Looking for dreamers and doers for a stay on a farm located in a Mediterranean oak forest, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 01/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    I welcome people from all over the world, since I already lived several years in 3 continents - Africa (where I was born in 1958 at Maputo Mozambique), North America (where I took my Ph.D in 1987 at Columbia University, New York) and Europe (and 4 months in China, 2 months in Brazil, 2 months in Mexico). Currently our dreram is to start to create an eco-village.

    Ours is an organic farm that operates under the principles of a self sustained old farm but using modern technologies like solar panels for energy production and automatic computer controlled irrigation systems.
    We receive new persons on Sundays and they should stay with us at least 4 weeks.
    We are looking for long term persons that want to form a community here.

    Our minimum stay is 4 weeks and the maximum stay is 2 months. However you can stay longer if you want to be part of a special group of long term volunteers that form the kernel of this small community.

    We expect that they help 25 hours per week in the farm projects in a flexible way – normally there are 2 days off per week but are not necessarily Saturdays or Sundays. Normally we concentrate the tasks in the mornings, specially in Summer, and the afternoons are free or for small tasks. The starting hour is also flexible – usually we start earlier in Summer due to the heat. Remenber, your contribution is LOVE IN ACTION - do your best.

    However activities such as cleaning the toilettes you use, the spaces you use either for sleep or to eat, preparing communitarian food or meals or getting wood for fire places you use, ARE NOT PART of this time. When they leave they should clean the room used and clothes they borrow.

    What we offer is a break in space and time in your life to find yourself so you can pursue an inner search. We aim to create an happy and light environment, so please abandon extreme self-damaging habits (drugs, alcohol ...) - as a volunteer said in a party here "Being a bit tipsy is ok, being drunk no".

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    We encourage travellers to share their stories in a communitarian environment. You you will learn to live a simple live in a self sustained place - we produce our energy, our water our heat and some of our food.

  • Help



    First, let me explain the vision for our place. Our project is like a child that just started crawling, not a 20 year old mature project. Some years ago I try to get down its essence to a simple sentence: A NATURAL SELF-SUSTAINED HEALING PLACE.

    “NATURAL” is strongly related to organic farming but aims to do more than that - consider the whole place in a harmonious way, such as including forest, animals, water, energy, etc… and PEOPLE. That's why I like the DEMETER approach very much - Rudolph Steiner´s ideas about agriculture and environment seem very obvious to me and similar to some homeopathic concepts that I cherish, believe and follow.

    “SELF-SUSTAINED” does not mean totally independent - it is impossible to be completely independent from the outside world because we always need resources we cannot produce on the spot - we are all interdependent. But we can try to optimize the situation and, above all, achieve equilibrium between inputs and outputs. This will allow achieving resilience in the years ahead, where a world crisis is predictable. Anyway, I would like to produce on the spot all the indispensable resources (energy, heat, water, food ...) to minimize dependency and generate goods that allow us to barter things we still need from the outside world.

    “HEALING” is perhaps the most difficult concept to understand, but to really appreciate it, you would have to come and feel the atmosphere of the place during a period of time. Many people reported they had more dreams and felt better here. And some friends that have psychic gifts told me very interesting things about this place. Healing goes beyond the body – it is a holistic concept that includes mind and soul.

    During two years (2014 - 2016) I received over 150 volunteers coming from all over the World, most from Europe but some from distant places like Korea, Nepal, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Venezuela, Chile, and South Africa. I resume receiving volunteers in August 2021 and our goal is to have permanently a group of at least 10 persons - so far we are achieving this,

    The cycle of building structures is almost completed.
    In our 20 hectare place
    - Our rooms can accommodate 4 short term volunteers, 9 long term volunteers (3 individuals and 3 couples) and 4 to 12 persons that want to become part of a permanent community.
    - An irrigation system has been installed.
    - Tools for agriculture and equipment maintenance are available, including two tractors.
    - Thanks to our photo-voltaic system, we are off the grid.
    - The heating system is based on firewood collected on the spot.
    - We collect potable water from underground and irrigation water from two old wells.

    And now I have 3 major goals for the future:
    a) became almost self-sufficient in food,
    b) start events in a more systematic way,
    c) build a small community that can run the daily activities of the place without me.

    The last one might seem a bit bizarre - "without me"; that doesn't mean that I won't be around, helping to define the vision, setting goals and solving problems, but I believe that if people on the spot have more freedom and initiative to develop projects, they will do a better job. To explain this we should read Tao Te Ching the old Chinese book of Wisdom:

    "When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists.
    Next best is a leader who is loved. next, one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.
    If you don't trust the people, you make them untrustworthy. The Master doesn't talk, he acts.
    When his work is done, the people say, "Amazing: we did it, all by ourselves!"

    We want to go further and beyond the initial basic idea: the time has come to create a community of good people that HARMONIOUSLY SEEKS INNER WISDOM, FREEDOM AND PEACE.

    Our personal search is always inner and I would like to remember what is written in the ancient Temple of Delphi, 2500 years ago in Greece:
    “I warn you, whoever you are...
    Oh, you who wish to probe the arcanes of nature, if you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither shall you be able to find it outside.
    If you ignore the excellencies of your own house, how do you intend to find other excellencies?
    In you is hidden the treasure of treasures.
    Oh, man, KNOW THYSELF and thou shall know the Universe and the Gods!”
    We try to learn from experiences of other places, but it aims to create a new way of community living where People are the center of our vision. We are not big but we want to be diverse. We don´t want to maximize profits - just achieve equilibrium.

    Now is the time to build a team that will bring together experienced people, each in a different field, which will help in the pursuit of the next phase of the project and will continue to support it in subsequent years.

    We can also receive volunteers for short and long periods. They will be more than merely volunteers. We will share results and dreams and, for those that have initiative, help them to set up their own projects that fit in our vision.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to know the basics of many languagges. Currently I a fluent in Portuguese, English, French and a good knowledge of Spanish

  • Accommodation


    7 Rooms (1 for short visits and 6 for long term stays), 1 living room, a kitchen a dining room with a nice fireplace and 3 shared bathrooms. A good fireplace. And good meals - we hope we can exchange cooking knowledge with our guests. In Summer our irrigation tank becomes an organic swimming pool!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Location - Vendas Novas, Alto-Alentejo region.
    Nearest town - Vendas Novas - 12 km. One hour to Lisbon, by car, by train or by bus. One hour to the beach by car.
    You can visit south of Portugal - Lisbon and Alentejo and Ribatejo regions - starting from here.
    There are 5 daily trains from Lisbon (but just 3 at weekends) and we can pick you at Vendas Novas railway station.
    PLEASE USE WORKAWAY to communicate. Usually I don´t use WhatsApp or other means of communication.

  • 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

    Yes. We have the most advanced internet system in the world provided by STARLINK - very fast and unlimited. However the users must share the costs of the system.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes, but the last two km of the access road are off road and that can be a problem. We are preparing a specific space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 HOURS TO HELP ON THE PROJECTS FARM PER WEEK IN A FLEXIBLE BASIS. Cleaning the spaces you use, cooking and other community activities are not part of this time.

Host ref number: 845268487726

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