Permaculture and Yoga Hands-on Training Program, Dharamshala

YOGA @ Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

Becoming peaceful is a life mission & an important one to undertake as soon as we realise how easily we lose it. On this course we want to tune ourselves to the inward journey that Yoga is to make our life a happy one.

Permaculture & Yoga Himalayan Yoga Retreat Cente
Permaculture & Yoga Himalayan Yoga Retreat Cente

Permaculture in practice @ Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

Using nature inspired design, to create resilient land management & food production systems

This 7 Day Course will explore the basics of Permaculture Design so as to apply this understanding to create multi-layered food producing gardens, from the ground up.

Participants will spend most the day outdoors, observing the systems as they are, learning natural & effective gardening techniques, designing the landscape and implementing these designs.

This course is designed to equip the participant with the skills needed to set up a regenerative food production system that is in harmony with Nature.

Permaculture & Yoga Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Permaculture & Yoga Himalaya Shanti Ashram

More information: - This is a hands-on course where part of the time will be spent learning and building the conceptual framework of permaculture and regenerative thinking, which will include all the basic principles and theories of Permaculture and how to understand Design in Permaculture, though most of the time spent in the Permaculture sessions will be outdoor or project based.

This course is open to people completely new to Permaculture & working with the land and also to those who have prior experience or have done certificate courses in the same as this kind of a course offers more hands-on experience than a certificate course usually does. It can also be a great place to brush up on the basic theory while putting it into practice.

Some of the topics we will be touching upon

Hands-on Topics

  • Understanding Soil, Soil Building & Composting Systems
  • Starting a Nursery - Potting mixes, saplings, cuttings
  • Raised Garden Bed Building & maintenance
  • Working with slopes,contours,swales,bunds and other earthworks.
  • Plantation patterns
  • Food Forest Building
  • Designing a Garden
  • Integrated Pest Management

Classroom topics

  • Introduction to permaculture - What is it?
  • Basic Ethics & Principles
  • Soil & Composting Systems
  • Slope, contours & water flow
  • Plants & Planting patterns
  • Food Forests & Agroforestry Systems
  • Design Methodology/ Garden & Farm Design
Permaculture & Yoga Hands-on Training Program
Permaculture & Yoga Hands-on Training Program

Yoga & Permaculture Course Schedule

5:30 to 6:30 - Self Practice/Meditation
6:30 to 7:00 - Herbal Tea
7:00 to 8:00 Permaculture session 1 (Hands-on)
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 Permaculture session 2 ( Classroom/practical activities)
10:30 to 11:00 Break/Herbal Tea
11:00 to 12:30 Yoga Session 1
12:30 to 2:30 Lunch and rest
2:30 to 4:00 Permaculture Session 3 (Hands-on)
4:30 to 5:30 Evening tea and freshen up
5:30 to 7:00 Yoga Session 2
7:00 to 8:00 Dinner
8:00 to 10:00 Relaxation time/Daily review/Self time
10:00 Lights off

4.5 hrs Permaculture / 3 hrs Yoga class ( +1 hr self practice)
Permaculture & Yoga Program, Dharamshala
Permaculture & Yoga Program, Dharamshala
Permaculture Modules ( Day Wise) :
Day 1 - Permaculture Introduction / Nursery Introduction
What /Why /When ? - Nursery/potting mixes, seedling , saplings + cuttings

Day 2 -Soil building & Compost making
(Hot compost , cold compost , passive composting systems, green manures, etc)

Day 3 - Raised bed gardening
(Raised bed building + maintenance)

Day 4 - Plantation patterns & working with contours
(Annuals, perennials, biennials in garden design; Working on a slope with swales and other passive water/soil harvesting strategies.Building Swales & planting Perennials. Introduction to Food Forest systems & Agroforestry. )

Day 5- Basic Permaculture garden design & mapping/Introduction to resilient garden design strategies(Flows, sectors, zones. Surveying & mapping strategies for Permaculture Design)

Day 6 - Group Design teams and herb/vegetable garden design

Day 7 - Group Design Teams & creating a herb/vegetable garden implementation.

Last evening - Celebration


The training takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram in Dharamshala. Our beautiful and isolated location enhances a deeper and more focused practice and facilitates the journey inwards. Days off can be spent in contemplation of nature and swimming in the river. Our Organic Permaculture farm will provide much of your daily food to nourish you in the best way possible.

Permaculture & Yoga, Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Permaculture & Yoga, Himalaya Shanti Ashram

Permaculture & Yoga Program Booking & Deposit

Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala
Fee for Indian Students: ₹25,000/-
Fee for Foreign Students: ₹27,500/-
Note: Fee includes food. Accommodation is NOT INCLUDED

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Permaculture & Yoga booking deposit is 20%, rest will be paid in the office before start the course. 

To ensure a place in the Permaculture & Yoga Program, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please click here and fill up the booking form and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking. You may Contact us to check availibility for your dates.

Please read Permaculture & Yoga Training Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.