Ecosystem Regeneration Camp – Spring – THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

In light of the situation we are currently experiencing and respecting all the measures that our country’s government has taken in relation to COVID-19, Projecto Novas Descobertas has made the decision to close all its educational and social activities until the 30th of April, 2020 (this decision will be reassessed on the 1st of May, based on how the situation evolves).

Since our action involves creating learning experiences that redraw our impact on the world and the community, WE WILL CONTINUE working behind closed doors to support our community, investing in creative actions to reach you through other interactive online channels: inspiring, supporting, communicating and entertaining you with the spirit that always motivates us. Because THE PROBLEM WILL SURELY BE THE SOLUTION and an opportunity for everyone to reinvent themselves

Whoever signed up for any of our actions up until the 30th of April – Counselors Training, Courses, Easter day camp, Permaculture Course, Ecosystem Regeneration Camp, Days on Farm, will have the opportunity to transfer your deposit of registration to a new date, turn it into a donation to the association or receive a full refund of the amount.

Thank you for all that each one of you is already doing to take care of each other during this challenging period.

The team,
Projecto Novas Descobertas

May 6 to 10 – 2020

Campo do Vale
Projecto Novas Descobertas
Quinta Vale da Lama
Odiáxere – Lagos

9:30 – 12:30 / 13:30 – 18:00
(see more below)

Portuguese / English

Min. 20 // Max.35

(Read below on how to support)

918 051 377
PND OFFICE: 282 697 862

The Ecosystems Regeneration camps are an experience of learning, action and networking. Participants have various backgrounds and get together motivated to act as regeneration agents, building on tools and knowledge. Time is spent in understanding ecological principles, practicing key techniques and deepening potential networks of action and support.

Our focus for this spring is to build on knowledge and skills about agroforestry and hands on regenerative practices.

Our target is to reach as many eco-social initiatives as possible willing to join this opportunity and share the ways to make other Ecosystem Regeneration Camps come alive.


This experiential learning opportunity is being offered to people who can be counted-on to “pay it forward” by continuing the work of ecosystem regeneration in their own context.

Priority will be given to:

Individuals with a history of committed action to advance environmental causes and/or social justice causes, and who have the intention to use skills gained in the camp to increase their impact in regenerating nature and society, and recreate Regeneration Camps in their context.

We also encourage people that come together as part of the same initiative, as peer-learning often works as a more effective and agile learning and a better opportunity to implement gained skills back home.

NB: We have limited capacity to 35max. In order to reserve your place, make sure you click the “JOIN NOW” button above and fill out the linked application form. We will select and inform you about your participation as soon as possible.


Hugo Oliveira, from (OrlaDesign)

With his academic background on Biology and Landscape Ecology Hugo is now focusing his work and research on participatory Design of Regenerative Ecological Systems. He is a consultant at Quinta Vale da Lama responsible for creating landscape regenerative strategies for rain-fed agro-silvo-pastoral systems within the Mediterranean semi-arid.

Patrícia Pereira, from (PND)

Dedicated to create opportunities that enhance nature and its materials as the main resource in outdoor learning contexts. Patricia has been organizing courses and camps for regeneration and regenerative learning for several years, including the ERC camps in Vale da Lama. She is highly motivated to share tools and methods on participatory learning, community building and agreements plus hands on group activities.

Has developed her professional path in environmental and regenerative learning, through Permaculture, holistic education, storytelling and participatory facilitation.


- Camping with basic amenities. (If you have special needs, contact us (, we have some solutions);
- There are solar showers, free WI-FI and a library area with regeneration related books;
- Healthy mediterranean diet menu, mainly vegetarian meals. Fruits, snacks, tea and coffee throughout the day.(If you have specific needs, please inform when filling the form);
- Site visits of Vale da Lama and related projects


Tent (we have some tents for those who don’t mind sharing), and all sleeping gear you need. Biodegradable personal hygiene products, towels and shower flip flops.
Bring outerwear (boots, hat, sweater and rain-gear advised), flashlight, gloves and anything else you might need for comfort.


- Bring food and kitchen supplies (We will send you more details once you register);
- Become a PND member on arrival (Know more).
- Bring your own tools, plus extra to share (gloves, garden trowel, garden scissors, etc.)
- Be ready to volunteer as part of housekeeping routines and space and tools maintenance.
- Make a donation so we can offer more camps!

To run this camp we need about 85€ per person, including all costs with food, kitchen team, teaching team, organization and communication plus infrastructures. We will present you with more details once you are here. If you can support us in this way, please make a donation to:

Bank Transfer
Caixa de Crédito Agrícola
Projecto Novas Descobertas
NIB: 0045 7194 4015 2135 1713 6 // IBAN: PT50 0045 7194 40152135171 36 // BIC/SWIFT: CCCMPTPL


9:30 – 10:40 // Topic of the day (theoretical)
10:30 – 11:00 // Break
11:00 – 12:30 // Practical tutorial
12:30 – 13:30 // Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 // Skills for running a regeneration camp
15:00 – 16:00 // Applied learning
16:00 – 16:30 // Break
16:30 – 18:00 // Applied learning II (practical) + Check out
18:00 – 19.30 // Housekeeping / Personal time
19:30 // Dinner
Evening Sessions are open for participants to share skills and cultural offerings.


By the end you will be able to:
- Apply methods and techniques for regenerating ecosystem your are part of
- Mimic natural processes
- Use appropriate tools
- Participate in a network of learning, support and action.
- Understand the general needs and dos to create a camp back home.

Course organized by Projecto Novas Descobertas Association, in partnership with Quinta Vale da Lama and ORLA.