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Fornos de Algodres
All Year: Closed Dec, Jan , Feb
Area (ha): 6
Persons: 1 - 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 43989
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: July 16, 2018

Hi Welcome to Dove Farm, we are an eco project within a larger eco project !

Special Notice: In August and September 2018 we need practical people to help in constructing the straw bale round house walls with cob and lime rendering. Experience of some sort would be preferable.

We are lovingly restoring this abandoned quinta, it has a stone farm house, a small barn/workshop and another small stone building as well as three large fields, and a small woodland. There is also an amazing water mine and various wells. The woodland was planted around 40 years ago, we are currently in the process of regenerating it with native trees and nurturing the oaks, chestnut, wild cherry and hawthorn that already growing. Our plan is to create a mixed broadleaf woodland, encouraging the native tree species, fauna and flora.
This summer ( 2018) we are finishing the build on a 10 meter straw bale round house, at present we are finishing the terracotta tiled roof and the wooden floor. by September 2018 we will be building and rendering the straw bale walls with cob on the inside and lime plaster on the exterior. The round house will be the focal point for the retreat centre. This is part of our vision to create a nature based sanctuary for visitors, offering space for workshops, events and gatherings.
We have also built a wooden therapy dome and have developed the eco camping area. We have also constructed a straw bale bathroom roundhouse that includes a compost toilet and wood fired shower.
Last summer ( 2017) we renovated the existing granite stone farm house, our next job for this is to fit the windows and doors to make it water tight for the winter.

Trevor enjoys to work in a team and has many years experience of living off grid on his organic olive farm in Southern Spain. Jasmine is inspired by being able to offer opportunities to others to grow and learn or just 'be', through connection to the earth on this tranquil farm in the mountains of central Portugal.
Trevor is a tai chi practitioner and course facilitator with many years experience in these fields. Jasmine is a bodywork therapist specialising in shiatsu and cranio sacral therapy. She has also teaches bodywork and yoga. They also like to play music, especially traditional celtic music.
We can offer our volunteers comfortable accomodation in one of our caravans and in the summer we also have tents and tipis. We provide good quality vegetarian food three times a day and fresh water from our own spring. We can offer hot showers from our wood fired shower, (or cold ones if needed in the summer heat). Occasionally we can take you on an excursion to neighbouring towns and sites of interest, and have selection of bicycles to borrow in your free time. There is also the option of a morning tai chi class a few times a week.
Sometimes we work hard, but our volunteers are an important part of our project, so we like to make life enjoyable and rewarding. We welcome longstay volunteers

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