The European Academy for the Culture of Landscape - is a platform of dialogue and research for all those interested in the topic of landscape. Every other year, PETRARCA organises a „landscape week“ with the aim of sharing the goethanistic method of landscape observation and design it has developed, and benefitting a particular location/landscape through its week-long intense observation and research work.
The aim of the landscape weeks is to train ones faculties of perception, on the basis of a qualitative and holistic methodology. The development of ones faculties of perception is the foundation for an unprejudiced and conscious relationship to landscape, which is what is necessary for engaging responsibly I developing the cultural landscapes of tomorrow.
The Socio-therapeutic association of Almeida (ASTA) is a non-profit organisation working with people with special needs, offering them a home and a place to work and lead a meaningful life. It was founded in 1998 by Maria José Dinis da Fonseca (the mother of a child with special needs), who is still the director of the association. The association started in the house of Maria José, who worked with a small group of people with special needs. Soon, this initiative gained support of the social security services. This allowed the project to grow significantly and take a place of great social significance in this rural region. Nowadays ASTA develops a number of therapeutic, social and ecological projects that benefit the residents with special needs, as well as the rural community where this project is well embedded.