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Learn how to live off-grid

April 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - April 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

320€ – 550€

Have you ever dreamed of living off-grid but you haven’t a clue where to start? Then we have just what you are looking for.

Join Ellis for a no-nonsense practical guide to sustainable off-grid living. This is a 4-day hands on experience where  you will learn the basics to get you started on your dream.


Over the 4-days topics covered will be:

  • The pros and cons of different energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric)
  • How to design and install a basic solar energy system – learn about what you need, best places to purchase, how many panels, different types of batteries, inverters and chargers.
  • Water management – where to find it, how to store it, water pumps, etc
  • Eco-building – learn tips on how to build simple structures using the wood and mud available on your land. You will learn how to make a rammed earth mud wall (be prepared to get muddy) and different options for toilets eg dry compost toilets, sceptic tanks etc.
  • Land management  – learn some basic tips on growing sustainably including creating compost and growing techniques.

We want everyone to benefit from this course and are  therefore offering it on a sliding scale from 320€ minimum to 550€. Pay whatever you can between these two amounts.

  • 20 hours of practical hands on guidance (see above for course overview)
  • Opportunity to ask as many questions as you need throughout the 4-days
  • Shared accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners (all vegetarian or vegan)
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Film night
  • Outdoor swimming pool (unheated)
  • optional yoga

Please note the course begins on Friday at 10am and Ends on Monday at 4pm. 

If you would like to stay at our venue longer then you can book additional nights for 35€  per person per night (you can either make your own food or eat with us for a small charge). Please let us know if you decide to do this when you book.

We are off-grid and if we have many grey days you might need to take showers or heat up the water on the fire. This is all part of off-grid living.


April 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am
April 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
320€ – 550€
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Rural Escapes, Monchique
Ruralescapes foz Do Forelo, Ameljoafra
Monchique, 8550-324
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