates elements of permaculture and co-living/working.

    This will be the adventure of our lifetime which we can only achieve with the support from a worldwide community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Natural building techniques, minimalism, permaculture gardening, yoga, surfing …

  • Help


    !!! Please organise yourself in order to arrive Friday night / Saturday morning. We need the weekend in order to get you started to the tasks and introduce you to everything. You can take your days off on weekdays. !!!

    We are currently doing projects with wood / straw and clay. If you have craftsmen experience, that's a great help but there is also loads that we can teach you and get you on board with if you are motivated to learn. Next steps are:

    - building a wooden floor
    - insulating walls (Tabique technique with straw & clay)
    - inserting windows

    … all with ecological materials.

    In the garden we start working on the permaculture landscaping and once the rain comes back, we will start planting trees and veggies that can grow through winter.

    Usually we’re a group of 4-6 people. We always need someone who is willing to spend time caring for the others, caring for the house and composting toilet, the animals around… Depending on the preference of the people we either divide the tasks among the Workawayers, or someone focuses on these things a bit more.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You have a room in the main house. With a bed, cupboard and wardrobe.

    OR (only during summer)

    You have a spacious "glamping" tent (3x3m in size), high enough to stand in. The tent is equipped with mattresses.

    We have an outdoor shower with COLD water and a very basic composting toilet.

    We have well and are connected to the tap water (not drinkable). There is a river with water from the mountains next to the property. We collect drinking water from nearby springs.


    We provide all meals. We are living mostly vegan and sugar reduced - so will be our food. We are still developing the habits around it, and it’s very difficult if we’re continuously surrounded by other types of food. Therefore, if you need sweets to survive, I’d ask you to keep these things out of the “main” areas - otherwise the munchies are hitting and we’ll go back to spooning Nutella 😂

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The place is 15 mins by car from amazing surf spots and 10 mins to Vila nova de Cerveira. You’re close to mountains for hiking and mountain biking.

    If you don’t have a car, it will be difficult to get
    around. It is possible, but be prepared to walk. The next train station (seixas) is 30 - 40 mins walking. You’ll find trains to all beaches and direction of Valenca.

    We have surf boards for beginners and rent them out for 10€/ day. Initially we didn’t take any money for sharing our boards, but beginners luck includes that damages on the board come quickly. In order to repair / replace the boards from time to time, we decided to take a little fee.

  • 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 have Fibre glass and one room with a desk.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park either on a public parking space close to a nearby chapel or on a piece of land next to our property. The access to the land is very steep and requires you to drive carefully. Very deep vans might have difficulties.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 798214961787