Syntropic Farming Workshop | Spain
€1,255 – €1,365
Syntropic Farming Workshop | Spain

Syntropic Farming Workshop | Spain

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Introduction to Syntropic Farming, 5 day course with Ernst 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, etc. SyntropicFarming is creating diverse, rich and resilient ecosystems that are productive and economically viable.

Learn more here.


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 beneficialial

  • 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

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 exercises:

Work on actual projects 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


La Loma Viva is a Permaculture and Retreat Centre, specializing in regenerative agriculture, research and education. We are based in a Mediterranean / semi-arid landscape, which receives a rough annual rainfall of 350mm.

La Loma Viva is located in southern Spain, on the coast of Granada, 2km´s outside the village of Gualchos, at 550m above sea level, overlooking the Mediterranean and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

La Loma Viva is researching different methods of regenerative agriculture and environmental regeneration. We are using Syntropic Agroforestry to transform a degraded landscape into a productive, healthy and resilient agroforestry system, which can be shown to work in other semi-arid regions, minimizing the use of water and improving soil health and productivity.


Attendees are asked to arrive in the afternoon or evening of Mar 19th. Closest Airport is Malaga with a good local bus service to Motril where you can be collected. For inquires on travel please contact the local host Ryan Botha via


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

  • A Hat

  • Suncream (organic)

  • Sunglasses if needed (it is often very bright and sunny here :)

  • Practical working clothes for that season. Nov-Apr: colder months so good trousers and clothes to stay warm - 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

  • ONLY ORGANIC SHOWER PRODUCTS, shampoos, toothpaste etc - we supply organic soaps

  • 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 (HIGH FIRE RISK!)

  • Our nearest recycling/rubbish dump is 20 mins drive so 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 La Loma Viva is not 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 (Spain: Ryan Botha, Laloma viva) you will get a refund of 100% of the course fees payed.

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