Help us on our farm with the animals, clearing land on retreat in the beautiful Serra da Estrela



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  • Description


    The Lodge is a holistic nature reserve in the Serra da Estrela natural park. We have 22 hectares of land...including blueberry farm, dam and outdoor plunge pool.

    We have a herd of 12 goats that need milking and walking, we make our own cheese and yoghurt. We have chickens & ducks producing organic eggs and an organic garden for fruit, vegetables and herbs. There's also a family of 6 friendly dogs and 3 cats that keep us entertained, so a must for animal lovers!

    We have two yurts, a tipi and a guest room for guest accommodation for people who want to experience living closer to nature. We offer fresh, organic food produce for guests and volunteers staying at the lodge all harvested from the land.

    Andrea who runs the lodge has a background in holistic therapies including astrology. During August and September we're running healing retreats, There's lots to do before this time to look after the guests and offer vegetarian meals.

    The space we have here is very serene and peaceful, you're completely at one with nature and the outdoor work is great for the soul. There's a lovely community feel in the area and you'll have the opportunity to interact with guests as well as other workers at the lodge should you wish to.

    There are many places to explore here and the area is ideal for people who enjoy walking, cycling, parascending or even kayacking as we are close to the River Mondego. There's many lovely spots for reading, meditation, yoga and watching the incredible sunsets.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experiencing living off the grid, care for farm animals and pets, milk goats, learn new skills, breathtaking sunsets, meet new friends, access to loads of amazing books, eat healthy organic food and learn about growing organic veg, clear your mind and detox the body, input in to the development of the space, try out alternative therapies, thai massage or get an astrology reading :)

  • Help



    - Milking and herding the goats
    - Maintaining the organic garden
    - Cleaning out guest accommodation
    - Cooking for guests/ other volunteers

    Retreat specific:

    - Clearing land
    - Build compost toilets and outdoor showers
    - Clear plunge pool
    - Build, sand, paint furniture and create seating areas
    - Decorate areas

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  • Accommodation


    We have two caravans and tents available for volunteers. Although there are plenty of spots to bring your own tent or small camper.

    Outdoor kitchen and compost loo available. Indoor shower and bathroom available

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is no public transport near our location. We tend to visit the local shops by car once or twice a week. We are a 10 minute walk from the nearest village and cafe.

    You can get a coach for 12 euros from Porto to get to Celorico Beira in 2.5 hours or from Lisbon in 4 hours. We can collect you from the coach station.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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