Arrival Instructions

Thank you for joining the Keela Yoga Farm experience! We are very excited to have you and appreciate you choosing to spend your time with us. Please print this page off to make your travel here and your stay much easier. If you have any questions ask in the comment box below or send us an email.

Getting here

You can either drive to us (in Mata Da Rainha) directly, or take a bus or train to Fundao and then travel to us from there by bus or group taxi..

By air:

The nearest airports are Lisbon or Porto. Transport from Lisbon is better but either is fine.

Getting to Fundao from Lisbon:

By train- ideally Get the fast train at 13.32 from Oriente. You can easily get to Oriente from the airport with the Metro in 45 min. buy your ticket in advance online to make it easier. At oriente, keep taking escalators up and you will get to the trains to Fundao.

https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times

By bus:

http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx

Getting to Fundao from Porto: 

When booking a bus, the destination is Fundao.

By bus:

http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx

International Bus

These arrive in Fundao and there are many websites that you can find them on. Including:

https://www.checkmybus.com

Getting to Keela Yoga Farm from Fundao

  1. On set start days we will send a taxi to collect you all from Fundao at 5 or 6pm depending on when you all arrive, you will need to chip in for the 25eur taxi which takes 8 people.
  2. Otherwise you can
    1. Take a taxi to us for 25eur which we will order you, just let us kow your pick up time
    2. Taxi a bus to us and we will collect you, the bus leaves mon-sat at 6.15 from the bus station opposite the market. The bus will goto Quinta da Torre, however you get of at Mata Da Rainha and we will pick you up from the cafe in Mata Da Rainha

Leaving Keela Yoga Farm

  1. The bus to fundao takes 45 min and will get you to Fundao at 10am
  2. A taxi to fundao will cost 25eur, we usually try and club you together with other arrivals and departures to share cost

Getting to us from other origins:

There are also buses/coaches that come through Spain and other parts of Portugal. Check out routes and prices on this useful website: https://www.busbud.com/en & https://www.checkmybus.com

You can hitchhike safely with Bla Bla Car, and contribute to the petrol: https://www.blablacar.pt/

Please make sure you inform us of your journey plans! Have a good journey 🙂 Three big towns near us are Covilha, Castelo Branco and Penamacor. You may find coaches go there from your destinations.

Payment on arrival in cash – Note there are no ATMs nearby

Information for Volunteers:

General Schedule 5 days per week (Subject to change depending on courses and seasons)

  • 7am-8am – Yoga
  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9am- Daily tasks
  • 10-10.30am – Tea break
  • 10.30-1pm – Daily tasks
  • 1pm – Lunch and break
  • 2-4.00pm – Daily tasks/personal project time
  • 6pm – Yoga / Meditation or Permaculture talk
  • 7.30pm – Dinner

 

Community work day

Every other Saturday we go for a half day to help somewhere in the community, such as a local small holding, large local farm, permaculture or yoga project

  • 7-8am breakfast
  • 8am leave for local farm or community or work on keela yoga farm community area
  • 9-1pm Community work
  • 1pm Lunch

Day Off

Everyone will have 1 – 2 days off each week to explore our land, the local area or sites. We can organise group outings or workshops at extra cost. Monsanto, Boom Lake, Soap Making course, fermenting workshop, horse riding, massages. We ask for 5eur per person for petrol and any other costs are for you to pay.

What to expect when you arrive

Please note that when we email you, we include email addresses of other guests who arrive on the same day. This is so you can coordinate with each other to perhaps travel together.

There are no ATMs nearby so please get cash before you arrive to pay for your stay, return petrol ride, tuck shop and any outings to local cafe.

When you arrive we will check you in, a resident will issue with bedding and show you to your tent, you will have time to settle in and have dinner together. The following morning (provided you arrived on a start day) we will take a half day tour of the property as well as some talks on how things work and some time to settle in.

Emergency contact information

Please ensure you bring this with you as we will be collecting emergency contacts at registration.

What you to bring:

  • Towel
  • Sleeping Bag (November – April) for extra warmth
  • Shoes other than flip flops
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting torn or dirty, bring your worst clothes please, we live on a farm (we have loads of old clothes people have left you can borrow)
  • Torch – ideally a head torch with spare batteries. 
  • Yoga and workout clothing (we have yoga mats, but feel free to bring your own)
  • Natural bio-degradable soaps and shampoo/conditioners and sunscreen – We sell all of these at Keela Yoga Farm cheaper than in shops (mostly made locally)
  • Water bottle – We sell a Keela stainless steel one at Keela Yoga Farm
  • Any medical supplies
  • Any special food you like to eat, e.g. nutritional yeast, nuts, Gluten free stuff etc
  • Gardening/building gloves – we have used ones for you, but you may want your own
  • A musical instrument if you can play one!
  • For Jan to March also :
    • It can be quite rainy from January to March, welly boots (rubber gum boots) can be handy to keep your feet nice and dry but we don’t have spares
    • Waterproof trousers and jacket (Jan-March)
    • Warm clothes- it is chilly here especially at night in the winter months. A good hoodie and hat are a great investment!

Laundry

There will be a large washing machine available for use and a communal washing line, cost is 1 EUR per wash (including organic washing liquid). You can also share this with other guests

Food

We provide 3 healthy vegetarian meals a day, if you have any special requirements, please inform us by email before you come and remind kimberly on your arrival. We charge an extra 5eur per week for gluten free to cover costs of special bread,pasta etc. If you like to snack then bring your snacks. If you like special teas or things to go with your porridge then bring these too. We do sometimes go on outings to restaurants where they sell meat. We provide hot tea all day but coffee is limited to the morning only.

Cafe

Portugal has a cafe culture where locals meet in cafe for coffee, beer or wine. You are free to walk, cycle there or join us when we go there for some evenings. The cafe is the hub of the community in the local village. In our village there is Cafe Rolo, which has a shop, wifi and some of them speak english. It closes at 7pm in the winter and 8pm in the summer.  Please be respectful when going to the cafe and on Sundays please try to dress smarter if possible.

Emergencies or hospital needs

As for any destination in the world, it is recommended you have an up to date vaccines. Working on a farm can increase the risk of an injury, the most important ones are Tetanus and Hepatitis A & B.

If you are from the EU please make sure you have a health card (EHIC). It does not take long to get this online. You will need this and your passport for an appointment at the doctors, if you don’t have one it can cost you over 35 EUR plus more for prescription meds, so it is really worth getting. We also suggest that you take out travel insurance.

If you are not from the EU, please make sure you have travel insurance.

You are responsible for your own medical bills and payment of 25eur for return taxi fair to go to the hospital/doctor

Community Living

You are living and sharing a space with a community of people. You are responsible for cleaning up after yourselves at all times. There will be rotas for washing up after meals and general cleaning around the community house. Please respect other people’s space, belongings and views. We aim to live in harmony! 🙂

Internet

We now have unlimited wifi through a wifi sim, please bring your own devices for using internet.

Donations

Do you know how many trees you have chopped down for use for toilet pager, cardboard packaging, paper etc? How much carbon are you responsible for due to buying food, cars ad flying. If you would like to offset your carbon footprint you can help us by purchasing trees or seed trays for the nursery. Please ask us when you get here and we can pick these up from the market. You can then plant them and make your own sign to go with them in your name or for a friend.

If you want to bring us anything we need that would be amazing. We always need arts and crafts, books, paint brushes, paint, seeds, old clothes for working, essential oils, superfoods, musical instruments, mugs, crockery and art.

Contact details:

mobile  +351 9601 88 968

skype: manchee82

info@keelayogafarm.com