keeping busy in the mountain

The winter has been a busy one here at Rural Escapes Portugal. We’ve been blessed with many sunny days and because much of the work has focused on clearing the land, it’s made the work much more enjoyable for the four volunteers who have been helping us here these last 3 weeks. The work is full on, all the land is on steep slopes and the guys have to stand at angles using forks to pull all the brambles and steva down to be burned in a constant fire. This is not only making the place look much better, but also preparing us just in case of fires in the hot summer months.

They have also been helping us cut down and strip Eucalyptus trees so they can dry and later be used for the extension roof of the yoga cottage, which incidentally is such a wonderful and well used space. We have yoga most mornings, and we have had a few women circles there. We also have a regular monthly ‘Authentic Movement’ class there, lead by a local woman called Jurga Bliss and we even have used it as a cinema space where friends and volunteers can sit back and watch a film together.