CATARINA RAIZ DE CARVALHO
A practitioner of deep ecology and permaculture with a background in Environmental Engineering, dedicated to zero waste, Catarina runs Raiz d’Oliva in Sintra, a project aimed at sharing a sustainable way of living by educating on traditional uses of local plants, including how to create natural personal care products. She will be teaching us how to create natural cosmetics. Catarina also practices Thai Yoga and abdominal healing massage, having studied massage therapies, magic herbology, and alchemy during her time in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Greece.
Sara felt the call to serve as an Earth healer since she was 15. A few years ago people started calling her medicine-woman. She feels naturally drawn to work with the natural elements as well as medicinal plants, spirits, and bees. Sara is active between the fields of deep ecology, earth activism, seed freedom campaigning and social permaculture, collaborating with indigenous people, farmers and activists. She joins us as guest teacher, teaching Earth rights, native land rights, and herbalism.
Sara has a background in ecovillage and communication design.
Market gardener André runs Sintra-based commercial micro-garden Chão Rico. Moved by the quest to "find the thread at the end of the skein", André left his job as Official Vetrenarian for the Food Standards Agency in the UK to learn about sustainable agricultural production in Portugal, working his way across the country as a volunteer, learning from projects in the Algarve, Aljezur and Lagos. It was after studying Permaculture with Richard Perkins at Ridgedale Permaculture in Sweden that André began directing his work towards regenerative agriculture. His project Chão Rico was born in 2017, conceived with French chef Sébastien Goupillot, in partnership with Ecoaldeia de Janas. From 2018 till present, André has been running his market garden with Henrik Ellerbrock, in partnership with Eugaria Country House.
Henrik Ellerbrock has become an eminent voice in the Permaculture movement after years of working to create societal awareness for global issues, including projects for peace education in Africa, as well as in Berlin high schools using A. Boal's "theatre of the oppressed", where he realized societal changes need to grow from within rather than being imposed. In search of a more authentic way of life, he moved to Portugal in 2010 where he met Pedro Valdjiu and his family and joined the Terra Alta project, purchasing the neighboring land. Committed to bioregionalism, he is driven to create food autonomy through his work as a bio-intensive farmer and market gardener.