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Melo
All Year: Spring/summer/atumn
Area (ha): 5.1
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 48563
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: May 25, 2016

Hello
We are Annie & Adam, we live on a 5 hectare property on the out skirts of Melo, a village in the Serra da Estrela national park in central Portugal. We moved from Bulgaria with all our animals in April 2015 and are now creating our home and rental property/retreat centre here. We have 4 horses, 6 dogs, 4 cats and lots of chickens that make up our family, they are all lovely, however if you are not that into animals, this probably is not the place for you as they are allowed everywhere and join in on every day tasks, sometimes not quite as would be wanted! We hope to be open by May 2016 and so need a lot of help before opening becomes a reality. Once open the Quinta/farm will be a place for people to enjoy the area in a vegetarian, vegan, healthy, non toxic atmosphere. We will be running a variety of courses, including detox programs, self healing techniques, yoga and meditation and animal communication courses. You do not have to be a vegetarian or spiritual to visit, just whilst you are here we ask you to not bring meat, alcohol, marijuana (unless medicinal) or other intoxicants onto the property. We have loads of projects to complete before opening, they include, digging a natural pool, building straw bale walls in the house, plumbing the house and outside showers, building outside bathroom facilities, fencing the boarder and planting trees, pulling up bracken, cutting back brambles and creating a vegi garden, amongst other stuff, all quite physical work.
We have both travelled extensively and have many a tale to tell, we also enjoy listening to our guests tales, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We like to socialise but also appreciate our privacy, so its important that you dont expect us to be around all the time. We are going to try and organise helpers so we have 4-6 people in at a time, as this will allow us to get more work done in a shorter amount of time and make it a more social occasion. The property is off grid. We have very limited wifi and it only goes on for a few hours in the morning and then again in the evening and have limited electric for charging devices. Water is from a natural stream and we have a grey water run off into the veggi patch and so ask you not to use environmentally harmful products in the shower, we can direct you to or sell to you, natural products that do not have a negative impact on the soil.
We have a website so if you would like to learn more about the project before applying please email us and we will send you the address. This is a healing retreat centre, people visit for peace and quiet and to get away from everyday life, so we ask that you respect each persons space and are aware that some people may be having a hard time as they begin to detox.
If you play an instrument please bring it, its lovely to sit out under the stars hearing the music dance down the valley.

Please bring long trousers that will protect you from the brambles as well as working shoes. It does rain a lot here in the winter and spring so waterproofs are good too, also if you have them working gloves, we have some gloves you can use if you dont have your own. We do not have insurance to cover any injuries you might sustain whilst working here, so please make sure you have your own insurance. We will ask you to sign a disclaimer when you arrive and also expect you to be honest with us about the jobs you are happy or un happy to do. We prefer people to stay for a week and then for both parties to review from there if a longer stay is a good idea. If from day 1 or early on we realise you really are not suited to our project we will drop you back to the nearest bus or train station that can safely take you to your next destination
Look forward to hearing from you
Annie & Adam

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