AT THE CO PROJECT FARM, WE CURATE OUR PROGRAMS AROUND TWO MAIN SEASONS: THE WARMER SUMMER MONTHS, AND THE COOLER WINTER MONTHS
Summer on the farm is beautifully hot and full of fruit from our orchard! Figs and grapes are abundant in September, and the olive harvest is a major event in October.
Our summer programs are focused on activation and recalibration — you get to swim and run and cook and lie in hammocks! All the farm programs make ample use of our outdoor cooking and relaxation facilities, but you will stay fresh and cool in our beautiful old thick walled farmhouse.
Summer programs run from June through to October.
Do you have a swimming pool?
YES! We built a beautiful natural pool where the plants do an amazing job of filtering the water in our swimming zone. We converted an old water storage tank, and it's incredible to jump in for a relaxing refresh. On really hot days we even run workshop sessions in it! We are also not far from a beautiful river beach for lake swimming, and usually head there in the afternoon of the summer months.
What about fires?
As we see global temperatures rise as a result of climate change, the fire season becomes more of an issue around the world. In 2017 Portugal had significant fires that resulted in many legal changes to avoid this disaster from happening again. Dry areas always carry a risk of fire, and we have an established fire plan and management system on the farm.
Do you have air conditioning for when it's really hot?
No! We have beautiful old farm houses with 1 meter thick stone walls that stay cool. We also have natural cooling techniques for air flow, along with a natural swimming pool for refreshing yourself.
Winter at the farm is soft, calm, romantically chilly and relaxing. Nature takes a breath and relaxes, as should we humans, and this is a perfect time to join one of our weekend creative residency retreats, or farm regeneration workshops.
We get cozy and enjoy the experience of fireplaces, red wine, forest walks and preparing for the next season with reflection and planning.
Winter programs run through November through to May.
How cold does it get in winter?
Temperatures fluctuate, but November to May is generally a cooler time of year in Portugal. Expect some raining, misty days and some sunny ones. The night can get down to zero celcius, but it's rarely ever freezing and never snows.
What kind of activities are there to do in winter?
We have all sorts of fun and regenerating things to do over the winter time at the farm. Aside from fireside chats with red wine and delicious food, we have winter forest walks, on-farm creative activities, and systems thinking workshops. We offer local cultural experiences and rejuvenation activities. We are also working on a Swedish outdoor wood-fired hot tub set up!
Do you have heating?
The guesthouse has two wood fired stoves for heat generation, and some electric space heaters (which we avoid using if we can). The thick walls mean the warmth stays in, but it is a farmhouse, so we offer some nice low-tech warming support tools like local red wine, fair trade hot chocolate, hot water bottles, and local handmade woolen blankets to keep you warm and cozy. We also have an outdoor fire pit for winter warmth, and our BBQ and pizza oven get used a lot during the cooler months for food preparation.