Quinta News

Winter in the Alentejo

Most people associate Portugal with summer, sun … and heat. So it may come as a surprise that there is fairly regular snow fall (in some parts) of Portugal. For example, you can find a ski-resort in the North of Portugal: the Serra de Estrela ski resort. Similarly snow can Read more…

Quinta News

Found a place!

There are some great news from the Quinta Project: I have found an amazing space – and made an offer for it after visiting it for the second time. I won’t give too much away just yet, but it really is a little farm community, with several houses which can Read more…

Quinta News

The Search has begun!

Last week, I visited some properties to find “the perfect” Quinta location – an enjoyable task, with some great properties lined up. I already looked through literally hundreds of properties online before starting to set up appointments. This was because the key criteria a property has to match for what will become “the Quinta”.

The key criteria I was looking for were privacy (but not seclusion), weather conditions to spend a lot of the year outside, a traditional style property, enough land to become largely self-sufficient, and access to facilities, (more…)

History of Queer Communes

Lavender Hill

Another gorgeous short movie about an amazing queer coliving/commune project from years gone by: Lavender Hill. Post-stonewall, rural living, questioning gender and exploring the ups and downs of communal life. Definitely worth watching! Lavender Hill: a love story from RtChristopher on Vimeo.

History of Queer Communes

Radical Faeries

Another great organisation that is still very much active today: the Radical Faeries. They are embracing lesbians, gay men, trans*, bisexuals, queer… people and offer “sanctuaries”, a cross between collective living spaces and “gathering” spaces,  in different parts of the world. If you want to find out more about the Faeries, Read more…