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Ladies & Gentlefish, Agents & Astronauts, Scientists, Scallywags, and Instruments of the Way: Is there a nameless renaissance within you? Do you strive to be the youest you?

Let's get real.

Welcome to our earnest attempt to build a world more compelling than the screen you're looking at now. We invite your purpose, your play, your bare soul.

Gates open April 17, 2024.  Our campus is just outside of Porto, Portugal.
Gates open April 17, 2024. Our campus is just outside of Porto, Portugal.

We are cultivating a new scene: An ephemeral community a creative cauldron for embodied genius, art, world builders/hackers, nerds, black sheep, (nature) lovers, & cultural activists. We swim in the edges of possibility, where the path from imagination to reality is short & sweet. Come ride the line between utopia and pragmatism. This is an NGO project. This immersion is by application only & curated for curiosity. Last year we accepted ~1/3 of applicants. After three years this experiment remains ineffable, with this page serving as a naive testament to what was and a hopeful incantation to cohere what is to come.

The Garden is ephemeral, min stay one week, max 2 months. It's a place for un(t)raveling. For focus, but not always on what you planned. For creation & connection with self, community, and nature.

🧲 Your Attractors & Passions This experimental residency program is a co-created, multidisciplinary ecosystem.

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This is new. This is forming. This will be our second full season & fourth year of the project. Some edges are still rough. Much of it is co-created. Most of the core operations are run by a local & international paid team. This will not be a perfect journey. This is life. We invite your agency & participation.

p.s. we are hiring, with 15 open roles! p.p.s. this is not a spiritual communityp.p.p.s. if you want to organize a gathering, festival, or retreat here, it's possibly possible.

Frequent activities include collaborative art projects, playtesting new workshop ideas, conversational salons, cuddles, karaoke, serious nerding out, 🍄 foraging, contact improv & partner dancing, meditation, open mics, book clubs, board game nights, music jams, yoga, spa sessions, beach trips, social experiments, waterfall adventures, circus arts, raves, masterminds, and more. This is co-created, the world is yours.

Amenities include a pool, sauna, private spring fed lake, established orchards and groves, 12 person hot tub, granite villa, fitness center w/ power rack, 2000 Mbps dual fiberoptic internet, embodiment space, four kitchens, sundecks & wooden platforms, big squishy dance floor, co-work zones, yoga & meditation studio, two swimming springs, jam space full of instruments & soundsystems, two aerial silks, lyra, arts & crafts zone.

This is an ephemeral co-living, co-created community on 9 hectares of private paradise.

As of today, our community consists of 8 core team members & professional staff which, together with volunteers, maintain and improve the space.

Our target is ~25 humans on-site for these residencies. We expect a slow ramp-up as the season begins, leading up into Somewhere. Our capacity is 150 beds, and we are hosting a 600 person gathering later this year, so expect plenty of space & privacy.

Would you like to join the mischief? This experience is by application only. Here are our accommodation options.

The Season Calendar

April 19 - 21: Opening Slumberparty: Cats May 22 - 30: Somewhere Build May 30 - June 5: Somewhere [Portuguese Burn] June 19 - 24: Contact Dojo (CI) June 27 - 30: Agua Terra Gathering August 1 - 4: Psychedelic Science Sandbox August 16 - 18: A(G)I Weekend April 17 - August 30: residencies August 30 - September 4: SYNESTHESIA September 11 - 15: Gathering of Tribes Residents are welcome to stay any time between & during events and can continue in their rooms, van, tent, or glamping. Blue-link events require separate tickets. 3-8 week stays are most common.

We are remote work friendly & all biorhythms are welcome.

The estate was chosen for its total privacy, close proximity to Porto Airport and amenities, fiber-optic internet, and exquisite nature. While there is some fantastic infrastructure here, please understand that we are building the ship as we are sailing it & this is a paradise in progress.

We want to Garden to be a space that is socially sustainable & are exploring what the minimum viable stack of communal practices, rituals, and responsibilities are.

To get a taste of our style, here's some psychotech we are testing this year.

Authentic Unrelating
: While
you are wearing headphones or earbuds in a public space, it signals to everyone to ghost you — no eye contact, conversation, or engaging with your 'field.' Consider it an opt-in, personal Vipassana.
The salon's upper and lower floors during our inaugural gathering in September '22.
The salon's upper and lower floors during our inaugural gathering in September '22.

Or, if more words are your thing, read our vision & values metadoc & agreements.

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If you made if this far, you are our kind of curious. Apply below :)
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