United States | Submitted by oliviazinno on 13/12/2018
I spent 5 wonderful weeks at the Moinhos this past August and it was truly an amazing time. Upon arriving, Freya greeted me with such warmth and openness, and this feeling continued throughout my time there. Getting to know Steven and Freya (and much of her family and their friends) was such a treat. My accommodation was a sweet, simple cabin with a cozy bed and it’s own sink and outhouse. The showers and flush toilets are in the main area and are communal. For meals, we all ate together in the communal outdoor kitchen/eating area. Some of my favorite moments happened here, as it was the hub of the Moinhos and the spot where people from all over Europe (and the world) would gather for thrice weekly “restaurant nights”. During these nights, Freya worked her magic (and taught me so much) by transforming fruits and vegetables from the Horta into delicious, vegetarian/vegan meals. Some things I did there include tending to the vegetable & fruit garden (watering, weeding, harvesting, planting, etc.), helping to clean the guest houses/bathroom area, cooking/serving on restaurant nights, lead nutrition workshops, swim in the Dão River, playing Rummiub, hiking around the property, and many trips into Viseu or surrounding villages where I experienced what felt like the authentic Portuguese spirit and hospitality. Steven and Freya are both wonderful people and will take the time to really get to know you and find what tasks will best suit you at the Moinhos and make sure you have a great time throughout. I can assure you, this place is a very special, peaceful, healing place that you will likely come to love as i do! I can’t wait to return someday.