Edited on 13/01/2016 - 00:10
Hello everybody! We are a group of friends from all over the world that got themselves together to finally buy a land to make our dream come true: live in harmony with nature and with each other, and create a little paradise to raise up our children.
This year, in the late spring (from 15th of May to 15th of June) we are planning to rebuild a small ruin into a school. We have many kids in the farm, and the oldest ones should start school next autumn. In portugal is legal to homeschool, but for the amount of kids we have, we need to have something like a proper school building. We have a small ruin to rebuild, and got the idea of making an intensive month, with many guests/wwoofers/friends, and build it at once. We all have built our houses here in the land, so by now we have experience both in planning and natural building - as well as in keeping the budget very very low (with the three \"r\"s principle: recycle, reuse, repair :-)
We will do it in one month, and we will need many, many hands to do so. So if you would like to spend some time with us in may-june and have interest or experience in rebuilding a stone ruin, working with wooden structures, making light clay walls, installing a solar electric system, building a compost toilet or learning general building skills, you are more than welcome to come and join.
Since we plan to make a big "building-party" month, with a lot of people, we cannot provide very comfortable accommodation. We will create a big main camp, with a main kitchen and a main fire, and friends/wwoofers/helpers will camp there in tents. Our showering facilities are very simple... we have a couple of little solar showers, and a big river... we also have a bathtub under which you can lit a fire (it does take some effort, but it is in fact an amazing experience to take a warm bath under an open sky :-).
It will require hard work from all of us, but we will try to make it as nice as possible for everybody. it is actually a beautiful experience to get involved together with other people in the building of a small house from beginning to end - it is tough, but it connects everybody deeply, seeing together how the common efforts of all make possible to bring a dreamed space into reality.
If you think it might be an experience for you and you are willing to help us to make this school a reality, please let us know.
We will be very grateful and happy to welcome you :-)