Land regeneration and abundant forest retreat in Alentejo, Portugal



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    We are a meditation centre and off-grid land regeneration project, located on 34 Hectares of mostly forested hills, in SW Alentejo. Our aim is to to live in balance with nature, and to provide a supportive space for us and for others to practise meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Martial Arts, and for connecting deeply with nature.
    We have begun the work of restoring the forest, improving soils, increasing biodiversity and increasing the water-holding capacity of the land to halt the ongoing aridification. We aim to increase our food production by creating a food forest in the valley. We have various building projects on the go, using natural and local materials whereever possible.
    Our diet is high-raw vegan and organic, free from junkfood, and based on fruit and vegetables. We are a no smoking and no alcohol environment.
    We are looking for volunteers who can be responsible and who appreciate the peace and quiet we offer here. We appreciate open and honest communication.
    It is the perfect place for someone who also wishes to deepen their own meditation, or who is really interested in learning or practising some Martial Arts or Qigong in their spare time. If meditation is not something you are interested in, it is probably not the place for you!
    We are three adults and a three year old child, although we are not all here all of the time.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    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

    Between us we have experience in systems design, off-grid living, building in wood and mud, computer software, running businesses, body-mind-spirit practises, health and diet, aromatic and medicinal plants, natural gardening, permaculture, distilling wild herbs.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Depending on the time of year.....

    Gardening, planting out, weeding, watering, seed saving, propagation.
    Strimming, clearing land.
    We always need help with forestry - clearing land, pruning trees, processing wood (chopping or chipping!). Someone with experience in coppicing, pruning fruit trees, chainsaw help would be useful.

    We have some great natural building projects on-going, that you may have chance to help with.
    We have a full set of carpentry tools and machines including a lathe, and also getting into making furniture.

    Improving greywater and rainwater collection systems and water storage.
    Occasional child care.
    Help with translation from English into Portuguese or Spanish for our websites.
    Plant-based vegan food preperation
    Help with harvesting and distilling wild herbs

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A small caravan in the forest is the winter accommodation. We pride sheets, pillows and pillow cases, and some blankets. It can get chilly at night, so if you have a warm sleeping bag do bring it, however if you do not have one, we can lend you more bedding. It is important to us that you are comfortable.
    There are various tent options for the warmer months, located in the shade of the cork oak trees.
    There are shared hot showers and compost toilets. And a shared outdoor kitchen.
    There is also space for your own live-in vehicle.
    We provide organic vegan meals, which you will sometimes help to prepare.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 15 minutes from the train station and can pick-up for a cost of 10€. We are 25 minutes from the nearest town.
    There are lots of other communities and alternative projects in the area, with occasional local markets and get-togethers.
    We are 50 minutes drive from the wild beaches of the Atlantic Coast and there will be opportunities to got there.

    If you are nearby and wish to come for a day or two to see if a longer stay would be good, that usually works well.

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    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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 999148313524