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 both high tech and connected to the wider world,  as well as being super connected to the land and to each other, and the environment around us.

We are a team of 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/


Monte da Vida is a place that supports connecting deep with nature and with each other. It is a place for discovering intimacy with all of life. For stopping, breathing, opening, feeling, being. For sharing honestly, living responsibly, and cultivating awareness.

It is also a home, a place for regenerative agriculture, for planting trees, growing an abundance of food.

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’.

If you are interested in coming and staying with us in a form outside of one of our publicly offered retreats, you can read the page about coming to Monte Da Vida