Vale das Lobas

where nature heals

Vision

Reconnection with Nature

Humanity can live in peace, and in harmony with Grandmother Earth, but we must heal our ancestral wounds and remember our place in Creation. The Muxagata valley once provided an abundance of food and materials, and gave livelihoods to a large population. Ancestral wisdom is present here, in the rocks, the water, the soil. Through careful listening, we can integrate ancestral wisdom with innovation, and create a sustainable model for rural regeneration. This is an holistic approach, working simultaneously to restore health, revitalize community and regenerate biodiversity, and if successful here, it could be applied in many locations.

Mission

Regenerate Biodiversity| Revitalise Community | Restore Health

Vale das Lobas is a sanctuary for healing and education in a wild and sacred valley in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela mountains. It provides a holistic model for development, that can be applied in other locations.

As a teaching academy, there are four different faculties, with each one providing courses and conferences: 

  • Natural Farming
  • Natural Medicine
  • Natural Building
  • Nature Crafting

As a  travel destination, the offers will be in the form of Experiences, and they will include Retreats, Courses, Conferences, Gatherings, and Adventure Activities, all with the underlying mission of supporting reconnection with nature. 

Natural Farming

The pressure placed upon eco-systems by intensive monoculture industrial agri-business, is stimulating a mass awakening. We are poisoning ourselves and our planet under the guise of growing food.

A new approach is emerging that combines ancestral tradition with innovation. It has been called by various names, including Regenerative Agriculture, Permaculture, Biodynamics and Agro-Ecology. The awareness of the microbiome, in animal, plant and soil biology, and the newly emerging science of mycology are adding exciting new layers. We call this Natural Farming, and it has many forms, both ancient and modern. In the spirit of discovery, we will regenerate and recover the rich biodiversity of our beautiful Earth, by working in harmony with her nature.

Natural Medicine

Healthy beings thrive in healthy eco-systems. Disease arises when the natural flow of vital energy that sustains life is disrupted. Symptoms are indications, which when properly perceived and understood, will guide the physician to the cause. The suppression of symptoms is not the role of medicine. It is time to work towards restoring health, at the level of causation, for all beings, and for our planet.

Natural Building

Healthy spaces are crafted from natural materials, locally sourced, and with intelligent designs that utilise passive solar gain. This includes renders and mortars that breathe and respond naturally to changes in humidity, like lime mortars and earth plasters; good natural insulation, like hemp, straw or cork; walling materials like granite and compressed earth blocks (CEB), with a high thermal mass for maintaining an ambient temperature,  and minimising the need for heating or cooling appliances.

We call this Natural Building, and it is the future for creating homes that are fit for healthy living.

All of our global ancestors shared the same vision: that Nature is alive and conscious. There is a new vision gradually emerging, that re-embraces Animism. In this retelling of an ancient story, we will finally remember what we have temporarily forgotten,  that we are part of Nature.

Once the world was complete, and the gods were marvelling at their creation, a discussion began concerning humankind. These creatures, unlike all others, had the power of free will. They had the potential to take care of the Earth, as kind and loving benefactors, and spread harmony and love throughout the world. Or they could become tyrannical, self-important, and destructive in their hunger to demonstrate their power over each other and all other creatures.

Surely both aspects would always be present? There will be golden ages, where humankind embraces the light, and dark ages, when they are tormented in ignorance. This must be so! It is the nature of free will.  Humankind must grow from infancy, to eventually embody its true adult nature, through all the painful stages of development. And the completion of this cycle is by no means assured. Humankind must make the critical choices alone. The gods knew that they could not intervene in this. “But perhaps we can assist” suggested the sky god, “give the support of a loving parent.”

“The knowledge of how to maintain balance and harmony must be planted somewhere, so that those who are willing to seek it can become guides to others,” said the ocean goddess. “Perhaps deep in my ocean womb, so they feel drawn to return to me.” “No, that is too remote,” said the mountains. “The top of my highest peaks would be better. Those who come there will carry their far visions back to the valleys, and share them with others.”

“These are all good suggestions,” said the moon, “but we have to remember one thing. Every human has the whole of creation within her. The world is a reflection of her nature. She can create heaven or hell on Earth.” They pondered a long time. “We must put the truth in the one place that is accessible to all, but where they hardly ever think to look. This way, the discovery will be gradual, and when completed, it will be irreversible.”

And so, it was decided. The key to self-realisation would be hidden within the human heart.

“But Man is part of Nature, and his war against Nature is inevitably a war against himself.”

Rachel Carson

SACRED EARTH

Sacred Earth, Lda holds shares in Vale das Lobas, Lda. Here is an investment opportunity for people who want to make a difference with their money, and be part of the solution.

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