The solutions are in the soil!

On July 12 through 14 2019 Marc Siepman will give a course on soils at Provision in Alunişu, Romania. Marc Siepman lives in The Netherlands and has given over 130 courses and over 200 lectures since 2013.

During this course you will meet several important inhabitants of a healthy soil: bacteria, fungi, protists, nematodes, earthworms, and more. What’s their purpose? How do they relate to each other? And more importantly: how can we help them so they can do their important work?

Although soil life is infinitely complex, taking care of it is not. We must learn to trust the complexities and team up with all life.

Although we need healthy soils for the health of plants, animals and even the planet, we lose soils at breakneck speed. Agriculture causes desertification, erosion, deforestation, pollution and the degradation of life in general. Planet Earth is losing its biodiversity at a rate of about two hundred species per day and her climate is increasingly erratic.

Problems abound, but many solutions can be found in the soil!


The course will be in English, but is not my mother tongue. We will help each other if I can’t find the right words or someone doesn’t understand what I’m trying to say.


Marc generally works for free, living on donations with his wife and son. But to cover travel expenses and meals, we need to charge a fee of 230 RON per person, which we call the “balanced fee”, since this will just cover costs if we have 10 participants. If you cannot afford this, please contact us and we might be able to offer you the “basic fee” of 130 RON. These spaces will be co-created when others, who have more access to financial resources, pay the “community fee” of 330 RON.

  • Basic fee = 130 RON
  • Balanced fee = 230 RON
  • Community fee = 330 RON

Bank information

  • BIC code (SWIFT adress): BTRLRO22XXX
  • IBAN: RO52BTRL0540120AS83506XX
  • Name bank: BANCA TRANSILVANIA S.A.  
  • Reference name: Lars Veraart

Food and drinks

Food and drinks are provided by Provision and will be locally and organically grown as much as possible. Please feel free to bring food or non-alcoholic drinks to keep our costs down.


You may register for this course using the form at the bottom of this page. Once your payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email.

Do you know people that might be interested? Please inform them!

At the moment, there are fifteen participants.


Cancellation was possible until June 15. Refunds are not possible anymore.


Alunişu 25
407516 Alunişu, Sincraiu (Romania)

Your stay

There are several accommodation options:

Offered free of charge at Provision:

[1] Camping; bring your own gear.

[2] Hay barn; bring your own sleeping gear.

[3] Shared room; limited number of mattresses available, please bring the bedding you require.

Outside solar shower and compost toilet are available.


[4] Informal lodging with locals of Alunişu. The beds are made and all within walking distance from Provision. Cost 50 RON per person per night, payed at the time of registration for the course.

[5] Bed and Breakfast in Sancraiu (3 km distance from Alunişu and Provision). You will have to arrange this for yourself and can use this link.

Please let us know when you register for which option you are choosing (1 – 5).


Friday, July 12 (12:00 – 17:00)

  • About soils: texture, structure and how to test the soil quality
  • Photosynthesis: the basis of life on Earth
  • The Soil Food Web: the interconnectedness of all things

Saturday, July 13 (10:00 – 16:00)

Fungal spores
  • Fun with fungi: healthy systems rely on fungal networks
  • The Return of the Fungi: making good use of succession
  • Observing your surroundings: reading the landscape
  • The water cycle: what’s life got to do with it?
  • Complex not complicated: the illusion of control

Sunday, July 14 (9:00 – 12:00)

  • Nutrients in the soil: how to get them inside the plant
  • Nitrogen: essential but troublesome
  • Dynamic equilibrium: striving for balance
  • Birthday cake!


Registration is closed.