Nov 10, 2017

A way to SUPPORT: Order a 2018 Calendar!

Big News this week is that our 2018 calendar is ready to be ordered!

After the success of the 2017 calendar, with images of Xico, our beloved donkey - we decided to produce another!

This year the theme is WORK AND PLAY .
Each month has a picture on an aspect of the theme and a quote.

We will be giving a percentage of the money raised to local farmers who lost their livelihoods in the fires that caused devastation this last summer in our region of Portugal.

So by supporting us, you also support others in our locality too.
As often, this project was a community effort, with thanks to all those who agreed to having their picture in the calendar, and to Emmanuel Ingelsten in Sweden for masterminding the design and the printing!
To order one or multiple copies follow this link in English or in Portuguese.

Feb 10, 2017



Here are the dates for this year :

29 April - 6 May 
17 -24 June
26 August - 2 September

If you are interested, please send your name and e.mail to

From only 450€, dont miss out this amazing experience !!! 

This blog is in english, but the workshops are in english and portuguese with guiding booklets in both languages.

As images sometimes speak more than many words, start by getting a glimpse with this short video and see if it´s the kind of thing you are looking for :-) ...then click "read more" for all the info.Thanks!

Nov 21, 2016

2017 CALENDAR - taking orders.....


Introducing our FIRST calendar


We have been planning to put together a calendar for number of years, but this year we have finally gotten around to it! Our inspiration was our friend, Xico. In the last 4 years of him living with us we have taken countless images of him in different seasons, with different kids on his back, or people in his cart!

Since his passing in September we decided to put those images together into a calendar and raise some money for abandoned animals. The funds raised from the selling of the calendar will be shared between us, (for the purposes of continuing to develop the infrastructures at the Mount of Oaks) and an animal sanctuary called Refúgio dos Burros, that cares for countless animals, in particular donkeys, in the south of Portugal.

How much does it cost?

The recommended price for the calendar is £10 or 10E plus postage which for normal mail in Europe is 2.35E, and 4.70E for fast post.
How to get hold of them?

Drop us an email to - with your address, quantity you wish and we will let you know the price for the postage based on the weight.

If you wish to purchase other Christmas gifts such as soaps, herbs or teas - let us know too and we can send a list of prices.

Any donations to the projects beyond the price of the calendar would be warmly welcomed.

For bank transfers:
Name: Ass. Rec. e Cultural White Stone
Bank Name: Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Address: Lisbon
IBAN PT50 0035 0339 00059421630 49


Here is a preview of what a typical page looks like. Each month there is a different photo that we hope will bring joy and colour to your 2017.  We decided to make this a limited edition - only 100 copies - so get in touch asap
When will you be able to receive your calendar?

We will be sending packages out twice a week from 28th November by normal mail. However, if you wish to pay the extra for fast post - let us know and we can calculate the price.

Many thanks...

As often, this project was a community effort. Our deepest thanks go to a talented and longstanding supporter of the happenings at the Mount of Oaks, Emmanuel Ingelsten for the design and printing of the calendar. Thank you too for the permission granted by those who are featured, parents and children.
This calendar is a great gift for any animal lover - knowing that the proceeds are going to two good causes!

Wood Mission!

Here is the link to a post on our new blog.....

Nov 15, 2016

New post: Harvest Thanksgiving

Just to remind you that we have a new website.
Don't miss the new blog post about gardening and harvest:

Oct 24, 2016

New Blog!

We invite you to read our new blog at our new website.
Please follow this link:

This one is about our friend Xico. Hope you continue following our adventures in another "homepage".

Sep 9, 2016

DIA ABERTO Ervas que curam / Herbs that Heal OPEN DAY 2nd October

Aqui encontra a informação sobre o próximo Dia Aberto no Monte dos Carvalhos. Escolhemos como tema - "Ervas que curam".

Please scroll down for the information in english. Thanks!

Programa do Dia Aberto
11:00 Boas-vindas com chá de ervas biológico
11:30 Caminhada de identificação de plantas com Rita Roquete da Bloom Sativum, onde vamos descobrir algumas plantas medicinais que crescem neste clima.
13:00 Almoço leve e nutritivo
14:00 Visitas guiadas ao projecto de Permacultura Monte dos Carvalhos em Português e Inglês
15:30 Demonstração de preparados Herbais com Rita Roquete
17:00 Despedidas e entrega de chá de ervas biológico para levar para casa

A nossa guia

A Rita da Bloom Sativum tem acompanhado pessoas em caminhadas e oficinas desde 2010, por entre bosques e campos o espaço abre-se para se experenciar as plantas da nossa flora espontânea. Formada como herbalista profissional ela gosta de juntar conceitos de medicinas tradicionais e sistemas holísticos de forma a homenagear as plantas como pioneiras de vida neste planeta e pela fonte de cura que são.

Informação sobre o Monte dos Carvalhos
O Monte dos Carvalhos é uma pequena comunidade intencional baseada nos princípios da permacultura, situada entre várias aldeias históricas, Alpedrinha, Castelo Novo e Póvoa de Atalaia nos arredores do Fundão. Estamos aqui há quase 10 anos a desenvolver este projecto como parte da Associação White Stone - uma associação cultural e recreativa com o objectivo de criar espaços de partilha educacional, cultural e social.

Um dos nossos objectivos é ser um exemplo de estilo de vida simples, por isso convidamo-vos a visitar-nos e fazer perguntas. Também teremos alguns dos nossos produtos à venda neste dia.

Onde estamos
Clique no link para encontrar direcções desde a N18 até ao Monte dos Carvalhos.

Para garantir o seu lugar: 
1. Inscreva-se usando o formulário de contacto à direita;
2. Faça uma transferência de 10 euros para a conta bancária da White Stone.
Nome: White Stone
IBAN PT50 0035 0339 00059421630 49
3. Traga o restante valor no próprio dia (valor total do evento: 15 euros para associados, 20 euros não associados).

Estamos abertos para sugestões em relação ao valor de troca deste evento.


Here is information about the next Open Day/Dia Aberto at the Mount of Oaks. We have choosen for our theme - 'Herbs that Heal'.

Programme for the day
11am Welcome with herbal tea
11.30am Identification walk with Rita Roquete where we will discover some of the magical medicinal plants that grow in this climate.
1pm Nutritious lunch
2pm Guided tours of Mount of Oaks Permaculture project in Portuguese and English
3.30pm Demonstration and workshop using medicinal herbs.
5pm Farewells and dispensing of herbal teas for taking home.

Our guide
Rita from Bloom Sativum has been accompanying people in walks and workshops since 2010, between woods and fields the space opens to experience the wild plants. Trained as a professional herbalist, she likes to join concepts of traditional medicines and holistic systems to honour the plants as life pioneers in this planet and has a source of healing they are.

Information about Mount of Oaks
Mount of Oaks is a small intentional community based on permaculture principles situated between several historic villages, Alpedrinha, Castelo Novo and Povoa de Atalaia outside Fundao. We have been here for nearly 10 years developing the project as part of the White Stone Association - a cultural and social association set up to create spaces for educational, cultural and social exchange.

One of our aims is to model a simple lifestyle and so you are invited to come, visit the project and ask questions. We will also have some of our own products for sale. 

Where we are
If you follow the link below you will find instructions to get from the N18 to our place.

To secure your place for the day, it is as simple as this... 
Go to the top of the page, on the right hand side there's a contact form, drop us a message to register.
Next make a deposit of 10E into the White Stone bank account. 

Here are the bank details:
Name: White Stone
IBAN: PT50 0035 0339 00059421630 49

Total cost of the event: 15 E for White Stone's associates, 20 E for non-associates.

We are also open for some creative suggestions... we are willing to consider exchange for the cost of participation in the event.