Your host Sofia has always had a passion for food, wellness and hospitality—and now she has opened the doors of her family farm to welcome you.
Her permaculture farm and home were bought by her visionary parents 30 years ago. Located in the valley of Quinta do Rio Touro, which is engulfed in the protected land of the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, they quickly realized its potential even though it was in ruins at the time. Back then, creating an organic farm was quite revolutionary, but it was their dream. They created a beautifully diverse garden and planted a fruit orchard. Now, Sofia and her team are expanding… adding more local fruit trees and keeping up their lime production while following permaculture principles.
Sofia is certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and also as a health coach specializing in Integrative Nutrition. She holds a professional plant-based cooking certification and welcomes you to come stay, retreat, enjoy the best vegetarian cuisine, and feel at one with nature in the kindest environment and community that you can imagine.
“Our mission is to create a heaven for the nature enthusiast in a sustainable permaculture setting while helping the local disadvantaged community. We are simple people, a community of sorts. This is a place for relaxation, for learning, for being one with nature. Children are an important aspect of our project. We love having them roam around, learn about our agriculture projects, hike through the Sintra hills and simply enjoy quality time with their families, away from the busy schedule, away from technology.“
Green practices include:
Most produce is directly from their organic farm or from other local organic farms. A true farm to table feel. HAACP Certified. Other grocery ingredients such as sugar and cocoa are bought at local stores and are 95% organic and fair trade.
Waste recycling and composting: Use cloth napkins, recycled toilet paper and paper towels. Recycling is available however they avoid recycling in favor of reuse. Any plastic bottles used become containers to grow new trees from cuttings. All food scraps are composted. In the kitchen over 95% metal, glass and wood materials are used, such as stainless steel straws, glass cups, metal or glass water containers.
They are starting to create structures out of their own farm wood and have projects to do more in the future.
All lights are LED, all through areas have sensor lighting and each room has a board asking guests to remember to turn off lights and be mindful of water usage.
All water fixtures have devices to safe over 50% water consumption. All faucets have a LED light to remind guests not to overuse water.
The farm is watered from the well.
Cleaning products used are white vinegar and/or sourced from a local enterprise called EcoX, cleaning products that are made from oil residue.
Staff and community practices include:
Volunteers are given room and board—they are part of the family and from time to time get a stipend to go spend locally. Their gardener helps a few hours per week and they share knowledge with each other about permaculture farming.
All extra foods are taken to local families in need and used in cooking classes to help cancer survivors better their health.
Included buffet-style breakfast geared towards the vegetarian, they also accommodate vegans and gluten-free as well.
Extra meals served upon request.
Free WIFI in common areas only.
Hair dryers in rooms.
Family friendly. Playpen/cot for babies.
Pet-friendly on request, depending on type of animal and accompanied by vet paperwork.
Bamboo toothbrushes are available for purchase.
Non smoking building, reserved areas for smokers.
Cultural walks and hikes
3- and 5-day Detox Retreats
ROOM RATES: From 70 to 120 euros per night with FULL vegetarian breakfast (can also accommodate vegans).
NOTE: No cars are allowed. You may park your car up the street or simply take public transportation to get to TerrAzoia.
A perfect place for your future workshops, where you may use the produce from their organic market garden or food forest that uses the principles of permaculture in a natural and organic setting. You may learn about vegetarian and vegan cuisine, yoga, meditation, self-empowerment, and many types of alternative therapies.
TerrAzoia can accommodate groups of up to 11 guests.