Food Forest Course Portugal

Join us at Keela Yoga Farm for our 2-week food forest and agroforestry permaculture course with yoga 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 permaculture project. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation practise amongst the beautiful Portuguese countryside!


Food Forest in Portugal
Aerial photo of two of the food forest after 2 years at the end of summer in 2019.

Food Forest & Agroforestry Course Dates

  • EUR 500 + accommodation click here to book
  • Early Bird discount EUR 100 if booked 3 months before
  • EUR 100 discount for past guests of Keela Yoga Farm or Residence of Portugal (+100 EUR discount if booked 3 months before)

Accommodation Costs

  • Your own tent: Free
  • Rented tent with (proper) mattress and bedding: 80 EUR
  • Caravans: EUR 150
  • Click here for accommodation information

Click here for information on our food forests

Your Hosts

Laurence Manchee

Laurence Manchee - Food Forest Course Portugal
Laurence Manchee teaching at the first food forest course at Keela Yoga Farm

Your teacher Laurence has been running food forest courses since 2017. Students learn and build the food forests at Keela Yoga Farm. Laurence manages the permaculture farm since its inception in 2017.  Laurence also teaches permaculture workshops, sustainable living workshops and natural building workshops.

After attending many courses including PDCs and food forest course, Laurence realised that most courses don’t actually teach you the practical aspect of gardening and creating a food forest so created this course for people who want practical hands-on experience in permaculture gardening and food forests. Laurence runs the course to give you hands-on experience in all aspects of designing, installing and maintaining a food forest. This is not a demonstration but a real life experience of what it would be like if you had to do it for yourself.

Kimberly Manchee

Kimberly teaching Yoga on our yoga deck

Kimberly is the co-founder of Keela Yoga Farm, she will teach you yoga, the fermentation workshop and help you will all aspects with your stay at keela yoga farm.

Click here for information on our food forests

Click here for photos from our March 2019 one month course

Click here for photos from our October 2018 one month Course

Click here for photos from our March 2018 one month Course

Click here for photos from our November 2017 one month Course

Course Outline

All these topics will be included in the one week course:

  • Learn and eat from the existing food forests:
    • Chicken managed food forest
    • Guild and polyculture mixed food forest
    • Restoration Agriculture food forest (for sheep)
  • Design and help to expand each of the above food forests
  • Learn how to draw to scale drawings for design and planning
  • Implement the design for a new food forest at Keela Yoga Farm
  • 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 (how to get free plants)
  • Create beds for annuals in between the trees for planting to maximise the space in the food forests
  • Learn how to design, select, buy and install irrigation systems
  • Plan and perform earthworks for water catchment, swales and ponds with a tractor
  • Learn how to graft trees trees
  • Learn how to prune trees
  • Learn how to make compost piles, organic fertilisers and how to cultivate fungi and bacteria for the soil
  • Opportunity to learn some natural building techniques
  • Workshops on fermenting and storing food
  • Workshop on soap making
  • Workshop on cooking, you (with the other students) will make one meal with 100% produce from the farm
  • Daily Yoga Class
Group shot
Each student is standing by the tree they planted. they also arranged each guild and surrounding paths, sheet mulching and cover crops

What else is included:

  • Three healthy meals daily with lots of produce from our own land
  • Optional yoga classes every day (included and free of charge).
  • Have time to relax in nature

Permaculture Systems on our farm


What to bring on the course and how to get here – Please click here

Video about being at Keela Yoga Farm (made in 2017)