Registration form: Introduction to Regenerative Agroforestry – 3 days residential workshop
please see below: About the event (part 1), Important course information (Part 2) and Registration (Part 3)
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About the event (Part 1)
'Open Shell' 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 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. 4 years ago what was a denuded, sub soil exposed, overgrazed land, today, is abound with multitude of species of birds, insects, butterflies, reptiles with peacocks and wild hare as our regular 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.

course outline

 Permaculture and Regenerative systems
 Permaculture ethics and principles
 Natural patterns
 Reading the landscape
 Methods of Permaculture design
 Water harvesting
 Soil – building healthy soils
 Social Permaculture
 Hands on practical sessions – composting, making raised beds

October 18th – 20th , 2019 –
starts at 11 am on 18th October and end at 2 pm on the 20th Oct, 2019
Open Shell Farm, swaYYam
Hangala Hobli
Gundlupet Taluk
chamarajanagara district

Karnataka 571111
11.650626, 76.705892

A semi-nomadic Tree Planter, Soil Builder and Seed Disperser has been studying and living in Permaculture Projects, Ecovillages and Alternative Communities for the over 10 years which brought him to a diverse range of Projects, Countries, Climates, Cultures and People all over the planet.

He has lived, worked and learned in places like East Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, the Caribbean Islands, South and Central America, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

He has been part of 20 PDC Courses (organization & co-facilitation) and several short courses. He has learned from some of the Pioneers and Experts of Permaculture including David Holmgren, Darren Doherty, Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Francis, Jude Hobbs, Sepp Holzer Jairo Restrepo, Martin Crowford, Larry Korn, Alex Kruger, Bernard Declercq (Pebble Garden, Auroville), Rico Zook and Govinda Sharma. The last few years his focus has been on developing Regenerative Agroecosystems in different climates and has learned directly from Syntropic Agroforestry Pioneer and Founder Ernst Goetsch and his long term students like Namaste Messerschmidt, Felipe Amato and Gabriel Menezes.
He is the founder of the Soil-Sun-Soul Project and Blog. Currently, he is based half of the year in Spain to start a regenerative Enterprise at Can Lliure a 100 ha Living and Learning Centre for Regenerative Land Management Practices and half of the year he spends in Asia supporting different projects and facilitating courses.


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


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. 6600.

(Includes food, accommodation and workshop fees)

Your fees after meeting expenses go towards funding our ‘1000treeproject’ in the village

Account number: 100901002008
IFSC code: ICIC0001009

Please mention – ‘workshop fees’ in the remarks or reference for your transfer. Please send us an email with 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)

(Appreciate to call/msg between 9:30 am to 5:30 PM) - swaYYam page - 1000treeproject page

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