Syntropic Farming Workshop | France
Syntropic Farming Workshop | France

Syntropic Farming Workshop | France

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81170 Lacapelle-Ségalar


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Introduction to Syntropic Farming, 5 day course with Ernst Götsch/Tankred Götsch


Syntropic Farming is an answer to many of mankind’s urgent questions. By learning from and translating nature’s processes and ecosystem dynamics to farming, it results in an independence of external inputs (incl. irrigation), growth of healthy soil, carbon sequestration, an increased biodiversity, healthy food, etc.

Syntropic Farming is creating diverse, rich and resilient ecosystems that are productive and economically viable (also on large scale).

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This course is targeting people interested in getting to know Syntropic Farming and understanding its methodologies. This course will give you a good overview about the topic and the field work allows you to learn a lot by doing.


We are looking for course participants eager to learn Syntropic Farming, both in terms of theory and mindset as well as by practical application. You do not have to be experienced in farming, but it is helpful. Since Syntropic Farming is a holistic approach and working with nature’s processes and the dynamics of ecosystems, we are excited to have open-minded and curious people in our trainings.


This is a “workshop” which means we will work in theory and practice. At least half of the workshop time will be spent in the field. Please be sure you are physically equipped to attend to these tasks. This is especially true for the training in Switzerland, where we are in a steep, hillside setting and walking from the accommodation to the course venue takes 30 min.


  • Understand the Syntropic Mindset – what is the underlying theory and why is it so benefitial

  • Understand the core practices that are used in Syntropic Farming

  • Have a practical experience of applying the core practices in the field


The Syntropic Mindset

  • What is Syntropic Farming & what differentiates it?

  • The role of forests in food production

  • Understanding the power of succession

  • The role of humans in supporting the succession process

  • A basic glossary of syntropic systems

The core practices

  • Growing soil – the role of organic matter

  • How to become independent from external inputs

  • Stratification

  • Consortium planting within a successional cycle

  • Systems to match your market’s needs

  • The effect and role of selective weeding and pruning

Practical application

Work on an actual project on site to enhance learning by doing. The activities might vary due to season and weather conditions. We aim to let you experience:

  • setting up structures to understand systems setup and goals

  • planting consortiums to understand optimal species and succession of consortiums

  • do selective weeding to understand its role in the acceleration of growth and progression of succession

Only the France Workshop will benefit of the presence of Ernst Götsch (Day 1 and Day 5) and his son Tankred Götsch (all 5 days), supported further by Cimarra Bittencourt and your site host Steven Werner.
Core topic: Transforming a poor grassland (1.5 hectares) into a productive agroforestry system


Lacapelle Ségalar is situated in the south-west of France, 1.5 hours north-east of Toulouse. The climate is a mix between oceanic and mediterranean, wet and relatively cold winters and springs, but with very dry and hot summers. 730mm annual predipitation.

Your accommodation, breakfast and dinner is about 10min. drive from the workshop site. We will drive you to the site in the morning and back at the end of the day. 3 persons share a room. Lunch will be served at the workshop site. All meals are vegetarian.


Attendees are asked to arrive in the afternoon or evening of Mar 26th. Closest Airport: Toulouse or Rodez.
For inquires about travel to the venue please contact your site host: Steven Werner, or by phone: +33 602 52 09 62


  • Good walking/working shoes/boots and sandals/indoor shoes (dirty boots to be kept outside of rooms).

  • A hat

  • Suncream (organic)

  • Sunglasses if needed

  • Practical working clothes for that season. End of March can still be cold and rainy, please plan some warm clothes - a windbreaker or raincoat.

  • A water bottle, for having with you around the farm as you are working to stay hydrated

  • A towel

  • Notebook, pens, pencils, colored pens, ruler etc.

  • A laptop or memory stick for exchanging data

  • Gardening gloves are advised

  • organic shower products, shampoos, toothpaste, organic soaps etc.

  • Any extra food items you may need (There are no shops nearby, esp if you are gluten intolerant)

  • Bite cream, antihistamines, allergy creams where needed (there is lots of pollen, dust, some mosquitos etc)

  • Torch

  • Camera

  • The desire to learn, contribute and be part of a fun team!


  • Students, volunteers, staff and visitors are asked to be mindful of their environment while here on the farm - being respectful towards plants, animals and people

  • Please do not use or bring any products which may contaminate or be harmful to our water or soil

  • If driving onto the property please do so carefully as there may be people and animals about

  • No pets!

  • Students are not permitted to bring drugs or alcohol onto the property

  • Smoking is ONLY allowed in designated areas

  • Please be aware of not bringing unnecessary packaging and garbage onto the site

  • No operating of any heavy machinery or power tools without permission from staff

  • Make sure you have the necessary travel/health insurance as neither the workshop host Steven Wernder nor Agenda Gotsch are liable for any injuries incurred by you or illness

Any person who does not behave with respect towards our policies, to others or to the farm will be asked to leave without notice.


80% refund up until 30 days prior to Workshop starting date.
For cancellations within 29 to 8 days prior the Workshop, we will refund 50% of the total course fee.
Cancellations within 7 days to Workshop, we will charge the full course fee. This is also applicable for a no-show of a confirmed participant.
If a participant is not taking part of the whole Workshop there will be no refund for the parts not attended. Your seat can be transferred to another person - please inform us if this should be the case.
To apply the correct cancellation fee, the sending date of your notification email will be used.
In case of cancellation of the workshop by the workshop host (France: Steven Werner) you will get a refund of 100% of the course fees payed.

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