Quinta das Relvas

Workshop

Workcamp Bioconstruction

2nd – 11th April 2021

What is Bioconstruction?

Bioconstruction consists in different methods of construction that tackles in the most efficient, holistic and eco-friendly way the man made structures.
Bioconstruction seeks harmony between civilization and the built environment, seeks a balance between culture-technique-biology, seeks adaptation of the technical environment to the human in the field of housing.

In other words, have an architectural culture compatible with Nature.

What will we work on?

This will be a workcamp meaning that we will learn and share by doing, on site, while watching our creation growing (90% practical and 10% theoretical).
We will tackle every step of building a small structure from its foundations until the roof through a mixture of eco-friendly techniques (from superadobe/earth bags, cob, natural plastering etc).

Check how our latest workcamp was!

When?

2nd – 11th April 2021*

* these dates may change if the pandemic situation and DGS measures do not allow us to do it safely. In that case participants that can’t make it on new dates will be fully refunded.

Where?

Quinta das Relvas

Rua Quinta do Alferes s/n

3850-503 Portugal

Who?

Leaded by António Trindade (Associação Quinta das Relvas).

How much?

300€ ( includes workcamp + shared accomodation on glamping tents* + food)

 *for the extra cost of 100€ per person it will be possible to stay in one of our eco tiny houses instead – 2 pxs per house (couple’s bed). It’s ideal for a couple!

How?

Send us an email to info@quintadasrelvas.pt or call us at +351 912 551 073

What does it include?

  • accommodation on shared glamping tents (2-4 people per tent) with clean sheets, pillow and mattress, electricity, wifi on common areas, and hot showers;
  • vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 small coffee breaks) prepared by our staff;
  • 10 days of practical workcamp;
  • insurance;
  • Access to all our facilities (pool, garden, woods, farm animals etc.).

    You can check photos of our facilities here!

Will the course be in English?

Yes 🙂 The course will be in english but our team is mostly portuguese so if you need any help with translation we are happy to do it!

(PT) Apesar do curso ser em inglês, a nossa equipa é maioritariamente portuguesa pelo que se necessitares de ajuda com a tradução podes contar connosco!

What to bring (recommended, not obligatory)?

  • comfortable work clothes (that can get damaged and dirty);
  • a raincoat;
  • mosquito repellent;
  • gardening gloves;
  • rubber boots.

How to arrive?

  • BY CAR you to just need to access the N1/IC2 road in Albergaria-a-Velha and then head north. When you arrive to Branca (our village) you’ll turn to your right, heading east (the mountains) – we are 500mts from the main road. At the end of “Rua da Avenida Nova” turn right; our main gate will appear on your left with white portraits painted on the wall. Once there please call us so that we open the gate for you: you can park inside the farm 🙂
  • BY BUS also works fine. You can take a “Rede expresso” bus to Albergaria-a-Velha and then a local bus to Branca – this local bus may be for free depending on your schedule! There you should go out near the second Galp gas station and then walk 500mts direction east through “Rua da Avenida Nova”. The old wall at the end of this road is us 🙂
  • BY TRAIN is also an option but more expensive: you can take a train to Estarreja but from there you only have taxis coming to Branca. A one-way trip will cost you around 12euros.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

Just send us an email to info@quintadasrelvas.pt or call us at +351 912 551 073