LEARN TO HARNESS NATURE'S INFINITE ABUNDANCE

Next Course: 16-18 November 2018

Transform the way you grow your food and multiply productivity in your backyard, market garden or large-scale farm. By creating a harmonious integration of food production, you can easily boost soil health and increase the quantity and quality of consolidated life.

More than just a gardening course

The word ‘Syntropy’ in an agroforestry concept which refers to “increasing complexity” or bio-diversity within the system.

As an innovative approach to regenerative agriculture, Syntropic Farming allows us to create dynamic, successional, and economically viable ecosystems that restore degraded soil biodiversity. By understanding and respecting nature's complex system, Syntropic Farming imitates the natural regeneration of forests and provides a harmonious integration of our food production systems.

By applying simple strategies to boost root activity and encourage a higher rate of photosynthesis, our increasingly abundant gardens produce healthy soils, profitable harvests, sequester carbon, regenerate the ecosystem and do not require long term external inputs.

To find out more, please have a look at Thiago's personal welcome and the course schedule.

To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct.

Meet your facilitator

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Thiago Gimenez Barbosa is a Syntropic farming pioneer in Australia who is helping to spread the knowledge of this unique farming system and teaching farmers and backyard gardeners to apply the principles in different regions and climates around Australia and the world.

Thiago grew up growing food with his grandparents in the countryside of Brazil. He fell in love with the principles of Syntropic Farming in 2014 and since 2015 has been visiting and working with Ernst Götsch and other teachers and farmers across Brazil to improve his knowledge and skills. He facilitates workshops throughout different regions and climates in Australia and helps farmers transition from conventional to regenerative practices using Syntropic Farming principles.

What's included:

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  • 15 hours Syntropic Farming instruction with Thiago Gimenez Barboza from Syntropic Farms Co.

  • Hands-on classes looking at the on-site examples of home garden, market garden and large-scale farming

  • Course manual

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day

  • 2 nights accommodation (optional)

  • Morning yoga classes (optional)

Upcoming dates:

  • 16-18 November 2018

  • 25-27 January 2019

  • 8-10 March 2019

Topics covered

This course is an introduction weekend for people who would like to understand the methodology and philosophy of Syntropic Farming. It will be an intensive 2 days of theory and application, leaving you with an understanding of the core practices used in Syntropic Farming, along with a practical, hands-on experience of how the concepts are put into practice. This course is for farmers, entrepreneurs, students, teachers and anyone who wants to be be involved with food production and environmental stewardship. The main topics will be:

  • Soil Evaluation and Landscape Reading

  • Observation of climate and soil through all senses

  • Bacteria and fungi (Mychorrhizae) + Quantity of life/ diversity

  • Soil coverage

  • Theory of Syntropy and Entropy

  • Soil Preparation + different types of garden beds

  • System design

  • Planting demonstration

    and much much more...

Cost & payment

The cost of the weekend course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

Without accommodation: AU$250

Camping: AU$350

In twin share or double accommodation: AU$430

In a single room: AU$470

Special deal:

For long term volunteers (min 4 week commitment before course start): AU$200 (for this option, please contact us via the contact form on this website)

 

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

Booking steps

1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page

2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type + number of guests

Accommodation

Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots.he Krishna Village offers single, double and twin share rooms, a few dorms and camping spots for up to about 75 people. All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder). All rates include 3 meals/day and all yoga and other classes.  

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

 

Single, twin share & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 2 double rooms (one big bed), 4 twin shares (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Bedding is being provided, but you need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

4-share dorms

We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided. They are simple, older rooms and about 100m from the amenities block.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

 
 

Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...

 

The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 

The Krishna Village yoga experience

As a permanent eco yoga community and retreat centre, we provide classes ongoingly for all guests, taught by a variety of teachers. On Mondays, we run an 11am Welcome Tour for all new arrivals and introduce you to our program and our way of life. 

To get an idea about our program outside of the Syntropic Farming Course, please have a look at our activities overview and read our info page about Bhakti Yoga culture. At the moment we are running yoga classes 2x/day (early morning and afternoon) as well as Yogic Living classes on Sun-Fri at 1:30pm, which encompass a broad variety of topics around a healthy yoga lifestyle, like philosophy, meditation, ayurveda, life coaching etc.. Many of them are the 'best of' parts of our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, made available for all guests. 

As a course participant, you are welcome to join all those additional classes. To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and our Code of Conduct.

Cost & payment

The cost of the 2 weeks permaculture course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

Without accommodation: AU$ 250

Camping: AU$ 350

In twin share or double accommodation: AU$ 530

In a single room: AU$ 570

Special deal:

For long term volunteers (min 4 week commitment before course start): AU$200 (for this option, please contact us via the contact form on this website)

 

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

 

Testimonials

Kate (Australia) loved her time at the Krishna Village

CLARITY WITHIN A COMPLEX SUBJECT

Damien was able to bring clarity to such a complex subject of knowledge. He was able to understand the level of knowledge of the students in the class enabling him to explain and teach in a way that is suitable to that level. He expressed passion for the topic and shared the many years of experience he has in permaculture in an easy and informative manner. He was also willing to take time to those that were unsure of any part of the course. He was accommodating and he made it a safe and exciting learning space for me and all others. - Roisin McSweeney, Victoria (Australia)

Meagan (New Zealand) will bring her knowledge back home

ELOQUENT AND PASSIONATE

Damien did a fantastic job in teaching this PDC, though. He was on point for the entire class. He spoke eloquently and passionately. He knew all of the material without hesitation and provoked us all to thought and action. His presentation and knowledge base was a compliment to the course and I walked away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of permaculture because of Damien's teaching and passion. - Josh Thomas, Idaho (USA)

A LOT OF CARE FOR STUDENTS

I had the chance to meet Damien during my PDC in Jordan, 2016 where he was co-teaching with Geoff Lawton. He was objective, passionate, dedicated and with a lot of care for students, giving a good step by step thru design and always adding a personal and practical input of his field experiences. He showed good skills in managing not only class subjects and timings but above all human relations and its psycho-sociological delicacies. I foresee a good career with great success. - Helder Fernandes, Lisbon (Portugal)

Aquila (Slovakia) applies his ideas in the garden every day

TIME TO EXPLAIN

Damien used the designers manual, added facts, visual depictions and personal experiences to demonstrate the versatility and practicality of permaculture. The ease and earnestness with which Damien was able to answer questions helped motivate and encourage budding permaculturists like myself in our own personal journey. For me personally I really appreciated his accessibility outside of classes. Damien was always open for questions and would take time to explain answers. Damien is an awesome instructor and instrumental addition to the permaculture movement.”- Zavere Weeks, Washington (USA)

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