Food Forest Course Portugal

Join us at Keela Yoga Farm in October 2018, March 2019 or October 2019 for our one month long Food forest courses in Portugal.

Learn everything you need to know about starting your very own food forest and off grid farm while experiencing community living on a new permaculture project. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation practice amongst the beautiful Portuguese countryside!

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Your teacher Laurence has attended a ‘Permaculture Design Course’ (PDC) in Thailand, a master designer course, ‘Food Forestry’ course with Doug Crouch in Portugal, and has dedicated the last 3 years to immersing himself within permaculture principles. He is now enjoying putting these skills into practice everyday on his newly opened project in central Portugal. This will be the third one Month long course he has run at Keela Yoga Farm.

Laurence runs the course to give you hands on experience, nothing is set up ready for you, you have to create the mulch, prepare the land, do the soil tests. The course is set up so you learn how to build a food forest, plan how to build it and then plant it. You will be doing all the work, this is not a demonstration but a real life experience of what it would be like if you had to do it for yourself.

Planting trees in guilds
Planting trees in guilds with perennial companion shrubs, ground covers ,root vegetables, herbs and shrubs grown in the green house

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Course Outline

  • Enjoy a tour of our new food forest and the farm
  • Design and help to expand a new food forest
  • Learn how to draw to scale drawings for design and planning
  • Learn about the food soil web, how to make organic fertilisers and cultivate microbiology for the soil
  • Discover how to properly research trees and their companions
  • Learn how to design guilds and a food forest
  • Plant trees and guilds in the food forest
  • Propagate perennials to plant into next year’s food forests
  • Create beds for annuals in between the trees for planting to maximise the space in the food forests
  • Learn how to design, select and buy irrigation systems
  • Plan and perform earthworks for water catchment, swales and ponds
  • Learn how to graft trees
  • Learn how to make compost piles, organic fertilisers and how to breed fungi and bacteria for the soil (teas)
  • Opportunity to learn some natural building techniques
  • Attend weekly workshops on fermentation, permaculture principles, applied technology and other farming related topics
  • Plant trees as part of our reforestation program outside of the new food forest
  • Join the one day course about foraging for wild greens and weeds for edibles and medicinal plants with Raquel from the awakened life poject
  • Opportunity to learn carpentry skills for making items for the food forest such as cold frames, raised bed boxes or trellises
  • 1 optional weekly trip to either the local market, local community event, local sites or community work (5 EUR per per person to cover petrol and car hire)
  • 1/2 day per week helping on a farm in the local community that needs it
  • 1.5 days of to relax and study.

Optional activities on your days off with local communities:

  • Local walks in nature
  • Relax on the farm on a hammock
  • Walk to local cafe
  • Private horse riding. 15eur per hour. Can be beginners within our friends farm or advanced going over long distances.
  • Private Soap Making Workshop from Mount of Oaks Community. 25eur per person (min 4 people). Make organic soap and get take what you make home with you
  • Nature walk with a botanist and Nature lover. 10eur per person (min 3 people or 30eur)
  • Learn how to make an organic first aid kit with plants, for anything from colds to cuts and take your first aid kit home with you! (40eur)
Group shot
Each student is standing by the tree they planted. they also arranged each guild and surrounding paths, sheet mulching and cover

What else is included:

  • Three healthy meals daily with lots of produce from our own land
  • Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes with on site yoga teachers
  • Have time to relax in nature
  • Opportunity to explore the local area by foot or by mountain bikeyoga and permacultureDaily yoga classes on the yoga deck


1st – 31st March 2018 (Full)

1st – 31st October 2018

19th March – 19th April 2019

Accommodation and Course Costs

Course cost: EUR 700 per person

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Accommodation cost:

Bring your own tent or camper-van for free.

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