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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.
I am passionate about building with round wood because it simply makes so much sense.
It’s autumn again and the abundance is obvious. The forest and land is heaving with food and we know of no greater joy than getting out into the hills and foraging this freely given resource.
 

So we have some systems and facilities coming online this month - very exciting!!

Davi and Hazel have been working hard on the bathroom tiling, building glass brick walls and crafting mosaics. It looks beautiful!

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

At this moment (October 2015) Marko can be found building the most beautiful forest house. Marko and David (brother, friend and talented builder) are currently putting on walls and figuring out windows at a pace so that we can host volunteers as soon as possible in 2016.

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Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita 24 Novembro das 10.30h às 17h

Devido à grande procura, venho com grande satisfação anunciar uma nova oportunidade esta Primavera de iniciar a aprendizagem da arte e ciência do reconhecimento de plantas, no nosso bonito vale na Serra do Açor.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita 2018

Desde há milénios que as pessoas se retiram para locais selvagens para encontrar a paz interior e uma maior perspectiva da Vida. A Natureza, com a sua simplicidade e beleza, sustenta um profundo relaxamento do corpo, mente e alma.

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Muitas das plantas e árvores das quais as abelhas e outros insectos vivem arderam nos incêndios deste Outubro e não florescerão este ano e algumas nem no próximo ano. Apresento-vos as minhas sugestões sobre como ajudar os polinizadores durante estes tempos difíceis.

Deus, como têm sido tempos desoladores. A chuva, que foi tão esperada durante o Verão, é agora abundante e está a arrastar o solo e as pedras das montanhas, levando-os consigo pelos terraços e para os rios.

Sou apaixonado por construir com madeira em toros (troncos?). Conheço poucas coisas que façam sentido de tantas maneiras, quase todas de sentido prático e ecológico – o que no fundo é o mesmo – mas também financeiramente, esteticamente e em termos de resiliência e gestão da floresta.