Current Work May 2016

Marko has been figuring out the solar system, this is the frame to hold the panels. Washing machine here we come!!!

With a little help from his friends......

Rendering the bathroom.

We are creating some kitchen garden beds aroud the house for herbs. Here is Davi putting in soil:

And Hazel chopping the bracken she reoved from the beds to return to the soil as mulch

And at last we are using our amazing outdoor kitchen, with rocket stove hobs and oven. Powered by the sticks we collect in the forest and by removing then we also reduce fire risk. The kitchen is still a work in progress but suiting us nicely. And the dogs like it too!

We have been harvesting the abundant wild plants growing at this time of year and making wild saurkraut - delicious! This one is nettles, dock, garlic and ginger.



Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita Saturday November 24th 10.30 - 5pm

I am very happy to announce another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Date TBC 2018

People have retreated to wild places for millennia to find inner peace and a greater perspective on life. Nature, in it’s simplicity and beauty, supports a profound relaxation in body, mind and soul.


It has been a long time since I have written a blog post because so much has been ongoingly changing in the last year. I wanted to wait until the dust and ash had settled and I knew where I would be before I wrote.

Many of the plants and trees the bees and other insects thrive on have burnt in the October fires and will not be flowering this year and some not next year either if they recover at all. Here are my suggestions on how to help the pollinators through these lean times.

God these are heartbreaking times. Rain that was so longed for in the summer is now pouring off these hills taking soil and stone and track with it onto the terraces and into rivers.

Many people have asked us how they can help in the wake of the fires and all we have lost. We are very touched and grateful for these offers of support. Here are some ways you can help:

We have started building the second floor of the workshop!! This will be our last major build here and will provide a dormitory and meditation/workshop room which will increase our capacities for events and hosting people, especially outside of the summer months.