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1.. RETREAT STORY
2.. FAQ PROJECT OVERVIEW
Vision Statement Link
Community Guidelines (Rules) Link
4.. DONATING T&C
WISEROOTS community eco arts yoga farm yoga retreat project HAS JUST STARTED!
This new grassroots project in Portugal founded by Cara Bianca WiseRoots and Rui Verissimo Designs will take shape over the next year or so
We have lived in and visited intentional communities in the UK, and now e have our own opportunity to create a small community haven ourselves. Our mission is to create a private and shared living space community including a retreat centre with underpinning friendship and self sufficiency in a caring conscious environment allowing each individual to remain independent as well as having access to community space, events and shared/individual activities.
In May 2022 we purchased Land and Legal Buildings in Portugal to create the WiseRoots Retreat.
Our community homestead space is as simple and rural as you can get
We have ample land to support 6-12 people full time, 3 legal urbana buildings: a 100+ year old farmhouse, a large working barn building and separate small house with a surrounding woods, mature oak forest, with hawthorn and elder trees. We also have an established food forest with fig trees, olive trees and other fruit trees.
Farmfam retreat is in a perfect location, a short train ride inland from Lisboa airport and situated on a famous pilgrim route to the Sacred Religious Capital of Fatima. We are 15 minutes from the healing mountain bathing waters of ‘Agroal’, and a short journey to Tomar the lovely templar town and Nazare Portugal's surf capital and Figuera De Foz seaside resort.
WHERE WERE AT
Were moving fast!
So please check back here or join social media pages for latest updates as what you read today may change
We are currently creating the WiseRoots utopia in Portugal. The land is super fertile and ready to grow abundant food, we have lots of fruit and olive trees and will create a forest garden space, we have ample land to use for gardening better than organic food
🔅 TO CREATE a grass roots community & retreat centre for both short and long term stays in van, tent or building
🌿 ECO living and gardens, herbal garden, poly tunnel to grow food all year
🔅 WORKSHOP SPACE we have a tipi gathering space ready to go
🌿 SPA & BATHING We are planning outdoor eco showers, outdoor bath, sauna & natural pool and relaxation areas
🔅 DINING outdoor dining area and kitchen, clay and BBQ ovens
🌿 CAMPER SPACES idyllic private outdoor tent & van spaces
🔅 RENTED SPACE quirky micro-living space rooms available to affordably rent in the farmhouse or small house
🌿 TEMPLE meditation & prayer yoga room
🔅 SACRED STONE CIRCLE we will even create a stone circle on our land
🌿 ECO GEO SPIRITUAL tourism with regular visits to areas of interest, stone circles, caves, mountains and more
🔅 ECO GROWING AREA with food growing and harvesting, collection of natural harvested water & well water with local spring water we collect to drink complete with eco composting toilets
It’s going to be a beautiful opulent filled delightful space full of eco rustic charm, otherworldly like a mini wales in portugal, magical quirky and dreamy
🔅 daily practices of yoga . meditation . satsang . mantra kirtan . yoga nidra . nada yoga (sound) . Qigong
🌿 shared cooking and art space for creativity Plus whatever else others would like to share with the community
OF CREATING A RETREAT
WHERE YOU CAN MELT INTO NATURE
TRULY RELAX INTO YOUR SELF
A FEAST OF SENSUAL DELIGHTS
FOR THE HEART AND SOUL
GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY we combine arts, community, food, growing food, holistic activities, yoga practice, entertainment and a super relaxing peaceful space for you to melt into
ETHICAL LIVING we welcome conscious people to our project, and honour the traditions of the Portuguese way of life and culture, we are set within stunning rural nature and share neighbours of the local Portuguese farming community
REUSE RECYCLE we aim to create a space where as much as possible is reused and recycled, we are creating a quirky alternative eco retreat space that is comfy, relaxed and unique with an Eco Rustic Charm and oodles of character
ECO all items for the project will be ethically sourced (where possible) and we are partnering with other projects that can offer clean, green, ethical produce and brands for us to use and sell in future
OFFGRID we have an ’off-grid’ ethics foundation and are off grid in our live-in van, we will implement as many off grid facilities at FarmFam, but may not be entirely off grid (depending on cost, resources and environmental impact)
Thank you for reading, lots of love to you all
Cara & Rui
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FAQ & PROJECT OVERVIEW
Here is a list of most frequently asked questions that create a our 'Project Overview' you will find out about our project in great depth here, we hope you enjoy reading about us, and we hope to see you soon
WHO ARE THE FOUNDERS?
CARA BIANCA and RUI VERISSIMO are the founders of WiseRoots.Retreat, we are long term partners of 10 years, have two small rescue dogs and no children.
We have been on an alternative living life journey for many years together, and have invested in alternative and community living for over 15 years.
Rui is Portuguese and has spent over 20 years in the UK and become increasingly aware that accessing the 'good life' is increasingly harder and harder to do in the UK and felt an urge to reconnect with his roots in Portugal, he speaks native Portuguese and English. Rui is a Handy man, wood worker, stonewaller, groundsman, builder and creative thinker extrordinare
Cara is English and up for a challenge having visited many other countries, Cara is being expanded by learning about a new culture, having been in portugal for the past 2 years knows a little Portuguese language. Cara has run her holistic business for over 20 years which will provide the perfect holistic foundation for the project with help from others who share the same interests. Cara is a Herbalist, Homeopath, Dietician & Food Guru, Land-Worker, yoga, dance & meditation teacher and CAM Complimentary Alternative Medicine Therapist, as well as a body (massage) and energy worker, you can read more about Cara here
DO YOU HAVE A VISION STATEMENT
Yes we have a vision, please view our VISION STATEMENT here where you can learn more about our project intentions and our core values
We hope to be fully inclusive to as many people as possible and hold a space to create community with love, compassion and tolerance as a firm foundation. Its also recommended you read FAQ PROJECT OVERVIEW and Community Guidelines
Answer these questions
and decide if
is for you
DO YOU HAVE COMMUNITY RULES?
Yes we have to, we prefer to call them positive boundaries not rules
if you are planning to visit us please view our COMMUNITY GUIDELINES this is a combination of in-depth knowledge of the environment you will visit and stay in that have created guidelines helping everyone to be safe, keep WiseRoots.Community safe, allow your visit to be smooth and harmony without constraint, they also offer advice and guidance about personal conduct at FarmFam. Its also recommended you read the rest of the FAQ and Vision statement. We believe everyone has a right to live their life how they want to and also have fundamental project 'do's and dont's that run alongside the Limbs of Yoga', offering wholesome guidelines for a natural and healthy lifestyle
Pleas read all 4 sections to get a clear overview of our project
WHAT WE OFFER AT FARMFAM
1/ AVAILABLE NOW
SHORT AND LONG TERM STAYS FOR CAMPER VANS
WORKAWAY OPPORTUNITIES A chance to work and stay
FOOD GARDEN to grow your own food
FOOD FOREST to pick your own food
ECO & GEO ACTIVITIES within local reach
A CHANCE TO BE PART OF A HOLISTIC & COMMUNITY
GOOD HEALTHY HOME GROWN FOOD
SMALLHOLDING NATURE CONNECTION
A CLEAN RURAL SPACE TO LIVE SIMPLY
2/ COMING SOON
SATSANG & WORKSHOP-SWAPa space to share wisdom
MUSIC NIGHTS chanting, kirtan, soft singing, musician mini stage
ARTS AND CRAFTS
GREEN CRAFTS Herbalism & Natural Medicine
AN ONSITE TEMPLE AND SACRED STONE CIRCLE
A RETREAT SPACE TO SHARE
HEART CENTRED GATHERINGS
OUTINGS TO SITES OF INTEREST
HOLISTIC THERAPIES & TREATMENTS
WORKSHOPS: YOGA QIGONG DANCE
MEDITATION, PRANAYAMA (traditional Breath work)
CEREMONY: A CONNECTION TO THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED IICT HOLISTIC TRAINING ACADEMY
RETREAT HOSTING (for small groups only)
GROW . INSPIRE . CREATE
S T A Y I N G
FUNDAMENTAL CORE VALUES - THE B L U E Z O N E LIFESTYLE
We follow the Blue Zone lifestyle as outlined here, this proven positive lifestyle proforma is taught as a foundation at all healthy eating universities as a bench mark to follow for increased health and wellbeing
The Blue Zone runs alongside ALL dietary, personal, social, religious, cultural beliefs that you have.
The Blue Zone principles are as follows:
MOVE NATURALLY be active daily and as part of your regular routine for health and flexibility
RIGHT OUTLOOK know your purpose, downshift: work less, slow down, relax, look after yourself
EAT WISELY eat a natural, plant based, healthy unprocessed diet (more details below)
BELONG Create a healthy social network . Connect with spirituality . Prioritise community & family
WHATS YOUR TAKE ON SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION?
At WiseRoots.Community we believe everything is connected and are a spiritual based community.
We are a Multi-Faith Yoga & Meditation CommunityWe welcome ALL religions and spirituality which also fulfills one of the fundamental lifestyle choices of the Blue Zone Lifestyle .
which includes the positive benefits of adopting spiritual practice into one's life for health and wellbeing. Cara is an ordained Priestess of Sacred Space and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. We will have a multi-faith temple and will also run alongside and actively celebrate sacred days and events from all faiths. We also follow the Laws of Nature (see vision statement) and work in a non-dogmatic way. Religions encompassed already at FarmFam include: Earth (non book) Religions such as Pagan, Goddess, Shaman and structured (book) religions such as Christian, Roman Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Tantra, Vedanta etc
CAN I STAY LONG TERM?
2 x SPACES FOR CAMPERVANS AVAILABE NOW!
APPLICATIONS WELCOME (minimum stay 2 months)
We are open to people renting a space longer term in exchange for a donation. All new comers will have to undergo a 2 week TRIAL PERIOD. We require you have good cleanliness standards and if bringing children or animals that you are happy to work within our guidelines,
All. of the following is optional:
COMMUNAL MEALS are negotiable by group consensus (minimum 1 per week)
SHARED LEISURE TIME is negotiable by group consensus (minimum 1 per week)
WORK ON LAND by negotiation by group consensus (minimum required donation time varies)
WORKSHOP attending is negotiable by group consensus ie: group Yoga, Meditation, Qigong (min x 1 per week)
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE is in line with community guideline requests, we do have daily cleanliness routines that al areas are kept in order, clean and tidy, a clean environment is good ‘Feng shui’
PRIVACY IN PRIVATE DWELLINGS is important and we ask you respect others space
SPIRITUALITY we are a non-dogmatic open spiritual community, in honesty, we are not suitable for atheists or non spiritual guests. We work in line with local spiritual events and days and also respect the two main forms of religion:
1/ NON BOOK RELIGION shamanic, goddess, pagan, druidic etc
2/ BOOK RELIGIONS structured religions with books such as christianity, hinduism, buddhism etc
NON SPIRITUAL RELIGION we are open to new classifications and concepts of 'spirituality'
MORAL CODES AND ETHICS we classify our project as conscious, we are open to change and adaption with new ideas and concepts. We conduct ourselves in a responsible manner caring for others around us whilst keeping 'sovereign autonomy'.
FREETHINKERS We welcome a freethinking community, knowing we are all connected to a collective consciousness and unconsciousness and welcome co-creating alternative ways of living
IF I STAY WILL I HAVE MY OWN AUTONOMY & SPACE?
Yes! we like comfort and space.
For anyone staying 2+ weeks or longer term, in whatever space you choose to live in, be it a camper, tent or indoor living space, we think it essential to define positive living boundaries at WiseRoots.Community,
We will assist you to have all the space you need in order to feel comfortable and at home
WELCOME MEET it is essential you meet people to see if you like the vibe before you commit, we are happy to offer trial periods for anyone wanting to dip their toes in at WiseRoots.Community before you commit fully
PERSONAL SPACE we actively ask all people getting involved of their preferences and general routines preferences, we prefer this said that assumed, such as rest and your general routine, timetable, work commitments and leisure time.
WORK you can have space to work with prior agreement
LAND all longer stays can have access to their own patch of land and even outdoor relaxation area, with prior agreement
DIET all personal diets are welcomed, and in your own space or outside of WiseRoots.Community is non of our concern . we do have shared space recommendations (see guidelines)
RELIGION all spirituality and religion is welcome
OVERALL We try to be fully inclusive for all
CAN I WORK AT FARMFAM?
Yes! you can do your own private work at WiseRoots.Community
or get involved, we will be hosting small events and Retreats at WiseRoots.Community. Currently we are still setting this up.
We welcome people who freelance, digital nomads etc to live here and can even assist for you to make this transition
We don’t offer paid work
All other work here is voluntary. There is no paid work available as of yet. Freelance paid work may become available in the future.
DO YOU WELCOME FAMILIES AND CHILDREN?
Yes, we will soon welcome well behaved children with responsible families or carer and ask that children are supervised at all times and that carers ensure the community guidelines are fulfilled within this (children/family spaces are limited and subject to availability)
DO YOU WELCOME ANIMALS?
Yes, we welcome contained and behaved domestic animals, with responsible owners and ask that pets are leaded or contained in fenced areas, and supervised at all times and that carers ensure the community guidelines are fulfilled if staying with animals (animal spaces are limited and subject to availability) and a maximum of 2 animals per guest.
A B O U T. F O O D
DO YOU GROW FOOD?
Our aim is to grow 'better than organic food' and be as self sufficient as possible and barter with neighbouring projects
We currently source organic produce and local seasonal food from local surrounding markets and producers, including surrounding neighbours farms, including raw olive oil from the trees in the area.
We have our own fruit trees with ample figs, apples, lemon and will harvest our first olive crop to dry raw at the end of this year and we aim to start growing chemical free food soon
FARMFAM AND FOOD
In all communities there is a common ground, FOOD! we need it every day, and it connects us and nature together, and also on an energetic and spiritual level binding us intricately within Nature's Laws.
At WiseRoots.Community We have decided to adopt a 100% INCLUSIVE FOOD POLICY
We believe we are all unique and have a right to choose what diet we consume (for personal, health, spiritual and medical reasons)
And we have a right to 'change' our dietary preferences when we see fit, as the Laws of Nature states everything is temporary so our diet will also change and evolve over time, our only request is that our diets are a conscious act of choice and follow as healthy pathways and choice as possible
WiseRoots will make (for sale or swap) fermented foods, preserves, dried products, dried herbs, herbal teas and tinctures etc, we also sprout, make sourdough bread, eat chemical free and organic, enjoy raw diets and fasting, as well as offering gut healing bone broth, we can also can offer plant based medicines, herbalism and homeopathy and follow Ayurvedic Dietary guidelines.
We try to steer clear of caffeine, highly processed foods and white sugar, coffee, etc, we do offer great alternatives (what you choose to have in your own space is your choice)
WE OMIT THE FOLLOWING FOODS FOR HEALTH REASONS
GMO, soy and non-fermented soy products, lecithins, soy lecithins, industrial seed oils, citric acid, E-numbers, chemicals, sweeteners, aspartame, ace-K, sucralose, MSG, artificial colourings and flavourings
WE TRY TO AVOID OR LIMIT THE FOLLOWING: pasteurised UHT foods, canned foods, ready meals and packaged food, food older than 24 hours old. non organic food produce, processed foods, white sugar, coffee, produce from large corporation (ie liptons, walls, compal etc) we avoid purchasing from large companies or food outlets that dont have our health interests at heart and choose to support others that do
(this list is constantly growing and we may omit other products that are not on this list).
The WiseRoots.Communityand the Blue Zone diet runs alongside ANY dietary preference, we welcome all dietary choices here, again we will say it is the CHOICE of any individual to adopt whatever conscious path of eating they choose:
FOR OMNIVORES AND PESCATARIANS: If you intend to eat fish or meat at FarmFam we request our community and guests follow a full ethical procedure of conscious eating and sourcing animals for consumption:
- take only what you need
- follow conscious consumption in guidelines with Ayurvedic Diet and Blue Zone (5% max diet p/w animal based)
- Eat local farmed, organic or wild caught animals or fish that have lived a full and humane life, sourcing animal based products as a whole piece from one animal and humanely treated rather than fragments from multiple animals
- Give offerings of energetic / spiritual gratitude for the animal's life (prayer)
BLUE ZONE DIET
CONSCIOUS EATING until you are 80% full
HEALTHY DIET consuming natural local organic chemical free food. The BZD is mainly 95% plant based and recommends consuming low quantities of animal products for a healthy diet of less than 5% dairy, eggs, fish, meat and consuming where possible soups and stews (bone broth) of wild sourced animals that have lived a healthy uncaged and free life
RED WINE The diet also recommends an optional glass of wine a day!
OUR FLEXITARIAN APPROACH
Most shared meals will be vegetarian, depending upon groups present, we can vote in communal meals and spaces that are 100% vegan or 100% vegetarian to suit guests, or to mark ceremonial or spiritual events and ceremonies (i.e. before ceremony we will adopt a vegan diet). If you are staying or exclusively hosting an event at our retreat you can request your dietary preference.
CARA'S FOOD STORY
Cara decided after 10 years of being a strict vegan (2 years) and vegetarian (8 years) to become Flexitarian and follow the Blue Zone Lifestyle due to living more authentically in line with The Laws of Nature and living rurally and on a small holding for many years, it just felt a natural progression living next to nature so closely. Once a week I have a ceremonial Pescetarian Meal or Sacred Bone Broth and Pray and Honour the wheel of Life,
L A N D & H O U S E K E E P I N G
WHAT IS YOUR ETHICS ON LAND KEEPING?
We aim to be
- organic, pesticide free, use organic heritage seeds where possible, we do not allow harsh chemicals of any kind
- Use natural, traditional and contemporary farming methods where possible
- We are committed to stewarding our land and any animals we keep in a responsible way in line with the Laws of Nature
- We aim to grow, harvest, process, preserve and all self sufficient practices
-we aim to keep pest control maintained by clean living and secure food storage to reduce the need for pest control
WHAT IS YOUR ETHICS ON HOUSE KEEPING?
We are a Chemical free site:
In communal areas, in all indoor and outdoor communal spaces and buildings (including camper van and private dwellings) we ask that you are chemical free:
- CHEMICAL & TOXIN FREE all cleaning products onsite are natural and chemical free, ethically sourced furniture and homewares. A chemical free kitchen as possible, free of plastics, aluminium, teflon, silicon etc. This includes products like washing up liquid, fabric detergents and softners, shampoos, shower gels, body products, hair products, toothpaste, as well as surface, floor, window, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, all are required to be chemical and SLEF free.
- WIFI LIMITED we aim to switch wifi off after 12 midnight so we can enjoy a wifi free zone. (negotiable). We will aim to hardwire all internet soon to reduce wifi
- HOLISTIC MEDICINES will be used where possible alongside traditional First Aid. Cara is a trained First Aid Homeopath and Herbalist.
If you are taking allopathic medicines please do not use the composting toilets and this is used as fertiliser for trees
HOW CLEAN IS YOUR WATER?
Currently we source drinking & cooking water from the 7 Fountains Natural Spring nearby, we have a garden water collection system tank, and a covered underground well which is soon to be cleaned and the water lab tested, and we also have mains water source we use for washing and cleaning only (soon to be lab tested)
D O N A T I O N S. & F E E S
CAN I DONATE TO YOUR PROJECT?
CAMPERVAN STOPS AVAILABLE BY DONATION to enquire
Donations are welcome and we offer great packages for donators assisting us to reach our dreams to welcome community to WiseRoots.Community
DONATIONS FOR STAYS We are currently welcoming any donations for Campervan stays
we are welcoming donations and are offering some excellent packages in return for your kind donation
For £100 donation receive a 1 hour HEALING session with Bach Flower Remedy and Cacao/Crystal Gift
For £500 donation receive 5 online Healing sessions or mini Retreat sessions with Bach, Cacao & Crystal Gifts
For £1000 donation receive 5 x online sessions with Gifts and 1 week stay with 1 hour treatment or tuition per day*
For £5000 receive 5 x online sessions with Gifts and 2 x 1 week stays with 1 hour treatment or tuition per day*
For £10,000 donation receive 5 x sessions with Gifts and 4 x 1 week stays* with 1hr treatment & 1 hr tuition per day
PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR MORE DETAILS TO DONATE
please read full T&C below
DO YOU HAVE FEES?
Currently we are accepting DONATIONS to stay on our land to cover our expenses of caring for land
We also will consider WorkStays and negotiate an exchange of work for staying on our land, which can include the following: general land maintenance, gardening, general jobs stay (gift economy) or fair trade swap s.
We (for 3 month + periods, subject to renewal)
All donations will go towards up-keep and costs of our land maintenance and costs
A C T I V I T I E S & A T.T R A C T I O N S
WHAT ATTRACTIONS ARE NEARBY?
RURAL WALKS AND FATIMA PILGRIMAGE Ton our doorstep right where we are that are frequented by Pilgrims, walkers, hikers and cyclists
Alvaiázere is one of our nearest towns only 10 minutes away, with everything you need including shops, market, supermarket and attractions, museum, swimming pool, cafes and restaurant (10 mins)
SERRA DO Alvaiázere astounding rural country walks (10 mins+) aview point Serra de Alvaiázere, peak with an elevation of 463 metres (1500) Miradouro da Serra de Alvaiázere is a scenic viewpoint in Portugal. Miradouro da Serra de Alvaiázere is situated nearby to Baloiço de Alvaiázere and the archaeological site Castro da Serra de Alvaiázere.
ANSIO A small town
FRIEXIANDA with shops and market (5 mins) 2470 residents
AGROAL mountain swimming and river beach (5 mins)
NAZARE seaside town with astounding beaches (30 mins)
FIGUIERA DO FOZ traditional seaside town with astounding beaches (30 minutes)
TOMAR beautiful riverside town with cafes and parks (30 mins)
FATIMA sacred holy site and caves (30 mins)
(travelling time estimates are all by car or taxi)
DO YOU OFFER HOLISTIC TREATMENTS?
Yes, we offer relaxing treatments for an affordable ‘suggested donation’
Treatments will include the following and can be booked in person or online via PM:
Thai Acupressure Massage
Thai Reflexology / Gentle Touch Reflexology
Champissage / Indian Head Massage
Foot Massage Holistic Pedicure
Hand Massage Holistic Manicure
Pranic Healing / Reiki
Crystal / Colour Healing
Shamanic / Spiritual Healing
Closing The Bones Ceremony
WHAT CLASSES, WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE?
We offer a wide range of workshops and tuition at WiseRoots.Communityand will have a programme up and running very soon.
During your stay daily or weekly classes to suit can be arranged:
Yoga (asana posture)
Ashtanga Yoga (8 Limbs of Yoga)
Yamas: 5 disciplines & Niyamas: 5 Observances
Pratayahara (withdrawal of Senses)
Satsang (attaining Samadhi, pure bliss)
Sound Bath - Nada Yoga - Gong bath
Chanting - Mantra - Kirtan
Qigong & Internal Arts
Dance: Sacred, Rhythms, Trance, Sacred Belly Dance, Dynamic Osho
Celebrations: Wheel of the Year Celebrations
Ceremony - Circle
Yes! We offer accredited training, we are an international IICT verified Training School, and currently offer the following training courses, which will be available at WiseRoots.Community or are currently available ONLINE:
Vitalist Shamanic Practitioner (1 week training)
Energy Healing Usui Reiki (1 week training)
Sacred Dance (2 days+)
Shamanic Sound Healing
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE!
AIRPORTS Lisbon or Porto (train or 1.5hr drive)
FERRY Santander Spain (a good drive away)
COACH nearest coach is Freixianda (5 mins)
TRAIN nearest train station is Caixaris (10 mins)
O T H E R
DRUGS / ALCOHOL POLICY
Please see the Guidelines for full outlines
PLANT MEDICINE POLICY
NO. We do not host or offer 'hard plant medicine ceremonies' such as Kambo, Ayahuasha, Peyote, San Pedro, Amanita or other hallucinogenic ceremonies with plant medicines, our view is that these ceremonies may cause 'trauma' in many unexpected ways .
YES, We do offer gentle effective and powerful 'soft plant medicine ceremonies' such as Cacao, Mugwort, Blue Lotus, homeopathic and energetic Ceremonies of Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Peyote, Amanita Muscaria etc in conjunction with sound healing and energy work these softer methods are just as intensively cleansing as hard ceremonies
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON NUDITY?
Like any other public space please be sensitive to others, we don’t practice 'full nudism' in any shared or public spaces.
All outdoor bathing areas have full privacy and screening for your comfort, for communal bathing and saunas you will be requested to wear swimwear or underwear. For the nudists, there are designated nudist beaches in Portugal you can visit.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON SEXUALITY ?
Every one has a right to personal sexual freedom and preference so long as it does no harm. At our project we prefer sexuality to not be the main issue of focus, we choose to focus on Eco living, spirituality and sensuality of life rather than sexuality alone. We are LGBT friendly. We have a code of conduct that we request all guests to respect everyones right to privacy and non sexual dogma.
The Founders follow the 'Laws of nature' (from Ancient Shamanic Practice): Law of Polarity states 'Nature is bound by the Law of Polarity and duality, ie: dark/light, cold/hot, male/female and that within each and every one of us we are already both, but also nature provides this natural contrast within its very basic laws, and we are manifest as a result of this and understand the deeper profound complexity of 'sexuality'.
WHAT IS OUR GUIDELINES ON ANIMAL WELFARE?
We love and respect animals, and provide an environment of care and consideration within the Laws of Nature for all animals, both domestic and wild. We welcome domestic pets that are supervised and cared for. we ask that dogs remain either contained or on a lead at all times and fully supervised (animal spaces are limited and subject to availability)
We hope one day to look after chickens and goats on the land for eggs and raw milk. We aim to treat all animals on our land as holistically as possible, including medication for domestic and farm animals, and humane deterrents for wild animals within sensible reason of maintaining a safe and disease free smallholding
U S E F U L N U M B E R S P O R T U G A L
EUROPE WIDE EMERGENCY 112
NEAREST CHEMISTS - Freixianda (5 min drive) or Alvaiazere (10 min drive)
BANK Millennium Freixianda
GARAGE Ettiene +351962747596
PHONE vodafone Ourem or Tomar
TRAINS www.cp.pt (nearest station Caxairis)
emergency in 112 fire police medical
forest fire 117
theft loss Public Security Police (PSP) to report a loss or theft at 218 444 530
road traffic accident 112 In a minor accident with no injuries, both parties should exchange details and fill out an accident report, which you then submit to the insurance companies. However, if there is a disagreement over what happened, don’t sign any documentation at the scene.
Environment SOS (GNR): 808 200 520
Transit SOS (GNR): 808 201 855
Sea rescue: 214 401 919
Maritime Police: 210 911 100
LOST BANK CARD If you lose a bank card, report it to the local police station. The police then provide a certificate (Auto de Denúncia de Furto) for the issuing bank. You should also report the lost or stolen card to SIBS (Sociedade Interbancária de Serviços) at 808 201 251 or 217 813 080.
health24 general medical advice 0808242424
Sea rescue: 214 401 919
Suicide/crisis helpline (SOS Voz Amiga): 0800 202 669
Cancer helpline: 213 619 542
Alcoholics Anonymous: 217 162 969
Anti–Alcoholic Portuguese Society: 213 571 483
Drug abuse helpline: 1414
Narcotics Anonymous (Narcoticos Anonomios): 800 202 013
International Lesbian and Gay Association Portugal (Associação ILGA Portugal): call 218 873 918 or go online (in Portuguese only, however).
Opus Gay: one of the oldest gay associations in Portugal. Call 213 151 396 or go online (in Portuguese only, however).
Rede Ex-Aequo: association for LGBTQ+ people aged 16-30. Call 968 781 841 or go online (in Portuguese only,
Clubo Safo: lesbian association in Portugal. Call 960 046 617 or online
HOMES CHILDREN FAMILY YOUTH
National Social Emergency Line: 144
Lisbon Housing First (Crescer): 213 620 192 or online (in Portuguese only, however).
CASA Homeless Support Center (Centro de Apoio ao sem Abrigo): 96 004 13 74
Child abuse hotline (SOS Criança): 800 202 651
Spousal abuse helpline (SOS Mulher): 0800 202 148
Victim support helpline (Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vitima): 707 200 077
Ministry for Youth and Sport: 800 203 030
Portuguese Youth Institute (Instituto Português da Juventude): see online.
Water issues: call Águas de Portugal at 800 201 600 (burst pipes) or 800 222 425 (water cuts) or 800 or you can also go online.
Electricity issues: call Energias de Portugal at 800 506 506 or you can also go online.
Gas leaks/issues: call your supplier – Galp Energia (800 508 112) or Medigás (808 201 150).
Phone issues: for mobile phones, contact your network provider. For landlines, contact Portugal Telecom at 16 200
Portuguese Director General of Veterinary Services (Direcção-Geral de Veterinária): see online.
Associação Animal: organization campaigning for animal protection in Portugal. call 962 358 183 or see online (in Portuguese only, however).
Sociedade Protectora dos Animais (SPA): animal protection charity. Call 213 423 851 or go online (in Portuguese)
Associação Protecção Animais Algarve (APAA): English-language organization promoting protection of animals in the Algarve. Read even more about APAA
UK United Kingdom: The British Embassy in Lisbon is located at R. de São Bernardo 33. Their phone number is +351 213 924 000. The United Kingdom
T E R M S. & C O N D I T I O N S
FarmFam is subject to change at any time, this is a new project in its infancy, we will allow the natural evolution of this project to flow with gratitude. Anything offered by FarmFam is subject to change
FarmFam offers no liability for your personal life choices, all of your actions are at your own risk. You agree to get your own personal insurances including vehicle, medical, travel, personal possessions etc and agree that FarmFam is not liable for any injury or loss from theft, fire, natural disaster
Any monies donated to FarmFam are non refundable returnable
Any rental contracts are paid for by the Rentees
Your donation is a gift to us to help create the outlined plans as listed on this project
Your donation is strictly Non.refundable/non exchangeable:
The gift offered in return for your donation cannot be exchanged for money or changed without prior formal written negotiation and agreement
All gifts are strictly at FarmFam: Accomodation/treatments are not available outside of FarmFam and are only included at farmfam.
You agree: There are strictly no refunds or exchanges, all payments are final on all donations
* RETREAT STAY T&C
For a donation of £1000 plus you will receive a thank you gift and retreat stay as outlined here
- Your retreat stay includes a stay at farmfam.retreat for 2 adults (ie: with prior agreement you can extend to a 2 week stay instead of 2x1 weeks)
- Treatments/therapies: up to 1 or 2 hour daily of treatments or tuition, tuition can be shared, treatments can be taken by the Donator or split into 2 mini treatments of 30 mins each, additional services will include an extra discounted charge such as extra sessions, treatments, excursions at the proprieter's discretion ).
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be in a tipi style tent, farmhouse or caravan or similar
stay includes: treatments and therapies as outlined inclusive of food (continental breakfast, light lunch and light evening dinner) and beverages, water, soda water and herbal teas etc (excludes alcohol).
Packages Exclude all flight/ferry/travel/transfers and all/any travel costs.
Excludes travel insurance (please find your own insurance)
Excludes travel health care insurance (please find your own health care insurance)
Loss, damage or theft of Possessions are entirely at your own risk (please insure your possessions with correct insurance)
Dates are currently variable and TBC.
You agree you are donating towards a project that has not yet been fully created and is in the process of being created, all services outlined in the original plans may or may not be present at the time of your stay as this is a community project and is a work in progress you are donating to assist to be created
You are aware this stay is NOT A HOTEL our project is a community grass roots shared space, FarmFam Eco retreat project and FarmStay and not a hotel
Expires within 5 years of farmfam opening for stays, you will be notified of this date
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