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Area (ha): 10,000 m2
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 99606
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: August 22, 2020

!! *** I’m currently looking for someone who can revamp the old camper *** !!
It involves some carpentry work, putting in a wood burner and a few other bits and bobs.

my vision

It's my dream to revive my old farmstead in the Algarve hills. There are 16 terraces which I want to turn into a sustainable organic garden. Following the principles of permaculture I will be planting many fruits trees, perennial vegetables, seasonal vegetables and lots and lots of medicinal herbs, aiming towards self-sufficiency.

the land

Rocha do Corvo is a 10,000m2, south-facing, terraced hillside, nestled in the Monchique mountains. It has a spring, a stream running along the bottom, a small wooden house, a ruin, lots of drystone walling (some need rebuilding) and a camper van. The terraces were last farmed 40 years ago. There are cork oaks, olives, figs, grapevines and an orange tree, but none are really baring fruit apart from a walnut tree down by the river. Along the river there are a lot of alder trees and also some eucalyptus.
The hillside is in a valley and overlooks a natural forest. It is secluded and the nearest neighbours (5 houses) is about 1 km away. The closest village, Marmelete, is 3 km up a steep hill. Once you’re up there, Aljezur is 17km to the west and Monchique about the same to the east. In Aljezur you have incredibly beautiful beaches and surfing opportunities.


Are you fit and active? Do love being “in the middle of nowhere”? Do you enjoy time alone? Do you enjoy working hard? Do you have your own transport?

the work

!! *** I’m currently looking for someone who can revamp the old camper *** !!
It involves some carpentry work, putting in a wood burner and a few other bits and bobs.

The work on the land is often hard. It is a steep hillside that hasn’t been farmed for 40 years! I live here alone and need strong physical support. You would work along side me (53-yr-old woman). I am on the land working for 3 days then the next 3 days elsewhere. You would work 5 hours a day when I am there and then another 1 hour a day on the next 3 days doing general maintenance and small jobs.

jobs (in the order they need doing)

making the camper van into a lovely helper’s home
planting fruit trees and bushes
making irrigation
regenerating soil
creating new gardens - fruit and veg
felling trees and chainsawing
streaming and land clearing
reforesting the hillside

my offering

You would live in the camper van and I would cook for you the 3 days I am there and leave you with plenty for you to cook with for when I’m not. You can use the bathroom in the wooden house where we can also eat together.
I’m a shiatsu therapist and an English teacher. I know a lot about gardening organically, growing medicinal herbs, making plant medicines, shamanic practice and more… I am open and willing to share my gifts and experience.


Already in my childhood I realised that something wasn’t right with the way humanity lives. My reaction as a teenager was to become an eco-anarchist, live in a truck and “fight the system”. Once the travellers lifestyle became difficult in the UK in the late 80s, I left, travelled through Europe in my truck and landed in SW Portugal. I fell in love with the nature and life here. The incredibly beautiful ocean and the amazing open and clear night skies healed me of my need to fight. I remembered “to be the change you want to see”. I became a solutions person. I built a house (in those days it was so cheap here) and a garden and lived in peace with nature and the community.
In 2003 as a struggling single mum it all became too much to manage on my own and I sold my land and moved to Germany. The plan was to stay 1.5 years and it ended up as 16. I set up a business English coaching company, my daughter went to school and the years went by.
During this time I did a shamanic apprenticeship and trained to become a shiatsu therapist.
In 2020, at long last, I came home. Home is a steep terraced hillside nestled in the Monchique mountains, and it’s also Barão de São João where I do my online English teaching, give shiatsu and have many old friends.
I meditate, do yoga, practise shamanism, grow food, work hard, experience nature, live rustically and very simply. These are the things that make me happy.
I’m kind, honest, open, respectful, aware, hard working, often inspired and always interested. I dream of a world with clean water, healthy nutritious food, fresh air, communities of people supporting and caring for each other, working together as part of nature. I’m a doer and a creator and I love working towards manifesting this dream.

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