The year 2018 has brought so many kind volunteers to be part of the quinta for a while. It was an all round uplifting experience and confirmed once again that sharing the experience with a variety of people enriches and deepens the experience. We are thankful: Britta, Lena, Lily, Marcel, Raffa, Olivia, Liedewij, the family van Dien, Bionic Piet, and the many others that helped the MdD thrive.
For the second year in a row Moinhos do Dão hosted a Creative Writing Retreat with Mariette Wijne. She described the spirit of the week as follows: ‘Their writing made the roses bud’.
An image says more than a thousand words (even when it is about a Writing Retreat) so we posted a photo gallery of the week.
Moinhos do Dão made it through last year without any damage from the fires that ripped through Central Portugal in the summer and fall. The fires destroyed more than half a million hectares of forest, agricultural lands, monocultures, 850 houses and 450 businesses…and left 104 people dead. It was really just luck that no fires made it to our part of the Dão valley. Some of you might remember the MdD had fires on its ‘doorstep’ in the past. It can happen anywhere. Many friends and colleagues were not as lucky—they lost their livelihood, homes and the forest around them.
We have started a Fire Prevention Campaign and you can read more about it here.
Just like a healthy ecosystem is made up of a diversity of life forms, so would life at Moinhos do Dão benefit from the presence and involvement of a larger, core group living and working at the quinta. This year (2018) we begin the process of finding people who want to live and share in all the aspects of what it means to live at Moinhos do Dão.
You can read more about it HERE.