Help us build our eco-chic retreat center in Alentejo, Portugal



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    Hi, we are Ugo (Italian) and MaryAnn (1/2 american and 1/2 italian brought up in Madrid) who moved to Portugal after 10 years living in Hong Kong.

    PLEASE WRITE TO US ONLY if you are a super neat, precise and clean person as we will be living in a newly renovated area that we must keep as new until September 2021.

    Ugo, an italian food connoisseur and entrepreneur, MaryAnn, a mindfulness, compassion, Mindfulness Yoga teacher and executive coach entrepreneur.

    We are the guardians of 74 acres of magical land in Serpa, Alentejo, where we are following our dream of creating a land and people regeneration retreat center, a natural refuge where nature and people can work together in harmony.

    When we open the retreat in 2021, it will be based on the Love Thy Nature concept; reconnecting and taking care of ourselves as integral parts of nature via mindfulness and compassion practices, yoga, healthy eating from veggie garden and soaking in the natural peace of Alentejo, and reconnecting with nature through sustainable agricultural methods (permaculture and agroforestry).

    Right now we are getting the land ready while we are in the middle of renovation of the buildings.

    We moved into the property in January 2019 and with already the help of many volunteers, we have 3 beautiful veggie gardens that have been giving us wonderful food, and now we are readying to plant winter vegetables.

    We have 2 horses, 3 donkeys, 16 chickens, 2 pigs, 3 dogs, 2 cats and we are in the midst of building stables and tool shed, as well as regenerating the land by planting cover crops and giving organic matter to degraded areas of the land.

    We are looking for super organised, neat and clean volunteers as we will be living in the newly renovated part of the retreat center and we need to keep it as new for when we open hopefully in September (the rest of the living space is being renovated).

    WRITE ONLY If you are interested and capable of being super careful and keep the common areas clean and neat, as we know from experience not everybody is interested or capable of this. THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT. If after the first days we realise you are not taking care of the space and things, we will kindly part ways with you.

    Let us know if you want to be part of this project by joining us to work on building, upkeep of the veggie gardens and food forest, land clearing, pruning, planting, mulching, animal care and other exciting projects.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    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

    Ugo is Italian and MaryAnn is half Italian, half American, but grown up in Spain. We have lived for the last 10 years in Hong Kong, so we have quite an international background. Ugo is a food lover, worked in food for the last 7 years, MaryAnn is a Mindfulness (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) and Mindfulness Yoga certified teacher, executive coach and passionate about trying out new vegetarian recipes. Ugo has attended a PDC course and a natural building course so he can build our house.

    We are happy people and very keen to arrive to almost a 0 trash impact on this world with our project. We love animals, and somehow they love us and the many volunteers back :-)

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    PLEASE WRITE TO US ONLY if you are a super neat, precise and clean person as we will be living in a newly renovated area that we must keep as new until September 2021.

    We welcome people who are proactive and will be happy to work in the land, (clearing land, cutting, veggie garden maintenance, pruning, etc.) and building, with a positive attitude and who will contribute in the upkeep of the food forest and veggie gardens, building project and manage and take care of animals as well as live towards a zero waste (minimising plastic use) and sustainable living - this is really important for us.

    Happy to welcome people who love to cook and want to try out new vegetarian recipes.

    Ugo and MaryAnn

  • Langues parlées

    English: Courant
    Spanish: Courant
    Italian: Courant
    French: Débutant
    Japanese: Débutant
    Portuguese: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    We offer a room with 3 single beds for our volunteers and shared bathroom with hosts.

    We will be living in the newly renovated service part of the future retreat center.

    We have a common kitchen used to cook main meals, and a common living/dining area with a fire place. The rooms are heated during the cold nights, please bring your own towel.
    Food wise we provide 3 vegetarian meals a day, you can provide your own snacks.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    The help required is 5 hours per day for 5 days a week plus community work (house cleaning, cooking and washing up in turns).
    During your free time you can enjoy the property or the close by little city, Serpa, where there are restaurants, bars and all the commodities that a small town can provide. Nearby there is also a river and a water fall and natural park.

    Regarding transportation, we will pick you up in Serpa. You can go via Beja (bus or train from Lisbon) and from there catch a bus to SERPA, which is 10km far from the property.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week plus community cleaning of the house and cooking and washing up

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