Co-create a magical, conscious place at our wonderful little farm near Vila do Mato, Portugal



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  • Description


    I am Pierre-Emmanuel and this project has been in my mind since I was 15 years old. It took about thirty years for the dream to become reality. The goal was nature, nature and nothing but nature. And just as I found this incredible place, Sophie came into my life. Since then, we have given birth to a family with Noa who is 3 years old and Maé who is about to arrive.

    We are gradually settling on a three hectare plot of land in the middle of nature.
    The space is spread out in different terraces that go down to the Mondego river. We are located near the village of Vila do Mato, off the grid and completely autonomous in water and electricity. A spring provides us with drinking water and several wells ensure the reserves for the irrigation of future crops. The Seia River also flows below the property and offers a beautiful waterfall just a few minutes walk away. The beach and a cove for swimming are also nearby.
    The farm has three access roads via relatively chaotic tracks. It is possible to get to our house with a normal vehicle, but it can be a bit intense if you are not used to it.

    Our project is to set up a retreat centre to reconnect with our deepest nature through body practices (Yoga, Qi Gong, earth work...), spiritual and energetic practices (meditation, pranayama, shamanism...) and the magic of group work. The setting and the space of the place contribute to the return to oneself and to simplicity.

    We already have a good base with several renovated buildings, dry toilets, a nice bathroom for Workawayers, wifi, pure water, solar energy and nice accommodation spaces.

    Our next developments will be: building a large wooden deck for group practices (in progress), building a kitchen and outdoor showers, developing the vegetable garden, building a chicken pen, turning a pond into a bathing place, setting up several other wooden decks for nomad tents and a chill out area.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    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

    We are in an ideal place to practice yoga, meditation, qi gong, the Wim Hoff method, musical evenings around the fire...
    You are welcome to join these activities, to which we devote one hour a day.
    We are of course open to share with you the knowledge we have already acquired along the way.

  • 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


    We are expecting 5 hours of help per day, 5 days a week

    In general, we are looking for help with gardening, grounds maintenance, ongoing construction, seasonal tasks (harvesting olives, pruning trees and vines, helping in the vegetable garden...), developing a playground, helping with the children and the house.

    For the month of April 2021, we are looking for 2 or 3 Workawayers for the following tasks:
    land clearing brush with a strimmer, cutting wood (chainsaw and axe), helping with the construction of wooden decks.
    From mid-July onwards, we are looking for Workawayers for wood construction help and for babysitting and meals.

    Please take in consideration that farming includes physical hard tasks. So you should be prepared to work as hard as we do. If you have any reservation about intense physical work, this project is probably not for you.
    If you have any interest to put your creativity at the service of growing things, and if you are enthousiastic, we look forward to hear from your inspiration.

    Our place is drug free and if you are smoker, we will ask you to always smoke cigarets at specific spots and to be very careful with the risk of fire.

    (Please note: you will need to have your own travel and health insurance as we do not provide this)

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Espagnol: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    Depending on how many persons are already there, this can be either in rooms or in tents.
    You have a bathroom with a shower and hot water.
    The 3 meals offered each day are taken together and are also prepared together.
    There are no snacks between meals.
    The dishes as well as the rest of the daily tasks are done together.
    The helping hours are fixed and start after the morning practices, which you can join, and the breakfast.

    The meals are healthy and balanced. Most of the products used are organic. We cannot prepare meals for special diets (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.). As long as this does not represent additional work or costs, we can make some slight adaptations.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    In your free time, it is possible to go for a swim in the Mondego River. You can go for a nice walk in the surroundings. It is also possible to rent a bicycle to visit an incredible megalithic site a few kilometres from the farm... or simply to discover the surroundings.

    If there is a course during your stay, you can also join in some activities in your free time (yoga classes, massages, Qi Gong...)

    It is possible to access the property with a vehicle. Several parking options are available. It is also possible to arrive via the railway station of Carregal do Sal where we can pick you up.

    We are about 20 minutes from Carregal do Sal, 30 minutes from Tabua and 10 minutes from Vila do Mato.

  • 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

    Wifi connection via sim card router. Good stability and good speed. Suitable for video conferencing.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    It is possible to park a van or other type of vehicle close to the house. There is a car park a few metres from the house, but access is not easy. Another parking place is possible along the river. It is a 2 minute walk from the house.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Animals are welcome if they are well behaved. For example, a dog that barks all the time is not welcome. The excrement of your animals should not be seen on the places where we live or pass.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

N° de référence hôte : 543859996991