Transform the way you grow your food and multiply productivity in your backyard, market garden or large-scale farm.


More than just a gardening course

The word ‘Syntropy’ in an agroforestry concept which refers to “increasing complexity” or bio-diversity within the system.

As an innovative approach to regenerative agriculture, Syntropic Farming allows us to create dynamic, successional, and economically viable ecosystems that restore degraded soil biodiversity.

What makes Syntropic farming unique is that it emulates the growth of the rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse systems of life on the planet. By understanding and respecting nature’s complex system and copying how the rainforest functions, we can save massive amounts of water on our crops or orchards, eliminate the use of chemicals and considerably reduce financial and labour cost.

Greening the Outback

By your participation in this course you will be directly contributing to the growth and expansion of Australia’s first semi-arid Syntropic Farming Demonstration Site in Lightning Ridge, western NSW

System 1 June 2020

System 1 April 2021

Meet your facilitator

Thiago Gimenez Barbosa is a Syntropic farming pioneer in Australia who is helping to spread the knowledge of this unique farming system and teaching farmers and backyard gardeners to apply the principles in different regions and climates around Australia and the world.

Thiago grew up growing food with his grandparents in the countryside of Brazil. He fell in love with the principles of Syntropic Farming and over the last years has been visiting and working with Ernst Götsch and other teachers and farmers across Brazil to improve his knowledge and skills. He facilitates workshops throughout different regions and climates in Australia and helps farmers transition from conventional to regenerative practices using Syntropic Farming principles.

What's included

  • 15 hours Syntropic Farming instruction with Thiago Gimenez Barbosa from Syntropic Farms Co.

  • Hands-on classes looking at the examples of home garden, market garden and large-scale farming

  • Course manual

Topics covered

This course is an introduction weekend for people who would like to understand the methodology and philosophy of Syntropic Farming. It will be an intensive 2 days of theory and application, leaving you with an understanding of the core practices used in Syntropic Farming, along with a practical, hands-on experience of how the concepts are put into practice. This course is for farmers, entrepreneurs, students, teachers and anyone who wants to be be involved with food production and environmental stewardship. The main topics will be:

  • Soil Evaluation and Landscape Reading

  • Observation of climate and soil through all senses

  • Bacteria and fungi (Mychorrhizae) + Quantity of life/ diversity

  • Soil coverage

  • Theory of Syntropy and Entropy

  • Soil Preparation + different types of garden beds

  • System design

  • Planting demonstration

    and much much more…


Meet Kevin, a retreat centre owner and avid gardener of 30 years. He’s been staying at Krishna Village for 2 weeks and fell in love with Thiago’s Syntropic gardening system. In fact, he says he’s learned more about gardening in a few days here, than in the past 30 years before…

Krishna Village volunteer Siana has assisted Thiago in the Syntropic gardens for 4 months and, in her own words, finds that this type of farming is the only one that makes sense: Imitating what nature does best, while working with nature rather than against it.

“A massive store-house of knowledge”

“I would like to convey my thanks and deep gratitude to Krishna Village and Thiago for hosting the wonderful Syntropic Farming Course last weekend. It was a marvellous weekend, spent with gentle people, soaking in the knowledge and the loving energy of Krishna Farm. Thiago is a great teacher; his teaching style is lucid, easy to understand, hands-on and above all respectful to Mother Earth and Nature.  Thiago is a massive store-house of knowledge and also has a great sense of humour. A BIG thank you to Yossi, Logan and James for their input and support throughout the course. Yossi’s guided meditation was AMAZING. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the course plus my stay at the village, and of course the yummy vegetarian food.”

Parvin Balsara


Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October 2021

830am – 330pm

Morning & Afternoon tea and lunch provided

Early Bird price – $510 if booked and paid before 10th August 2021

Returning student special – $295 per person *

Full price – $650 per person

*for students who have completed a course in Lightning Ridge previously

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