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Quinta da Ravina, Benfeita, PT
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

BENjamin Smit Fern Divans Gonçalo Teixeira Lisa Dröppelmann Muller Willis Wendy Howard
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Rural, Residential, Educational

Project Summary

We have just secured a site in central Portugal near Arganil to start our Permaculture small-holding and education center.

Project Description

We are, at the moment, just a house in a 2.5 h ravine, we have a Km of river and plenty of forest. We generate all our electric and have solar hot water. We have plenty of space to grow and build. It is a site ready to go but not yet a 'Project' in Permaculture and Organacism, that is what we are starting to create. We are also Artists and Teachers who run courses in the arts and natural building. The arts focus is on textiles techniques and natural dyeing, for which we are planning an organic dyers garden and workshops/studios for processing and experimenting with these techniques. We are aiming for greater self-sufficiency in food production and wish to make a limited and appropriate introduction of live-stock.
At this moment, Jan 2014, we are just readying the accommodation for any visitors/volunteers. Strictly speaking: "we're available, but just not quite ready unless you're really prepared to rough it ... and it's a bit cold and wet at the moment!"
When the accommodation is ready it will be in our converted Iveco - 2 proper beds, wood-burner, cook/wash facilities, compost crapper, water piped up from the river, solar electric and a private, quiet, independent camp site. (I'll post some pictures when I'm a bit more ready)

So …. at Texatelier; Nikola’s courses in Textiles Arts specialisms will continue to be offered as well as some new ‘Permaculture’ and organic farming courses.

(Sean, and other practitioners, will also be offering: homesteading skills, natural building techniques, experimental architecture, Kiln and Oven design and building)

This now defines what the original Texatelier ( www.texatelier.com ) has become and is still becoming. (We are 100% off-grid and strive towards greater self-sufficiency)


Quinta Da Ravina - Portugal.

Riba da Mata

The River Mata - 1K of which runs through our terrain.


Wood cut from our land being crafted for the new studios.


Starting the work of clearing the Vegetable growing terraces on the rippertide.


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