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Local Wildlings

There are many more Wildlings living in the valleys and higher up on the hills of this region, but here we introduce you to those locals who have worked on this project, as well as some projects of neighbours and friends all over the country who we appreciate for their dedicated efforts, curiosity and creativity in exploring a new relationship between humans and our natural environment.

Guida

Guida

A Portuguese native, Guida graduated in architecture from the Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa.

Else

Else

Together with her husband Haico, Else moved to rural Portugal in 2017.

Floris

Floris

With a passion for roundwood building Floris, together with his partner Lotte, hand built their own yurt from scratch.

Lynn

Lynn

Lynn is establishing a circular test and demonstration ground around the topics of food, shelter and well-being called A Vida Fausto, the Luxury Life.

Allison

Allison

Allison and her husband Dave travelled the world in search of a home before they settled in central Portugal in 2016.

Tiago & Rodrigo

Tiago & Rodrigo

Tiago and Rodrigo recently received national praise for their beautiful short film series 15 Memorias do Fogo that they shot after the devastating fires of October 2017.

Lotte

Lotte

After the fires we received an amazing amount of donated clothes from Portuguese people as well as our friends, family and strangers in Western Europe. So many that we couldn’t wear them all.

Finn & Jack

Finn & Jack

Finn & Jack came all the way from Australia and landed in a remote village high up in the foothills of the Serra do Açor.

Paul

Paul

When he was only 21 years old Paul arrived in Central Portugal fresh out of university, wet behind the ears and with very little money to his name.

Marieke

Marieke

Marieke is testing the waters to see if Portuguese mountain living provides the base for her next moves in life.

Dave

Dave

After leaving his corporate city life behind, Dave volunteered extensively on organic farms in South Africa, Thailand and Portugal.

Raquel

Raquel

Deep in the pine woods of these mountains, Raquel and her husband David are building their own tiny house on wheels.

Laura

Laura

Many moons ago Laura found her piece of paradise and nurtured it into the beautiful place that it is today.

Guida

A Portuguese native, Guida graduated in architecture from the Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa.
Fed up with city life she decided to move back to the small village of her birth, nestled deep in the Serra do Açor where she faithfully restored her grandmother’s old house into her new home.
Passionate about the restoration of the many abandoned and ancient Xisto houses in this region, Guida helps young people through the process of building their dreamhouses and living closer to nature.

Else

Together with her husband Haico, Else moved to rural Portugal in 2017. Due to her excellent Portuguese language skills she is already integrating well with the locals in the surrounding villages. Currently, she is creating a project around beekeeping and invites those who are curious about living off the land to stay with them for a while to get a taste of what the life is like in their ‘Magic Valley.’
At the moment Else is the force behind forming the association ARBOR to join together and encourage the surrounding communities to preserve and regenerate nature and local culture.

Floris

With a passion for roundwood building Floris, together with his partner Lotte, hand built their own yurt from scratch.
Sadly, it burned down in the wild fires of October 2017 before they could move in, but they continue their search to find a place called home. Besides working with roundwood, Floris’ latest project is all about building and designing Rocket Mass Heaters. They are more efficient and less polluting than normal stoves and he hopes to install many more of them throughout the region.

Lynn

Lynn is establishing a circular test and demonstration ground around the topics of food, shelter and well-being called A Vida Fausto, the Luxury Life. Besides this project, which is based at home on two hectares of land, Lynn envisions a large-scale landscape restoration project in the Serra do Açor region that is not only financially sustainable but socially and ecological sound.

She is constantly searching to find new ways for humans to re-establish a more harmonious life with nature. A plant based, perennial food forest is one of the areas where she sees a lot of potential. For Lynn, a crucial step towards this goal was the birth of Wildlings.

Allison

Allison and her husband Dave travelled the world in search of a home before they settled in central Portugal in 2016. In a lush valley nearby, they have established their organic garden next to a river where they envision a life closer to nature for their young daughter who was born right here in the mountains of central Portugal. Allison is an amazing baker who serves delicious vegan and healthy cakes and cookies at the various local markets every month. She is also yoga teacher, a talented manager and researcher who has contributed endless hours to researching and breathing life into Wildlings.

Tiago & Rodrigo

Tiago and Rodrigo recently received national praise for their beautiful short film series 15 Memorias do Fogo that they shot after the devastating wild fires of October 2017. Rodrigo built the website for Wildlings and runs his own design projects for his Agency Ciga.

Tiago creates films about topics that are close to his heart and add meaning to his life, capturing humans and our natural environment in a beautiful way for O Meio e Gente.

Lotte

After the wild fires of October 2017, the local community received an amazing amount of donated clothes from Portuguese people as well as our friends, family and strangers in Western Europe. So many that we couldn’t wear them all.

Lotte didn’t want to see these beautiful gifts go to waste and decided to save them by opening a second-hand clothing store called Roupas Poupas which makes the clothing available to anyone in the area for a very reasonable price. Her store doubles as a space to socialise and she hopes to gather people to hold workshops and get-togethers focused on upcycling and reducing our impact from the textiles industry.

Finn & Jack

Finn & Jack came all the way from Australia and landed in a remote village high up in the foothills of the Serra do Açor. At the moment they are setting up a music studio in an old semi-abandoned house and enjoy their weekly trip to an organic fruit and vegetable farm where they help harvest fresh produce which is sold in ‘veg boxes’ in the surrounding area.

Paul

When he was only 21 years old Paul arrived in Central Portugal fresh out of university, wet behind the ears and with very little money to his name. Initially he volunteered at several farms and homesteads, learning about permaculture, gardening and roundwood building. Well, three years later he is still here and now owns a piece of land with a vegetable garden and beautiful roundwood cabin he built himself. In the meantime, he has acquired various other skills including being taught the ancient technique of Xisto masonry by local builders. His dog Berry, a Portuguese rescue, is constantly at his side wherever he goes, well that is, when she hasn’t run off to visit the neighbours!

Marieke

Marieke is testing the waters to see if Portuguese mountain living provides the base for her next moves in life. She has long since left her hometown of Amsterdam with nothing but a camper van and wants to change direction towards a lifestyle that’s more considerate of our planet. Her heart travels often to faraway places like India and Thailand where she spends her time participating in courses and workshops about empowerment for women, sacred sexuality, the art of connection and the discovery of our authentic selves.

Dave

After leaving his corporate city life behind, Dave volunteered extensively on organic farms in South Africa, Thailand and Portugal. He settled in central Portugal with his family where he’s currently rebuilding their farm after the fires of October 2017. Meanwhile, Dave often works on other’s people’s farms maintaining the land or learning new off-grid building skills. He is a passionate writer and has recently become certified in copy-editing with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, making him the ideal Wildling to edit the Wildlings book.

Raquel

Deep in the pine woods of these mountains, Raquel and her husband David are building their own tiny house on wheels. When she’s not hammering nails, Raquel loves to forage for wild food and shares her knowledge about the medicinal powers of the free and abundant plants we have around us. She is passionate about the awakened consciousness and natural care of the body and shares this through her natural body care products. For Wildlings, she translates all the copy into her native Portuguese.

Laura

Many moons ago Laura found her piece of paradise and nurtured it into the beautiful place that it is today. Under the umbrella of her versatile Awakened Forest Project she teaches visitors about wild edible plants and the art of foraging. Lately she has entered an even deeper friendship with the bees for whom she’s creating a healthy habitat. Currently she is focusing on large-scale landscape regeneration starting with local water cycles. For the Wildlings book, Laura wrote the chapters about the flora and fauna of the region.

Projects in Portugal