In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Camp Altiplano Restoration Experience

 Jan 27 – Feb 7, 2020

Murcia, Spain

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Camp Altiplano Re-Opens Its Doors!

Restoration Experience: January 27th - February 7th

 Get ready for the new year and plan your next restoration experience! Join us for a two weeks regenerative, hands on practice and educational program. In the context of a semi-arid region, with extreme weather conditions and severe degradation issues, you will learn about the causes of ecosystem degradation, and participate with your work in the local restoration efforts. The morning activities will mainly be focused on practical restoration works, such as tree planting in natural areas, while in the afternoons you’ll have the chance to learn about other regenerative practices and topics, also getting in touch with local farms that are practicing regenerative agriculture.

For more details, check our Handbook and Schedule

Restoration Camp Experience Costs

The Cost for this 2 week experience is €450 for all participants and €400 for Ecosystem Restoration Camps members.

The costs of your camp experience cover:

  • Food (3 x organic meals per day)
  • Accommodation (either a tent or a farmhouse)
  • Transport 
  • Tools and seedlings 
  • Expertise and coordination costs 

What to Expect at Camp Altiplano

Camp Altiplano is located in La Junquera, a tiny farming settlement in the remote steppe of the Murcia region. Expect a sparse, degraded yet beautiful landscape, with high heat in summer and frosty cold in winter. With only 250 mm (on average) of rain per year, this is a semi arid place, on its way to becoming a desert if action to revive this landscape isn’t taken. Expect group meals, bright blue skies, rare birds, teaching and learnings about regenerative techniques, practical restoration work, camp fires, mountain hikes, and beautifully affordable tapas and wine.

About Camp Altiplano

The camp itself is a 5 hectare plot in the middle of the El Junquero farm of Alfonso Chico de Guzman, who is converting his 1,500 hectare organic almond and heritage grains farm to regenerative. 

Originally a highly degraded field of wheat, it is now transforming into a haven for life, with ponds making up a wetland that is home to snakes, toads, frogs and dragonflies, a regenerative almond agroforestry system, an apple orchard, all growing out of soil that is growing in microbial, bacterial and fungal life.

Now in its third year of restoration, where many techniques have already been implemented to bring the land back to life. To learn more about these techniques, check out the restoration plan and reports

Who is Needed

Anyone who has a passion for bringing our degraded landscapes back to life and wants to get their hands in the soil to make this happen. 

Our different camp experiences mean that there is something for everyone, from lots of physical activity to gentle physical activity. 

The camp needs everyone to come and take part in the restoration of this beautiful, but highly degraded landscape.

Apply To Join Camp Altiplano Restoration Experience (Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2020)

Applications are currently closed for the January Restoration Experience at Camp Altiplano.

More Restoration Camping Opportunities

There are many ways that you can experience ecosystem restoration camping here. Prices upon request.

  1. Restoration experience – Restore the ecosystem by doing whatever needs to be done at the time.
  2. Restoration courses – Learn all the skills for restoring an ecosystem and take part in the restoration needed at the time.
  3. Restoration holiday– Have a holiday that restores the land around you with activities such as hiking, foraging, homemade wine and cheese tasting, archery, wild swimming, and taking part in small restoration activities during your stay. 
  4. Mind, Body and Soil Restoration retreats – Heal yourself whilst healing the land with yoga, meditation, group therapy, nutrition and restoration work – 1 week long 
  5. Corporate Restoration experiences 
    1. CSR experiences
    2. Management trainings 
Next Camp

Jan 27 – February 7, 2020

Applications are currently closed for the January Restoration Experience at Camp Altiplano.

Organizing Partners

The Regeneration Academy

Alvelal Cooperative 

Facilities
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Camping (Basic/BYOT)

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Kitchen (Vegetarian)

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Toilets (Basic)

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Wifi

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Swimming Facilties

Restoration Activities
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Water Retention

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Tree Planting

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Composting

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Soil Restoration

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Regenerative Entrepeneurialism

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Erosion Prevention

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Food Planting

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Community Building

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Restoration of Livelihoods

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Restoration Holidays

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Natural Building

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Fire Prevention

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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