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We ONLY offer payment when we run retreats if we need a vegetarian cook for which we will pay in addition to board and lodging.
LATEST NEWS. Middle of October on.
Hi, we are looking for a couple to help with picking, planting, clearing and repairing.
We have some other projects we would like to start depending on how we get on with the other more urgent tasks. Building a small road, pizza oven, ponds, stairs, many things 😀
We will be picking medronho as soon as it is ready, any day now, we just need rain🙄
You will have your own room and might be sharing with other volunteers working with me and Camilla.
Camilla teaches yoga for volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8-9am.
We (Ellis and Camilla) have built an eco off grid experiential retreat in Foz do Farelo, 20 mins north of Monchique in the mountains of the Algarve and we love people to come and help us, we always need help with landscaping, continued permaculture, building and creativity.
Our aim is to create an inclusive rather than exclusive holiday retreat where people from all walks of life can relax in nature, try out some yoga, arts & crafts and learn a new skill.
We have a plot of land 60000 sqmt (10 international football pitches for a size idea) it is a valley with a south and north facing hill. 90m height difference form top to bottom. We have rebuilt a small ruin and a larger ruin on the site of an existing ruin. We have temporary structures for glamping (pods/cabins etc) as well as flat areas for camping or a camper van.
For 25 hours per week of your time we will provide accommodation, food and drink (not alcohol), yoga, comfortable beds, warm bedding and towels. On work days we eat lunch together, we eat dinner twice per week together and we generally all go to the local bar for food on a Saturday. On days off you make your own food when onsite (we will supply food).
If you go out for the day you can make packed lunch or purchase your own food.
Our current accommodation on site includes a truck - which has been converted into a 2 bedded studio and a camper van for 1 person.
Sunrise Lodge has the main kitchen/diner for breakfast and dinner. We have an outdoor kitchen for your lunches and to cook food on days off. Everyone is expected to wash up and clear up after meals. Keep common shared spaces and their accommodation clean, and be responsible for washing your bedding. We have a washing machine that can be used and we have work clothes you can borrow.
No skills are nessasary just a willingness to help and have a positive attitude. Ellis is a skilled builder and can do pretty much everything. He will share his knowledge with you and give you tasks to do, sometimes projects are big like building and sometimes smaller like land clearing, the jobs really depend on the season. For anyone coming between January and March be prepared for lots of land clearing (clearing land to prevent fires), this is done in all weather conditions, so if you don't like getting rained on or mud then please don't waste yours or our time by requesting to do your workaway with us. Thank you for your understanding.
We have a bio-gas plant fully working, solar panels 6kw, energy storage water tanks high on the hill, one 18000lt complete. We're starting to build a natural pool, we plan to build an outside clay oven(pizza/bread plus many other things.
Camilla teaches yoga (hatha, vinyasa and kundalini) some days and is an excellent cook (vegetarian), she has been in a 12 step program since 1999 - and is alcohol and drug free!
Ellis is a builder and paraglider and interested in Permaculture.
Our internet data is limited. we have a satellite dish and a small amount of reception for some mobile networks.
There is a free bus that you can take to Monchique on days off. It runs 4 days a week, 2 times a day. From Monchique it's possible to get buses to Portimao.
This workaway opportunity is perfect for people who are serious about off-grid community living, permaculture, creative building and learning new skills. It is also a great place for those who prefer a drug free environment.
We have 2 dogs and a cat.
Workaway tasks will be fun and rewarding as you will be seeing instant results which previous helpers have said is very satisfying.
We looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks Ellis and Camilla
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will learn building skills, how to make foundation, build temporary structures cabins, plumbing, sanitation, solar system, landscaping, digger driving, electrical systems. Composting toilets. Bushcraft, welding, biogas production, path and road construction, living pools. Additionally you will learn yoga, meditation and breathing techniques.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
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Willing help of any sort. Gardening, landscaping, building, cooking, a can do attitude. 😀
This host offers a language exchange
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Comfortable beds in a house and bell tent. You can also bring your campervan. We mostly have hot showers unless we've had a lot of grey days, then we boil up water and use a jug 😉
The nearest main town of Monchique 15 mins by car. South coast beaches Algarve 45mins (20k as the crow flies), West coast 30 mins (15k as the crow flies) surfing. Mountain bike rides( good ride to west coast), walking, hiking, astronomy, surfing, yoga, paragliding (we need to find a take off)... we don't take drugs or smoke, my wife doesn't drink alcohol but I will have a few glasses but not to excess. This doesn't mean that you can't drink or smoke (because of fire risk smoking can only be done in the designated area) but no drugs please. There is lots of nature to explore and a free bus to Monchique 4 days per week for days out and sometimes we take people to the coast or to the matket. Faro airport is 1hr 20 min away by car. We are happy to answer any questions. Thanks Ellis and Camilla
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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