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About Quinta das Águias

Quinta das Águias is located in a five hectare farm in Paredes de Coura in Northern Portugal. At its heart, it is a sustainability project where all forms of life and the natural resources that sustain life are treated with respect and where every effort is made to avoid harming or spoiling them.

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Quinta das Águias is:


A non-profit organization
    <li>A sanctuary and refuge for animals who are in need.</li><li>A sanctuary for wild plants that supports and encourages bio-diversity.</li><li>An organic farm and agro-forestry project that produces food for its own use.</li><li>An educational project for sharing the values and practices of sustainability.</li><li>A seed-saving "botanical ark" project that preserves, reproduces and shares autochthonous and other rare seeds. </li><li>A center of expertise for the promotion of vegetarian and vegan cooking - an essential element in a sustainable lifestyle.</li>
See the Activity Report of 2015/2016


A weekend/holiday destination
    <li>A visitor destination where guests can stay to enjoy the interaction with Quinta´s natural environment and inhabitants.</li>
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History

Ivone and Joep started this passion project in 2004 with the purchase of an old abandoned farm in Paredes de Coura to serve as a foundation for their quest to live and promote a more sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature.<br><br>Very soon it became clear that Quinta das Águias had not only the potential to serve their personal beliefs and aspirations but could also benefit many others - human and non-human alike. The animal population began to increase and very soon Quinta became a true animal sanctuary where more than 130 animals currently live, all having found a new home where they can live out their whole lives free from suffering.<br><br>Quinta das Águias also became a place where teachers from different disciplines such as yoga and meditation, started to organize retreats that help contribute towards personal development.

Our vision

A future where the natural world and all sentient beings and living things within it are valued, respected and protected

Over time, Quinta das Águias became more and more a sanctuary for bio-diversity where plants are not only valued for their medicinal and culinary use, but also for their beauty and supporting a growing diversity of wildlife. The farm has also become a pioneer in developing an Agro-Forestry project; demonstrates a new and sustainable method of food production; and grows its own organic fruits and vegetables. Since 2013 Quinta das Águias has been developing a partnership with the Municipality of Paredes de Coura to share its values and practices with the local community.<br><br>An increasing number of people are now starting to discover the opportunity for short stays or special holidays at the guesthouse at Quinta das Águias where they can interact with nature and learn about a sustainable way of living.

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Values

    <li>For the future of life, it is imperative that we treat our planet, the home we inherited, and all the living beings and natural resources contained within it, with respect by practicing and sharing a responsible and sustainable way of living.</li><li>Each of our actions should be ruled by love and compassion for all beings so that we can all share our planet and its resources in harmony and without causing any harm.</li><li>For necessary change to happen we must take responsibility and undertake actions aiming towards the harmonious and respectful world we wish to live in.</li>
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Our Philosophy

Life, in all its diverse forms, all interrelated and interdependent, is precious and the sole source of happiness. Treating all forms of life with love and respect, protecting and preserving them, is fundamental for the future of life. It is essential for us to develop our understanding of the impact of our actions and engage in practices that support life and avoid doing harm.<br><br>Because of the enormous impact food production and preparation has on the environment, health and animal wellbeing, the development and promotion of an original healthy vegan kitchen that demonstrates sustainable methods and practices, is a central activity at Quinta das Águias.

"If one loves animals one does not eat them"

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Visits

We regularly organize “Quinta Open Day” events. In these days, all friends of Quinta das Águias are invited to come and join us for a delicious vegan lunch, prepared by Joep, and meet all our animal and plant residents. Pay close attention to our Events section and our Facebook page to know when the next Open Day will be!<br><br>We ask you to understand that, due to the high number of request we receive and all the tasks that occupy our days at the Quinta, we are not able to receive individual visits.<br><br>Hope to hear from you soon!

Donating = Loving

To pursue our mission, we need your help. You can contribute with a donation using PayPal or checking our “<a href="help.html" class="link-text-color underline">How To Help</a>” page to find out other ways to help.