About us

Yoga and Permaculture in Portugal
Laurence Manchee & Kimberly Wright

Keela is a vision of two passionate Yogis, Laurence and Kimberly Manchee who want to see a healthier, happier world through the practice of Yoga, sustainability and producing food. Whilst working in the rat race, Kimberly and Laurence always struggled to keep up their yoga practice, reduce their carbon footprint and to be as healthy and stress free as much as their hectic lives would allow them.

They have been teaching yoga, growing their own food, and travelling and learning wherever possible. After three years of planning, in early 2016 they travelled to Portugal with plans to buy a plot of land. After almost a year of travelling and volunteering , they finally bought an 18 hectare magical plot of land in Mata Da Rainha, central Portugal on the 22nd November 2016.

Straw Bale House
6 of the 30 people working on our strawbale building over one month

Keela Yoga Farm is now a small community of like minded people, with 5 long term volunteers and 5 to 10 shorter term residents or volunteers. We have retreats, permaculture courses, natural building courses and volunteers starting every month, volunteer start days are once per month and treated like a yoga retreat, with a 2 induction to the farm, daily yoga and good fun. You all start on the same day to allow a good introduction together and the group to form easier.

If you want to find out what it is like to start a project like this from its inception then please do come and volunteer, we would appreciate your help. Alternatively you can join one of our retreats and courses or donate towards our reforestation program or join our mailing list.

Food ForestOne of our three growing areas

The once abandoned land is now being transformed into a self-sustainable yoga retreat and eco-farm. Using permaculture principles, we are turning agricultural land into a food forest which will enable us to grow a wide range of edibles, providing the kitchen with healthy organic ingredients. We are also reforesting a large part of our land with native trees. We are completely off grid with own solar energy and water sources. We have build a beautiful yoga deck and a inside yoga room for daily yoga practice. Accommodation will be built for volunteers to come and experience sustainable collaborative living in a peaceful and natural setting however at the moment we have large tents and caravans for you to stay in. We also have guest yoga teachers that come to Keela to host yoga and wellness retreats as well as daily yoga classes on the land for volunteers as well as public classes in the villa.

Yga DeckMorning Yoga on the Yoga Deck

At this early stage, we already have an outside solar powered wild shower, inside shower, outdoor and inside chill out area, community kitchen and dining room, many many view points and beautiful walks on the land. We also have cats, dogs, chickens, goats, sheep to watch and enjoy. Accommodation is in a tent or caravan and there is healthy food, education, daily yoga and of course a lot of fun.

Our daily harvest suplimens our food in the kitchen, there is nothing better than picking your own food and then cooking it
Our daily harvest suplimens our food in the kitchen, there is nothing better than picking your own food and then cooking it
Outside chillout area in the courtyard
Outside chillout area in the courtyard

Caravan

One of our caravans

 

First group of volunteers with high spirits even though it was cold and wet back in january!
First group of volunteers with high spirits even though it was cold and wet back in january, you can not believe how this has been transformed since then with the help of over 60 volunteers!

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