Syntropic Farming Course


Next Course Dates: Oct 4-6 & Nov 29 - Dec 1

Transform the way you grow your food and multiply productivity in your backyard, market garden or large-scale farm.

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.

What makes Syntropic farming unique is that it emulates the growth of the rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse systems of life on the planet. By understanding and respecting nature's complex system and copying how the rainforest functions, we can save massive amounts of water on our crops or orchards, eliminate the use of chemicals and considerably reduce financial and labour cost.

For more details, 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 and over the last years 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

  • 15 hours Syntropic Farming instruction with Thiago Gimenez Barbosa 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)

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…

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


Meet Kevin, a retreat centre owner and avid gardener of 30 years. He's been staying at Krishna Village for 2 weeks and fell in love with Thiago's Syntropic gardening system. In fact, he says he's learned more about gardening in a few days here, than in the past 30 years before…

Krishna Village volunteer Siana has assisted Thiago in the Syntropic gardens for 4 months and, in her own words, finds that this type of farming is the only one that makes sense: Imitating what nature does best, while working with nature rather than against it.

“A massive store-house of knowledge”

“I would like to convey my thanks and deep gratitude to Krishna Village and Thiago for hosting the wonderful Syntropic Farming Course last weekend. It was a marvellous weekend, spent with gentle people, soaking in the knowledge and the loving energy of Krishna Farm. Thiago is a great teacher; his teaching style is lucid, easy to understand, hands-on and above all respectful to Mother Earth and Nature.  Thiago is a massive store-house of knowledge and also has a great sense of humour. A BIG thank you to Yossi, Logan and James for their input and support throughout the course. Yossi's guided meditation was AMAZING. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the course plus my stay at the village, and of course the yummy vegetarian food.”

- Parvin Balsara

Cost & payment

The cost of the weekend course depends on the accommodation type you choose. 3 meals/day and optional yoga classes are included in each option. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different choices.

Without accommodation: AU$290

Camping: AU$390

In twin share or double accommodation: AU$470

In a single room: AU$510

In a double room: AU$590

Special deal:

For long term volunteers (min 4 week commitment before course start): AU$250 (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

The Krishna Village 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 visitors 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.

As a course participant, you are welcome to join all those additional classes. 


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. 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 9 double rooms (one big bed), 5 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.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents. The van area for up to 10 camper 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. 

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