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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
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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.
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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.
Private house (lead volunteer) Dorm house or Private Tent
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.
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Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas
Parking and electric hook up available.
¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?
Más de dos
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
The work wasn't difficult
Thank you very much for everything! See you soon :)
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The work wasn't difficult
Thank you very much for everything! See you soon :)
There are a lot of things happening at the lodge, and we were impressed to hear how well they had thought through the design of their land, like irrigation and fire prevention systems. We really enjoyed
They joined us at a bit of a difficult time as we were dealing with our ill dog who we then had to put down a few days after their arrival. They were so
Sorry that my feedback took too long to response.
I just want to thank you for the possibility to stay and work at your place Eco Lodge. It were a remarkable tree weeks there. I feel really gratefull for all the time a could spend there, doing many kinds of work on the site, exploring the river and beautifull pure nature
During my time here I helped on all sorts of jobs. The tasks were
He's handy and skilled in carpentry, and often worked above and beyond both expectations and hours. He helped on projects at our eco lodge in the making with building a deck, repointing stone with
First of all, so sorry for the delay of the feedback, it was a technicality!
Ok, so we were supposed to stay three weeks and we ended up staying almost four months. For the first 'real' experience in Workaway, it couldn't have been better.
The place is beautiful and Ash and Rory are great people, funny, kind and open to
I stayed there about 2-3 weeks, working 5 days a week about 4 hours a day! Work is various, interesting, and physical. I worked on various projects (clearing the land, building a geo-dome, patching old stone wall, etc... There is a lot to do over there always so you won't get bored! Ash
Bonnie is a great worker -- self-motivated and creative. Whether it was digging, or clearing wood, or building a little fence around the garden independently she likes to keep busy and is always happy go lucky when it comes to work. Bonnie also cooked for the whole volunteer group for one of the weeks she
They are excellent hosts, from so many points of view!
I had the chance to put a lot of creative input and was free to experiment and do my thing. Rory was always willing to explain, listen to my opinion and find a good way of
She is happy to work hard at any project, and is very creative. We will miss having her here and wish her the very best at future workaway hosts, who
It's a great place in a very beautiful area of Portugal wich was perfect for little trips by bike or walks through the nature.
I enjoyed working for the project and so nice people:) I really learned a lot.
Also thank you very much that you let me built
We would highly recommend Johann for any project as he is sweet, caring and gets along well with everyone, not to mention he's an extremely skilled carpenter in the making! He built us a new kitchen table, new shelving, and an improved
The work was a focus on building and clearing the land from and invasive-species tree. The work was not hard, usually 4 hours per day with a break in between. Rory not just gave instructions on how to do the tasks, but also explained their background and how
We would highly recommend Jose to any project he wishes to be a part of. He’s a very hard
A big THANK YOU for your feedback and these amazing 2 weeks I stayed on your site. I enjoyed every day on your property, grateful to experience the simplicity of life in a wonderful place with great company. Working with the chainsaw was fine for me and I was happy to help the ruin to
Thank you so much ! And we will miss Hank Harvey and Hugo!