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 and community living.
In our beautiful setting in the mountains on the outskirts of the national park “Três Picos” (Three Peaks), part of the Atlantic forest, we have created the ideal setting for mental health recovery. We receive people with mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, perceived stress, burn-out syndrome, rumination, and self-efficacy. People participate in the farm’s routine, eat healthy food, and participate in activities such as hikes, campfires, game nights, camping weekends, and horseback riding. We go back to the basics.

Over the past years we have received several people with mental health issues who recovered successfully. The success of recovery farms has recently been studies, indicating incredible results. Read more about this research done at Norwegian farms.

 

 

Community setting

Our community consists of local and international staff and volunteers who treat each other with respect and form a united team. We live and work together and have weekly meetings where we discuss work, life, and our differences, always emphasising respectful communication.We offer people the chance to become a true part of the Eco Caminhos community. Our setting is simplistic, so people can concentrate on what really matters in life. In our experience, many of our clients feel relieved to be far away from the setting where they feel things went awry. A new, refreshing environment, in the middle of nature, with nobody around to criticise them for who they are or what they did or did not do.

 

Buddy

Each client will be appointed a buddy who will guide the client throughout the programme. This buddy will be there for the client from the first day through to the last. There are scheduled daily chats and the client can contact him/her 24-7. Once the client is more comfortable in programme, these chats will reduce, as the goal is recovery and independence.

 

Healthy food

We grow our own organic food and all participants rotate in a cooking schedule. If someone does not know how to cook, there is no need to worry. The client will start by assisting others, until acquiring the skills to cook independently.

 

Structured farming and bioconstruction work

We experience that for many people with mental health issues, structure in life is essential. At Eco Caminhos bring life back to the basics and provide a steady routine. Our day starts at 7am and ends at 4pm, with a one hour lunch break. We wake up early, work on the farm, eat healthy food, and enjoy time with the other team members. Depending on the interests of the candidate, one can participate in bioconstruction or organic farming. There are no deadlines; we only expect people to be motivated and do their best.

 

Safety & health care

There is no need to be concerned about safety. We live in a very safe rural community where crime is close to zero. We organise airport transfers by our a trusted driver. In case of an emergency, we take people to the private hospital at a 15 minute drive from the eco farm.

 

What your week at Eco Caminhos could look like:

Time MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Friday
6 AMBreakfastBreakfastBreakfastBreakfastBreakfast
7 AM - 12 AMBioconstruction Organic FarmingBioconstructionActivity (hike, horseback riding or tourism)Organic Farming
12 AM - 1 PMLunch / BreakLunch / BreakLunch / BreakLunch / BreakLunch / Break
1 PM - 4 PMBioconstruction workOrganic FarmingOrganic Farming Activity (hike, horseback riding or tourism)Organic Farming
5 PM Chat with BuddyChat with BuddyChat with Buddy and CoordinatorChat with BuddyChat with Buddy
7 PMDinnerDinnerDinnerDinnerDinner
8 - 10 PM Portuguese ClassGames NightFree TimeBrazilian CinemaCampfire
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*There is one additional activity in the weekend. Your buddy is 24/7 available.

 

Criteria

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

  • No drug or alcohol addiction (we lack structure to deal with these addictions)
  • Motivation to participate in the structure of the programme
  • Recognition of the problem and willingness to get better

 

Prices (all inclusive)

Periodprices in BRLPrices in US$Prices in EUR
4 weeksR$ 6,000$ 1,812€ 1,528
5 weeksR$ 6,750$ 2,039€ 1,719
6 weeksR$ 7,500$ 2,265€ 1,910
7 weeksR$ 8,250$ 2,492€ 2,102
8 weeksR$ 9,000$ 2,717€ 2,292
9 weeksR$ 9,750$ 2,137€ 2,484
10 weeksR$ 10,500$ 3,170€ 2,674
11 weeksR$ 11,250$ 3,398€ 2,865
12 weeksR$ 12,000$ 3,623€ 3,056

Our prices are in Brazilian Real and are exclusive of tax. The prices in US$ and Euros are indicative and the exact amount in US$ or Euro will be calculated on the day of booking.

 

Included in the rehabilitation programme

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

Not included in the rehabilitation programme

  • Guidance of a psychologist or psychiatrist: this  is optional and involves additional costs
  • Transportation
  • Luxuries
  • Activities and attractions that have entrance fees
  • Health insurance: People are expected to have an international health insurance policy

 

Join our programme

These are the steps to follow in order to join our programme.

  1. Contact us
  2. We organise an intake call
  3. The client makes a US$ 200 deposit
  4. Detailed concall with the manager and the appointed buddy
  5. The client receives a detailed programme and manual
  6. Travel preparations