About us

Old as I am in age, I have no feeling that I have ceased to grow inwardly or that my growth will stop at the dissolution of my flesh. What I am concerned with is my readiness to obey the call of Truth, my God, from moment to moment, no matter how inconsistent it may appear. My commitment is to Truth, not to consistency.

~ Mohandas Gandhi


Monte da Vida is a meditation community and land regeneration project. It is the realisation of years of exploration by the founders Clare and Servan, into systems of community, and how to live in harmony and abundance.

At Monte Da Vida we are exploring a next-generation way to live…..  One that is deeply connected to the land and to each other, and the environment around us, whilst  staying connected to the wider world and embracing high tech solutions when appropriate. We are always looking to find balance in all that we do.

We are a small team of eco-entrepreneurs implementing ideas for a life-affirming economy, and looking to create long-term vision sustainable businesses that are profitable and give back more than they take.


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Clare’s blog: http://planetofpossibilities.com/

Servan’s blog: http://servanlog.blogspot.com/

We created Monte da Vida as a place to support our practise. The land has a stillness that supports going deep into ourselves and with the nature around us. It is a place for discovering the intimacy and symbiotic relationship with all of life.


In the Alentejo countryside, a homestead or farm is typically called a “Monte”, because the houses are often situated on a hill and monte is also the word for hill. Monte da Vida can mean ‘farm of life’, ‘hill of life’, or the phrase ‘um monte da vida’ can also be used to say ‘a lot of life’.