Natural Building Courses with Yoga, Portugal

Join us for a Natural Building course and learn about all aspects of sustainable building with natural materials. Live in and explore the natural builds around our farm, enjoy off-grid permaculture living deep in nature, eat nutrient-rich organic food and attend some yoga classes.

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Video from our May 2022 Natural Building course

Please do check out this video so you can get an idea on what our course is like.

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Straw Bale House
The straw bale community house at Keela Yoga Farm. This was completed in Sept 2019 and is used as a space for visitors to cook, eat, hang out and learn. Click for more info on this build

What is included in the Natural Building Course

  • Tour of our permaculture farm and natural buildings
  • Three Yoga classes per week
  • Three healthy organic meals per day, most of the produce coming from the farm
  • Working on real-life projects using various natural building techniques
  • Free camping (or option to hire a caravan, tipi or tent)
Straw Bale course portugal
Our first building: a straw bale house which Laurence and Kimberly live in. Completed in March 2019

Facilitator: Laurence Manchee

Since starting Keela Yoga Farm and with the help of volunteers, the local community and course participants, Laurence has completed a straw bale house which he now lives in, the straw bale community house, a wattle and daub chicken house, a long drop compost toilet using stone and wattle and daub, a straw bale greenhouse and a cordwood & wattle and daub barn. Each time he builds he manages to decrease the carbon footprint of the build, use more natural materials which inturn brings the cost down of the building. A truly sustainable building would use all local natural and recycled materials at zero cost.

Laurence is also on the Board for WWOOF Portugal, a writer for Permaculture Magazine UK and mages an agroforestry and reforestation program. He has been managed over 400 volunteers at Keela Yoga Farm and also runs Permaculture internships and Food Forest courses.

Wattle and Daub Chicken House
Wattle and daub chicken house in construction all materials used from our land. Finished in February 2020


Stuffing the cordwood wall with some homemade sheep wool insulation from our sheep in the livestock Barn. Completed in 2021
Long Drop Compost Toilet
Our long drop vermiculture dry compost toilet. featuring natural stone, recycled materials and wattle and daub. Completed in Sept 2019


Straw Bale Greenhouse
Strawbale greenhouse – completed 2021. The plan is to incorporate a shower in here for the winter with tropical plants
Cordwood kitchen island in the big straw bale house