The small town of  Sabóia (pop. 1344) on the south side of the Rio Mira is one of the oldest in the lower Alentejo region of Portugal. It is already mentioned in the charter of March 28, 1256,  when King Afonso III, the fifth king of Portugal granted the inhabitants logging and forestry rights. Forestry, especially cork is still the main source of income here. The parish (freguesia) as Sabóia is nowadays called covers an area of 156 square kilometers. Traveling to the west along the meandering river leads into the equally old city of Odemira. Here the Mira widens into an estuary that meets the Atlantic ocean at the resort town Vila Nova de Milfontes. But long before that, still in the Sabóia area a dirt road south follows a tributary of the Mira into the hills. Houses here can count on the fingers of one hand, and where civilization finally ends and it’s best to have a 4WD to continue, you are about to enter the valley where Osho’s new (and edible) garden will be planted. Where Basho’s new pond will be visited by frogs, swans, ducks and meditators. Where we will build our Meditation Center and EcoLodge in harmony with nature, using green energy generated from the abundantly available solar power. If all goes according to plan we will be able to start in two months time, February 5th, 2010. Volunteer workers are welcome (wwoof arrangement) but do contact us by e-mail in advance. We can meet you at the Santa Clara Sabóia train station. If you are coming from Lisbon, change trains at Funcheira. If you travel by air to Faro, try to get an early flight, as the last train that stops in Santa Clara Sabóia leaves Faro at 17:30. For outbound travel, don’t book a flight before 11:00 as the first train from Sabóia arrives 8:34 in Faro, so you can be at the airport around 9:00 at the earliest. Faro train station is 5 km from the airport by taxi.


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    Jeff said,

    Are you guys still in Saboia? I was just wandering because my mother was from Saboia and I still go there sometimes.

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