EELocated 17 km from Fátima, in the central region of Portugal, the Casa Velha association is a place for encounters and personal development, through its Christian identity. It promotes direct contact with nature, cultural, social and spiritual activities, that foster the healthy development of relations with oneself, with God and with others. Currently, the association promotes many initiatives in areas of rural sustainable development and the relationship between Ecology and Spirituality.


The collaboration between the Handmaids and the Casa Velha association goes back to the very beginning of the project and, at present, a Handmaid sits on its board. Lately, this collaboration has covered, among other initiatives, spiritual support to a group of volunteers, organization and participation in youth activities and offering Ignatian retreats to all.