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I. Secrets Of Our Salads – An Introduction to Permaculture

 Every Wednesday 9:45 AM till 12:30 PM
Secrets of our Salads is an exploration of the values of local food which is at the very heart of permaculture.
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. 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.
We start with an introduction, exploring man’s relationship with Mother Nature and where his food comes from. We make a tour of the farm, exploring various practices in context with a specific focus on understanding the values of local foods, their medicinal & nutritional values etc.
 We then harvest upto 25-30 different local foods; leaves, roots, flowers, fruits, wild vines etc.At the kitchen we display the produce and prepare it into a delicious salad, a tribal booster juice and a green chutney which is served with our localicious lunch.To close the workshop, we read a chapter from Masanobu Fukuoka’s book “The One Straw Revolution”, to demonstrate that this is no idle philosophy but something lived everyday at Solitude Farm.
Contribution : Rs 800/ per adult, includes Lunch & refreshments.
Rs 400 / per kid below 16 yrs, includes Lunch & refreshments.

II. Natural Soap Making Workshop

Every Friday 9:45 AM till 12:30 PM
Learn to make your own soap and to understand the wide diversity of local ingredients that can be added to make it truly unique.
Learn the technicalities of making natural soap, the proportions and temperature of lye and oils etc. We will walk around the farm and harvest a diversity of local ingredients – leaves, seeds & flowers etc. Understanding the treasure trove of Mother Nature.
An integral part of the workshop is also to demonstrate the simplicity and value of bio-enzyme and to show in practice how we recycle all the grey water from the cafe into the field.
Contribution: Rs 800 / per adult, includes Lunch, refreshments and a bar of Soap.
Rs 400 / per kid below 16 yrs, includes Lunch, refreshments and a bar of Soap.

III. 3 Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

27th to 29th March 2020 and 10th to 12 April 2020
This workshop is to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature. 
About Solitude Farm & Organic Kitchen, 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’.

Solitude Farm is a sustainable farming community with simple yet charming bamboo huts and a few tree houses 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.

Take a look at our videos from past workshops!
Day 1
Morning: Check-in, Arrival.
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
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Nursery work & Terrace (Urban) gardening.
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
3:00 pm: Departure
The fee for the workshop is Rs. 11,800/- (including 18% GST, accommodation, all meals, teaching materials and activities). 
For children between the age of below 16 is Rs 4720 (including 18% GST, accommodation, all meals, teaching materials and activities).

Concessions available. Please write to us if you are looking for concessions. 

Here are the payment details toward fee of the Permaculture Workshop.Transfer from Indian banks
Auroville Maintenance
Account number: 163101000118
icici bank Auroville
IFS Code  ICIC0001631

Please mention 'Solitude Farm' in payment details.