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Camp Altiplano

Murcia, Spain

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Camp Altiplano is our first camp on the high steppe of south-eastern Spain. This is a semi arid ecosystem that has been severely degraded by deforestation, industrial agriculture, water exploitation and climate change.

Join Camp Altiplano to learn how to/take part in the restoration work happening in the region, supporting the local Alvelal collective to restore 620,000 hectares of degraded natural and agricultural land.

Camper Opportunities

Next opportunity: Regenerative Culture Course October 15th until October 22nd 2020. Unfortunately the course is cancelled due to COVID-19.

The course focuses on re-connection to our inner-self, to people and nature, while learning about land restoration and putting it into practice.

By focusing on Regenerative Culture, the training emphasizes that a transition towards landscape regeneration is not solely a technical pursuit, but requires an integral shift in the way we perceive and interact with food production, landscape and nature. Besides hands-on knowledge in Camp Altiplano’s regenerative practices, we will use tools from the work that reconnects by Joanna Macu. To come together in a regenerative space, support each other, give our best in this pivotal time in history and to explore how we can re-construct our relationship with the natural world in support towards sustainability.

The course is organized by Lian Kasper and Camp Altiplano. Visit kalapa.nu for more information on Lian and the work that reconnects.
Please see the handbook below to know more about Camp Altiplano, the experience you will have and how to prepare for becoming a camper.

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. 

Restoration Report: Year One
Camp Altiplano Restoration Plan

Restoration Camp Experience Costs

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 

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 

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.

Vision

The camp is situated in the Murcia region, one of the lowest income regions in Spain with high levels of rural to urban migration caused by lack of employment opportunities. The degradation of the landscape is intricately connected with the degradation of the social fabric too. Many of the villages in the region are semi empty, with shops closing the populations dwindle. The landscape was historically degraded by deforestation for making ships, followed by industrial agriculture.

Apply for Camp Altiplano Restoration Experience

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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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Cell – Service

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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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Camp News
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.

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