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Syntropic Farming Workshop


Introduction to Syntropic Farming with Ernst Götsch


Introduction to Syntropic Farming - WORKSHOPS with Ernst Götsch

Nature is constant transformation – so to use its most powerful process - succession -
is to work with nature and not agains it!  
 Ernst Götsch


Spain, Granada    20-24 March 2017  (Go to link)




What is Syntropic Farming?

Syntropic Farming is an answer to many of mankind’s urgent questions. By learning from and translating nature’s processes and ecosystem dynamics to farming, it results in an independence from external inputs (including irrigation), growth of healthy soil, carbon sequestration and a regeneration of ecosystems.
Syntropic Farming is about creating diverse, rich and resilient ecosystems that are productive and economically viable.

What is the Workshop about?

This course is for people interested in getting to know Syntropic Farming and understanding its methodologies. This course will give you a good overview about the topic and the field work allows you to learn by doing.

We are looking for course participants eager to learn Syntropic Farming, both in terms of theory and philosophy, as well as by practical application. You do not have to be experienced in farming, but it is helpful. Since Syntropic Farming is a holistic approach and working with nature’s processes and the dynamics of ecosystems, we are excited to have open-minded and curious people in our trainings.

This is a “workshop” which means we will work in theory and practice. At least half of the workshop time will be spent in the field. Please be sure you are physically equipped to attend to these tasks. This is especially true for the training in Switzerland, where we are in a steep, hillside setting and walking from the accommodation to the course venue takes 30 min.

course goals:

• Understand the Syntropic Mindset – what is the underlying theory and why is it so beneficial
• Understand the core practices that are used in Syntropic Farming
• Have a practical experience of applying the core practices in the field


We are just one small step away from total abundance – bad soils and scarcity of water are human perceptions, not nature`s!  Ernst Götsch

The Syntropic Mindset
• What is Syntropic Farming & what differentiates it?
• The role of forests in food production
• Understanding the power of succession
• The role of humans in supporting the succession process
• A basic glossary of syntropic systems

Core Practices
• Growing soil – the role of organic matter
• How to become independent from external inputs
• Stratification
• Consortium planting within a successional cycle
• Systems to match your market’s needs
• The effect and role of selective weeding and pruning

Practical Exercices
Work in an actual project on site to enhance learning by doing. The activities might vary due to season and weather conditions. We aim to let you experience:
• setting up structures to understand systems setup and goals
• planting consortiums to understand optimal species and succession of consortiums
• do selective weeding/pruning to understand its role in the acceleration of growth and progression of succession

Syntropic Agroforestry system

about Ernst Götsch

The father of Syntropic Farming himself will be teaching these extraordinary courses. You will benefit from his research of the past 40 years in different climates around the globe and his vast practical experience. Born in Switzerland in 1948, Ernst has been involved in farming and research his entire life and developing his system of Syntropic Agroforestry, regenerating degraded landscapes and ecosystems, working in harmony with nature and natural processes. 

For more information about Ernst go to:  http://agendagotsch.com/about/

Specifics by Country:

SPAIN: Transforming a degraded landscape into an abundant system  (Go to link)
FRANCE:  Transforming a poor grassland to a productive agroforestry system  (Go to link)
SWITZERLAND:  Transforming classic viticulture into syntropic viticulture, setting up a system in a secondary forest (Go to link)

For more information and to book a place go to:



La Loma Viva will be awarding 2 scholarships to people with sustainable and regenerative projects who would otherwise not be able to afford the workshop. There will be a Full Tuition Scholarship and a Half Tuition Scholarship awarded to a land based project or person (one individual member from the project, farmer, agriculturist or teacher). Ideally this will be given to someone who is already working in an agricultural or agroforestry setting and would like to further the regenerative development of their project or demonstrate/research Syntropic Farming. 

Please submit a letter detailing your project, sustainable/regenerative elements of your project, reasons for financial constraints, if you are involved in any community development and how you would like to use the methods of Syntropic Farming. The scholarships will be awarded to the most compelling applicant and be announced by 1st February 2017.


Due to the intensity of the workshop, Ernst requires full participation and it is therefore not possible to help out and attend the workshop. Also due to high demand and limited space there are currently no more volunteer positions available for this course.  

Please contact us if you would like to set up a monthly payment scheme to help pay the course fee in 3 instalments.


The Spanish venue for the workshop will be held at La Loma Viva. It will be a 5 day intensive course taught personally by Ernst Gotsch and doing practical exercises learning his methods so you can implement them yourself with confidence.

Prices range from 950€ (workshop only) to 1350€ (workshop, comfortable accommodation in our retreat centre, all organic meals provided and transport from local town).

For more information or to book a place you can book through www.agendagotsch.eu or contact us directly here