We are Rick and Yasmin, a couple from Manchester...Between the mist of the madness in 2020 and with an end date for Brexit set..
We found ourselves in a world of chaos.. We had plans to continue our life as nomads, moving from place to place, continent to continent, learning, listening and sharing skills knowledge and love..
After just coming back from traveling through 10 different countries in Asia and 1 1/2 years in New Zealand, we had spread our wings .. Through the journey we were using volunteer platforms, to learn many new skills, helping lots of beautiful souls along the way.. During the trip we had been using the experience to gain knowledge of the life we wished to live.. We helped on many volunteer projects where mainly we would help people living the dream we wished for. Sustainability..
We love the idea of building houses with earth, natural materials and recycled things.. Earth building and Gardening go hand in hand.
So while volunteering ourselves, we where with people who were willing to share their knowledge and story’s, along with some wholesome food and a place to sleep.. It was such an inspiring experience, we were able to see the dream was possible and now our motto is "inspire to inspire".
In all of these experiences in the garden, Permaculture and its principles were the main focus within the land.
We soon learned that Sustainability starts with the garden.
So we planted the seed many moons ago.. We dreamed big for this way of life. And in the August 0f 2020 we managed to find a window within the global travel restrictions to escape. We had plans to leave in Feb/march but lockdowns prevented this from happening so in the meantime we converted an old ambulance.. When our home on wheels was complete we set sail for Portugal and are still living in our ambulance now..
We had earmarked on a few pieces of land (quintas) all with different pros and cons in a few areas but once we laid eyes and spent the night on Quinta da Lobo we knew it was the one.. From some of the experiences we had we knew this land had so much hidden Beauty.. With the visions to one day restore and regenerate the ruin and the farm to its full potential..
We have a beautiful slice of paradise with lush green terraces. situated in a valley full of quartz and granite boulders.. There are many existing native trees and newly planted fruit/nut/native trees with an abundance of water, which we use for our ever growing organic vegetable garden using our natural irrigation system Swales, Hugels and Ponds. As well showering in the waterfall..
Come and be a part of our off grid journey as we regenerate and restore our 3 hectare Quinta(farm).. As we move towards complete self sufficiency, harnessing free energy nurturing and caring for the land..
As we make farming fun with permaculture techniques, creativity, bush craft, herbalism, mindfulness and healing..
The land has a 60m2 ruin made from solid granite blocks, water comes from an ancient tank which then runs down the valley through the middle of the land.
The land was hit by the fires in 2017 so some big old trees have fallen and there is definitely a lot of work to be done to clean restore and protect the land from this happening again.. There are several terraces and we are lucky to still have olive trees, fig, chestnut, cork oak and native plants that have survived.
We feel privileged to have this project.
Up to now we have 1 dog, 2 cats and 6 chickens who are making our farm a home.
We have BIG plans and wish to make it an open, creative space for all,
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Gain Knowledge in Eco living and Sustainability, Permaculture and Earth Building..
Most of all being connected with nature..
We are at the beginning stages of the project with an abundance of knowledge to share..
We are continuously flowing in harmony from different projects depending on the seasons and the weather.
We have constant Garden Care, Propagating and Planting, DIY projects, Landscaping and Maintenance, Natural Irrigation maintenance, Bushcraft, Permaculture, Earth Building, Foraging , Preserving and lots of other Farm Fun..
This host offers a language exchange
We are welcoming people with vans or anyone that doesn’t mind camping.. We have basic facilities and live close with nature..
We are in Central Portugal in a little village called Lobao da Beira, close to Tondela Town and the City of Viseu..
Nestled in the mountains between Caramulo and Serra da Estrella, two mountain ranges..
There are fresh flowing rivers and waterfalls all around us, with many nature walks..The coast is just over one hour away and Porto is 1 hour 30 minutes away. We are 2 minutes away from the Ecopista an old train line which is now a 48km Cycle track..
If this resonates and you are open minded, love nature and are willing to share, create and learn come and join the magic..
We are looking for people to stay more than 2weeks. Please reply with a bio of experiences and skills and also the main reason why you would like to come to the farm
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a router with internet but the signal strength is intermittent..
We have a few spaces for large vehicle’s
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week