Off Grid Eco Lodge - natural building, gardening, cooking, cleaning, maintenance - foothills of the Serra da Estrela Mountains, Portugal

  • Portugal
  • 1261 “me gusta”
  • Última actividad: 5 dic 2023



 Estancia mínima:  Al menos un mes



  • Descripción


    Hello, and thanks for your interest in reading more about us:)!

    We're a sustainably built & off grid retreat centre, on the River Seia. We sit in a valley where 2 rivers, the Mondego and Seia meet and are not far from the Serra da Estrela Mountains (the highest point of mainland Portugal) which makes for dramatic beauty in nature.

    We’ve been here since 2017, and open for business since 2019. Ashley - yoga teacher with background as a nurse and originally from the US, and Rory - Civil Engineer who specializes in natural building & timber frames and originally from Ireland.

    Together we moved to Portugal and bought this river front property. With the help of many volunteers we cleared invasive trees, planted native ones, and built from natural materials.

    Since being open, we've hosted a variety of retreats, workshops and Yoga Teacher Trainings.

    Our aim is to provide a place for wellness in wild nature for retreats.

    In the garden, building, and how we run the space we use many permaculture based principles from what Rory learned in a Permaculture Design. Together we trial, learn, and grow!

    What you can expect from us:
    -accommodation (shared dormitory style or private tent)
    -2 full days off to explore the area or relax here
    -access to yoga classes (offered on a weekly (sometimes more) basis)
    -Time off can be spent swimming in the rivers and hiking the local trails as well as the use of paddle boards.

    Volunteers co-live at a place 5 minutes walking up river from the retreat centre. They cook meals together and maintain the volunteer living space. It's a gorgeous place to be in nature during your time off work. Volunteers often play games together and enjoy the surrounding areas on their time off.

    What we expect from you:
    -20 to 25 hours per week, with 2 consecutive days off per week. (avg. 4-5 hours/day)
    -Outside of those hours we all pitch in to keep our shared spaces clean and share the cooking duties.
    -fluent in English and/or Portuguese.

    Winter time workers (Nov-Mar)
    Our low season for retreats etc… Tasks may include planting trees, developing our garden, building/expanding, land cleaning, preparing firewood, and maintaining facilities like our biological swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub. We will have the occasional retreat when we’ll need help in the kitchen, cleaning and accommodating guests. A 2 week minimum commitment during these months is essential.

    Summer time workers (Apr-Oct)
    Our busy season for retreats etc… Tasks may include cleaning spaces (room change overs, communal spaces used by the guests, toilets & showers), pool maintenance, help in the kitchen, gardening, building/expanding, preparing firewood. The main focus is around keeping the space clean & nice for the retreats.
    There is a lead volunteer plus 4-6 additional volunteers. A 4 week minimum commitment during these months is essential.

    If you have any questions about our project, us, the work, the living or anything... please ask!

    *As a business, workers from Workaway are paid the minimum hourly wage in Portugal but do not get meals included in the exchange

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    The area is rich in Portuguese culture. The weekly market in Tabua is a great place to meet people in the area, both Portuguese and estrangeiros (foreigners). There's a unique hospitality and way of life in Central Portugal that's refreshing and fulfilling, which Rory and Ashley have fallen in love with, and hope that workawayers will enjoy as much as we do.

    Ashley and other yoga teachers have regularly scheduled yoga classes. There is a river beach on site and a deep creek for swimming in. Workawayers will have the opportunity to learn about off grid living, building with natural materials, gardening, and helping host retreats.

  • El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    El anfitrión ofrece una paga acorde al salario mínimo

    Este anfitrión ofrece alojamiento y paga.

    El anfitrión ha indicado que pagará al menos el salario mínimo por hora de su país por cada hora trabajada y que también ofrecerá alojamiento. Pide ayuda con un negocio o una actividad empresarial. Ponte en contacto directamente con el anfitrión mediante la mensajería de la página para obtener más información y detalles sobre el salario ofrecido. Cualquier acuerdo con el anfitrión debe cerrarse por anticipado.

  • Ayuda


    Helping on various projects and maintainence. 5 hours of help per day, 5 days per week. We expect help with cooking and keeping the volunteer hub clean and nice.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Portugués: Intermedio
    Español: Principiante

  • Alojamiento


    Private house (lead volunteer) Dorm house or Private Tent

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    The property and area around it is ideal for free outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, hiking and cycling. There are plenty of river beaches in the area, and we have paddle boards available for use. With the Serra de Estrela mountain range nearby, there are plenty of breath-taking hikes. But if you want a break from the country side there's a train just 15 minutes from the project that connects to Lisbon, Porto, and anywhere else you'd like to discover on time off.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Parking and electric hook up available.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

  • ...

    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 126873719456

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