We count on people to help keep the place growing, happy and alive. If you think you would be interested in volunteering with us, once you have read this page. Please contact us.
Option 1: Permaculture Teacher Apprentice
Prerequisites. 1. PDC Certificate Holder. 2. Started their permaculture diploma with permaculture association UK
Dates: During any of the PDCs, Food Forest courses or Natural Building courses, you will start with the team before the event starts. See dates
This is for someone actively working towards their permaculture diploma and is committed to becoming a permaculture teacher. You’ll need to be solutions-focused, flexible, a team player, able both to take initiative and follow instructions (and decide for yourself which is appropriate), and willing to embrace all the challenges and pleasures of life as part of a learning community in a dynamic off-grid setting. You’ll gain backstage experience in course design and management, help with the delivery of both classroom and practical sessions, and have opportunities to deliver selected sessions if you are ready to do so. If you want, you’ll also have access to support on your teaching pathway and other diploma designs from Tom Henfrey, the only registered diploma tutor in Portugal, and of undertaking design work onsite if you wish. You’ll be fed, housed and well looked after for the duration of your stay. You’ll be responsible for the costs of travel to and from Keela Yoga Farm, and anything else you get up to during your trip. We might also be able to help you find volunteer opportunities on other permaculture sites in Portugal if you are thinking of a longer trip.
To apply, please contact us
Option 2: Permaculture Course or retreat Assistant
Prerequisites. PDC Certificate holder, a past guest of Keela Yoga Farm or someone very keen to help us
Dates: During any of the PDCs, Food Forest courses, Yoga retreats or Natural Building courses, you will start with the team before the event starts. See dates
This is for someone who wants to deepen their experience of Permaculture and off-grid living. You’ll need to be solutions-focused, flexible, a team player, able both to take initiative and follow instructions (and decide for yourself which is appropriate), and willing to embrace all the challenges and pleasures of life as part of a learning community in a dynamic off-grid setting. You will be working in the gardens, in the kitchen and with animals.
To apply, please contact us
Option 3. WWOOF-ER
Prerequisites. Membership in WWOOF Portugal
open to anyone who would like to help out on the farm. Please apply via WWOOF Portugal
Option 4. Permaculture internships
For those who would like to learn more about permaculture practically and educationally with a structured program with a group. All starting on the same date: .Click here for more information on our internship
Want to learn more about permaculture or natural building? Instead, join as an intern
What is included when you volunteer at our permaculture and yoga farm:
- Healthy organic meals, much of which is from our farm or neighbouring farms
- Get closer to the food you eat
- Learn how to cook
- Onsite yoga/meditation classes (only during internships, retreats and courses)
- See permaculture systems in action
- Time to relax, unwind and get back to nature
- Learn new skills in permaculture, natural building, healthy and sustainable living
- 2 days off to relax or visit local places, usually, once per month we spend one of these mornings helping local communities and farms
- Experience being part of a community! (only during internships, retreats and courses)
What is required of volunteers?
- Minimum 2 weeks stay
- A positive attitude
- Look after our tools and equipment as if they are your own
- 5 work days
- Assisting in the kitchen on some days
- 5-6 hours per day working
- 1/2 a day volunteering at a local project every month on a Saturday as part of our community help program
- Willing and interest to learn and work hard
- Assisting with community tasks (cooking, cleaning, lighting fires etc)
What does your day look like when volunteering?
These times apply for the weekdays and vary depending on the season
- 9 am – 12 am working
- 12am – 3pm – lunch
- 3 pm – 6 pm working
- Weekends off
Prefer to come and do more things relating to permaculture? Then join as an intern instead of volunteering. this has set start dates and a more structured program.
- Community straw bale house – a large house with a fully functional kitchen, dining room and chill out area, charging stations, a projector for movie nights and free WiFi
- Yoga deck with a view
- Outside hang out areas: stone circle, BBQ area, food forests.
- Long drop vermiculture compost toilet
- Washing machine (1 EUR peruse including organic washing liquid)
- 3 showers: 1 Indoor shower room with wood-fired hot water in a tropical greenhouse, 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
- 2 dogs, 3 cats and 9 chickens to interact with daily 🙂
The village is small and quiet and has a cafe with a small convenient shop (with free wifi) and is a 25-minute walk from our 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 (except some other products which we have to get from abroad)
- We can also cater for most allergies including gluten, lactose etc. Gluten-free products tend to cost slightly more than normal, so we charge EUR 5 extra per week if you would like this option.