Land regeneration and abundant forest retreat in Alentejo, Portugal

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  • Activité récente: 13 juin 2024



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  • Description


    We are a meditation centre and off-grid land regeneration project, located on 90 Hectares of mostly forested hills, in SW Alentejo. Our aim is to to live in balance with nature, and to provide a supportive space for us and for others to practise meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Martial Arts, and for connecting deeply with nature.
    We have begun the work of restoring the forest, improving soils, increasing biodiversity and increasing the water-holding capacity of the land to halt the ongoing aridification.

    -Various areas transitioning to mixed productive agro-forestry with a lot of fruit and nut trees with biodiverse planting incorporating annual and perennial vegetable crops.
    -Water retention earthworks
    -Transforming eucalyptus monoculture areas to mixed timber biodiverse forest, whilst developing a wood business transforming eucalyptus timber into high quality furniture.
    -Regenerative management of cork oak forest to increase biodiversity and health of the forest and ourselves!
    - We always have various building projects on the go, using natural and local materials wherever possible.

    Our diet is mostly vegan and organic, free from junkfood, and based on fruit and vegetables.
    We are a no smoking and no alcohol environment.
    We are looking for volunteers who can be responsible and who appreciate the peace and quiet we offer here. We appreciate open and honest communication.
    It is the perfect place for someone who also wishes to deepen their own meditation, or who is really interested in learning or practising some Martial Arts or Qigong in their spare time. If meditation is not something you are interested in, it is probably not the place for you!
    We are 3-5 adults. A 7 year old and a 2 year old are often around.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et 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

    Between us we have experience in systems design, off-grid living, building in wood and mud, computer software, running businesses, body-mind-spirit practises, health and diet, aromatic and medicinal plants, natural gardening, permaculture, distilling wild herbs, flower essences.

  • 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


    Depending on the time of year.....

    Gardening, planting out, weeding, watering, seed saving, propagation.
    Strimming, clearing land.
    We always need help with forestry - clearing land, pruning trees, processing wood (chopping or chipping!).

    We have some great natural building projects on-going, that you may have chance to help with.
    We have some small carpentry jobs for someone with experience.


    This autumn there is a lot of clearing out, moving things around, reorganising of spaces and also clearing up around the building site.
    Occasional child care.
    Help with translation from English into Portuguese or Spanish for our websites.
    Plant-based vegan food preperation
    Help with harvesting and distilling wild herbs

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Portugais: Courant
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire
    Italien: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    A small caravan in the forest is the winter accommodation. It has a tiny wood stove to keep it warm and cosy. We provide sheets, pillows and pillow cases, and some blankets. It can get chilly at night, so if you have a warm sleeping bag do bring it, however if you do not have one, we can lend you more bedding. It is important to us that you are comfortable.
    The mini-dome (as seen in the photos) may also be available if there are no other guests.
    There are various tent options for the warmer months, located in the shade of the cork oak trees.
    There are shared hot showers and compost toilets. And a shared outdoor kitchen.
    There is also space for your own live-in vehicle.
    We provide a shared organic vegan meal in the early evening which you will sometimes help to prepare. Breakfast and lunch you will usually prepare for yourself with the food available.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are 15 minutes from the train station and can pick-up for a cost of 10€. We are 25 minutes from the nearest town.
    There are lots of other communities and alternative projects in the area, with occasional local markets and get-togethers.
    We are 50 minutes drive from the wild beaches of the Atlantic Coast and there will be opportunities to got there.

    If you are nearby and wish to come for a day or two to see if a longer stay would be good, that usually works well.

  • 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 ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 999148313524

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