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Santo Antônio da Serra, Brazil

“I say yes: Sinal do Vale. Joy and willingness to keep going, knowing that there are wonderful people who love each other and are hands-on acting, in search of a green planet, water, life and above all love, because this planet is wonderful.” 

 Clarita Zottich, Brazil (translation of the original Portuguese quotation)

Sinal do Vale is a 400 acre campus with several agroforestry, regenerative agriculture and reforestation sites. 

They are located in the buffer zone between the urban sprawl of Rio and one of the last remaining protected areas of the Atlantic Rainforest. Implementing solutions to protect the buffer zone and its natural resources while offering viable economic opportunities to the local communities is the main issue they work on. 

The Atlantic Rainforest is a secondary forest with rains throughout the year. It is one of the hotspots of megadiversity in the world, with several endemic species of flora and fauna, including the Golden Lion Tamarin. 

Achievements to date

So far, they have planted over 8,000 trees (around 1,000 trees per year). They have regenerated around 20% of their territory and have developed several agroforests, assisted natural regeneration, and reforestation sites. To date 4,000 guests, students, volunteers and interns have passed through Sinal.

In 2021 the camp kickstarted a project for the reforestation of 30 ha. of land within the property. 

What to expect at Camp Sinal do Vale

One of the most special things about Sinal do Vale is the diversity of its community. Their resident coordinators and team members are from several different parts of the world, with different backgrounds and experiences, and it is that diversity that makes the campus thrive.

The camp is surrounded by beautiful forest and it is common to see tucans and golden lion tamarin families pass by. They have several trails with beautiful views and many different agro ecological solutions being tested constantly.

Meals are vegetarian, prioritizing home-grown and locally sourced foods! Cuisine is very important at Sinal: it is fundamental to a healthy ecosystem too. 

Who is needed

Individuals with communications, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and ecosystem restoration experience. 

Other opportunities for campers

Someone from the community is always offering some activity. Common activities include workout sessions, yoga, tai chi, and sound meditation.

They are also at an exciting time with Madre Frutos, a startup that processes and sells green jackfruit products to vegetarian restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. The jackfruit is sourced through a management model that aids the conservation of the Atlantic Rainforest, the health of the soil, and the reintroduction of native species to the forest.

Costs to stay at the camp and what is included

Depending on accommodation, it ranges from 100-150 USD per night, including housing in a fully equipped house, and full meals (vegetarian, mostly sourced from our own organic gardens and agroforests).

Vision and Socio-economic context

Camp Sinal do Vale is a center for the regeneration of ecosystems, communities, and individuals, located on 400 acres of land in the buffer zone between one of the last remaining protected areas of the Mata Atlantica, and the urban sprawl of Rio de Janeiro. They prototype and teach solutions that regenerate forests, soils, and food systems that can be replicated and scaled in this critical region. Through these solutions their vision is to scale a model of land stewardship across the Green Belt of the Guanabara Bay.

Sinal is an Advanced Post of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves and 1 of 17 certified Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world. 

established camp

Established camp

Upcoming camp dates

8 – 17 June 2022 – details to follow!

Organising partners

Dormitory accommodation
Advanced sanitation
Full kitchen (vegetarian)
Cellphone network (signal only with Vivo)
Children’s play facilities
Learning centre

Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Food growing
Soil restoration
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Natural building

Latest News from the Camp

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Sinal do Vale.

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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