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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Reasons to be Cheerful: After the Rain

After the rain comes the most marvelous rainbow. Proof that the sun must be up there somewhere!

We’re still hunting for the pot of gold

 

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Our Postcards Now Available

I’m so very pleased to have this new postcard collection available for sale to our supporters (and anyone else!). Full colour, high quality images on the front, with the back printed for use as a postcard (or put them on your wall!)

The majority of the photos were taken by the most wonderful Marjolein […]

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Revista Ancestral

If you read Portuguese (or even if you can just use translation software!!), take a look at this new project from our friends Filipa and Pedro.

Editora Ancestral is a small Portuguese project with the mission of publishing both books and a quarterly magazine – Revista Ancestral – focused on the recovery of […]

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Local Economy Day at Monte dos Carvalhos

This week we attended a marvelous open day at a local project, Monte dos Carvalhos. The theme of the event was Local Economy so we were asked if we’d like to put together a stall showcasing some Casalinho goodies.

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Yarn Bombing Góis

This wasn’t what I expected to see in the centre of Góis! All part of an urban exhibition apparently, Colorir o Pombal, running until September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pheonix Platanus

No it’s not a new variety, but one growing through the wreck of the old. This astonishing plane tree (platanus) is in the Parque de Cerejal at Góis.

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A Shitty Day

We know how to enjoy ourselves!

Our neighbour kindly allowed us the contents of his goat shed if we cleaned it out, and as you can never have enough goat shit, it was on with the wellies and in we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For Sale: Smallholding with Artist’s Studios

Many visitors to Casalinho have a similar dream to ourselves, to live a simple life in a beautiful spot. And we would like to see our local community grow. So with this in mind we’ve decided to start showcasing some of the properties available in our area which may be of interest.

This place […]

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A Visitor’s Perspective: A Letter to Dona Céu

This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our visitors to say a few words about their stay. Dominik and Matic wrote this note to the lady who runs our local bar in Unhais o Velho.     Olá Dona Céu, (Scroll down for English)

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Learning about Bees at The Hive

 

Jeroen took a course on beekeeping organised by the local beekeepers co-operative some time ago, when we originally purchased our hives. I’ve never had any training in beekeeping though, so I was thrilled when The Hive offered another Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop. The Hive are a local cultural co-operative focussing on sustainable […]

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