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Caçapava, Brazil

Camp Desperto – Regenerative Cultures Centre came about through a conscious decision to restore a piece of degraded land in a heavily industrialised region of Brazil. 

The 5-hectare camp  is situated on top of a mountain with beautiful, sweeping views of the valley and nearby cities. We take time almost every day to take in the beautiful sunsets, especially in the winter season (June – September).

Most of the land has been used for grazing over the past 15 years which has led to very compacted soil with no water infiltration, and inhibiting growth of the original rainforest. The entire area surrounding the camp is highly degraded, with pastures or monoculture eucalyptus plantations.

The camp aims to restore the dried-up water spring and create a regenerative agroforestry, restoring it to the original biome. They would like to become an example in their region of how abundance is possible through the regeneration of land and people, thereby influencing other farmers to adopt regenerative practices as well. They are also working to strengthen the ecosystem of small producers and artisans, collaborating for the creation of a local regenerative culture.

Achievements to date

The camp has planted two areas of regenerative agroforestry with almost 70 banana trees and 100 other fruit, native or wood trees. 

Once the trees reach maturity, they plan to produce for market, including fruit, preserves, pickles and all tasty, healthy and nutritious food.

What to expect at Camp Desperto - Regenerative Cultures Centre

Expect to find a healthy environment for your body, soul and mind with people connected to system-thinking and committed to the practical application of regeneration in all aspects of our life, such as culture, food, traditional and indigenous knowledge.

Cost to stay at the camp

Costs will be anounced when the first camp experience is up.

Vision and Socio-economic context

We dream of a world where people heal the earth, learn to leave in peace with nature, and all plant and animal species, including themselves. 

We believe regenerative practices can restore our connection with nature, ourselves and humanity, and help us see the whole planet as a living being. Through regenerative agroforestry, permaculture, meditation and all other techniques which heal body, mind and soul we will create a sustainable and regenerative future. 

We believe in a global cultural change, in which we recognise that our lifestyles directly impacting our relationship with food and its cultivation. This change should favour forest and regenerative foods over monocultures and clearing foods. 

Because of this belief, our focus is to carry out deep ecology experiences, through diverse activities for the regeneration of Being, connection with nature, and regeneration with syntropic agriculture, with which we can achieve food self-sufficiency – and replicate this culture in other places. 

Seedling camp


Camping (basic – bring your own tent)
Sanitation (basic and advanced)|
Cellphone/mobile signal
Children’s play facilities
Kitchen (basic and full, plant based)
Learning centre
Plant nursery

Restoration Activities

Water retention 
Soil restoration 
Erosion prevention 
Tree planting
Food planting 
Fire prevention
Restoration of livelihoods
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Natural building
Cover cropping
Syntropic farming
Deep ecology

Other Opportunities for Campers

Restoration of body, mind, soul & relationships through meditation, yoga, reiki, natural gynecology and female regeneration, crafts.

Latest News from the Camp

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Desperto – Regenerative Cultures Centre.

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:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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