Our Vision

Natural Building | Sustainability

Cara Creek Eco Lodge has been constructed with respect for nature, and therefore complements the natural beauty of the property.

We continue to optimize the beautiful piece of paradise to its potential with permaculture principles in mind, and have built and renovated using sustainable techniques and with mostly natural building materials including lime, clay, sand, clay bricks, and wood.

Work-exchange team - our spiral-shaped outdoor shower in the making. Material used: stones from our land and limestone for foundations, Cob (sand, clay, and straw mixed) and weaved mimosa. The shower is heated with a wood burner, making it warm for a rustic shower
Wooden frame for one of our Tetra-shaped Eco Pods (canvas covering) which reaches 6m in height to star gazing top

The stone ruins were preserved and renovated using the traditional methods of repointing with limecrete - a mixture of water, sand and lime. For new structures, natural building materials like timber (some from the land!), cob, and stone were used. The naturally occurring element of Borax preserves the wood, and linseed oil polished and finished it. From the stone foundations, to finishing the touches of paint, we've had a minimal carbon footprint by using natural and locally sourced materials.

An early photo of Ruin # 1 during the clearing phase
Photo from renovation / construction phase of kitchen/café common space

Cara Creek Eco Lodge maintains a low carbon footprint by being completely off grid. Our lodge uses fire wood sourced from our land in our wood oven for cooking in winter and to heat water for showers, as well as the wood fired hot tub and sauna. Electricity is powered by solar, and we're fortunate to have our own mountain spring for drinking water.

Our natural swimming pool remains chemical free by using plants, as well as a UV and sand filter to keep the water clear.

In both our garden and our overall project, we have implemented permaculture principles. Our pigs and chickens have turned over our soil for our kitchen garden, and provide compost. We grow some of our own fruit and veggies, raise chickens for fresh eggs and poultry, raise pigs for pork. Our intention is to be as self-sustainable as possible.

Interested in a work exchange opportunity?

We have opportunities here to learn about natural building, living more sustainably and off-grid, what it takes to run a retreat center, gardening, cooking, looking after the farm animals and pets, and more. All the while, living in a beautiful place in nature!

We provide tent accommodation and food 7 days per week in exchange for 25 hours of work per week. Contact us by following this link to email us for more information to see if this would be something for you to explore.

Mindfulness with Molly

May 5th to May 11th, 2021 ~ A retreat to dive deeper into mindfulness and find ease with professional Mindfulness Coach Molly Black who is based in Chicago, IL. Experience & enjoy transformative yoga classes, Reiki sessions, Guided Meditations, and Mindfulness Workshops.


Yoga Teacher Training ~ 2021

Summer of 2021 we will be hosting 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Off Grid Yoga School, and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with AnyBody Movement. Both are Yoga Alliance Accredited Schools with fantastic reviews. See more to explore these opportunities to advance your yoga practice.


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Cara Creek Eco Lodge

Cara Creek Eco Lodge
O Mondego, Fiais
Ervedal Da Beira, Oliveira do Hospital
Contact us directly at +351 965 162 534

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