In 2022, 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 Arcoora is nested inside a 30-year-old eco-community that was originally established as a Buddhist Temple and retreat. The former Vajradhara Gonpa now accommodates Arcoora’s experiential programs aimed at invigorating ecological mindedness and strengthening capacity to respond to the world as it is today, both locally and globally, including mass loss of biodiversity, degradation of ecological complexity, climate change and increased frequency of severe natural disasters.
Our location is on the edge of the precious remaining Gondwana Rainforest, at the ecotone of dense rainforest gullies and wet sclerophyll forest. Our camp is home to many iconic Australian fauna including Koalas, Red tailed Black Cockatoos, lace monitor lizards, carpet pythons, wallabies and many colourful parrots.
Camp Arcoora is surrounded by 30-year-old regrowth forest however, as seen in the catastrophic fires of our 2019/20 summer, climate change poses great threat of bushfire as well as drought imposed land degradation.
Camp Arcoora is partnering with local indigenous land management organisations to explore cultural burning as a response to land degradation and ecosystem restoration.
Additionally, they are experimenting with successional agroecology as a means of food and fibre production whilst simultaneously improving soil ecology and sequestering moisture in a dense forest microclimate.
The community has planted extensively along the riparian area for Koala habitat, begun management of invasive vegetation in the surrounding forest and installed two demonstration syntropic agroforestry gardens within Camp Arcoora grounds.
Lush subtropical forest experience, practical restoration and agroecology work, diverse flora and fauna, koalas and carpet pythons, delicious group meals, esoteric conversations, friendly locals, Gondwana Rainforest expeditions, participate in local community projects, running and maintaining a educational retreat centre, learn about bush tucker and crafts, passion and heart, mythic surprises, hugs.
People with these skills: builder, carpenter, architectural and landscape designer, hydrologist, ecologist, researcher, organic farmer, permaculturist, horticulturist, tree nursery manager, arborist, machine operator (excavator, tractor), child carer, media and marketing, digital storytelling, cooking, accounting.
Camp Arcoora hosts a range of regenerative lifestyle programs. Workshop and retreat experiences offer skills in indigenous bush crafts, successional agroecology, yoga and meditation, conscious dance facilitation, Non Violent Communication, eco-therapy, art and writing. Arcoora also hosts symposiums on such topics as herbalism, cultural land management and eco-villages.
Camp Arcoora is weaving healthy systems into the local bioregion. They offer experiential training and community outreach initiatives to support capacity building in regenerative agroecology, ecosystem restoration and culturally regenerative projects.
Their approach to land restoration includes research into successional agroecology, cultural burning for bushfire and land management and progressive techniques for restoring and managing grassland, wet sclerophyll and rainforest ecosystems.
Arcoora believes that their approach to restoration must include the restoration of the human spirit. This is why they value, learn and share in the arts, community building skills, and spiritual and contemplative practices. The camp is a place for healing both the earth and human hearts.
The camp is seeking individuals to fill specialist roles (carpentry, building, childcare, tree nursery manager, cook, marketing and digital media) to support our preparations for our first camp. If you would like to enquire about filling one of these roles prior to the April camp please contact them.
Children’s play facilities
Small Healthcare Clinic with a doctor and nurse on campus
Indigenous Land Management
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.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020