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My vision is to create an « open space » on a non profit basis.
A haven where one could find a punctual base (without fee) for personal or spiritual retreat,
A residence for artists and seekers to foster Inspiration and creativity…
The land is gorgeous, one hectare covered with plenty of trees including figues,
olives, apples and has two houses (with a great potential but at the moment to restore)
One hectare and plenty of spots where to fit either wooden cabins, adobe houses, earthships, you name it !
That is my idea: build a few Bungalows or Tiny house when one can be when in need of peace or privacy, quiet for digging inspirations ...
For now (I am here since March)
The priority is fixing the ruins: one of a Home the other of a barn.
There is a wooden cabin set up under the shades
and am pretty advanced restoring one of the beautiful granite walled house.
At this point
I need help to put the roof on the second half and fixing up the walls
The focus is on building a few structures
To be able to provide a bit of comfort for the coming guests !
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Bring your instruments, voice and inspiration.
We’ll surely be able to do some good jamming.
I’ve made a living as professional drummer and percussionist
In fact investigating ethnic percussions has been a thread in my traveling .
beside there are plenty of great players in the local community
we can go and visit and "Trade Five" LOL
By the way if you want to improve your languages skills
I am fluent in
Of course French
My Portuguese is being very welcomed by the locals.
So sure we can benefit each other language wise too...
You will be getting practical building knowledge in the process or from one of the numerous friends that drop by to give a hand !!
If you are pro active and really fostering the flow of the place
I can offer you « pocket money » for The Days You’ll be Helping
If you have real efficient skills we can consider something a bit more consistant.
Reason is it feels normal to give a little help if the volunteers actually doing wholesome work .
equally a form to compensate the still basic conditions,
On the other hand
Don't take it as a due...
At the moment am focused on making it happen meaning fix and build up a minimum structures so that we can turn to more creative or artistic activities.
This host offers a language exchange
I just love switching from a language to the other... Being from French back ground but having spent years in California and "Ages" in Latin America LOL English and Spanish feel very natural ! Looking forward to share this with you guys !
I can provide a comfy tent if needed.
There are gorgeous Lovely wild nature spots for Your Van if you do travel so.
Very soon depending on how good we progress one of the mentioned stone house will be ready to host you.
I provide some usual stuff for breakfast
One good meal early afternoon after work. we prepare food together...
I personally don't eat at night time
So you'll have to manage if you need so !
Whatever Will be there in the kitchen you can use but if you need something special
it's "on you" for the night meal !
At the moment (July August till mid September the sun is merciless) only morning hours are OK to work.
Meaning we all to get up early.
We get water from the well
Shower with buckets
Kitchen is open on the sides to view the dreamy land.
On your free days you can go visit the Serra da Estrella (highest range in Portugal)
Or many of the Praia Fluvial.
Meimoa and Benquerencas have COLD water July and August included
Monsanto is a magical Old Hill Village of house mad with boulders.
Several lakes around.
In fact most of the small villages have kept their traditional style and are an enchanting maze walking around.
The proximity of mountains brings fresh air every night even during July and August
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The access is pretty easy + smooth even with bigger Vans. Water from the well Compost toilets "Aguas" the near by village has a public fountain with the best water in Portugal LOL
Well Let see a bit about your pet's character and habits... But YES !
More than two
4to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week