Off-grid in Portugal: At Mount of Oaks we meet sustainability, simplicity and slowing down

2019-01-31T09:04:28+00:00

We were tired and in need of rest when Mount of Oaks came on our path. This intentional community is all about slowing down, simplicity and sustainability. The right place in the right time for us! Their residents believe that living simpler will yield more happiness. Yes, it may be less comfortable, but that trade-off is worth it. We talk to Emma Cowan about the ideals behind this place and Barbara da Nova Leite Cowan shows us the natural buildings: made with straw bales, cob, wattle-and-daub and empty beer bottles…! Check out Mount of Oaks here! [...]

Off-grid in Portugal: At Mount of Oaks we meet sustainability, simplicity and slowing down2019-01-31T09:04:28+00:00

How to make adobe bricks – natural bricks from clay, sand and… horse dung!

2018-07-28T09:07:38+00:00

Stomping around in a heap of horse dung. It’s not something I do every day. But when making natural bricks (so called adobes) this is a necessary part of the process. We have gathered in Happy Valley in Benfeita, Portugal, where Prem and Roshni are building a bathroom with natural materials. Part of the walls will be made from a natural type of brick called ‘adobe’. These bricks are made from a mix of clay, sand, straw and some lovely horse dung. According to Bruno, who is teaching us how to make the bricks, the horse dung helps to provide [...]

How to make adobe bricks – natural bricks from clay, sand and… horse dung!2018-07-28T09:07:38+00:00