Permaculture and Yoga Volunteer program in Portugal

We will count on volunteers to help keep the place growing, happy and alive. If you think you would be interested to volunteer with us, once you have read this page, please apply to volunteer via our application form.

Group or residence and volunteers in March 2017
Group or residence and volunteers in March 2017

Click here for some photos of volunteers work in March and April 2017

For more photos please visit our facebook page – we have a lot of photos and updates on facebook

2019 Volunteering

In 2019 we have set volunteering dates (found below) with a general focus for the month. We find having groups start on the same day makes it more like an informal retreat or course than volunteering. The group forms better and everyone feels at home faster. Usually during the month we have a course which the volunteers will support, that course sets the theme for the month. Although the focus is set below their will be opportunities to help with other tasks around the farm, especially with gardening.

If you are a yoga teacher looking for volunteering please click here

Volunteers do not need to stay for the duration of the programs but must start on the below start dates)

Volunteer dates (start – end) Focus
Jan & Feb 2019 We are open to volunteers between 10th Jan & 24th Feb to help with the winter garden, reforestation and finishing our natural building. There will be les yoga during this time, you will not need to pay anything and you will be accomodated in a caravan. We prefer people do not stay in tents or tipis during bad weather.
1st March – 20th April Building and working in the food forest and permaculture gardens, assisting in running the food forest course
19th March – 20th April Building and working in the food forest and permaculture gardens, assisting in running the food forest course
1st May – 17th June (or start 1st June) Working in the permaculture gardens or Natural Building (as you prefer)
27th June – 31st August Natural Building Volunteering, cooking, preparing materials and gardening
24th July – 31st August Natural Building Volunteering, cooking, preparing materials and gardening
14th – 28th August Natural Building Volunteering, cooking, preparing materials and gardening
1st Sept – 31st Sept Preparing and running a Yoga retreat, working in the permaculture gardens, setting u for a festival
14th October – 14th November Building and working in the food forest and permaculture gardens, assisting in running the food forest course
1st November – 16th December Building and working in the food forest and permaculture gardens
11th November – 16th December Reforestation, Olive picking, Working in Permaculture Gardens
25th November – 16th December Reforestation, Olive picking, Working in Permaculture Gardens

What will volunteers get?

  • Healthy organic meals
  • Onsite daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Workshops on Permaculture and sustainble living
  • Time to relax, unwind and get back to nature
  • Learn new skills in Permaculture, Natural Building, Healthy and Sustainable living
  • Opportunity to run your own projects and build permaculture systems
  • Walks, cycling and local activities
  • 5 days volunteering at Keela Yoga Farm
  • Private tour of the land with one of the founders
  • 2 days off to relax or visit local places, usually we spend one of these mornings helping local communities and farms
  • Become part of a community!
  • Volunteers learnt and worked together to build a structure to increase our outdoor living space
    Volunteers learnt and worked together to build a structure to increase our outdoor living space

What jobs will volunteers do?

Volunteers will be expected to participate for 5-6 hours per day doing various tasks that may be required from the below list, however please check the focus for the month you plan to join above.

  • Organic gardening
  • Reforestation
  • Working in the Food Forests
  • Natural building
  • Helping in the kitchen on rotation
  • Teaching yoga
  • Upcycling
  • Cleaning
  • Arts and crafts
  • Helping with the local community projects
  • Sharing your skills with Keela Yoga Farm residents
Regular workshops on permaculture
Regular workshops on permaculture

What is expected of you?

  • Contribution of EUR 55 per week or EUR 200 per month paid in on arrival to cover healthy food, yoga and running the farm costs + additional for caravan or tent hire please visit our accommodation page
  • Positive attitude
  • Look after our tools and equipment as if they are your own
  • Putting tools away after you use them or if you find them
  • 5 days volunteering at keela yoga farm
  • 1/2 a day volunteering at a local project every other week month as part of our community help program
  • 5-6 hours per day working
  • willing and interest to study and learn about gardening, building or cooking
  • Assisting with community tasks (cooking, cleaning, lighting fires etc)

Why do we charge you to volunteer?

It is the only way we can do this as we have a little income from courses (as most goes to the teacher). Running an off grid project is a lot more expensive that one may think. We aim to offset carbon through tree planting, learn and teach about self reliance and provide a place for people to learn and experience community living. We thank you for your contribution in allowing this project to happen.

Our stone bread oven cleaned by volunteers and our first loaf made
Our stone bread oven cleaned by volunteers and our first loaf made

Community Facilities

  • Community stone house – large house with the kitchen, dining room
  • Lizard lounge hang out area with projector, sofas and wifi
  • Yoga Deck with a view
  • Compost toilet, washing machine
  • 3 showers, 1 Indoor shower room with wood fired hot water, 1 outside solar shower open to nature, 1 natural waterfall (cold shower and only during winter and spring)
  • 45 acres (18 hectares) of land to walk with many chill out spots, hammocks and viewpoints
naturla building mosaque
One of the hot showers from free left over tiles

The Local Village

The village is small and quiet and has a shop a cafe with a small convenient shop (one with free wifi) and is a 25 minute walk to Keela Yoga Farm.


  • We are mostly vegetarian, but we can cater for strict vegetarians and vegans if required
  • Most of our food is locally sourced directly from various farmers (with the exception of some superfoods and spices which we have to get from abroad)
  • We can also cater for most allergies, and if you’re allergic to gluten we can cater for you. when we say cater, we mean gluten free bread, pasta, pancakes etc but a slight extra cost to split this with one of the GF residence


Please contact us for more information or book via our online application to volunteer at Keela Yoga Farm,

21 thoughts on “Permaculture and Yoga Volunteer program in Portugal

  1. Laura van der Vegt Reply

    Good evening,

    I just found the Keela yoga farm on the internet and i am very enthusiastic. My name is Laura, I’m 25 and I am from the Netherlands 🙂

    I am looking for a place to volunteer, and where I can practice some yoga. I am free in the month April, so that (part of) month would be ideal. I see the Keela yoga farm is still being build, the project seems amazing! Would there be any volunteering opportunities already :)?

    Hope to hear from you!

    Kind regards,


    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Hello Laura,
      Thank you for your message, unfortunately we wont be ready for volunteers until September 2016 as we haven’t yet bought the land. However we will ourselves volunteering on nearby farms from April, so please stay in touch and maybe you can join us.

      All The best
      Laurence & Kimberly 🙂

  2. Ilka Pia Claren Reply

    I love your vision! It is happening all over the planet that wonderful people start permaculture projects! I would love to join you for a while. I am trained in Film and Photography and also I am a passionate natural builder and would love to help you build up the place. I subscribed to the mailinglist so I can get news. I will be in Portugal in June for an intensive building workshop, would be great to visit you after, maybe until then you will have started your project!
    All the best from germany!
    Ilka Pia

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Thanks for your message, we hope you can join us next year with some building. We will be building so many cool stuff that we have been planning and designing and we have a sustainable architect who is amazing to lead the projects. I will be adding her info to the site this week.

      Speak soon,
      Laurence & Kimberly

  3. Vanessa Pinto Reply

    Hi Keila!!!

    I’m a Portuguese biologist and yoga teacher wishing to join a growing and amazing idea like yours. So if you need volunteer, help or any support, just contact me by e-mail!

    Wish you the best,

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Ola Vanessa,
      We would really love to have you. We will contact you once we have the land and plan.

      Laurence 🙂

  4. Isabela Reply

    Hello Laurence & Kimberly,

    I’m so glad I have found your blog and your Keela Yoga Farm Projects.
    My name is Isabela, i’m 34 years old Portuguese born in Brazil. I have been working onboard cruise ships for the past 5 years and now adjusting back to a natural way of life in land.
    I would love to volunteer and contribute in your Project after September. Also as i’m available now in April and May I would contribute in similar projects you may know.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes,


    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Ola Isabela
      Thank you so much for your message. We would love to have you. Please stay in touch. As for volunteering this year, there are many wonderful families that host people on woofing Portugal. Otherwise please join our Facebook and mailing list, we will be posting about places that are good for volunteering over the coming weeks.
      Please stay in touch


  5. Linda Reply

    Hey you dear people,
    We are three people, from Israel and Germany, currently travelling through Portugal to check out about ecovillages and communties as we plan to make this possibly a new home for us,too. We would be very inteested to volunteer with you for some days or weeks as your land and the vision you share sound beatiful and on the nerve of time.How is your plan about opening up for volunteers from September on going?
    Could be get in touch with u? Currently we only have a german phone number, but email woukd just be as fine.
    We would love to hear from you, and until then, all thebest for your retreats and workshops abroad and in Portugal!!

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Hi Linda, please do stay in touch, we are just waiting on legal documents for the land purchase to go through. If you join the mailing list we will shoot a mail out once everthing is sorted. Thanks Laurence

  6. Linda Reply

    Ok, here igo fkr ghemaiking list☺all thebestwith thelegal issues

  7. Camila Rueda Reply

    Hello, my name is Camila, I am 22 years old and I am stuying ecology and environmental protection in Berlin. I practice yoga since 2 years and I found this place, and would love to enjoy some weeks with you at this community. I would love to join Keela Farm as a volunteer in September or October. I want to do something different but ofcourse traveling and meeting new people, and learning new things in my vacations before I start again with my studies. This seems like a new experience for me and I want to share with you. Let me know if there are some places available.

    best wishes

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Hi Camila – thank you for your message. Please do join our mailing list and we will let you know if we open for volunteers that soon. We are still finalizing documentation for the land purchase.

  8. Grace Reply

    Hello my name is Grace. I am 27 years years old Irish girl. My partner Ruben and I live in Cork Ireland at present. We are so glad we have found your blog and your Keela Yoga Farm Projects. We will start our six months travel of Portugal in February next. Our main focus is to experience a new way of living, experience a life more connected with nature surrounded by likeminded people and to learn how to live sustainably. Ruben is Portuguese and I am learning the language. We had a great pull to contact you because Ruben and I want to learn more about permaculture. I trained in Kundalini yoga last year and I am a Shaman of the Peruvian practice for six years now. We would love to volunteer and contribute in your Project.

    Hope to hear from soon,
    Best wishes,

    Ruben and Grace 🙂

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Sounds great, please join the mailing list on the site for an update on volunteering opportunities for next year. Thanks

  9. Frank Reply

    I signed up for the mailing list and am anxious to learn more! I’m thinking of moving to Portugal on a residency visa, and I’d like to go somewhere near a project like this where I can do some unofficial/volunteer work to keep busy in my spare time and learn about permaculture and alternative building. Best wishes!

  10. Anat Reply

    Hello my name is Anat, Im a graphic designer from the US who just finished a permaculture course in Israel and am super passionate about natural building. I was curious if you have any building projects coming up. I will be in Portugal in September and would love to help in any way 🙂 congratulations on all your success and look forward to hearing from you, Thank you!

    1. Laurence Manchee Reply

      Hi yes we do but we have set start dates. im sept they are 7th or 20th. please could you fill out an application form on the website. regards Laurence

  11. Evans Mangwende Reply

    Iam a Zimbabwean and founder at Mangwende Orphan Care Trust. The Trust’s thrust is in assisting orphans and vulnerable children by establishing friendly projects that alleviate their economic and nutritional standing. We have been running a supplementary feeding programme for orphans and vulnerable children for the past 3 years and have been farming to feed them. I have acquired land which is more than 10 hectares and I want to turn the land into an ecovillage/Permaculture academy. I need hands-on training, to be mentored and to connect with others who share the same vision.

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