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Honoring Mother Nature through local food.

Society that doesn't know where its food comes from is a society without culture and humanity without culture will perish.

             -Masanobu Fukuoka.







Perma Culture Workshop

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop


What

An intensive 3 days permaculture workshop to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature.

Where

Solitude Farm Cafe, Founded 26 years ago in the international township of Auroville. Solitude is dedicated to natural farming, permaculture and demonstrating the value of local food and the bounty of mother nature.

Why

The crisis that we face in the world today is a result of the vast industrialisation on our planet. We have lost our relationship with Mother nature, a symptom of which is that we no longer know where our food comes from. Learning permaculture, natural farming and exploring local foods is the simplest solution we have to save our planet.

Workshop Details


Founded 26 years ago in the international township of Auroville, Solitude is dedicated to natural farming, permaculture and demonstrating the value of local food and the bounty of mother nature.


The modules in this workshop will empower you to grow your own food; urban gardening, circle garden with enormous social implications & a larger field module for those starting their own farms. We will explore soil, seeds, local foods, medicinal plants, recycling water, enzyme & hand soaps and the importance of celebration in permaculture.

This workshop aims to empower you to start growing your own food and to gain an insight into knowing where our food comes from. As a participant you will also discover


– Harvesting and preparing local food; Secrets of Our Salads & Tribal Booster Juice.

– Circle garden Module:  The circle garden is your first permaculture garden. It is a simple module that incorporates many aspects of the philosophy of the natural farming and permaculture practices and the garden is easy to replicate in schools, public spaces, offices, hospitals etc. This module has a huge social and economical value by reconnecting us to essential values such as nutrition, medicinal plants, community and our relationship with mother nature.

The nursery is a heart of the farm. Learning how to create a healthy soil, how to propagate seedlings and cuttings, Sowing seeds (fruits & vegetables) and transplanting seedlings. Urban gardening and the extension of this work with children and schools.

– Understand the principles behind water recycling, and how to make your own enzyme & hand soap!

– Learn about how to cook local foods that have been eclipsed by industrialised agriculture and reintegrate them into your diet.

- Learn and implement permaculture design, physiological difference and time duration  between the plants, understanding rotations, intercropping, intense mulching.

– Exploring the economic viability of natural farming, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), education, festivals, eco tourism, involving the community in the farm.

The evenings with localicious dinner and reading from ‘One Straw Revolution’ by Masanobu Fukuoka & Music by Krishna from his Band ‘Emergence’.

AccommodationSolitude Farm is a sustainable farming community with simple yet charming bamboo huts and a few treehouses for guests. There are compost toilets, western toilets and showers are open to the sky. We are by no means a resort but the authenticity of the farm, the food and the closeness to nature will touch your heart. Here are some images of our accommodation and space.


This is an intensive workshop and it requires you to have energy, enthusiasm, and an inquiring mind.

What will be covered in the workshop:

  • 20 hours of direct teaching by Krishna and team 
  • Learn Principles of Natural Farming and Permaculture
  • Soil Regeneration
  • Mulching
  • Intercropping and Crop Rotation
  • How to create an Edible Perennial Hedge
  • Urban Gardening
  • Setting up a nursery
  • Circle Garden
  • Hands-on Creating a Community Garden Experience
  • Recycling Water
  • Creating Natural Soap
  • Creating Bio-enzymes
  • How to create secondary income using medicinal plants
  • Creating a sustainable economic model with a community basket service model.
  • Reading of One-Straw Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8
  • Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration
  • 7 meals and refreshments


All modules are taught within an actual context.

Take a look at our videos from past workshops!

Day 1 –

Morning- Arrival and Check in

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Introduction to the farm – including harvest, salad and juice making

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Enjoy the juice, reading of Fukuoka

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Pause

7:00 pm: Reading, Discussion and enjoy dinner


Day 2 – 

6:30 am: Wake up

7:00 am: Herbal tea ready

7:30 am to 8:00 am: Introduce concepts of Intercropping, mulching, raised beds, rotations

8:00 am to 9:30 am: Begin the circle garden

9:30 am to 10:30 am: Breakfast

10:30 to 12:30 pm: Continue the circle garden

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Shower, rest and lunch

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Nursery & Terrace (Urban) gardening. Seed Conservation.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Water recycling, learning about soap

5:00 to 6/6:30 pm: Cooking with our chef

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Pause

7:00 pm: Reading, Discussion and enjoy dinner


Day 3 – 

7:00 am:  Wake up

7:30 am: Herbal tea ready

8:00 am to 8:30 am: Concepts of Permaculture design

8:30 am to 9:30 am: Breakfast

9:30 pm to 12:30 pm: Implement permaculture design on a field, including tea break

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm: Discuss CSA, education in permaculture, tourism and seeds

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch

3 pm: Departure

Dates


Dec 17,18,19;

Jan 14,15,16;

Feb 4,5,6;

Feb18,19,20;

Mar 18,19,20;

Apr 15,16,17.

Accomodation

Tibetan Pavilian near Solitude farm. https://auroville.org/contents/1411

Fees & Payment Info

Adults -  ₹ 15000 Per Person - Inclusive of accommodation*, food, and all taxes. *Rs. 15000/- includes staying in the Shared dormitory. In case of single room accommodation: Rs.2000/- will be charged extra.


For children below 10 years of age -  ₹ 7500 Per Person


Payment:


Google Pay at +919843319260 (Account Name : Duncan Joseph)


Auroville Bank Details for Transfer :

NAME OF BANK -   ICICI BANK, AUROVILLE BRANCH

NAME OF ACCOUNT (Beneficiary) - AUROVILLE MAINTENANCE

ACCOUNT NUMBER -  163101000118

IFSCODE -  ICIC0001631

SWIFT CODE -ICICINBBCTS


After payment you will receive an email from solitudepermaculture@gmail.com or krishnamckenzie@auroville.org.in in 24 hours. Else if you want immediate confirmation then write to us at any of the above emails with your transfer screenshot and we will respond immediately.




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