What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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Dam It (again)!

Following my previous post, where I showed the creation of our summer bathing pool, it was pointed out that I didn’t show the competed project. Ooops!

What do you think? Anyone fancy a paddle?




Dam It!

With just under three weeks remaining until our latest Permaculture Design Course kicks off, it’s all systems go here at Casalinho as we prepare.

The job we’ve been looking forward to the most has got to have been installing the dam which we put into the stream each year to create a wonderful, natural […]


Volunteer / Training Space – Let’s Warm Up

This will be old news for those who have visited us over the past few months, but it seems rather appropriate to show you some photos of the stove we’ve installed in the Volunteer / Training Room on the first day where it’s felt like winter this year.

Although unnecessary when we use the […]


Showered with Good Fortune (part 3)

We’ve won the 2013 WWOOF Host Grant, which we’re thrilled about. This is the story of the new shower block we’re funding with the grant. 


Cue the drums and trumpets, I’ve an announcement to make!

It’s now possible to take a warm shower at Casalinho. No more dunking yourself, shivering, in the river […]


Volunteer / Training Space Update – Door

Our intended training room has served multiple uses since we completed it; volunteer hang out space, kids party venue, bedroom, storage space, cinema and even a training room where we’ve hosted three Permaculture Design Courses. But all would probably agree that proper doors would help no end with keeping the temperature steady.

Cue Pete, […]


Showered with Good Fortune (part 2)

We’ve won the 2013 WWOOF Host Grant, which we’re thrilled about. This is the story of the new shower block we’re funding with the grant. 

I recently posted pictures of the intended site of our new shower block, which demonstrated the huge amount of sheer hard work required  before building could begin. We’ve been […]


In the Doghouse

Blue needed a home. Pete needed a project. Blue reminded us that volunteering at Casalinho isn’t just about goats!

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Showered with Good Fortune

Each year, WWOOF Portugal award one host farm a small sum in the form of the WWOOF Host Grant. We proposed that we build a shower block for the use of wwoofers and other farm visitors, with the water supplied from the river using a RAM pump, heated using the power of the sun, and […]


Straw Bale Building course

We were recently asked why our new communal area / training room is built using conventional building techniques. If I’m honest it’s simply because it was quick and easy, the materials were easily available and will fit in with the existing house. But Jeroen is very excited to be soon attending a Straw Bale […]


Introducing Oficinas da TerraCrua

Oficinas da TerraCrua (literal translation = Workshops of Raw Earth) is a local organisation offering workshops in a range of sustainable building techniques such as Adobe, cob, cordwood and straw bale.

Nuno taught the New Build session on our recent Permaculture Design Course, which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy. Although workshops are taught in […]