Life is the slow lane in Portugal


The donkey’s name is Nono. We are still at Mount of Oaks community in PĆ³voa de Atalaia, Portugal. Its actually quite nice to slow down a little. I am getting some reading and study done – even writing a paper on new media.

I must mention our arrival: We actually got our huge Overlander stuck in the small narrow streets of the town next to the land and had to reverse out, much to the amusement of the townsfolk who all came out to look. It just happened to be Easter Sunday morning after church so EVERYONE was there. Some followed us and one guy led us out of the town. It reminded us of that Portugal scene from Love Actually – “He’s going to KILL Aurelia!” [See it here]


Eventually, and after some serious 4 wheel driving, we made it to the Mount of Oaks. The townsfolk will probably be talking about it for the next century.


The community here is less than 2 years old. Its exciting to be part of something so new and primal. Last week they hosted a course on Permaculture which was very successful. The television people interviewed here this month and noticed that, out of all the intentional communities like this in Portugal, Mount of Oaks excelled them all by maintaining a healthy relationship with the local town. Hope we didn’t screw that up by our monster truck episode.

Anyway, Barbara is hoping and praying for 5 more full-timers who can come and live on the land and start building more structures. Sound like something for you?


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


    I am soooo happy that you guys are there… I knew I was feelin ya real hard for some reason. And as you can imagine I LOVE LOVE that community. If only my husband was not afraid to cross borders!! I would be there in a nano second… Someday I hope to visit that land.
    It is the most in line to my own heart and vision for our land… of course minus the olives er cuz we are in Texas!!!
    I am so happy that Debbie is there sharing with all those women too… how lovely.. So glad you all are on your way!!!! Blessings to you old friend… yes I do mean old in both its definitions…. HA HA Love you guys!!

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