Category Archives: Training and volunteering on Permaculture

Program 2017

List of training, activities and projects A Floresta Nova – 2017

Theoretical training : prerequisites (thermodynamics,cradle to cradle, systemic approach, biomimicry and natural patterns), soil ecosystem, agro-forestry, water management, Permaculture design, Principles genesis and beyond

Practical training : Adobe making and Adobe wall, gardening, earth shaping, garden design, hot composting, worm farm cloning, chicken care, fruit harvesting, trees planting, food processing, etc.

Projects 2017: green building with hyperadobe, wood stove and bread oven with clay, mandala garden and herb spiral, garden irrigation zone 1.


Costs for volunteering

A discount can be allowed based on specific situations.

Formula “volunteer student”

Week Cost for the week Number of hours / day (5 days / week) Comment
1st week 280 reais 4 hours (WE free) Including lodging and food
2nd week 140 reais 4 hours (WE free) Including lodging and food
3rd week 120 reais 4 hours (WE free) Including lodging and food
4th week 100 reais 4 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon, 1 hour on Saturday,  1 hour on Sunday Including lodging and food
5th week and following weeks (*) 70 reais 4 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon, 1 hour on Saturday,  1 hour on Sunday Including lodging and food

If the volunteer shows potential and handle team responsibilities the cost per week can become free from the 5th week on.

Formula “Volunteer Travelers”

Week Cost for the week Number of hours / day (7 days / week) Comment
1st week 40 reais 2 and half hours Lodging in camping / food not included
2nd and following weeks 0 reais 2 and half hours Lodging in camping / food not included

The volunteer should bring its tent (possibility of renting). The camping includes all basic facilities (toilets, showers, kitchen with electricity, pprotected spots). Wifi under conditions.

General Information

Conversion of reais into Euro, USD, Pound, etc… can be found here : Currency rates

entrée casa de Adobe

We have 2 houses with bathroom and toilets. One house can host 4 women , the other 4 men. Exceeding this capacity lodging is proposed in individual tents in protected areas.

“Volunteers student” activity is based on training with a large spectrum of techniques. The aim is to give autonomy and enhance creativity of volunteers through transfer knowledge and support. Our objective is providing practical training as well as to enlarge the vision of sustainability, including related concepts like Cradle to Cradle, Bio-mimicry, Thermodynamics, Synergy and systemic approach applied to agroecology. These concepts are popularized in our approach and do not required scientific background.



Feedback from volunteers and students

Photos of volunteers and students

We receive a limited number of “volunteer students”, maximum eight at a time.

The village with supermarkets is located 2km from the site.

The sand beach is located 1 km by foot from the site with direct access.

Prepare your trip (advises,things you’ll need, …)

The costs related to volunteering are used for

  • buying and maintaining the training center tools, materials, infrastructure
  • buying plants for reforestation and horticulture
  • the participation to the fees (energy, water, taxes, …)

The first day of arrival is dedicated to settling and getting familiar with the community, the infrastructure and the surroundings. Volunteers have essential commodities within the site and access to town commodities 20 minutes by foot.

No smoking is allowed on site (allowed only at the gate.)

Workshops on Tropical Permaculture

List of workshops related to Permaculture;

  • Reforestation, land regeneration and food  production in the tropics
  • Green building
  • Production and management of ecosystem nutrients (composting, worm casting, mulching, hugelkultur, …) associated with water management
  • Strategies for a successful agroecology (Scientific concepts, business drives, change management and the challenges of systemic approach)
  • PDC : Permaculture Design Course

Costs : 500 USD for each workshop

Duration : Each workshop last 2 weeks


Training & Volunteering

Permaculture workshops

We propose a complete set of workshops. Our specificity is to have developed a set of tools allowing our students to make a link between Permaculture and the empowerment given by systemic approach. These tools are

  • a practical and easy way to understand the systemic modeling which goes beyond the classical 12 principles of Permaculture
  • a simulation platform associated with a step by step and versatile design construction method
  • coaching students on becoming autonomous in acquiring Permaculture knowledge in a local context

Workshops include :

  • step by step land regeneration and food forest settlement in the tropics
  • various green building techniques (house building, clay oven building, water heating system, food drying feature, water catchment, …)
  • a university like approach to Permaculture, meaning that we break the boundaries of the Permaculture 12 principles and give a broader vision based on systemic approach. We teach people how to learn autonomously from an ecosystem.
  • an omnipresent link between concepts and practice, a necessary background to become an ecosystem architect.
  • various garden landscaping and techniques adapted to the tropics


Time schedule : 8 hours a day / 5 days a week

Food : Nutritive and balanced Ovo Lacto Vegetarian food associated with nuts, smoothies and organic super food. We consider food as one of the main service provided by a healthy environment and the main drive in Permaculture design (food and habitat are the essential creative events in the food web, including human). Organic food management (production, distribution and processing) is an important part of our knowledge transfer.

Lodging : A separate dormitory for each gender

Read more about the workshops and prices


To apply as a volunteer you need;

  • to be
    • at least 25 years old and motivated in learning sustainability
    • or at least 23 years old and
      • following studies related to environment or architecture
      • or having an agroecological project
  • being autonomous, community wise (having been living independently from your parents at least 1 year)

Although we may consider exceptions based on motivation.

coucher de soleil

We propose low rate for volunteering, meaning that we expect autonomy and community caring. Any degradation made by volunteers will have to be reimbursed since we do not integrate the costs of degraded materials in the costs of stay which would be unfair for others. In exchange of the cost of stay we reforest and we provide with a strong knowledge transfer on agroecology.

We may apply discount in certain cases, depending on the student or volunteer situation and benefits the person can bring to the center (specific knowledge transfer or responsibility handling).

The full payment of the stay (limited to 4 weeks) is done the day of arrival or the next day, depending on the logistic constraints.

Lodging is done in a separate dormitory for each genders. Caring of the house is part of the lodging.

Time schedule : 4 hours on Permaculture, green building activities, community and food processing activities. We start early in the morning to benefit from fresh hours of the day.  Weekend are free.

A selection is made during a talk interview. We discourage visitors looking solely for a cheap and cosy stay closed to the beach.

Every activity on the field is supported by prior explanation on the objective and reason of the activity / Permaculture principles applied / method used / tools used.

Read more about Volunteering and costs