Terra Alta carries a vision:

– a small scale intensive food forest, with a blend of young and old trees spanning two Hectares, full of innovative guilds and earthworks bringing biodiversity and land design into fruition, nestled in a green valley with flowing water amongst the hills of Sintra, Portugal, close to the Atlantic Ocean and epic beaches

– an educational center focused on off the grid living and ecological design spanning all of the permaculture ethics, social, environmental and economic dimensions. Our aim is to distribute sustainable living skills, blending the teachings of permaculture, natural building, and those of many other traditions.

– a group of people, a family and international community full of a range of skills and backgrounds: educators, gardeners, musicians, craftspeople, friends, organizers, helping hands, diggers and dreamers – sharing a commitment to holistic living and an intention to manifest this through the development of healthy social relations, and the co-creation of a permanent culture.

We live “Principle Zero” at Terra Alta, which means “All is Good” – a simple philosophy based on intention with love, and turning problems into solutions!

Our Mission

To empower those seeking skills of regeneration, to let the flows of life carry symbiotic energies, and bring forth a new culture that reflects the principles and ethics of Permaculture and other philosophies.  Harmony and balance is manifested from the practical aspects of Permaculture Design education all the while developing healthy social relations and individual well-being, nourished by good food, music, art, celebration and Love for Life!