Registration for Practical Permaculture Course - July 19th - 21st
Please see below : About the event (part 1), Registration (Part 2) and Important course information (Part 3)
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About the event (Part 1)
'Open Shell farm' is a Permaculture demonstration site of swaYYam, set in a picturesque location at the foothills of the Nilagiris, 5.5 hours from Bangalore and 2 hours from Mysore. Open Shell farm today is bustling with over 4000 local, drought-tolerant tree saplings and over 400 species of mixed forest, timber, fruit, medicinal and fibre trees, shrubs and bushes. Started in 2014 what was a denuded, subsoil exposed, overgrazed land, today, is abound with a multitude of species of birds, insects, butterflies, reptiles with peacocks and wild hare as our gular visitors and occasional sightings of elephants and wild boars outside the site. Permaculture and regenerative principles were applied over these years to the land to conserve water and soil and regenerate the ecosystem. Today, about 70% of our food needs come from this land and we’re still ‘learning by doing’….

swaYYam is registered as a trust under the Government of India. It is a not for profit organisation and the proceeds from these events, after meeting costs, go towards our community based ecological regeneration and the 1000-tree project in the Village. Any additional contributions will be very much appreciated.

In this 3-day residential workshop, you will learn from our experiences the principles and concepts as well as various strategies and tools of Permaculture to get you started on your journey.

Topics covered in the course :

• Permaculture ethics and principles
• Concepts of Permaculture design • Water harvesting
• Soil – building healthy soils • Growing food & starting a garden
• Composting • Urban Permaculture
• Hands-on practical sessions • Farm living

19th – 21st July , 2019
swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk Chamarajanagara districtKarnataka 571111India
11.650626, 76.705892
Asanga Namal Jayasinghe, Kiri Meili, Gyan Sagar and Malvikaa Solanki
About the facilitators

Asanga is a dreamer, permaculture farmer, designer and facilitator. He had volunteered in organic and permaculture farms in Auroville, India, which motivated him to educate and empower people. He graduated in Bsc. Agricultural sciences and management and has done Introduction to Analog Forestry Course in Sri Lanka. Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) with Govinda Sharma in Nepal, Eco Village Design Education course ( EDE) (Auroville) in India. He also did his Permaculture Teacher Training (PTT) with Rico Zook and Jude Hobbs certified by Permaculture Institute Of North America (PINA) and was a teaching assistant during the pre-IPC PDC at 13th International Permaculture Convergence, Hyderabad, India.

He is currently coordinating Power Plant Organic Farm design education project and also a coordinator of Permaculture Network Sri Lanka. He has been organizing and co-facilitating Permaculture Design Certificate course and introduction workshops to contribute his energy, experience, knowledge for building national and international collaborations to spread the seeds of Permaculture


Kiri was born in London and moved with her mother and brother to India when she was four. She spent her formative years on a farm 100 km from Bangalore and went to school in the city. Upon completion of a bachelors in environmental social sciences at the University of Kent in England, she moved back to India, first doing urban farming and gardening workshops in Mumbai, and since 2014 has been working on permaculture projects in and around Bangalore. She did her first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Rico Zook in 2014, and since has done another PDC with Narsanna Koppula as well as completed her Teacher Training in 2017 with Jude Hobbs. Knowledge sharing plays a central role in the work Kiri feels passionate about; believing strongly that the kind of change we need in this world will come through relationships of trust, transparency and mutual empowerment.


Gyan was born in 1954 on a small English dairy farm and had a career as a land surveyor and cartographer.
He studied organic farming, permaculture, groundwater management and rainwater harvesting in Europe, Australia and India. He facilitated at Bhoomi College, Bengaluru on organic farm design. He has a deep passion for water, in all her forms and flows and believes that to restore our human relationship with this life-giving fluid, we need to return to our older ways of pujas and meditations upon all the five elements: Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu and Akaash.

He quotes the words of Rajendra Singh (known as the Waterman of India): "We need to have both a full scientific knowledge about water, as well as 'interiorise' her qualities with respect and contemplation". The quote he strongly believes and brings in his works.


Malvikaa has spent her early years in a village, raring silkworm, milking buffaloes, sowing paddy, growing melons and bananas. Later on, she lived in the city wading through the city life till she realized it was time to move back to the land, back to the roots. In the city, she worked with nonprofits at the policy & grassroots level, mostly with women and children on issues of ecology, environment, livelihood, health and gender. She worked as a research scholar at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, while doing her master's degree, studying the ecology of lakes and water bodies.

She did her 1st Permaculture Design Course with Geoff Lawton in 2013 and subsequent ones with Rico Zook and Narsanna Koppula. She did her Permaculture Teachers’ Training with Rosemary Marrow in 2018. She has been teaching Permaculture & Regenerative farming drawing from her real-life experiences on the Open Shell Farm. She is a Permaculture designer, teacher and consultant.

She founded swaYYam in 2011. She has been living and working on the Open Shell Farm since its inception in 2014. She’s currently working with the local community on the 1000treeproject in the village where she lives.

Rs. 6500.

Rs. 6500.

(Your fees goes towards funding our community project - 1000treeproject)

Account number: 100901002008
IFSC code: ICIC0001009

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: Please send us an email with the subject stating "July 19th - Practical Permaculture" and send your transfer details for us to confirm your registration.

Registering for the course will only reserve your space but it is not secured until payment is made.

We are limiting the course to 15 participants on a first come first serve basis. As soon as we fill these numbers, registrations will close.


+91 9980111998 (call and WhatsApp number)

+91 9591245575 (If above number is not reachable)

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