Introduction to Dry Mediterranean Agroforestry and Syntropic Agriculture Workshop


The successional agroforestry uses a set of techniques that aim to create agroecosystems whose structure and dynamics are inspired by the natural and original ecosystems.

Through the optimization of life processes that create and maintain soil fertility, successional agroforestry has optimal agricultural productivity at a low dependence on external inputs.

Ernst Götsch, a Swiss resident in Brazil, develops syntropic farming, a way of stacking time and space in regenerative AF through planting, pruning and other synergic interventions in a  high dense policulture and multi layered plant community. Consequently, this practice allows obtaining excellent crops, while regenerating degraded ecosystems. From SAF we received food, fiber, medicinal melliferous & aromatic plants,  wind and sun shelter, our own fertility, and a social connection.


In this introduction module, three days of theoretical  and practical work, the basic principles of successional agroforestry for drylands will be addressed:


  • The principles of Successional/Syntropic Agroforestry in the Mediterranean (SAFMed).
  • Durisilva Landscape Reading – Harmonizing SAFs Med to your own site’s conditions.
  • Functions of each plant inside the community, how to choose the consortiums, etc.
  • How to prepare the terrain, understanding soil food web
  • How to prepare Mediterranean fast growing nitrogen fixing trees & shrubs nursery …
  • Accumulation and abundance through pruning. When and how.
  • Natural succession and stratification in semiarid conditions.




  • Drive Access to your online community where E-books, Pdf’s, photos, videos, and a SAF keynote will be accessible.
  • Deep Ecology. Introduction to Mediterranean deep roots restorative mindset, how to understand …
  • Living food living drinks. Learn how to process Food through fermentation. 

    Wild holy oak acorn, prickly pear champagne and other surprises from Dry Mediterranean Plant Community.

  • Tools, how to customize and take care of them.



Miguel and Jose are both direct students of Ernst Göstch. They are involved in several projects where Mediterranean Succesional Agroforesting Approach is held.

They also have been involved in Mediterranean Analog Forestry studies for adapting AF to drylands with Fundación Internacional de Restauración de Ecosistemas from 2017 2018.

Common mentors in their way are: Ernst Götsch the founder of the Syntropic Agroforestry. Julio Cantos and Milo Benkings who introduced them to Analog Forestry and Forest Gardening, Darren Doherty and Ana Digón with Regenerative Agriculture and Voisin Rational Grazing, to Bill Mollinson and Geoff Lawton with permaculture and food forests.

Since 2012, they have been researching and implementing different agroforestry systems in semi-arid conditions. Using the principles of agrosilvopasture, Keyline and ecological succession, seeking to create productive multilayered policulture and restorative systems in the Mediterranean landscape (Dehesas).


Miguel Ángel Llorente Medina

Born in La Rioja, North of Spain, he was working in  fruit and vegetables agriculture since he was a child at home.

Since 2005 he’s been raising three daughters, producing organic fruits and vegetables for sale, working as a consultant in many different projects in small and big scale , and coordinating the agricultural part of  Vivencia Dehesa, one of the most innovative agroecology projects in Spain. .


He is specialized in adaptation of machinery for regenerative purposes , homemade fermented fertilizers, agroforestry Mediterranean  systems and probiotic food made of bitter acorn , prickly pear and other resilient plants. He has developed a unique way of fermenting bitter acorn to transform them into delicious and nutritious food.

Instagram @miguel_angel_llorente_medina &

Miguel Llorente, agricultura regenerativa  youtube channel


Jose Ansoleaga Ayala    Instagram @jose_ansoleaga_ayala

Born in Madrid, Jose has a Master of Science Degree in Geography from the UAM. He continues his studies on adaptability to desertification and mediterranean landscape regeneration. He likes to create spaces where Art, Science, Engineering and Design are blended

He has been 8 years off-grid homesteading with his Family in the driest place in the south of the island of Mallorca, Spain. Where he found a pathway to increasingly become a more conscious grounded person.

Since 2016 he has facilitated training courses in the semiarid agroecosystem stewardship, erosion and water management for different public and private entities with the aim of disseminating holistic water management, successional dry agroforestry and regenerative deep ecology.


Dates: 28th, 29th of November and 1st December. 2019


Price: Early bird until 1 Noviembre 2019 – 350 Euros.

Afterwards will be 400 euros.


  • 3 days immersion into Syntropic Mediterranean AgroForestry
  • 3 Delicious meals per day
  • SAF digital material (Med Agroecology and Syntropic pdf’s, shared workshop photos and videos…)
  • Exclusive mediterranean SAF infographics and keynotes.
  • Fermentation of mediterranean wild plants workshop.



Housing – If you want to rent a house in s’Arracò village, extra information will be added to the welcoming email once you booked your place.

Bus/camper -There is also the possibility for some students with their own bus/camper-van to stay on the land, although space is limited; so if you are interested in bringing a caravan/bus, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to accommodate everyone!

Camping – We have several spots, in a semi-wild area, where to freely pitch the tents in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by mountains and forest.  From October till May the comfortable thermic conditions starts to get very chilly and wet in the nights ..


We provide 3 meals per day, breakfast will be held at Son Castell head quarters and, lunch and dinner will be held in a local restaurant, all three meals are included in the cost of the course

The food is always fresh, healthy and diverse. Options for vegetarians and omnivorous people.


Son Castell is based in the wonderful and magical S’Arracó area, at the west coast of Mallorca, at the feet of Serra de Tramuntana.

It is an old Mallorcan possession of 32 hectares built during the Islamic era.

We are in stewardship of these forested hills rolling down to the Mediterranean Sea.

The land is mainly covered in wild olive, holy oak and pine trees. 

In the heart of the creek valley, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, there are 2 Ha. of cleared  abandoned and mistreated agricultural terrain, now with some remaining carob, almond, drying citrus trees.

Seven years ago we considered the great challenge of re-giving life to Son Castell..

The community project has a clear vision:

Regenerate the ecosystem using symbiotic relationships between animals, plants, soil and humans, creating a space full of life for future generations.

Instagram: @soncastell


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Who enrolls in this course is assuming a commitment to learning but also to collaborate to create an agroforestry system that initially needs attention and dedication through the workshop.

Kind Regards

Son Castell & Permallorca

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