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We are an education & research centre with a focus on permaculture design, cultural regeneration and art


Real experience is the best way to engage people in cultural and environmental regeneration. That's why we decided to open our home, Terra Alta, to empower those seeking alternative ways of life to learn, grow and become agents of positive change in the world.

This abundant, healing land in the middle of a protected valley in Portugal is where we host courses and educational events teaching cultural and land regeneration, while providing a real example of creative, dynamic and harmonious community living.


Our 2-week long Permaculture Design courses give a rich, comprehensive introduction to living, designing and creating in harmony with nature. They also offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience of community living and the dynamics involved in successful social projects.

Terra Alta is one of the most established Permaculture projects in Europe, with 10 years as a permaculture site-in-development and education centre, with over 20 certified Permaculture Design Courses taught.



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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Can I live at Terra Alta?

As we are not a residential community but an education centre, we do not have the capacity to host anyone living at Terra Alta aside from our temporary course crew and permanent residents (hosts and their family).

For the same reason, we do not welcome drop-in visits. If you would like to collaborate with us in some way, check our Get Involved page.

What focus does Terra Alta's Permaculture Design course have?

We run a PDC based on the international curriculum created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, two permaculture pioneers.

Our course centres around small intensive systems and bio intensive farming, as well as social permaculture. It is a highly interactive programme with a lot of activities and embodied learning methods.

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