at Portugal Yurt Retreat
aim is to live as sustainably as possible by producing
the things we need from the land, reducing the need
to purchase products or recycle. We use both solar
and hydro power for our electricity, and wood to
heat our living spaces and our water in winter.
We use solar heated water in the summer months.
We grow as much as we can in our vege garden. Our
toilets are eco-friendly compost toilets. see
eco-living books Our rental yurt has
been made from pine trees on our property, and the
canvas was sewn locally.
soon - pages dedicated to solar, hydro and making
use of our trees.......
- We love our vegie garden, especially in the summer
when it provides us with most of our vegetables.
We mostly eat seasonal fruit and vegetables, and
store what we can for winter. The meals we provide
are preapred wherever possible with our own produce,
which is grown without the use of artificial chemicals
or fertilisers. If you choose to stay on a B&B
basis, you are welcome to purchase a basket of fresh
veg from our garden subject to availability. food
so many appreciative guest comments on our home
cooked meals, we will soon be adding our favourite
recipes to this site.
products - We make our own biodegradable
soap, washing up liquid and clothes washing liquid.
Our soap is made with olive oil and is available
for use during your stay. Should you require your
own hair and body washing products, we ask you to
bring products which are natural and biodegradable
as all the waste water is drained into the land.
- We generate our own electricity through our solar
p.v panels and our recently installed hydro electric
generator. For most of the year we have enough sunshine
to generate electricity for our daily use. This
year we have installed a small hydro electric generator
for use during the winter when we get lots of rain
and the stream flows. This has dramatically reduced
our need for the diesel generator.
yurt has electric lighting (2 bedside lights and
and central light) and power points for charging
laptops or mobile phones. All other areas adjoinging
the yurt have lighting and electricity. We have
a mobile internet connection that is free for use
during your stay. The short path approaching the
yurt has solar lighting for nights, but we also
recommend you bring a torch if you think you will
be out at night.
you are specifically interested in off-grid sustainable
technology, Mark will be happy to talk with you
during your stay about the ways in which we generate
energy, and try to live as sustainably as possible.
Subjects which may be of interest: setting up a
solar system, using a hydro electric generator,
growing organic vegetables, building a compost toilet
and humanure, building with lime, making use of
local forest timber for construction, making soap
and washing liquids. Working
will soon be offering short workshops on many aspects
of eco-living, and yurt construction. Please contact
us if you are interested.
environment for the adults to truly appreciate an
uncomplicated approach to living, in harmony with
nature, with Mark's clear and fascinating explanations
of the simple but ingenious techniques for sustainability."
Chip, Sam, Indigo, Jago
more guests comments
links we like:
for Alternative Technology - Wales
Build - Using Lime
magazine article on humanure