Monte da Vida is an off-grid meditation centre and land regeneration project. We are increasing the biodiversity of the forest, producing food, improving our soils and increasing the water retention capacity of the land.  Our approach is to listen to the land and let it guide us, whilst embracing high tech solutions when appropriate. We love good design, functional systems and creating beauty with integrity, and are building using natural materials. We are implementing ideas for a life-affirming economy, and creating long-term vision sustainable businesses that are profitable and give back more than they take. We always look to find harmony and balance in all that we do. 

Our life and work here is rooted in Taoist practise. We created the project as a place to support our practise, and support others in developing theirs. The land has a stillness that encourages going deep into ourselves and with the nature around us. It is a place for discovering our symbiotic relationship with all of life.

We are still in the building phase of the project, and as yet do not have space and facilities to host many people or larger events. We are looking for people to visit who are excited to help us build, grow and establish ourselves as a centre for creative and regenerative enterprise, and as a retreat for healing and transformation.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

34 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English, Portuguese, Spanish

People on site

2 - 5

Dry season

June to October

Wet season

November to May

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • private room

Vegan Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • slow: emails only

Ongoing classes

  • chi gong/tai chi
    3-5 times per week
  • meditation
    1-2 times per week


Monte da Vida is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Natural Builder
  • Forest Gardener
  • woodsman
  • General Help and maintenance

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