Syntropic Farming Formation Course (English)
May 24-28, 2023
May 24-28, 2023
This five day course is designed to create a complete formation in syntropic agriculture principles, design and implementation.
The course will be led by Nat Mugent of Sitio Semente with Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design and Jorge Espinosa of Collectivo Waybill as co-instructor. The Tierramor farm crew will be providing significant support to the course and guiding the project installation.
Syntropic Farming is a process and principle based form of agriculture developed and propagated primarily in Brazil. Syntropic farming is a field within the larger domains of agroecology and agroforestry.
Syntropic systems complement the food forest ideas within permaculture design by providing more specific design details, metrics, and arrangements that focus on precisely imitating the spatial and temporal relationships of the region’s native forest ecology.
It has shown the ability to be scaled beyond many similar fields of agroecology. Syntropic agriculture provides a set of principles and tools for shifting from organic monocultures and input based agriculture towards a holistic focus on ecology. In the end it is a system that seeks to imitate the forest and results in a forest ecosystem.
The following links are key places to explore the topic:
This course is designed to provide a complete tool kit for students to explore syntropic farming on their own.
It will be an opportunity to go deep into topics and get practical hands-on experience installing a larger scale systems (5000 square meters). Students will get ample time for questions and answers with our diverse teaching team as well as the on the ground farm crew at Tierramor. This course will allow practitioners in Costa Rica and beyond form community around better land management practices.
All experience levels are invited into this course, as we will make time and space for understanding the basics of syntropic farming to exploring more advanced topics.
Principles of Syntropic Farming
Survey of Existing Systems
Site Analysis and Assessment
Implementation on the Ground
Dates: May 24 – May 28, 2023 (If you are lodging at Tierramor, please arrive the night before, on May 23)
Prices (5 days x meals, retreat + accommodation included):
**Important: If you are sharing a Bell Tent or a Private Casita, only one guest need to purchase a Private casita or Bell Tent ticket. The other please only purchase the Day Pass and indicate in an email the name of a guest you will be sharing a room with.
Language: This course will be taught in Spanish with English translation provided by Collectivo Waybill. All the instructors can teach in both languages but the course will be taught in Spanish.
Location: Tierramor Retreat Centre. Nosara, Costa Rica.
To ease travel arrangements, all transportation will be arranged by Tierramor (*within the retreat dates, inquire with us about the cost).
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Nat Mugent (Brazil) is an agroforestry producer, agronomist, ethnobotanical permaculturist, herbalist with over 13 years of experience in syntropic agriculture.
She is a follower of the teachings of Ernst Götsch. Pioneer of Agroforestry Systems aimed at the cultivation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. Nat Muguet worked in 2015 for the Eduardo Mondlan University in Mozambique with management community of natural forest resources. In 2016 she worked at ICRAF Malawi with implementation of syntropic agroforestry. In 2017 she coordinated and consolidated the first area of syntropic agriculture in Africa together with Ernest. The farm is in Mozambique in the state of Namacha. Since 2019 she is a farm collaborator and consultant in Kenya.
Since 2014 she has been a professor of syntropic agriculture at the Sitio Semente, where she is the owner and founder. Today the Sitio Semente is the biggest reference for a school of syntropic agriculture in the world. where more than 2,000 students passed each year. With areas of more than 15 years of work, it was possible to regenerate an area of 12 hectares degraded land in fertile forest soil, producing food and regenerative medicine. The heart of the work is a nursery of the highest quality of plants that are spreading the seeds throughout the four directions of the world. Nat provide design and teaching consultancy in several countries such as; Costa Rica, South Africa, Colombia, India, Mozambique, Chile, Mexico.
Jorge Espinosa Mata (Mexico) is an agroforestry technician and consultant specialized in the implementation and management of SAFS and regenerative projects, as well as in the delivery of introductory and advanced courses in various ecosystem climates in Mexico and Costa Rica. He has trained with experts in syntropic agriculture and agroforestry systems on farms in Brazil and Mexico.
Scott Gallant (USA) is an agroforestor and food system designer with over a decade of experience working in Central America. He is the co-founder of Porvenir Design, a landscape design firm specializing in productive landscapes. He graduated from Wabash College in 2008 with a degree in Economics. He was the farm manager at Rancho Mastatal for nine years, and has worked with diverse projects such as VersaLand, Open Source Ecology, Project Bonafide and many more as he has developed his skill-set in permaculture design.
Passionate about regenerative agriculture, holistic thinking, ethnobotany, community development, and re-skilling, he still makes time to hike and bike, read exhaustively, and work on his basketball jump shot and frisbee throw. He has traveled extensively in Latin America, leading to a love of the culture, food, and language, which he attempts to speak. Scott writes for the Permaculture Research Institute and has been featured on the Permaculture Voices , Abundant Edge, and Making Permaculture Stronger podcasts.
Tierramor’s Kitchen will provide 3 x daily meals for the duration of the workshop. We believe being a part of the solution – by nourishing ourselves we nourish our environment. We do our best to support and source from local farms (including our own) and use as many organic ingredients in our cooking as we can.
Email us if you have any dietary restrictions. All meals are vegetarian. We share meals together, in a communal space.
Lodging and dinner is provided for the night of May 28th for students paying for lodging as part of their course fee. Breakfast will be provided the morning of May 29th.
Tierramor can comfortably accommodate 30+ overnight guests and even more day visitors.
For the Day Pass no accommodation is required, and shared transport can be arranged to & from Tierramor to Nosara. Altogether, there are 10 gorgeous cabins available for accommodation, as well as Glamping & Camping options, for each visitor who would like to stay at the site for the duration of the workshop.
All cabins are newly built, eco-friendly and fully furnished for all of your needs. Each cabin has breathtaking views of the lush hills of Guanacaste and provides an opportunity to catch unforgettable sunsets. All accommodations have access to individual outdoor showers & shared bathroom space. Your options are:
Alternative accommodation options include Glamping & Camping options at Tierramor. There are 3 large Canvas Bell Tents set-up for your comfort, which can be available for one or two people to share one tent. Each Bell Tent is set up with a comfortable Twin bed to share.
Parking is available on site. A 4 x 4 vehicles is required to reach the site.
We are really proud of the Bathroom Spaces that have been created here, at Tierramor! The spaces include gorgeous sustainable showers and washrooms made entirely out of clay, recycled glass and wood. Close-by to the bathroom space, you can find multiple enclosed sites with compostable toilets.
Students should come prepared to take notes in both a classroom and field setting. Much of the class will be taught in the field; we recommend bringing the following to the course:
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Tierramor is able to comfortably accommodate 30+ people. We anticipate between 10 and 30 people living in the community at any given time. At the moment, 10 people living on site are dedicating the majority of their energy to working on developing the project.
You can join our community as part of the Community Immersion or please check out our latest work opportunities under the Co-Create section.
As a retreat center and a burgeoning community, Tierramor offers a variety of week-long retreats, day events and workshops throughout the year. As part of the Community Immersion, all community members will have free access to daily yoga, meditation, dance, and other embodiments practices and can offer to facilitate and share their own practice with the community.
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Most of the food is vegetarian, and vegans can be accommodated. We aim to have as much local and organic food as possible.
All communal areas have internet. Tierramor has also built a dedicated lounge-like co-working space on the land, which is accessible to all community members. The internet is excellent and we hope to install high speed internet soon as well.
Right now we are open to adults only. Children are welcome to attend specific day events only. As Tierramor continues to grow and evolve, this may change.
If you are renting or bringing your own car, make sure you are driving a four-wheel drive (4x4). The majority of roads are unpaved, dirt roads and require a specialized car. You will be able to safely park your vehicle in the designated parking areas at Tierramor.
You can drive, or take a taxi service from Nosara.
1. Type into GPS the following address: Mini Super Y Licores Río Montaña, located in the mango grove area between Nosara and Ostional.
2. Once there, turn into the road towards the mountains which is next to the Mini super Y licores.
3. Head straight for about 0.5 km until you reach a T junction. There will be a river on your right and a road on your left. Go left and follow the road for another mile.
4. You will pass through a teak forest, go over a small bridge and a 2.5 mile dirt road up the hill will take you to Tierramor.
5. You will see signs along the way and a member of our team will meet you up top to help with parking.
We are located outside of Nosara in the Rio Montana area.
The easiest way to get into town is by car (4x4 necessary) which takes around ~25 minutes in the dry season. The roads can be really bad in the wet season, which makes this a longer and more challenging trip.
We are ~25 minutes away from the beach by car (4x4 necessary). There are sometimes shared rides available. The roads can be really bad in the wet season, which makes this a longer and more challenging trip.
The Dry Season, which extends from November to April, coincides with the peak tourist season. During these months, camping and casita accommodations are at their prime, and it is generally the most enjoyable time to stay at Tierramor. Please note March and April are the hottest months in the Guanacaste region.
The Green Season is exceptionally stunning but can present more challenges, including occasional power and internet outages, heavy rainfall, and difficult road conditions, primarily in the months of August through October.
The weather is greatly influenced by the annual climate patterns.
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