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Special 5day training:
Syntropic Agroforestry Course

Do you want to (or know people that want to) learn how to produce an abundance of food while contributing to the regenerating of our planet? Mattie (founder Restore Nature Foundation) and Manuel (experienced agroforester) offer a 5 day course in Syntropic Agroforestry facilitated by experienced teacher Felipe Amato. 

Inspired by the way forests develop naturally, Syntropic Agroforestry combines ecological, social and economic impact with high productivity. For us this is one of the most promising methods that can be applied in any kind of climate, even in the dry Algarve.

For more info or registration contact +31634546373 or
Spaces are limited to ensure a quality learning experience for all participants so register soon!


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Regenerative planting workhops

Inspired by our Syntropic Agroforestry course, we hereby invite you to another opportunity to get to know this powerful method that is based on ancient indigenous knowledge. Restore Nature Foundation believes Syntropic Agroforestry to be amongst the most hopeful methods in the extreme conditions of the Algarve to:

🌱regenerate the ecosystem

🌱produce a variety of food

🌱tune into natural processes and human’s role in the system

Therefore we invite people to experiment and learn with us as we implement an area in Vinha Velha while sharing the lessons we learned. We go through all the steps of implementation so you can get an idea. You’ll have the chance to learn about:

🌱 the principles of SAF that guided our design process

🌱 which plants were chosen in the design and why these plants were chosen

🌱 our steps of implementation, from preparations to the actual planting.

To add another layer, you will be guided through some simple breathwork exercises to open your senses and tune into your body, the group energy and the natural environment.

Come and join us to work with the earth and take home some inspiration!

When: Saturdaymornings 4th, 11th and 25th of February
Time: 9:00-13:00
Where: Vinha Velha, close to Barao de Sao Joao
Price: Social sliding scale between €20-€35

Guided by: Mattie, founder of Restore Nature Foundation, regenerative consultant and passionate inspirator

For more details or registration, contact me: +31634546373/


Farm & Forest Tours

Learn about the story of Vinha Velha: the start in the 1980's with two idealistic brothers that looked for a place to live in harmony with nature. The present situation where 2 of the daughters of the founder took over and run the farm while focussing on organic food production, eco tourism and sustainable forestry. 

   - What: A tour about the past, present and future of Vinha Velha,
     explaining about restoring ecosystems, organic farming, ecotourism
     and community living.
   - When:
Contact Mattie beforehand to check availability: +31 6 345 46 373 /
   - Where:
Vinha Velha, we meet in front of the cafe.
   - Who: Accessible to all.
   - Price: Contribution from €10 onwards: your choice. Above this amount
     your contribution will directly go into our efforts to restore ecosystems.
     Some people take this opportunity to compensate for their CO2 emissions
     or as a way to give back to nature. Or to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign.





Having impact on nature is one thing, but we also want to educate people about it. One way to do so if by offering an educational tour where people can learn all about Vinha Velha and our joint natural restoration work.

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During the last session of our recurring 'Friday for nature' interventions we started planting cactuses along the border of Vinha Velha. One of their functions is to create a natural fire barrier. And we planted the acorns that Kiki collected.

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During the first days of 2021, members of OpenForests visited Vinha Velha to map the farm using drones. The result is just mind blowing. The high resolution imagery will help us to analyze the landscape, plan interventions ánd show you what we do.

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