Come spend time on our tranquil farm in a thriving community near Benfeita, Portugal



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    I am a single mum who chose to move to Portugal to let my kids grow up surrounded by beauty and nature. My daughter, Shyamalii, is 10 and my son, Narayan, is 7 years old and they are both full of love, life and curiosity and love meeting new people.

    I have been trying my best to follow a yogic lifestyle for many years now. Life for me is all about learning, growing and opening. I would probably best describe myself as a seeker of truth. I am learning more how to be still, to feel and to listen with all my senses. I am into natural holistic health and wellbeing. I love to spend time in nature, swimming and dipping in my idyllic waterfall pool. I enjoy dancing and singing and creating with my hands.

    Our home is in a quiet valley close to the national park, Mata da Margaraça, in the mountains of the Serra do Açor. It is a small farm with terraces and a big flat piece of land at the bottom and borders a river with a beautiful waterfall. It is incredibly peaceful and full of life and the air is a pleasure to breath. We have a beautiful xisto house which we rebuilt since the fires of 2017 and a cuddly black cat called waffles also shared our home.

    While our farm is quiet we are lucky enough to be surrounded by others with their own farms who have also chosen to return to the wild and build a life in nature, 'off grid'. There is a colourful community here with people from many countries and all walks of life, collaborating, learning from each other, sharing art, music, skills and talents.

    My children attend a home education project walking distance from where we live and it is easy to walk to the nearest villages of Pardieiros and Benfeita from us as well as other farms and beauty spots including Fraga de Pena.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Aide dans une ferme
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    You can learn about living in nature, off grid, in the Portuguese country side. I am British, but have some Chinese Malaysian roots and my kids are a mix of many cultures themselves including Chinese, Malaysian, British and South American. You can also learn about the yogic diet and lifestyle and spending time with children who are very free thinking.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    I have lots of little projects I would like help with on the farm. For example this year I would like to expand my garden and would love to have people who have knowledge of gardening and permaculture come and help me create the beds and help me plant the seeds using principals of companion planting if possible. I would also love some help with designing the use of the land better to help me build a vision.

    I have some building projects I would like help with to create some outdoor structures and I have some indoor DIY tasks as my house isn't completely finished. There are also general maintenance tasks to do on the land such as clearing brambles.

    My kids absolutely love meeting new people, spending time and learning from them and I am keen to have help engaging them in different activities while I do some work or have some quiet time.

    Finally it is always enjoyable to have people around sharing time together and sharing cooking and creating and also helping me keep the home in order. My daughter particularly is very creative and absolutely loves to work with creative people on different projects so any creative skills especially with the hands - sewing, knitting, crochet, mosaic, basket weaving, cooking, baking etc etc are always very welcome. My son loves board games indoors and out so people who enjoy playing games are also very welcome :)

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Portugais: Débutant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    I love to learn languages and am really keen to learn portuguese especially with native speakers so we are particularly interested in having native Portuguese speakers (from any continent) come and stay with us. I am also very patient at teaching english.

  • Hébergement


    There are a few options. We have a lovely big caravan at the top of the land which is very spacious and comfortable. It has several beds including a large double and also a kitchen area. There is also an outdoor compost toilet and an outdoor shower connector that can be used to pump water from a bucket. There is no running water but we have plenty of sources locally that we fill up bottles from. You can also park your own van up by the caravan. It is about a 5 minutes walk down to our house or 10 minute walk up from it to the caravan. Another option would be to put up a tent on the flat piece of land on our lowest terrace close the house.

    We like to share cooking and eating with workaways but because there is a kitchen in the caravan there is also the option to cook yourself or do a combination of both.

    I cook healthy, hearty, nutritious vegetarian food and love to learn new recipes from others.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    There is plenty to do around here. There are lots of beauty spots such as the Mata da Margaraca, national park and Fraga de Pena within walking distance. There are also lots of hidden beauty spots along the river and amongst the trees. There is a lot going on socially especially as we approach spring and summer. We have regular markets, bhajans and other types of gatherings and workshops ranging from permaculture to natural building to basket weaving to circus skills. The list is endless!

    The easiest way to get around is either by foot or in a car although there is a local bus which comes in and out of the area a couple of times a day.

    As I have said we like to share our life with others but we also like to have our own place to retreat to which is why we don't have volunteers stay in our house.

    While volunteers don't need to be vegetarian they will need to respect only eating and preparing vegetarian food at our place.

    While I accept people for a week my preference is for people to stay at least 2 weeks as it can take time to get into a rhythm with eachother. Normally we like to review after a week how things are going which gives everyone involved an opportunity to assess how it is working.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    The caravan at the top of our land has good Wi-Fi reception. I don’t have a spare router or dongle though so you would have to bring your own or they are easy to buy around here. The caravan is well set up for working from with a lovely big table.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a big space by our own caravan to park up with a campervan or motorhome. The track to get here is a bit rough but I drive it with my ford focus when it is dry and it is fine. It is a bit more dodgy in the rain.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    I am happy to accept people with dogs.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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