The Lodge is a holistic nature reserve in the Serra da Estrela natural park. We have 22 hectares of land...including blueberry farm and dam. We have a herd of 12 goats that need milking and we make our own cheese and yoghurt. We have chickens & ducks producing organic eggs and we've started organic garden for fruit, vegetables and herbs. There's also a family of 6 friendly dogs and three cats that keep us entertained, so a much for animal lovers! Andrea who runs the lodge has a background in holistic therapies including astrology. There's lots to do before this time to get the space looking at it's best and this is where we'd like some help with developing the land and onsite facilities. The space we have here is very serene and peaceful, you're completely at one with nature and the outdoor work is great for the soul. There's a lovely community feel in the area and you'll have the opportunity to interact with guests as well as other workers at the lodge should you wish to. Retreat specific: - Clearing land to make space for marquee and additional tipi's - Clearing and building area for fire pit - Build 5m tipi - Build compost toilets and outdoor showers - Clear plunge pool - Lay flooring in tipi's, yurts and marquee - Build, sand, paint furniture and create seating areas - Decorate areas - Create signs with natural materials- organic garden, lodge, outdoor showers, save water - Build sweat lodge structure - Help build stretch marquee for yoga and mediation - Build huge beds in organic garden Anyone with carpentry skills or experienced in manual labour would be very desirable for the end of September and October. Also anyone with any design skills/ social media experience to help us grow would also be much appreciated General: - Milking and herding the goats - Maintaining the organic garden - Cleaning out guest accommodation - Cooking for guests/ other volunteers There are many places to explore here and the area is ideal for people who enjoy walking, cycling, parascending or even kayacking as we are close to the River Mondego. There's many lovely spots for reading, meditation, yoga and watching the incredible sunsets.
Olá I’m Andrea, originally from England, I have been living in the mountains of Central Portugal since 2013. I relocated to Rainbow Lodge in October 2016 to fulfil my dream of creating a Spiritual Retreat Centre where people could spend time in nature and discover their true purpose in life. Through the journey of my own Awakening that began in 2000, I have followed the path of Shamanic and Mystery school teachings. I have discovered who I am and what my soul wants to create this life time. I have a Mission this life time to be in service to humanity and to create a better world. Through my work at Rainbow Lodge I support other people who are in a transition period. Many people have an inner knowing that they need to change something in their life that is holding them back from finding their true direction and purpose. I am fully qualified in a variety of tools and techniques to include; Shamanic healing, Reiki, crystals, sound, colour, dna activation & clearing, Quantum magnetic analysis, Cymatherapy, Emotional Freedom, Transference healing and Munay Ki. I have also began in depth study of the Qabbalah to gain an understanding of Astrology, Tarot and the Tree of Life. Therapy sessions are available with Andrea and the Rainbow Lodge team on an ad hoc basis or as a course dependant on the individuals needs.
The experience of Rainbow Lodge showed me the challenges associated with running a functional farm in the midst of a challenging environment, the property is amazing the night sky like a planetarium. The garden once tended and harvested provided the freshest fruits for the table.
My experience there is one that will stay with me for a life time. I loved walking the goats in the morning.
I would be happy to return.
9 months ago
I'm so happy I didn't give up after my first attempt to contact was expired... Eventually Andrea answered and accepted our application and that's how it started our amazing experience in Serra da Estrela.
The landscape is incredible, the energy is fantastic and dealing with the goats was definitely the best part of the experience!
Not to mention how wonderful was their welcome to Pipoca, she felt home so quickly with all the other animals on the farm! ♡
Thank you Andrea and all living things at Rainbow Lodge to make us feel so comfortable during our stay there ^_^
about 2 years ago