Brussels, July 16, 2019 (Ecojesuit / JESC) Since 2009, Casa Velha has attracted over 1,000 people a year who joined more than 30 different workshops.
Casa Velha, or “Old House” in Portuguese, is an ecological and spiritual center located in a family farm in the municipality of Ourém, Portugal, about 137 kilometers from the capital Lisbon and 17 km from Fátima.It aims to be a place of encounter and personal development, in direct contact with nature, in cultural, social and spiritual activities that promote the healthy growth of relationships with oneself, with God and with others.
The mission of Casa Velha is undertaken through various activities in education, with schools, youth groups and movements. These youth are provided opportunities to renew their relations with the land and learning the rhythm of a more sustainable and conscious life, to understand local development by promoting sustainable local production networks, to undergo human and spiritual formation with silent retreats and voluntary service adapted to the rhythm of the seasons.Over the years, Casa Velha grew into a network of like-minded people interested in recovering the rural landscape of Portugal. The original space was restored and transformed to accommodate people and counts today 67 hectares of agroforestry and several farmhouses.
The transformation of Casa Velha inspires and transforms those passing by, showing how possible it is to transform the world in a common house for all.