We are Annie & Adam, we live on a 5 hectare property on the out skirts of Melo, a village in the Serra da Estrela national park in central Portugal. We moved from Bulgaria with all our animals in April 2015 and are now creating our home and rental property/retreat centre here. We have 4 horses, 6 dogs, 5 cats and lots of chickens that make up our family, they are all lovely, however if you are not that into animals, this probably is not the place for you as they are allowed everywhere and join in on every day tasks, sometimes not quite as would be wanted! We opened in May 2016 . The Quinta/farm is a place for people to enjoy the area in a vegan, healthy, non toxic atmosphere. We run a variety of courses, including self healing techniques, yoga, meditation and animal communication courses. You do not have to be a vegan or spiritual to visit, just whilst you are here we ask you to not bring meat, animal products, alcohol, marijuana (unless medicinal) or other intoxicants onto the property. We have loads of projects to complete they include, plumbing the house, building outside bathroom facilities, fencing the boarder and planting trees, pulling up bracken, cutting back brambles and maintaining the veggi garden, poo picking, hay turning, fruit picking, herb and flower collection amongst other stuff, all quite physical work. We also have daily tasks which involve cleaning the guest areas, washing up and food preparation.
Volunteering with us means that you help to make this place an amazing experience for our guests whilst they are attending courses, we do not offer juice fast options to volunteers and although you are welcome to join the yoga classes if there is space or it fits in with your jobs for the day it is not guaranteed. The same goes for the Reiki courses, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our Reiki courses, but again not guaranteed.
We have both travelled extensively and have many a tale to tell, we also enjoy listening to our guests tales, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We like to socialise but also appreciate our privacy, so its important that you dont expect us to be around all the time. We are going to try and organise workaways so we have a few people in at a time, as this will allow us to get more work done in a shorter amount of time and make it a more social occasion, again however you may find that its just you, so being able to do jobs alone is important. The property is off grid. We have very limited wifi and it only goes on for a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening and have limited electric for charging devices. Water is from a natural stream and we have a grey water run off into the veggi patch and so ask you not to use environmentally harmful products in the shower, we can direct you to or sell to you, natural products that do not have a negative impact on the soil.
We have a website so if you would like to learn more about the project before applying please email us and we will send you the address. This is a healing retreat centre, people visit for peace and quiet and to get away from everyday life, so we ask that you respect each persons space and are aware that some people may be having a hard time as they begin to detox.
Please bring long trousers that will protect you from the brambles as well as working shoes. It does rain a lot here in the winter and spring so waterproofs are good too, also if you have them working gloves, we have some gloves you can use if you dont have your own. We do not have insurance to cover any injuries you might sustain whilst working here, so please make sure you have your own insurance. We will ask you to sign a disclaimer when you arrive and also expect you to be honest with us about the jobs you are happy or un happy to do. We prefer people to stay for a week and then for both parties to review from there if a longer stay is a good idea. If from day 1 or early on we realise you really are not suited to our project we will drop you back to the nearest bus or train station that can safely take you to your next destination
Look forward to hearing from you
Annie & Adam
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We have loads of projects to complete they include, plumbing the house, building outside bathroom facilities, fencing the boarder and planting trees, pulling up bracken, cutting back brambles and maintaining the veggi garden, poo picking, hay turning, fruit picking, herb and flower collection amongst other stuff, all quite physical work. We also have daily tasks which involve cleaning the guest areas, washing up and preparation and we have some art projects.
English, Turkish, Bulgarian, a little German and French and learning Portugese
Depends on the time of year, but will range from caravan, tent, or horsebox, once the season starts it will be tent only as the others will hopefully be rented out to guests. There is a communal kitchen (with no running water, we bring the water up from the spring in buckets) and living area which we expect you to keep tidy as it will be used by guests as well. The toilets are long drop and compost and the showers are heated by the sun, and when its not shinning we have a wood burning shower unit. This is not a luxury place, it is very basic and natural, it is however a stunning place to spend time close to nature.
Things to do in the local area- Lots of walking and cycling opportunities in the National Park, the local municipality holds numerous events around the year. Possibilities to visit the near by towns of Gouveia and Guarda, not to far from salamanca in spain for the weekend off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
We ask for 3.5 hrs a day, every day of the week