Join us in a Permaculture Regeneration Project at beautiful Serra da Estrela!

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The Exchange

Our quinta was an abandoned rural farm that we turned into a Permaculture Regeneration Project, located in the Serra da Estrela region of Central Portugal. We are looking to rebuild soil and forest implementing a sustainable farming system based on Permaculture design principles - Earth Care Neighbourhoods. Come join us in this project while you discouver a little bit of rural Portugal :)


What you offer

25 hours of help per week

Animal Care: Help look after and take care of animals.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Holistic Therapies: You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.


Requirements

Intermediate English


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

I'm looking for easy going people with a good sense of awareness regarding personal boundaries and full circle living. There is no fixed schedule here, and once we've agreed on your assigned tasks/projects then you can work to a schedule that suits you. Normally I ask for 4-5 hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation but I'm also open to just 2 hours a day in exchange for accommodation only.

If you are particularly handy at fixing up spaces with second hand materials then you may be interested in building work or live-in refurbishment projects. I need someone who is creative with respects to finding building solutions from limited stock of second hand material and someone who feels competent at building things in a solid and lasting way.


Activities & Shift

I have a good working bike (and several more that need some fixing) that you can use to go out and explore the area. There are also plenty of cafes in the surrounding villages where you could hang out, have a coffee, play cards and learn the Portuguese ways with the locals.

If you prefer peaceful and quiet activities then there are plenty of places around here to meditate, read a book or just relax. If you are interested in yoga then we will soon have a yoga deck installed where you can practice yoga - There will be a regular class on Monday mornings but the deck will be available any time outside of that for your own practice.

In summer we often run community events so you will be welcome to join in on those events when they happen.


Rules

A note on some things you'll need to bring:

- torch
- sleeping bag
- waterproof jacket / umbrella
- work boots
- work clothes that you don't mind getting muddy or stained
- warm clothes for evenings and for sleeping in when it gets cold
- hat for sunny weather
- towel - a small quick drying one is good
- chemical-free biodegradable soap / shampoo / toothpaste etc

Please do not bring any shower gels / deodorants etc with artificial perfumes.

We have work gloves you can borrow if needed, and gum boots can be bought cheaply or we may have some your size.

I believe in fair exchange, so when it comes to communication I expect a fair and equal energy exchange based on honest sharing and empathy. If you like to talk a lot, feel the need to preach to others or just have difficulties with being in silence then this might not be the place for you.