1st Analog Forestry Course in Temperate Mid-Atlantic Region

The International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) together with Chesapeake Education Arts Research Society (CHEARS) and partners at Heathcote School of Living, Steam Onward Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance (UCFA), and Bowie State University invite you to join the upcoming International Analog Forestry Course in Temperate Mid-Atlantic Region in February – April 2024.

The International Analog Forestry training course includes flexible 6 virtual sessions (open widely geographically), 2 interactive Q&A sessions with international Accredited Trainers and/or a 3 day in-person practical workshop at the Bowie State University on 10-11-12 April focused on developing examples of Analog Forestry application in the Temperate Mid-Atlantic Region with rural and urban implementation sites.

START:  13 February 2024

DURATION: 2 months -8 weeks virtually with the practical on-site workshop on 10-12 April 2024

PLACE: virtual and the 3 -day in person workshop at the Bowie State University

  • Virtual course : 13 February – 2 April 2024 via Zoom and Google Classroom. Classes will take place from 05.30pm to 07.00pm EST
  • Practical workshop 10-11-12 April 2024: Bowie State University Maryland

LANGUAGE: This course will be available in English only

Our Trainings

If you are interested in taking the course or have more questions


  • Learn the Principles of Analog Forestry.
  • Interpret the forest and design an area that strengthens the ecosystem to be more diverse and productive.
  • Learn the bases of the Analog Forestry methodology and its practical application.
  • Get information about the taxonomy of native and analog species.
  • Learn how to intervene in a secondary forest or agriculture.


  • Students of agroecology, agriculture, environmental and forest sciences, and related field
  • Avitourism and eco-tourism businesses and organizations
  • Private farmers, permaculture practitioners, extensionists
  • Communities
  • Public officials related to the environment.
  • Conservation and restoration-related professionals and technicians


Analog forestry is an ecological land use management approach that aims to create diverse, resilient, and productive ecosystems similar to natural forests. It involves planting a variety of native and exotic trees, shrubs, and other plants in a way that mimics the structure and function of a natural forest ecosystem. The term "analog" refers to the idea that these planted ecosystems are analogous to natural forests in terms of their structure, diversity, and ecological functions.

Analog forestry can help mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Here are some ways in which analog forestry can address climate change:


Galo Chiriboga Jaramillo

Country: Ecuador

Galo is a Communicator and farmer. From a very young age in contact with nature, he learned to make crop covers at the age of 4 with his grandfather. After living for 7 years on a farm, Galo went to live in the city and graduated from the San Francisco University of Quito, as a communicator and digital animator. He has extensive experience in projects related to technology and nature, as well as in immersive projects at the Contemporary Art Center of Quito. Now, back at his place in the field he manages several restoration projects adding the graphic and technology component. Currently he is working as coordinator of the REFA (Ecuadorian Analog Forestry Network) and as Web and Art Director at the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature - GARN.


Country: Puerto Rico/ USA

Jeffrey is trained as a forestry engineer and worked for a long time in urban forestry and the establishment of thematic wooded areas for a botanic garden. He gives AF capacity-building workshops for farmers and school students, and implements AF practices on his farm, Pinar del Viento. He is passionate about the holistic (nutritional, cultural and spiritual) interpretation of forests.

Dr. Ranil

Country: Sri Lanka

Ranil is a UC Davis graduated systems ecologist and the originator of the concept and science of analog forestry. As such, he has designed dozens of forests and other similar systems in many countries around the world. He established the first Analog Forest at what is now the Belipola Training Center in Sri Lanka. He has led trainings in Asia, Africa and Latin America and continues to inspire and teach about AF and other ecology concepts through keynote talks and participation in related events.


“Change this paradigm that we have to cut down the forest to be productive… to be able to show people that there is the possibility of having a forest standing and being even more profitable than a pasture or a monoculture.”
Rodrigo Carbajal
(CEARE Peru)
“Being members of our Network means feeling the support of other people who have the same vision in the sense of restoring forests, taking reference from existing mature forests in different areas and regions.”
Lubi Bogantes

Be part of this online talk and start learning about Analog Forestry