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Join us for a life-changing one week off-grid experience about soil, water, biodiversity, learning through practice, and exploring the cultural dimension of sustainability!
Camp Altiplano coordinator Silvia Quarta will share with you insights on the practical lessons learnt at Camp Altiplano, after 5 years of implementing restoration and rehabilitation techniques. This, in the broader context of the regenerative farm of La Junquera.
You will put the learnings into practice during hands-on sessions in the vegetable garden and reforestation activities, and learn through workshops from local experts like beekeeper Miguel Campoy.
At the same time we will explore the cultural dimension of sustainability. We will work with Lian Kasper from Kalapa Journeys in Reconnection, to unpack what is needed alongside the technical solutions to accomplish an integral shift in our cultural attitude towards food production and nature. What does a regenerative culture look like and what could this mean for your own life? How can you find the empowerment to be an inspired actor for ecosystem restoration?
You will be staying at Camp Altiplano, experiencing life in nature at its fullest, with an inspiring and like-minded group of people.
The course is organised by Lian Kasper and Camp Altiplano. Visit kalapa.nu for more information on Lian and the work that reconnects.
Cost to join the camp
525€ (tented accommodation)
626€ (private space in the bunkhouse)
What is included in the price?
The course price includes 3 organic and vegetarian meals per day, accommodation, and bikes to move around la Junquera farm. Vegan and gluten-free diets are catered for too (on request).
What accommodation is offered?
The camp has 3 bell tents, each accommodating 2 people, or you can bring your own tent. There is also a bunkhouse offering private spaces for up to 15 people.
Watch this video from volunteer Dima Bass made during his recent experience at the camp. Of course the Ecosystem Restoration & Regenerative Culture Course includes theoretical components, in addition to practical activities, such as the tree planting experienced by Dima during his visit!
Camp Altiplano is our first camp on the high steppe of south-eastern Spain, in the Murcia region.
Murcia is one of the lowest income regions in Spain with high levels of rural to urban migration caused by lack of employment opportunities. This is a semi arid ecosystem that has been severely degraded by deforestation, industrial agriculture, water exploitation and climate change. 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.
The camp itself is a 5 hectare plot in the middle of the La Junquera farm of Alfonso Chico de Guzman, who is converting his 1,500 hectare organic almond and heritage grains farm to regenerative. Restoration work at the camp is supporting the local Alvelal collective to restore 620,000 hectares of degraded natural and agricultural land.
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.
Originally a highly degraded field of wheat, the area 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 fifth 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.
We envision a healthy, resilient regional ecosystem made up of a mosaic of productive and biodiverse farms, natural areas and a regenerated economy.
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.
Download the Camp Handbook to learn more about Camp Altiplano, the experience you will have and how to prepare for becoming a camper.
The kitchen building at Camp Altiplano
The wood and staw bale bunkhouse at Camp Altiplano can accommodate up to 8 people
Interior of the bunkhouse
The roundhouse is a little cob building with two floors. Each floor is a little room that can accommodate 2 people
There are 3 bell tents, each accommodating two people
The camp experience cost includes: Food (3 x organic meals per day), accommodation (either a tent or a farmhouse), transport to and from the local bus station, tools and seedlings, expertise and coordination costs.
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.
To be honest, I reflect on my time at Altiplano nearly every day. When I step out of my house in the morning with my morning routine Cappuccino and see the stars, I remember the incredibly impressive starry sky in Altiplano. When I buy vegetables on the market I remember harvesting fruits and vegetables from the garden, when it rains, I remember the gratitude that we had for water as the basis for life on earth. And I take every opportunity to spread the word on the importance of healthy ecosystems throughout our organization. So, yes – I am still there in my thoughts. Philipp
The camp experience confirmed my ideas about the positive aspects of what can be achieved when like minded people get together and work together. Denise
I recommend everyone to go to a camp and experience nature. I hope to change some minds and to push forward a sustainable transformation. Philipp
Spending time with a group that seems to be looking at the world in a similar way, to be struggling with the same thing and to be just as open to face the predicament the world is in and willing to act, it makes you less lonely, more hopeful and thereby strengthened. It’s good to not only know there are many out there but to actually meet, talk and spend time together. Bart
There were many encounters and moments in which I learned about myself or the world. It was an experience that touched many aspects and areas which play a big role in my life. The experience has awakened these aspects, made them more real, which in turn inspires my path ahead and makes it more clear. Stan
Toilets (compost) + Outdoor Showers
Restoration of livelihoods
Here are some of the other ways you can experience ecosystem restoration camping at Camp Altiplano (all prices on request):
Restore the ecosystem by doing whatever needs to be done at the time.
Mind, Body & Soil Retreats
Heal yourself whilst healing the land with yoga, meditation, group therapy, nutrition and restoration work (1 week).
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.
Learn all the skills for restoring an ecosystem and take part in the restoration needed at the time.
Corporate Restoration Experiences
CSR experiences and management trainings.
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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Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020