Permalab is a collective of nomads living in the Alentejo region in Portugal, a few minutes away from the town of Odemira. The community has been hosting “laboratories” on permaculture and personal development since 2015.

It is a family-friendly space, open to all ages.

Non-violent communication, empathetic listing, the freedom to share your feelings, talking in groups, conflict resolution, family constellations: numerous themes are presented by community members each week.

From theory into practice

Courses are then put into practice in this welcoming 7-acre site in the middle of the unspoilt countryside: ideal for broaching in depth and in complete trust otherwise taboo and conflicting subjects such as relationships, family issues, love and even sexuality.

The residents live in traditional Portuguese houses and are currently constructing new eco-buildings such as cabins and eco-domes.

Situated a few minutes from Pego das Pias, which is famous for its natural pools and ideal for swimming.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

20 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Portuguese
  • English

People on site

5 - 20

Dry season

June to September

Wet season

November to April

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • tent camping
  • hammocks
  • private room
  • entire house

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture

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