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Grândola, Portugal

Camp Mama-Adama is a peaceful farm in between mountains in the Alentego region of Portugal.

The trees on the land are infected with fungus, therefore the trees lose their oxygen and die slowly. Our goal is to prevent this cycle and restore the trees and the land in a natural way.

You can join our camp to take part in restoring the landscape, rebuild a vegetable garden, save old trees by cleaning them, planting trees and helping to create an irrigation system.

What to expect at Camp Mama-Adama

Work, stay, play
Support the camp by taking part in the restoration of the beautiful Alentego region. Activities include working in the garden, making compost and plant trees. Giving a helping hand in the housekeeping is mandatory. This way we make sure that everything is running smoothly (including cooking, cleaning and taking care of our animals). 

Regenerative holiday
Combine your restoration work with discovering the surroundings. Hiking tracks are just around the corner, visit the eco park , take trips to the local markets and drive or cycle to visit the ocean, it is only 23 km away from camp Mama-Adama.

Mind, Body and Soil experience
Every sunrise we start the day peaceful with morning meditation on our wooden podium. Furthermore, we provide a 3 km path to go for a stroll or a run. A long the path we have created a place to hang out, listen to music, meditate or read a book in our hang mat or on our couch.

Shared accommodation is available in a new renovated dormitory, with toilets and shower. Furthermore we have a campsite available with showers and dry toilets.

Note: Camp Mama-Adama is not able to help you with a working Visa.

Who is needed

If you are someone with carpenter skills and you are happy to volunteer your time to Mama-Adama, then please reach out to

What we need

To reach our goals we still need:

  • Garden tools, a lift to reach all fungus affected branches: €600
  • Plants, such as moringa plants and daily vegetable plants: €400
  • Irrigation parts: €500

Vision and socio-economic context

Our vision is to create a place were people gather to learn from each other, to be more aware through work in the nature with animals and plants. We wish to create a place to present to local authorities to help and promote restoration in our region for a greener and better world.

Mama-Adama envisions a greener, self sustainable place for more people to live a back to basic life, learn to be aware and to reconnect to themselves, to animal and nature.

How to apply

 Seedling Camp

Organising Partners

Camping (bring your own tent)
Sanitation (basic)
Kitchen (vegetarian)
Cell – Service
Children’s play facilities  

Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Soil building
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Erosion prevention
Fire prevention
Community building
Restoration of livelihoods
Restoration holidays

Latest News from the Camp
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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