Ecosystem Regeneration
Camp – ERC

Date to be announced

vale da lama, LAGOS – portugal

Registration required • Limited capacity

Ecosystem regeneration camp

The Ecosystem Regeneration Camp (ERC) is an immersive experience between learning, action and networking. People from diverse backgrounds get together to act as regeneration agents during 7 days in a residential camp at Vale da Lama. The price is through a donation-based model, more information below.

Know more about the experience

What a day looks like

Adjustments may occur

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

9:30 – Topic of the day (theoretical)

11:30 – Break followed by practical tutorial

13:00 – Lunch (included)

14:30 – Applied learning (self-managed break)

18:00 – Community contribuitions

20:00 – Dinner (included)

Topic of the day

Various topics will be presented to nourish the participants’ knowledge

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

Day 1

Regenerative agroforestry

• The Basics of Regenerative Agroforestry
• Guided Tour of Regenerative Agroforestry Examples

Day 2

Agroforestry in “Alley Cropping”

• Food Sovereignty in Productive Agroforestry Systems

Day 3

Syntropic forestgarden

• Ecological Succession & Syntropic ForestGarden Design
• Increase productivity within an existing syntropic system

Day 4

Wood-pastures & fodder

• Why and how to use wood-pastures & FodderBanks as complementary to Holistic Planned Grazing in the semi-arid
• Plant and manage Fodder banks

Day 5

Health soils & I.M.O. (Indigenous microorganisms)

• Intro to Soil Sciences. Healthy soils, what makes them and how to maintain them. Living Soils
• Making Biofertilizer from Indigenous micro-organisms

Day 6

Dryland woodland & ecosystem restoration community: Open Day

• Dryland regeneration of Coastal Mediterranean Ecosystems
• Micro-catchment and reforestation techniques for dryland regeneration
• Launch of the Southwest Algarve Ecosystem Restoration Community
• How to monitor the collective impact of bioregional

Day 7


• How to boost up the regeneration movement
• Evaluation and next steps

👉 Please note: It is possible to attend to specific days of interest but priority will be given to people willing to attend the 7 days.

A call out to Earth restorers

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

What are we aiming?

Our focus for this Spring is to disseminate, develop and put into practice seasonal agroforestry and ecological regeneration knowledge, and to activate the Bioregional Learning Community in order to respond proactively to the challenges of drought. In this way we celebrate the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021/2030, and at this event we will also launch our participation as a local Hub of the “Ecosystem Restoration Communities”.

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.

For whom?

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.

It is aimed at 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 act on ecosystems restoration.

What to bring?

For your comfort, safety and wellbeing please bring the following:
– Outerwear (boots, hat, sweater and rain-gear advised)
– Working gloves
– Water bottle and/or personal cup


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.

Camping site and facilities

Campo do Vale

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

Campo do Vale

1 – Workshop area

2 – Kitchen (multi-purpose)

3 – Toilets and showers

4 – Outdoor meeting area and camp site

5 – Indoor versatile pavilion

General pictures

Participants will have access to onsite camping facilities including shaded tent locations, showers, toilets, cafeteria and leisure areas. Some camping materials can be provided; please indicate your needs on your application form.

Facilitation team

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

Hugo Oliveira

Orla Design

Landscape Ecologist & Permaculture Designer. Orla Design Co-founder & Regenerative Design Consultant, Researcher @ Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change (Uni.Lisbon). Holds an MA in Ecological Design Thinking from Schumacher College & completing Ph.D. studies in Interdisciplinary Landscape Management @ University of Évora. Actively working with Permaculture as a designer, trainer and researcher since 2006, mostly in the Landscape ecological domain in Europe, Asia and Australia. At Quinta Vale da Lama he gives consultancy within landscape regenerative strategies for the Mediterranean semi-arid focussing in Agroforestry as a tool to regenerate.

Patricia Pereira

PND – Projecto Novas Descobertas

Dedicated to creating opportunities that enhance nature connection as the main resource in 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 group facilitation and hands on regenerative group activities. Has developed her professional path in environmental and regenerative learning, through Permaculture, holistic education, storytelling and participatory facilitation.

Quinta Vale da Lama

44 hectares – Connecting people of all ages with nature  

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Thousands of trees have been carefully planted, complemented by the installation of water harvesting systems to bolster their growth.

Soil fertility receives dedicated attention, continually enriched through the incorporation of indigenous micro-organisms, compost, bokashi, worm castings, mulch, and other natural soil amendments.

An on-site soil laboratory aids in monitoring and assessing the efficacy of these interventions. Additionally, a small group of sheep, two donkeys, and a handful of chickens are strategically rotated across diverse plots, adhering to a holistic grazing plan designed to optimize land health. Furthermore, the establishment of five Mediterranean temporary ponds serves to promote biodiversity.

Educational programs targeting individuals of all ages contribute to raising awareness and enhancing the bioregion’s overall resilience. Collaboration with neighboring projects is actively pursued, aiming for a collective impact that fosters a healthier and more robust bioregion.


Know more about how you can contribute

How to support?

Ecosystem regeneration camp – SPRING EDITION 2024

We offer these camps regularly motivated to empower ecosystem regeneration and to share tools on how to do it. In the intention to make this available to everyone the camp run on donations. Please support as you can by:
• Become a PND member on arrival;
• Bring your own tools (gloves, garden trowel, garden scissors, etc.);
• Bring veggies, herbs, homemade bread or jams – PND will cook lunch and add in your contributions;
• Spread the word! Let people know about the camp and other activities;
• Make a donation!

To run this camp we need a minimun of 160€ per person, including all costs with food, tools, teaching team, organization and communication plus infrastructures. This support will allow other to benefit for this same experiences, please make a donation to:

Bank name: Caixa de Crédito Agrícola
NIB: 0045 7194 4015 2135 1713 6
IBAN: PT50 0045 7194 40152135171 36
Please send transfer notice by email to:

If you have any question send them to:
WhatsApp: (+351) 926 681 773
(Call to national mobile network)

We want to connect people from all ages and different backgrounds with nature. Empower people with regeneration tools and eco-social mindsets for a more balanced and prosperous world.

EM534, Caixa Postal 322N, Vale da Lama 8600-258 Odiáxere
Lagos, Algarve – Portugal

Patricia: ERC coordination
(+351) 926 681 773
(Call to national mobile network)

(+351) 282 697 862
(Call to national fixed network)

PND was founded in 1994 to provide summer camps for young people from all walks of life. Now, in addition to the well-known summer camps, it offers year-round educational and recreational activities for all ages, focusing on personal development, permaculture and regeneration.


EM534, Caixa Postal 325N, Vale da Lama 8600-258 Odiáxere
Lagos, Algarve – Portugal

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