We are united people from the Global South and the Global North who work for the freedom and happiness of all. By impartially sharing experiences, we foster inclusive, healthy and vibrant learning environments, which will shape a new generation of regenerative leaders that the world needs. By developing holistic, transdisciplinary knowledge, these spaces will inspire future leaders to engage in actions motivated by wisdom and compassion, caring for our common Mother Earth and its living beings.
Our competence centres provide platforms for people to unfold their full potential. From a resource-poor kid in Ghana to a burnt-out manager in Europe, we provide the stimulating and healing environment one needs to get (back) on track and, being in tune with Mother Earth, drive fast towards a meaningful destination: permanent inner peace, uncontaminated happiness and ultimate truth.
OPC’s two centres are located in Ghana. We aim at contributing to the eradication of the root causes of poverty through practical education in the areas of organic agriculture, food processing (shelf life, value addition), herbal medicine, natural sanitation, proper waste management and renewable energy.
Busua is a colourful fishing village, one of the country’s most important beach resorts and focal point of Ghana’s nascent surfing scene.
We enable regenerative development through competence centres for vocational training, social entrepreneurship and circular economy. We cultivate climate-neutral lifestyles and teach the respective knowledge to our future leaders. Our centres shall serves as reference points for sustainable living, where national and international stakeholders can share and expand holistic, transdisciplinary knowledge.
OPC’s mission is to make sustainable living mainstream by offering courses on organic agriculture, food processing (shelf life, value addition), herbal medicine, natural sanitation, proper waste management and renewable energy. Our centres provide platforms for everyone striving to live in peace and harmony with fellow human beings and nature, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, age or religion.
Frederick Amo, Justice Quagrien, Yaw Yacubu, Issac Turkson, all Agriculture
Rahel Boss, Herbal medicine, 2020
Sebastian Gauly, Permaculture, 2019
Noora Peltola, Herbal medicine, 2019
Pablo Bovy, Permaculture, 2018
Delphine Piccot, Permaculture, 2018
Joana Keller, feasibility study, 2018
The project started in 2017 with the purchase of two hectares of land in Busua (Ahanta West District, Western Ghana, which was completed at the end of 2018 (perpetual usufruct, including land registration). The land has effectively been purchased and belongs to Dr Christian Andres, who makes it available to the OPC association free of charge for the project. From 2018, we are working on the diversification of agriculture, and from 2019 we are developing the infrastructure. Among other things, we have built the access road, drilled a deep well and constructed almost all the buildings of the organic farm (including a meeting platform (three-storey, incl. staff kitchen, storage room and dormitory), a residential building, the food centre, the mushroom farm (three buildings) and a composting toilet), supplied them with off-grid solar power and equipped them with sanitary facilities. The installation of a water filtration system in 2020 was a highlight, so we now have running drinking water directly from the tap, completely without plastic pollution.
In 2020, we started developing the Commercial Department by building a mill for sustainable palm oil and a downstream biogas plant. Once the land is connected to the grid (process underway since H2 2020 and should be completed in H1 2021), we will produce up to 1,000 litres of sustainable palm oil per day. In the second social enterprise, the production of oyster mushrooms (piloted in 2019, launched commercially in 2020), we are supplying private and institutional customers (including Shoprite, the largest supermarket in the country) with up to 15kg of fresh mushrooms per day from 2021. Our farm has been certified organic by the local label PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) since 2020.
With the completion of the workshop, we had a solid basis in 2020 to also move forward with the development of the arrival area. Besides the administration building (incl. reception), we have started building the foundation and the staircase for the guest house. We need this so that we always have enough pressurised water for agricultural production and other work in the centre.
At the moment, we are in the final phase of the predominantly infrastructure development focused period. The map on page 3 gives a comprehensive overview of the project with the current status and the planned developments until the completion of the infrastructure (planned for the end of 2022). In addition to infrastructure development, we will also gain important experience in the commercialisation of the social enterprises during this phase, as well as develop the first curricula.
From 2023 onwards, the focus of our activities will be on the operation of the centre, the development of an incubator for social enterprises and the finalisation of the curricula and related training activities. We plan to offer primary, secondary and tertiary education, focusing on complementary knowledge to the public education system ("evening and holiday schools").