with thiago barbosa
Stay Tuned for our next Syntropy Course
TBD June 2022
A Regenerative Agroforestry System
cultivate abundant, resilient ecosystems that are financially viable and heal the land
Included in this course:
1 Week Immersive Course
8 hours per day*
(Mon-Fri : 5 days)
(+ optional experiential learning)
40 hours of instruction
( classrooom + in field )
what is syntropic agriculture?
Syntropic Farming is an agricultural framework of producing food while restoring and managing ecosystems.
It has been developed by the Swiss farmer and researcher Ernst Gotsch during that past almost 50 years.
His technique proves to be environmentally beneficial, economically viable and empowering for societies while creating highly nutritious foods that grow without external inputs. It is applicable from small to large scale in all food producing climate zones.
The Venue: Walkers Reserve, Barbados
Walkers Reserve is an amazing ecosystem restoration project; a 300 acre silica sand quarry undergoing a transformative regeneration programme utilizing permaculture practices. Walkers has moved from barren land, deteriorating sand dune ecosystems and an extractive past, to soil building, regeneration, native species increase, endangered species protection, carbon sequestration and agricultural yields. From sand mine to food forest; the Walkers Reserve is an exemplary venue to observe permaculture in action.
CPRI’s home within Walkers Reserve is developing organically as we grow. Our facilities currently include a brand new teaching area with AV facilities and internet, a teaching kitchen and bathrooms, a group learning shelter area with access to a nursery, intensive demonstration and experimental planting areas. Teaching will occur in all areas of Walkers Reserve relating to each topic covered. This will include beach side dune ecosystems, sand pit, regenerated alleys and food forest, lakes, ponds and chinampas microclimates, old growth natural areas, bee yard, irrigation ponds/dams and flooded/dry swales, steep slope planting areas, areas experiencing stress from salt spray, extreme heat, drought, below water level, flood prone, slippage, extractive quarrying. Walkers can showcase many permaculture elements from composting to rain water collection, natural material building and cooking, nursery production, swales and earth works related to soil conservation, ecosystem development, apiary programme, food forest and syntropic agroforestry. You will be exposed to the many problems and solutions which Walkers Reserve has to showcase as it relates to each of the permaculture principles explored throughout the course.
Thiago is a Syntropic Farmer and Pioneer from Australia who grew up growing food in the countryside of Brazil.
He has spent years learning with Ernst Gotsch and other teachers and farmers to improve his knowledge and skills. He facilitates workshops throughout Australia, Central America, The Pacific and Caribbean Islands heling farmers transition from conventional to regenerative practices using Syntropic Farming Principles which are proven to boost the health and profits of farms growing any main crop at any scale.
We will be responsive to all changing COVID protocols and have designed this course to be flexible in the face of changing situations. Should onsite course time be permitted all COVID protocols will be observed daily and for the duration of the course.
Academic sessions: all sessions with Thiago Barbosa will be held in person unless absolutely impossible, at which time we will communicate an appropriate manner in which we will host the virtual sessions for the academic portions of the course.
Hands-on sessions: In-person hands-on sessions will occur at Walkers Reserve observing all COVID protocols including social distancing, masks and sanitization.