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All Year: 1st March - 1st November
Area (ha): 5
Persons: max 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 16664
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: November 10, 2017

Hey folks! We are currently in a 'closed season', out winter planning, reflection and community time.

We will open again for help, with a new programme, more like an internship with lots of learning opportunities in 2018!!!


We are a small, pioneering, intentional community based on permaculture ethics and principles. Our interest is in growing towards a way of being that is gentle on nature, animals and humans. We have been here for over 10 years.

Permanent people are Barbara, Emma, Eric and Marcia and baby Samuel. Two of us are Portuguese, one from Northern Ireland and one from Germany - its up to you to guess who is from where!

It is best to check out our 'blog' - and the link to this page shows our vision for the land. We are committed to the practice of Permaculture as we understand the aspects of people care, earth care and a regard for spirituality.


As far as accommodation goes, we PREFER if you bring a tent.

We have a huge pond for swimming and a paddling pool - really important as the weather heats up!

Our closest village is Povoa de Atalaia, but we are actually between Povoa and 2 ancient Roman villages called Alpedrina and Castelo Novo - with lovely views of the Gardunha Mountains.

We have lots of chickens and 3 roosters - got to come and see the names they have! We also have 2 delightful dogs - Goofy and Tali and 4 cats. We do love our animals, and can be open to people bringing their well behaved pets.

In terms of languages spoken here - we are an international community - we speak Portuguese, English, German, a little Spanish and a little French. Mostly we converse in English or Portuguese.

One other thing, we prefer that if you smoke that you are aware that 3 of us have given up smoking in the last years. If you do smoke, do not worry - we will not exclude you!!! we will however ask you to NOT smoke in the common areas.


When the season opens for volunteers we will be about to start our events - so we need people who are willing to help out with our daily tasks, cleaning, chopping veggies, helping in the garden or helping with odd jobs. Those with natural building skills are super welcome, but so are those who like to serve by making things beautiful and keeping the common spaces tidy!

We run courses in natural building, workshops on soap making workshops and medinical herbs - lots of educational activites and we are setting up an eco-camp site.

If you would like to come and help out, please get in touch and we can send you the information we send to prospective volunteers. The document we send gives more info on our expectations.

The minimum stay with us is 4 weeks in order to get the most out of a visit and get the chance to be part of the community life here.

Peace, hope and joy,

emma, barbara, eric and marcia
and the animals, plants and trees here.

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