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with erle rahaman-noronha

Next course offered:
December 3+4 and 7

(3 full days instruction + hands-on days on December 5-9)

A Regenerative Agroforestry System
cultivate abundant, resilient ecosystems that are financially viable and heal the land

Included in this course:

3 Day Immersive Course

8 hours per day*

(4 days instruction)

(+ optional experiential learning)

30 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.

Your Instructor: Erle Rahaman-Noronha

Erle grew up in Kenya, obtained his BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Zoology at the University of Guelph, Canada and has made Wa Samaki Ecosystems in Trinidad his home for over 22 years. Wa Samaki is a multigenerational permaculture farm where he has implemented and has taught Permaculture Design since 2007. His teaching has spread across the Caribbean and he currently consults on regenerative projects Caribbean wide on both a small/home scale and borad/corporate scale. He was the permaculture specialist in charge of the regeneration at Walkers Reserve in Barbados from its inception, served as the Director of Regeneration at the Walkers Institute of Regenerative Research, Education and Design (WIRRED). Erle now sits on the board of directors at CPRI Barbados as the lead regeneration and education specialist, all while managing his Wa Samaki site in Trinidad in a very hands on way. Erle brings a wealth of practical experience to tropical projects seeking to become regenerative.  He is also a crazy barefoot runner whenver he gets the chance to be off the farm!

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Wa Samaki Ecosystems   TedX Port of spain          Wa Samaki               Tropical Fish TT        Syntropy Caribbean 

*Covid Protocols

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 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. 

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