Agroforesty Course

In the next month of April EcoAtivo presents to you one more opportunity to learn about the amazing Agroforest method.
Using the tools and outlook brought by syntropic agriculture, this course offers a new possibility for the creation of an Agroforest, which brings together all the advantages of organic production, with the additional ones of being less dependent on external resources and irrigation, promoting biodiversity, producing food with higher biological and nutritional value, and capturing more atmospheric carbon – producing more soil and generating a positive impact on the climate and the ecosystem where it is installed.

\\ Theoretical topics of the course: //
– Ernst Gotsh and Syntropy
– Emergence of Syntropic Agriculture
– Comparison of the different ecological farming systems (organic, biodinamic, natural, etc).
– Soil and life / Cycle of the water, light, nutrients and the moon
– Ecological Interactions and Ecophysiological Functions
– What is syntropic agriculture
– Process optimization
– Systems of colonization, accumulation and abundance
– Natural Succession and Stratification
-History of the evolution of the farming practices in Ananda Valley
-Planing and designing of the plantation- Maintenance of the system, pruning, fertilization, etc
– Practice of Syntropic Agriculture in the Mediterranean climate

\\ Practical topics of the course: //
– Implementation of one small plot on Ananda’s Master Unit.
– Observe and interact with the ecosystem around you (walk and talk) – How to apply the theory
– Implementation of one bigger plot on another land (transformation of an old conventional fruit system)
– Analysis of the chosen design for the new plantation
– Questions and answers about personal projects or ideas

\\ Example of a day: //
6h – 7h: Kiirtan and collective meditation (optional)
7h – 8h: Asana class/ yoga postures (optional)
8h – 8h30: Breakfast
9h – 10h30: Theoretical session 1
10h30 – 11h: Morning break
11h – 12h30: Theoretical session 2
12h30 – 14h: Lunch
14h – 18h: Practical session
18h30 – 20h: Kiirtan and collective meditation (optional)
20h – 21h: Dinner

\\ Accommodation: //
– Camping with your own tent or caravan
– other options are available, please check the registration form

\\ Meals: //
Meals will be vegan (let us know at registration if you have any additional dietary requests) and are included in the price.
\\ Language://
This course will be in English
\\ Contribution //
Base price: 375€
\\ Registration //
Online form:
\\ Facilitators: //
-Guilherme Weishar from EcoAtivo
-Ruben Costa from Planta Floresta
\\ About the Planta Floresta Project //
Planta Floresta is an initiative with the aim of regenerating ecosystems since March 2018.
The main focus is to investigate and share resilient and regenerative models for reforestation and agricultural production, promoting educational events for families and schools, and producing quality food for the local population through the knowledge of Syntropic Agriculture (Agroforestry) adapted to Portugal’s climate. .

                                                                                  You can follow it at @plantafloresta

\\ About Syntropic Agriculture //
  Developed by Ernst Götsch, a Swiss who has been living in Brazil since 1984, Syntropic Agriculture consists of a different perspective on natural processes, and makes use of a set of techniques that aim to create agro-ecosystems whose form and dynamics are inspired by the natural and original ecosystems of each environment in which we work, enabling the production of food, timber, fibers or any other materials related to agricultural activity.Being based on processes and not on inputs, it has proven to be extremely productive and financially viable for the producer in diverse ecosystems and biomes, while producing soil, improving water retention, and increasing local biodiversity. By optimizing the life processes that create and maintain soil fertility, syntropical agriculture combines optimal agricultural productivity with low dependence on external inputs.With this greater efficiency in natural cycles and processes, the soil remains constantly covered with material produced on the site itself; the pruning and other interventions that ensure this biomass cover maintain the development of plants with great vigor. Thus, the entire local ecosystem operates at its maximum potential.
   Consequently, this practice allows excellent harvests to be obtained, while at the same time recuperating the soil and helping to regenerate or enrich the local ecosystem.Understanding the eco-physiological function of each species, and planting and maintenance driven by natural succession and stratification allows for more complex and biodiverse plantations with high density, true resilient macro-organisms, that provide more quality in production and more harvests per area worked.By creating this macro-organism, composed of the soil and the favorable environment for the full development of the plants and the system, the susceptibility of the plants to the beings normally considered “pests” is reduced, which, in turn, come to be seen as optimizing beings of the life processes and indicators of the health of the ecosystem as a whole. In this way, these agents act only when their function is necessary within the processes that lead to a system of abundance proper to that place.

An amazing opportunity to learn and deepen your knowledge on the subject, join us !
You can find the link for registration bellow.