Updated: Apr 16, 2020
We arrived in Portugal and founded Casa da Vida or the 'House of Life' in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We had planned our move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portugal for some time. When the day of departure neared, we found ourselves in the midst of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. The plane was practically empty and we were told it was the last flight from San Francisco to Lisbon for the foreseeable future.
When we arrived at our newly bought house in Vale da Telha along the Southwest Algarve, it felt like entering a safe haven. Light flooded through the big windows and filled each room with warmth. The unobstructed views onto the nature preserve and the ocean instilled a sense of calm. The Atlantic's fresh breeze and the sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs gave us energy.
Creating life felt essential to the dire COVID-19 pandemic. Casa da Vida was the perfect spot for us to feel alive and create life.
We bought fruit trees, seeds for herbs and lettuce, and cut off the little knobs and stems of potatoes, leeks, fennel, and cabbages. We planted the seeds and the cut-offs in soil -- and, just a couple of days later we saw little sprouts break through the soil. Even the veggie cut-offs showed fresh off-springs!
As we nurtured our plants, we coined the term 'Casa da Vida' or 'House of Life.' We're determined to continue planting seeds and growing healthy food, as well as plant seeds and health in a figurative way: once this pandemic has run its course or has been combatted, we want to welcome guests for wellness retreats that nurture body, mind, and soul.