A stunning retreat bathed in nature in Mafra, Portugal




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  • Description


    This is a beautiful space for personal development, surrounded by nature, its a magical hideaway with a beautiful calming energy. Held in a green leafy valley, while only 4km to the nearest town, it feels a million miles away. Secluded, surrounded by trees and wildlife.

    We moved here in June 2018 having relocated to Portugal after much travel and exploration. The farm has a large main house, two small cottages and stables which have been transformed over the last year. We also have a converted yoga shala, a hillside yoga deck and our summer glamping tents.

    We are hosting retreats and ceremonies between March and November and are in the process of touching up the spaces, putting love and good energy into the space whilst catering for groups coming from all over the world.

    We are in need of support to ensure that the community that visit our retreat have a nourishing experience here. During retreats you will be contributing to the house-keeping, vegan kitchen, garden, maintenance and most especially the atmosphere. For us it's about the vibe and the team. The connection & the right attitude.

    We're a down to earth couple in their late 30's who love healthy organic food, travel and the occasional glass of wine. Our intention is that together with the people we live and collaborate with, we live in a harmonious environment and cultivate a deeper connection with Nature inside and out. And enjoy ourselves along the way. We know what we're here for and on our mission to cultivate peace from the inside out.

    We trained in holistic therapies such as acupuncture, yoga and qi gong and have hosted retreats in Nepal and Kenya, run workshops in London and spaces at festivals. We are inspired by beautiful art, love music, dancing, BBQ's with friends and being by the sea.

    Our family includes our two german shepherd dogs we adopted and an amazing cat called Bodhi. They're loving creatures that appreciate TLC from visitors and team.

    Our luscious land is located 30 minutes north of Lisbon, near Mafra. It is just 15 minutes drive from the famous Ericeira surf beaches nevertheless we are remote - sometimes it feels like a bubble!

    Our neighbours are a Wolf Sanctuary and a National Park (Tapeda de Mafra). We have about 5 hectares and are surrounded by fruit trees and cork in a beautiful secluded valley. Everyone who visits finds it magical, witnessing deer, owls and hearing the sounds of wolf's at night adds to ambience of this special spot.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    You can enjoy being bathed in nature. Listen to the wolves at night, hear the owls and enjoy the wildlife.

    You can dive deeper on a transformational experience, connecting with nature and spirituality as we also share our practices, library and give you access to the shala for your own practice.

    Enjoy the community vibes here with open inspiring conversations and opportunities to share your story with others if you want to. Occasional pizza nights, games nights, bbq nights and ceremonies.

    You will be witnesses and participants of some of the activities and intention setting moon ceremonies we host. You may also meet interesting people passing by the farm and other members.

    You can get access to our personal practices such as yoga, qi gong and breath work. We are happy to share and empower people with these. Join a class weekly.

    You can enjoy stunning sunsets on the beach, swimming, surfing and kayaking on the ocean just round the corner.

    Generally enjoy living purposefully in a nurturing environment at a great place, with great food and really good vibes.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    On a day to day help taking care of the creatures here, watering the garden, weeding, harvesting, clearing the land. The work is very physical and equally satisfying as you watch the space transform.

    We need assistance maintaining our edible garden, planting, beautifying the space, supporting our orchard and also help cooking in our amazing kitchen when necessary.

    There may be retreats that require support in the kitchen, washing up or housekeeping too.

    We need support from someone who is responsible, self-motivated, enthusiastic, kind and honest.

    As intuitive-empaths, we value transparency, compassion and self-reliance.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a little cottage available for a couple equipped with a kitchen, shower, bath.
    A food budget will be provided & retreat food is enjoyed by the whole team <3

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visit the wolves next door at the sanctuary.
    Visit the national park and its wildlife.
    Go to the beach and enjoy the ocean!
    Relax in the calmness of the farm.
    Visit the beautiful palace of Mafra and it's epic library.
    Buses and trains run nearby, we may be able to collect or lend our car when needed.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large space for vans to park.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Approximately 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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