Our answer is, Slow, Simple & Silent
Set in a beautiful hillside location overlooking the river Zezere, Fonte de Baixo is a small quinta with a friendly gentle feel. Our aim is to live Slow, Simple & Silently
Who are we?
Well, we could tell you that we are special people doing special things, often better than other people, but we aren't and we don't.
We could tell you that we have worked, trained and rubbed shoulders with special teachers, gurus and the like, we haven't. We leave that to offers.
We could tell you we have special skills, talents and gifts and do amazing things that will change your life forever, but we don't and we can't, even if we wanted to, which we don't.
We could tell you we are ageing hippies, opting out of the mainstream, eco-warriors, yogis or "in-the-zone" permaculture gurus, but we aren't - with the exception that we are ageing and trying to embarrass our children.
Actually we're a couple of fairly average, slightly interesting middle-aged people who have journeyed thus far through life, doing what most people do. A few years ago, we decided to stop and step off the 9-to-5 bus and try to find an alternative option.
We would like to tell you we have all the answers, but we don't. Over the years, we have developed our own philosophy to life which is based around three core ideas - Slow, Simple & Silent.
So what do we do?
We live a life of voluntary Simplicity. We practice Slow and mindfulness and we do most of this Silently.
Of course, it would be great if we were able to tell you that we do amazing things, like standing on our heads in the latest yoga-tard or have found enlightenment through our relentless dedication to vipassana practice or we have built the most environmentally-friendly carbon-neutral permaculture-bio zone, but we can't, we haven't and we wouldn't know how to. Anyway, how would any of that stuff make us better people?
What could we offer you?
The opportunity to get off the bus for a while, to stop and listen to your heart; possibly get your hands dirty and plant a seed, pluck a weed, or make a disgustingly-foul smelling organic fertiliser during the third-phase of the luna cycle.
We could offer an authentic insight to what yoga really is, not just the Asanas and the benefits of the latest body-hugging lycra yoga-tard - we can share with you the mind-blowing potential of Zen meditation and the intrinsic beauty of Wabi-Sabi.
You can join us walking and milking the goats, looking inside beehives or just enjoy the silence. You can get involved in a project, sun-dry tomatoes, pick olives, make cheese or kimchee, go for long walks in the hills or along the river. Alternatively, sit under a tree and do nothing - we really don't mind.
You can share your meals with us or cook your own, we don't mind either way. We ask you to respect that we are VEGETARIANS which means we don't eat things that once had a face and would ask you not to either on our property. If you really can't survive without meat or fish, then you can visit the village and have a meal there.
How do you get more information?
You go to the "Contact Us" page and follow the instructions.
Most importantly, keep smiling and do it today, whatever it is you keep putting off.
We have written a short account of a year here at Fonte de Baixo, so apart from visiting our blog you can follow our adventure from the 'Year in Fonte de Baixo' which is on our 'About Us' page. If you need or want anything else, then either contact us or make it up yourself.