Welcome to ‘Brejo de Serra’ – the Parent Tribe Retreat

We are about to start inviting families to enjoy our new Quinta (farm) in Central Portugal with us, to experience off-grid living and learn on the land together.

Our Quinta is nestled into some rocky hills in a very secluded place in between the town of Penamacor and the well known historical village of Monsanto.

We are planning a project where families can come and join day eventsvolunteering holidays, permaculture and natural building workshops and eventually family retreats.

We can’t wait to welcome families into our new space to enjoy learning, meeting new people and creating a hub for like-minded families.


Events at Brejo de Serra

 Children Barefoot on the Earth – Friday family days

After the success of our first family day we have decided to make a more regular group every Friday in our Olive grove. For weekly event details see our Facebook page.

Volunteering at Brejo De Serra

At our Quinta Brejo de Serra we want to build The Parent Tribe Retreat. We are learning how to work our land and become more self-sufficient and our kids are learning alongside us. We would like to be able to invite other families to stay and learn about the things we have learned too, get involved with projects which we are undertaking and to appreciate the surroundings as much as we do. We believe children learn best and develop a sense of achievement through getting involved real life projects and conversation, which is why we plan for all the projects here to be ones children can get involved in if they so wish. Some projects won’t be completely child friendly but they can always get involved in the planning. If they want to play instead that is ok too! If families come with babies or young children we will understand that their needs must come first and can work around that – all ages are welcome!

Autumn/ Winter  2017 Volunteering


We are looking for a single person for the first part of the year to help us move forward onto the next stage of our project where we will then be more set up to accommodate families. We are thinking this might suit a young, single or retired adult looking for a new experience and who enjoys and has experience being with children. Some understanding, experience or interest to learn about unstructured homeschooling and living off-grid would be needed. We would be looking for a motivated and friendly person to work 4-5 hours a day (maybe sometimes less) and have 2 days off a week, probably weekends. Jobs would include:

  • Garden help
  • Childcare/ facilitating learning (playing fun learning games mostly or playing with 3 year old whilst we do things with older brother)
  • General cleaning and tidying around the Quinta
  • Helping to set up the Friday children’s group
  • Preparing food

It would also be great if you had some experience/ interest in photography or social media updating so you could give a hand with that too.

Accommodation would ideally be in your own tent but we could also put one up if needed. We can provide blow up bed and blankets but need to bring own sleeping bag. As January and February could be chilly there is a possibility of a bell tent with a small wood burner.

All meals would be included. Mostly simple plant based food although we aren’t exclusively plant based. Use of our kitchen and bathroom until we get outside facilities built.

As we are 15 mins walk from the village own transport would be great although we do drive into the town of Penamacor (15 mins away) most days during the week for kids activities, so we could give you a lift. Also we travel to nearest small cities (Castelo Branco and Fundao) every couple of weeks so we could give lifts there too if needed.

We are looking for someone who can join in with our family and have a laugh. We are a crazy, fun loving family who are just trying to learn and grow our eco project. Our schedule is usually very laid back but we have many projects we would like to get going in the next few months, so another helping hand would be great. Please get in touch with Hatti if you would like to apply. We are looking for someone ideally to come from Mid Jan- Feb to the beginning of April, possibly longer for the right person.

Spring 2018 Volunteering

By March or April this year we plan to be more set up to take families for workaway opportunities as we will have more facilities to accommodate families.

Please get in touch with Hatti for further details.


2018 Workshops

During spring of 2018 we are planning a couple of eco build workshops for families. Please keep checking back for more details at the start of the new year.



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