In 2021, 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).
The Via Organica Ranch is a working model of how to transform once degenerated farmland and pastureland. The working ranch in the semi-arid highlands of Mexico now produces delicious organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, seeds, and animal products for the Via Organica restaurant, farmers market, and food store in the local town of San Miguel de Allende.
Our ten-day ecosystem restoration experiences at Camp Via Organica, a picturesque ranch in the Guanajuato highlands of north central Mexico, are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Join Campers from around the world and discover different organic and regenerative farming techniques, including biointensive gardening, compost making, seed-saving, and tree-planting.
Learn from local people who are already engaged in this work. You will also be able to explore the local area and visit the amazing UN World Heritage listed town of San Miguel de Allende.
The ten-day experience costs $700 for international campers, $650 for Ecosystem Restoration Camps and Organic Consumers Association members and $6750 pesos for campers from Mexico. This covers accommodation, three meals a day and all lessons.
You can expect a beautiful campsite that has been established over ten years, complete with adobe cabins, a large regenerative food growing operation, showers, toilets, a kitchen and a learning centre. The land is in a degraded, desertifying state, but is being revegetated and restored by the Camp Via Organica team.
Campers will enjoy three nutritious, locally sourced, organic meals per day, with the chance to learn about Mexican culture and to visit other regenerative projects in the area. All lessons are taught by highly talented teachers, skilled in regenerative agricultural techniques.
The vision of the camp is to bring people together from around the world to learn how to restore degraded natural and agricultural ecosystems, learning from the local people who are already engaged in this work. The skills learnt at the camp will then be transposed and used to restore land in other parts of the world.
Camping/Cabins-advanced Kitchen Sanitation -advanced Learning centre
Restoration of livelihoods Compost making Water retention Tree planting Fire prevention Erosion control Regenerative entrepreneurialism Natural building
“My experience at Camp Via Organica was an uplifting, educational and enlightening with an awesome mix of learning and doing while making new friends. The Via Organica team took great care of us and served up amazing organic meals. The shared accommodations were comfortably rustic and exceeded my expectations”. Teryl Chapel , Center for Regenerative Living, Les Fouilloux, France.
“My week spent at ERC’s debut affiliate camp, Via Organica, was incredibly stimulating and informative. Aside from giving me much needed hands-on time with nature, the workshops were thorough, the food delicious and the other participants were lovely. A real inspiration – thank you! Olivia Atkins, Journalist, UK.
“My experience at Via Organica was not only an amazing learning experience rich with information about regenerative farming and living practices, but rich with the culture, hospitality, and overall buena onda of Mexico. The camp is an educational program and a retreat as well, with delicious, all organic, homemade Mexican dishes cooked daily and the most comfortable sleeping you can imagine on a farm. My time there is a priceless memory I will never forget. Thank you for some of the best times of my life! Rachel Labrie, Gardener, USA
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