July 24, 2020

This little video doesn’t do justice to the magic happening on this mint. It is full of moths, butterflies, bugs and bees all dancing together. It made me want to share the following words....

When we bought the land here in Portugal, I thought I was coming to do ‘envir...

November 22, 2018

Preparing for the winter rains - slow, sink and spread the water into the earth body. Water retention is a no.1 priority for us. 

We have a series of swales over the land. Phil and Rich busy with the A Frame to measure the swales on contour.  Also Phil has been o...

October 26, 2018

Give space and light in monoculture environments and the natives return! Our vision over the next 5 years is to support nature back to a biodiverse forest on the land. 

May 29, 2018

Sophie Kempin, is the founder of Pure Portugal (PP). Our deep connection is due to having a similar drive for environmental regeneration. Our farm is called Quinta Das Abelhas. Seven years ago Phil, one of the initiators of this project, volunteered at a proj...

February 26, 2018

The water challenge across the globe becomes ever more obvious - whether this be drought, floods, desertification or pollution. We have the knowledge and skills to transform this, if we choose, through methods of water management that work with nature and honour water...

November 10, 2017

Inspired by my training in Tamera last year and witnessing the challenges we face in Portugal and around the world with the lack of water, our focus on water retention becomes ever more a priority. This 2017, the Portuguese dry period has lasted longer than any locals...

February 3, 2017

A little group gathered to celebrate Imbolc, which is about acknowledging the change of season as we move into Spring. It is believed mythic stories, from where Imbolc comes, draws us into accord with nature. We tend to forget that we are still animals on a fragile pla...

January 14, 2017

2 days of construction, chopping down the Gester and excited by squatting under the stars, moon and trees, the outdoor toilet is completed. We made our mark and may strong thighs result. I really feel like we are on a Ray Mears wilderness adventure. 

So here is where th...

December 21, 2016

With respect for people all over the world for their own flavours of creativity to help bring Balance back to this planet. Before coming to the land to set up the bee sanctuary, I was working for EMP Publishing at the start of their launch of their magazine BALANCE in...

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