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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 23 2019 5:32 PM UTC +00:00.

Casa Jasmin, Permaculture and Life Project

Our plan is simple: Build a sustainable and thriving forest garden, inspired by love, connection and community

Casa Jasmin, Permaculture and Life Project

Our plan is simple: Build a sustainable and thriving forest garden, inspired by love, connection and community

€490
pledged of €400pledged of €400 goal
17
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 23 2019 5:32 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Who we are

Marina & Anais

We are French twin sisters living in the south of Portugal.

Growing up in Paris, we often felt disconnected - from ourselves, from each other, and from nature. We spent much of our lives looking for a sense of purpose, trying to find a way to live in this world that would be fulfilling for us.

Three years ago, we were at breaking point. Depressed, disconnected and not living a life that we wanted. We packed up and started to “work-away” across Europe - this is where you help people with their projects in exchange for food and accommodation.

This was the beginning of a new direction for us. We worked outside in gardens, surrounded by trees, animals, sun and life. Things started to become clearer.

We knew we wanted only one thing and it centred around living in nature and building a sustainable way of life. We wanted to create a way of being that did not take, but that gave back to the earth.

Our project, Casa Jasmin

While visiting our mother in Portugal, we noticed a vacant block of land behind her house. A couple of almond trees, and full of waste. After spending some time getting to know the land and reflecting on what we wanted, we decided that now was the time to commit to this permaculture project. 

Permaculture is not just about organic gardening - it is about building an environment that reflects the natural ecosystem. It integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living.

Marina repotting cucumber seedlings

One day at a time, we are turning this neglected block of land from waste and hard soil into a sustainable and flourishing forest garden - a healthy ecosystem full of trees, flowers, vegetables, an area where life can being to grow again.

We live a life that is centred around minimising our impact on the planet, while supporting new growth and life. For this reason, we also live close-to-zero waste and adopt a vegetarian life.

At our garden, Casa Jasmin, you feel a sense of peace. You feel an abundance of love, kindness, connection and growth.

This is why we love our project.

The healing of the land and the purification of the human spirit is the same process - Masanobu Fukuoka

Daily morning yoga practice at sunrise

What we have already accomplished:

Since 2017, we have come a long way.

We have removed all waste from the land.

We have planted an abundance of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Currently we are growing lemons, tomatoes, carob, apricot, corn, beetroot, lettuce...

Built a greenhouse which is home to different varieties of tomatoes and zucchini.

Built a small wooden hut so that we can open up our space to people from all over the world, allowing them to live and learn in this environment.

Produce herbal tea from herbs harvested from the garden, where we grow basil, mint, sage, camomile, lavender.

We are in the process of building our yoga yurt.

Our space

What the future holds:

More and more plants. We still have a lot of space on our land and our primary focus is to turn this into a forest garden. For this, we need a lot more plants, seeds, fertiliser and straw. This is what most of your support will go towards.

Build a chicken hen and have some chickens living with us to help us with the gardening and to play with our cats.

Set up a space for massage - We are both qualified Ayurvedic masseurs after completing training in India.

Selling teas made from the garden at the local market here in Algarve Portugal.

Hold workshops in the yurt for the community where people can come and learn about permaculture, vegan cooking, mindfulness, and work on creative projects. We want to invite the community in!

Hold yoga retreats for a small group of people, filled with yoga, meditation, beautiful vegan food made with products from the garden.

Risks and challenges

For us, building this permaculture garden is our number one priority as well as our full time job. Unfortunately it does not pay very well (or at all..) and this is why we are reaching out to you.

As with most projects there is hardly a limit to the amount of funding we could use. But because anything would help, we have set our target low at 400 EUR.

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    Stay with us at Casa Jasmin

    One night staying with us a Casa Jasmin’s wooden hut. You will receive yoga class, delicious home cooked vegetarian meals, massage.

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