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São Sebastião is a productive Syntropic farm and most systems have been set up by Ernst Götsch himself throughout 2016.



As a teaching facility, you can have a look at systems of different ages and therefore understand succession easier. We are privileged to showcase a landscape with many highly diverse ecosystems and according Syntropic systems. There is also a variety of goals our systems fulfill – this by itself is a great inspiration.


The farm can host up to 50 people, offering dormitories, camping and rooms of different sizes to accommodate you according to your needs and budget. We are happy to pamper your palates during workshops with tasty, vegetarian meals and special treats from our kitchen and produce.

Syntropic Farming requires constant learning


We believe that a training in Syntropic Farming is the start of a lifelong learning journey.
And as that - we support this process by ongoing content - also after the workshop took place.

Top teachers > 10 years of experience

profit from a seasoned training crew with a close relationship with Ernst's latest innovations

Summary of training

we make sure, that all that has been said and done is summarized as a workshop take-away

Updates: see your system growing

after you have left, we will still keep contact to report from the system you've set up with the other participants - enjoy watching it grow

Three training types:


- LIS THEORY - THE FRAMEWORK OF SYNTROPIC FARMING (only in Portuguese for now) - 2 days

Brief explanation

In our LIS THEORY workshop, you will get an in-depth immersion into the Syntropic Farming Framework, allowing you to understand the concepts behind and to make conscious decisions for your practical work.

80% interactive theory

Syntropic Farming: What are the underlying fundamentals, the principles applied and the most used practices? What is Syntropy? Basics in ecology and botany. Recognizing the most important tree, herb and crop species and how they form macro-organisms.

20% Practical

Farm tools and their secure and proper handling, sharpening, most important practical tasks - planting techniques, organizing organic matter correctly, selective weeding and thinning

- LIS PRACTICE - HANDS-ON SYNTROPIC FARMING - (only in Portuguese for now) - 3 days

Brief explanation

In our LIS PRACTICE workshops, you will get an in-depth immersion into practical aspects of Syntropic Farming, they also come with a specific focus each time.

20% interactive theory

In our LIS PRACTICE workshops, the theory is interwoven with practical activities and have a spotlight on the focus topic of the whole specific workshop. So if it is LIS PRACTICE Kitchen Gardens, we will focus the theory on the setup and planning of it.

80% Practical

In LIS PRACTICE, the focus is on practical activities within the theme of the workshop. Let's say the theme is Syntropic Kitchen Garden, then this is what you are going to design, setup, plant and arrange during the three days. 


Brief explanation

In our LIS INT workshop, you will get an in-depth immersion into the Syntropic Farming Framework and will set up a Syntropic system practically - this combination of LIS THEORY + LIS PRACTICE will be taught in English.

40% interactive theory

The Syntropic Farming Framework - understanding the fundamentals, underlying principles and most used practices. Where is Syntropic Farming in the world of sustainable agriculture and why is it different. Global biomes, examples of Syntropic Farming from around the world - how to adapt to your climate zone.

60% Practical

Farm tools and their secure and proper handling, sharpening, most important practical tasks - planting techniques, organizing organic matter correctly, selective weeding and thinning, designing and implementing a Syntropic system.

Upcoming trainings


Frequently asked questions


Your destination airport is ideally Rio de Janeiro, for most travelers that is GIG Airport (Rio has several airports).
Due to different arrival schedules of people from all over the world, we do not offer a shuttle to the farm. We are situated approximately 2 hours north of Rio de Janeiro and there is busses to Casimiro available. Alternatively you travel by taxi with a cost of around 100 Euros.
If you need a visa depends on your country of origin – please check with your officials.
This might vary as well – we advise you to investigate specifically on yellow fever. Inquire in your country what medicinal advise they give you like bringing antibiotics or tablets against malaria.
Yes (a little wonder!) we are connected to the net although do not expect high speed. We also experience some internet downtimes frequently. WIFI is free to use and integrated in the course price.
Since you are working with farming equipment like machetes, shovels and the like we advise you to check with your insurance if accidents are covered and what to do in an emergency. Re-patriation is advisable to cover a transport back to your country if needed. Also check on your liability insurance.
During Brazilian winter we experience a temperature range of 14 to 34 degrees so it can be a bit fresh at night and some long sleeved stuff is advisable. In summer the temp is between 26 and 38 degrees but working on the fields is recommended in long pants and T-shirt or long sleeved shirt. The sun can be quite demanding, protect yourself. Bring some boots, fields might be wet and the high shaft is also protecting against everything that crawls in the grass.