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João Gonçalves
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Chao Sobral, Portugal
Climate Zone:
Warm Temperate

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Finca Equilibrium

Finca Equilibrium

Faias, PT


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Quinta do Vale Fattoria dell'Autosufficienza Nature's Gift Permaculture Centre Kinesi Orphans Permaculture Project Earth Tribe Trust Zambia GardenAfrica Badilisha Ecovillage Foundation Trust Vale do Clajá chez amine chez nicole Amzrou Bahrija Oasis Fassi Honeycomb Sahara Forest L'ombre du palmier Permaculture Egypt Ostaz Gamal Zumot (Re)Forestation Project Jawaseri School Garden Project Pastoral Valley Ecologic Life Farm Fruit Heritage Conservation Garden and Food Forest Project Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey Quinta do Vale da Lama Anadolu Bahçeleri / Anatolian Food Gardens Guba aorta projecto Plataforma de Permacultura Bio Arc Infiesto Ecovillage Monte Venere Kudumu Resilience Centre: Kenya Roses & Tomatoes Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP) Quinta do Luzio Del Monte, Arcola Mt Nathan Project Le chant des cerises garden farm permaculture LesJardinsdeMacabou Balmeggberg Fuente Verde Black Snake Homestead Merri Bee Organic Farm Gralha Azul Farm River Regeneration (order7) Eco granja La Maloca, permacultura y construccion natural Ghana Permaculture Network Aldeia do Vale - Instituto Permacultura Portugal Eco Ola Dehesa Felix Hangzhou Permaculture Education Center WeTheTrees Crowd Funding Platform ICway Hakuna Matata Permaculture Research Institute-Kenya CEPE - Centro de Estudos de Permacultura e Eventos- Shalon Marda Permaculture Farm, Palestine Al Baydha Project DESC Desert Food Forest Te Moana Entebbe Chap. Nemenhah PermaVillage Eco-Schools Project Kudumu Resilience Centre: DRC The Congo Project Kigamboni Community Centre PORET Trust Dewe School of Practical Arts and Sciences Daraja Academy Permaculture Project Oasis Revolution Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge Habiba Organic Farm Bait Ali aquaponic farm Direct Sponsor Permacultura Mediterranea PermaMed PermEco Inc. Quintinha D'Herbe Vale da Sarvinda Projecto Soalheira Samay Sistemas de Diseño Holísticos y Permaculturales laresonante Quinto do Barbeito Greening the Desert Project PERMAEA Community Desert Garden, Phoenix Quinta do Figo Verde Quinta Regadinha LOCAL - eating design Eco Sítio Juazeiro Permaculture Study Group of Federal University of Santa Catarina - [pt-BR] Núcleo de Estudos em Permacultura da UFSC Finca El Vértice Domestic permaculture Quinta do Siexo Barzigardi; Permaculture EcoFarmTourism
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About João Gonçalves

Born in 1979, João Gonçalves is growing his tap root in Chao Sobral, a 100 people + 500 year old hamlet standing on convex and ridge slopes that reach 1200 mts altitude, in the central Portugal Goshawk mountains.

For the last 30 years, he has been participating in a broad range of activities (agriculture, forestry, recreation, community organisation, non-formal education) that compose the subsistence mountain ridge polycultural family farming system and self-reliant community.

Since 2008 he has a degree in Social Education and Community Development (Leisure and Social Pedagogy - from the Coimbra Polytechnic College of Education). It was during his internship research on "sustainable communities" that he encoutered for the first time the concept of "permaculture".

To bring influence to his work from multiple approaches to Permaculture and Regenerative Design Education, earned PDC's in Portugal/2009 with Doug Crouch (USA), in Spain/2011 with Richard Perkins (UK) and Darren Doherty (Australia), in Portugal/2012 with Bernard Alonso (Canada), a Regenerative Agriculture Workshop in Portugal/2011 with Darren Doherty, and a Permaculture Teacher Training Course in Portugal/2012 with Rosemary Morrow (Australia).

Current and past work / learning / leisure - photos & video:
Centro de Convergência documentary film in Aldeia das Amoreiras:

Avocado trees in Portugal:

Low-input-"traditional" agriculture and gardening in rural Portugal

Promoting Permaculture in Malawi, slides

Home-hamlet blog and association website

Internship in Covas do Monte, a mountain village in central Portugal, that used to have about 60 people and 1500 goats ...

3 months volunteering, social technology work in Mozambique (with the Salesian Community- Parish and Schools)


hiking with goats

Posted almost 8 years ago (0 comments)

aphids predator in action

Posted almost 8 years ago (0 comments)

new terrace for avocado trees

Posted about 8 years ago (0 comments)

Uma introdução à Permacultura

Posted about 9 years ago (0 comments)

Planting avocado trees

Posted about 9 years ago (0 comments)

agroecology, foodforest and avocado trees in Portugal workshop

workshop that provides the basic design tools to create a garden of eden, starting with avocado ...

Posted over 9 years ago (0 comments)

The Alentejo - Portugal, perennial plants winter breakfast

The Alentejo - Portugal, perennial plants breakfast: walnuts, cured olives, roasted quercus rotundifolia acorns, tangerine and orange peel tea, lucky me!

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

The young Paw-Paw sisters

Photos of the Paw-Paw seedlings recently planted on our tiny zone 2 woodland garden.

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Strawberry tree propagation by air layering

Pictures of the tree callous and root formed during the air-layering period.

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Casuarina cones - the first seed harvest

Casuarina are multifunctional trees and we are creating a local/Chão Sobral Casuarina seed bank.

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Must-visit places in Portugal for tree lovers

These two places are located south of 38º Latitude and do experiments with exotic subtropical and tropical plants

Posted about 10 years ago (2 comments)

Perma bee keeping intro

A permaculture approach to beekeeping will be presented for the first time in Aldeia das Amoreiras

Posted over 10 years ago (1 comments)

Earthbag ecodome building - Videos update

3 videos showing the working proccess of a team of six people with no machines, in a 6 days workshop, building a earthbag ecodome in central Portugal

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

The very fast growing and yield of Mulberries for 2 months!

This tree is making its third year in our forest garden and has been the bright star.

Posted almost 11 years ago (0 comments)

sub-tropical green house laboratory - in "Cherry Tree Country"

the early stages of a perenial edible landscape within the green-house microclimate - creating the conditions for the pleasure of co-creation and learning from nature evolutions

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

1st Cycle of Meetings "Edible landscapes - Food forests and Agro-forestry in Fire-prone Landscape" in Chão Sobral

"Because we live in a gunpowder barrel ... " and we need to test practices, enacting knowledge and understand the different ways to deal with our ecosystem, reducing the destructive fire hazard and generating economy, ecological services and health.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Avocado Trees in Portugal blog start

The objective of this blog is to make visible relevant information for the cultivation of avocado trees from the north to the south of Portugal.

Posted about 11 years ago (4 comments)

"On the Edge Permaculture"

Introduction to strategies developed through centuries that, and in the present, work towards the permanent culture at Chão Sobral, and on the rocky and steep areas of the Goshawk Mountain range.

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

WANTED 2 volunteers to help build low cost eco-shelter 14-Feb-14-March

this is going to be a about 30 m3 shelter, planned and built with Permaculture design principles in mind, given the local eco-geological conditions and building materials on site and nearby region

Posted over 11 years ago (1 comments)

the last tasks in 2012 and saying Ola Angola

working on perenial systems, more trees for more fruits and biomass. 2013 new start, working in Angola, to join the team that is teaching agriculture to young people.

Posted over 11 years ago (1 comments)

Brief Concept Paper on Permaculture from Malawi, now in portuguese

original from Malawi, it has been translated to portuguese, it points to key functions of PC systems in places like Malawi

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture Design Course in Portugal - 5-18 November 2012

I'm looking forward to immerse in this Design Course led by Bernard Alonso - At an upcoming 'Permaculture Farm and Training Center' near Lisbon - Portugal

Posted over 11 years ago (1 comments)

2 Volunteers-Permaculture Wanted - Through European Volunteering Service

1 Opportunity to get involved in Permaculture and transition town work + 1 to work with the Children's Land Project

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

note on the nordic permaculture festival in Sweden

meeting with permaculture enthusiasts from Sweden, Finland, Danmark, Norway ...

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

Tribe Up - Sweden

Taking place on the 20 August in Sweden. I'm participating in this event to share about my permaculture experience in Portugal, with a special focus on the "learning with elders dynamics" i've been involved with in my hometown and in Aldeia das Amoreiras.

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

photos from the ecodome superadobe workshop

this structure was raised during one week, with the manual labor of 6 people, no electricity or machines were needed.

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

SuperAdobe Workshop - 19 - 25 July Portugal

learning alternatives for low cost and low ecological impact shelters

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

treecrops on mediterranean mountain landscape

treecrops cultures as basic strategies to mountain communities

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

greenroof eco-construction workshop 27June-3July Portugal

the eco-construction takes it next step after the 2 previous superadobe and cordwood workshops in september 2011 and march 2012

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

Introduction to Permaculture Course - Chao Sobral Portugal

introduction to permaculture course in the central mountains hamlet in Portugal

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

Portugal Convergir Network - Towards Sustainability Projects on the Map

was launched recently the website of the Network that is creating a map of Portugal presenting projects that work towards sustainability

Posted about 12 years ago (1 comments)

superadobe and cordwood workshops - March 2012

ongoing building project in central Portugal

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

5 Days-17 workshops - Village Life Experience - 2nd to 6th April (Chão Sobral - Goshawk Mountains - Portugal)

17 workshops as the basic introduction to the Village Life Experience in the Goshawk mountains in Central Portugal

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Chão Sobral Live Music

this is a small video made during a performance around the village on the "Association Member Day" - August 2011

Posted over 12 years ago (4 comments)

Chão Sobral, "Ground of the cork trees"

Chão Sobral, "Ground of the cork trees", has been, for more than 500 years, a small village nestled between 600 and 700 meters altitude in the Açor Mountains, "Goshawk Mountains", which overlooks the "Estrela Mountains" and "Caramulo Mountains".

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Workshop: water, vegetation and soils in Permaculture Design

This will be a introductory workshop to permaculture design functions that will happen in 120 ha property near the Aljustrel mining dams (portuguese and english spoken)

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Water&sunlight harvest and soil regeneration workshop

Introduction and practical workshop in the deforested mountains of Algarve - South of Portugal

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Introduction to Permaculture with the Rythms of the Mountain in Chao Sobral

Guided tour in Chao Sobral, real life examples ...

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

PDC Mallorca photos

The magic of community during the PDC experience in Mallorca

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

study-visit to permaculture projects in Africa

we hope this will be an opportunity to visit some of the oldest permacultures sites and learn from local teachers

Posted almost 13 years ago (2 comments)

Chão Sobral Mountain Rythms - 16-17 July

Guided walk in Chão Sobral as an introduction to traditional village scale permanent culture

Posted almost 13 years ago (2 comments)
My Badges
Consultant Aid worker Pdc teacher
My Permaculture Qualifications
Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Teacher: Doug Crouch
Location: Sintra
Date: Dec 2009
Permaculture Design Course
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Richard Perkins
Other Teachers: Darren J. Doherty, Julio Cantos
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Date: Sep 2011
Other course verified
Regenerative Agriculture Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Darren J. Doherty
Location: Portugal
Date: Nov 2011
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher Training
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Rowe Morrow
Location: Lagos, Portugal
Date: Apr 2012
Other course verified
Strawbale Building Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Catarina Pinto
Location: Fojo - Portugal
Date: Sep 2010
Other course unverified
Rammed Earth Building Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Paulo Costa
Location: Fojo - Portugal
Date: Sep 2010
Other course unverified
Leisure and Social Pedagogy
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Lucilia Salgado
Other Teachers: António Leal, Teresa Cunha
Location: Coimbra - Portugal
Date: Oct 1999
Other course verified
Ferrocement WaterTank Construction Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Maurício Umann
Location: Fojo - Portugal
Date: Jul 2011
Other course unverified
Superadobe Building Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Derek Hornor
Location: Seia - Portugal
Date: Jun 2010
Other course unverified
Solar Cookers Workshop
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: Celestino Ruivo
Other Teachers: Pedro Serrano
Location: Termas da Azenha - Portugal
Date: May 2008
Other course unverified
Tilling using Mule Traction
Type: Other
Verifying teacher: António da Rosa Celorindo
Other Teachers: Jorge Celorindo
Location: Aldeia das Amoreiras
Date: Feb 2012
Other course unverified
Low-Cost Solar HotWater Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Vítor Andrade
Location: Covas do Monte - Portugal
Date: Apr 2008
Other course verified
Adobe Brick Construction Workshop
Type: Other
Teacher: Maurício Umann
Location: Fojo - Portugal
Date: Jul 2011
Other course verified
Social Permaculture & Appropriate Technology in a Portuguese Village
Type: Internship
Teacher: André Vizinho
Location: Aldeia das Amoreiras - Portugal
Date: Apr 2011
Other course unverified
Sustainable Mountain Farming & Solidarity Economy, Leisure and Social Pedagogy Degree Internship
Type: Internship
Teacher: Vítor Andrade
Location: Projecto Criar Raízes - Covas do Monte - SPS Portugal
Date: Mar 2008
Permaculture Design
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Bernard Alonso
Other Teachers: Helder Valente, João Gonçalves
Location: Sesimbra - Portugal
Date: Nov 2012
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