A stunning retreat bathed in nature. Mafra, Portugal



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  • Description


    This is a stunning 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 house, two small cottages and stables which are in the process of renovation and decorating. We also have a converted yoga shala, a hillside yoga deck and an old riding arena alongside our summer glamping tents. We are hosting retreats and ceremonies over the season 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.

    As we are at the start of an exciting project we are in need of support to bring it to life and find like-minded people who'd like to collaborate with us.

    We're a down to earth couple in their 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 are trained in holistic therapies such as acupuncture, yoga and qi gong and host 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 cat Margarita (who was here before us) and two german shepherd puppy-dogs we adopted. They're loving creatures that appreciate TLC from visitors and volunteers.

    Our luscious land is located 30 minutes north of Lisbon, near Mafra. It is just 15 minutes drive from the famous Ericeira surf beaches. 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. 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • 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.

    You can learn and practice English if you need to.

  • Help


    Having moved here in September, our place has undergone significant changes however is still in need of some touches; redecorating, gardening, carpentry and general clearing and cleaning will make a huge difference to the space. The main house is in great condition and we have a beautiful new kitchen.

    During retreats we offer an energetic exchange for supporting the kitchen, housekeeping and general day to day of ensuring the place is wholesome and clean. Being responsible for the quality of the atmosphere here is also important to us.

    We also need assistance with supporting with and guidance with developing our garden, clearing the land, planting, beautifying the space and also help cooking for volunteers in our amazing kitchen.

    We have some ideas for creative projects as we prepare to host retreats this year. There's always work on the quinta. So we need helping hands from people who are responsible, self-motivated and honest.

    We value transparency, empathy, compassion and self-reliance.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We have various accommodation for volunteers including a small cottage, large belltent and a beautiful campervan called Woody.
    Food will be provided on days that volunteers work and is vegan/vegetarian.
    Volunteers have use of the kitchen for meals and we have the occasional BBQ during the warmer months.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Approximately 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 933835311386