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Figueiró da Serra
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: depending on season
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 39339
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: May 4, 2016

Hello and welcome to our little home in the woods! If you feel it is time to learn about and experience the transition to a life off the grid and away from the rat race, where the people produce their own food and take responsibility for their health and medicine, where shelter is built with natural materials, love and in harmony with Nature, where learning is not just a necessity but an exciting and empowering part of life, then come and join us at our project!

ABOUT

Our highest excitement and fascination is Life itself! We are passionate about food that is healing and alive and love sprouting and fermenting! We work with many indigenous ways of healing from Native & South American, African bushmen, Buddhist & Tibetan traditions. We love working with medicinal plants, learning all about them & making tinctures, flower essences and other remedies and are planting many many more, for ourselves and the bees.
Writing our first book. Studying sacred geometry and ancient cosmology. Love exploring deep states of consciousness through meditation and music, and the healing effects of sound on body, mind & spirit.
We live life from the heart, in gratitude and as a living meditation.

So far we are three hobbits here, Olly, Andí and our little rascal friend Babu, soon to be joined by chickens, ducks, a donkey, sheep and a few little hobbits :-) Our Shire is a woodland nestled in the hills of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park in central Portugal. This is quite a magical place that has been abandoned for decades and that we are now restoring to an abundant and self-sustaining food forest.

All we do here is inspired by our love for Mother Nature and to help her and ourselves heal again and remember that we are Nature herself. We are living and constantly learning a different way of life in truly all aspects - from building shelter with natural materials, producing our own food & medicine, managing resources like water and the forest, to health and spiritual aspects as well.

We are completely off-grid here – the sun (and soon the river) provides us with electricity, our delicious sweet tasting water comes straight from the mountains and our firewood, food and medicine increasingly from the forest. Although we are still far from being completely self-sufficient, this is our aim and inspiration for everything we do here. We have created a little plunge pool in the river - a dip in the ice cold mountain stream and you feel amazing!!


WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN VOLUNTEERS

To make this a wonderful and rewarding experience for all of us we welcome nature-loving, community-minded folk and people who are up for creating a warm and fun experience, and who aren't afraid to have a hands on experience!

You need to be enthusiastic, motivated and happy to give 100% of yourself and finish tasks with attention to detail.

As you are invited to come and experience life here with us, you will be part of the family - sharing the fun and laughter as well as the work on projects and daily tasks like doing dishes or emptying the compost.

We are easy-going and there is a good balance here between work and play. However, giving and receiving need to be in harmony. If we feel that someone is giving 100% themselves, makes an effort even with things that are not always fun and creative, then we are all the more happy to give that of ourselves too!

If this resonates with you then we invite you to check out further details below and to get in touch with us for any questions or to drop us a few lines about yourself and why you would like to stay with us.

With so much Love,
Andi, Olly & Babu xxx



Help

We welcome people with specific skills and experience, such as simple carpentry, clay and/or lime works, permaculture, food preservation, land art etc etc. We would like this to be a mutual learning experience where we can empower each other by sharing what we know!
Sometimes there are projects where skill or experience is not absolutely necessary but a problem-solving and down-to-earth practical DIY attitude what is needed. Together with openness, humour, enthusiasm and an ability to listen and work with an attention to detail, this counts for just as much as experience!

We always work as weather, project progress, materials, machines, power availability, inspiration, flow and necessity dictate, and we often work on several projects simultaneously, moving from one to another as conditions suggest. Flexibility and being in the flow are important here.


Accommodation

Accommdation is in either a caravan or tent (with matress) - the set-up is basic but comfy!;-)
We will also provide nourishing, vegetarian meals with ingredients that are seasonal, local and organic wherever possible and prepared with attention and LOVE!
You are also welcome to join us for excursions, gatherings and workshops that are happening around here!

(Please note that we cannot provide you with health insurance.)



ABOUT THE AREA
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Our growing community with peeps from all over the world means that there are frequent gatherings, drum circles, Red Tent womens circles, workshops, yoga classes, Mantra singing, QiGong classes etc etc etc!:-) There is also an increasing number of children here for those of you who travel with their kiddies.

This area here is magical, powerful and beautiful, sitting on granite and quartz with many neolithic sites around. It really invites one to go for a walk and explore, go swimming in the many creeks and rivers and to just sit and BE. The medieval village of Linhares da Beira is about 30 mins by foot (or 10 mins by car). There are loads of river beaches around and in summer we often just take the afternoon off and hang out there instead if it's too hot or we are just in the mood for a swim!:-)


PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING POINTS BEFORE APPLYING WITH US:
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- This is a strictly organic farm and there is not yet a greywater system installed. Water is sacred and we want to bring this awareness back. This means that you can only use purely natural and biodegradable soap, shampoo, toothpaste and anything else that eventually ends up in the soil and water. We are making our own wonderful olive oil soap and healing toothpowder and are happy to share it with you for a small donation if you cannot bring them with you.

- For this same reason we need a full disclosure of any medications you're taking, especially birth control pills, antibiotics etc. as this seriously impacts the farm's soil and plant life.

- Life here goes with the flow, so an easy-going, flexible, humorous attitude is essential, as is the ability to work independently if circumstances and other workloads demand.

- PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DRINKING BOTTLE, TOWEL, WORK CLOTHES, SUITABLE FOOTWEAR with a good sole (I.e. not flip flops or converse like shoes) AND TORCH! We provide work gloves of course, and a friendly family atmosphere to make you feel at home with us!

- Because this is a land focused on healing and awareness, we wish to have no alcohol, meat & recreational drugs here.


HOW TO GET HERE
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Our nearest local villages are Figueiró da Serra, Linhares da Beira and Carrapichana (which also has a bus stop served by Rede Expressos coach services). Other bus and train stations are Gouveia or Celorico da Beira.

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