Eco Farm Rehabilitation in Brazil

Eco Caminhos is a Farm in Brazil that promotes recovery for people with mental health and related challenges, through meaningful work, community living.
In our beautiful setting in the mountains at the outskirts of the “3 picos national reserve” part of the atlantic forrest we have created the ideal setting for mental health recovery. We receive people with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, perceived stress, positive affect, rumination, and self-efficacy. People participate in the farm rotine, eat healthy food and participate in activities such as hikes, campfire, game nights, camping weekends and horseback riding.

Over the past years we received several people with mental health issues who recovered succesfully. The succes of recovery farms have been recently researched and have shown incredible results. Read more about this research done in Norwegian farms.

 

Community setting

Our community setting consists of an international team of staff and volunteers who form a unite team. There is a lot of respect amoung the team members. We live and work together and we have weekly meetings where we discuss work, life and our differences. We emphazise respect in communication. Our setting is simplistic. We do not offer a luxury resort but an eco experience where you are part of our community. We experience that many of our clients who come here feel relieved to be far away from the environment where they feel it all went wrong. A new fresh environment with nobody around you to criticize who you are, where or what you did or did not achieve feels for many as a relieve.

 

Buddy

You will be appointed a buddy who will be your guide in the programme. Your buddy will be there for you from the first day to the last. You will have daily chats with your buddy and can contact him/her 24-7. Once you are more comfortable in programme these chats will reduce.

 

Healthy food?

We grow our own food and all participants rotate in a cooking schedule. If you do not know how to cook do not worry. You will start of assisting others to cook until you aquire the skills to cook for the others.

 

Structured farming and bioconstruction work

We experience that for many people with mental health problems lack structure in life. We bring life back to basics. Wake up early, work on the farm, healhy food and enjoy time with the other people. Depending on the interest of the candidate you can participate in bioconstruction or organic farming. Our day starts 7 am and ends 4 PM with a 1 hour lunch break. The only expectation is motivation and doing your best. There are no deadlines.

 

Safety & health care

There is no need to be concerned about safety. We live in a very safe rural community where criminality is zero. We organize airport transfer. There is a private hospital at 15 minutes drive from the Eco Farm.

 

Criteria

We have a few very simple criteria to be able to join the programme:

  • No drug or alcohol addiction
  • Motivation to participate in the structure of the programme
  • Recognition of the problem and willingness to improve.

 

Included in the rehabilitation programme

  •  Accommodation & Food
  •  Buddy: your personal guide
  •  Learn about bioconstruction and farming
  •  Activities: hikes, cinema, camping, visiting touristic sites.

Not included in the rehabilitation programme

  •  If you want guidance of a psichologists or psychiatrist during your programme there are additional costs.
  •  Luxuries are not included in the programme.
  •  You pay for your own transport.
  •  Activities that have entrance costs are for your own expense.
  •  People are expected to have an international health insurance.

 

How can you join our programme

These are the steps you follow to join our programme.

  1. Contact us
  2. An intake concall
  3. The client makes a deposit of 200 US$
  4. A detailed conversations with the manager and your buddy at Eco Caminhos.
  5. You receive a detailed programme and manual.
  6. Travel preparations.