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 4th – 6th, 2019

Starts at 11 am on 4th October and ends at 2 pm on 6th Oct, 2019.
Open Shell Farm, swaYYam

Hangala Hobli
Gundlupet Taluk
Chamarajanagara district

Karnataka 571111
11.650626, 76.705892

Rico brings over four decades of experience in nature to his work. As well as creating and working with a wide variety of land-based systems in all types of climatic environments, for the past 22 years he has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with farmers, villagers, private individuals, and local organizations in India, SE Asia, Spain, USA, the mid-east and other parts of the world. This work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative.
With a degree in Environmental Studies focused on Land Restoration, minors in biology and philosophy, with years of homesteading in northern California and working in Yosemite Nat’l Park, Rico came to permaculture with almost all the elements, but no organizing structure or system. From 1996 to 2005 he was first co-director and crew foreman for the land restoration crew, then land manager at a wilderness community decimated by wildfire in the mountain wilderness of northern New Mexico. Guided and mentored by Ben Haggard (, for ten years Rico did hands-on permaculture design and installation rebuilding a community and village from the ground up.

Over the years he has worked from the village level to the international. For the International Permaculture Convergence in India he organized, managed and taught the pre convergence PDC, with Robyn Francis and an Int’l instructor crew, and Teacher Training, with Jude Hobbs ( Currently much of his work is assisting and mentoring his advanced students who are now working in permaculture and evolving as instructors.


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 with women and children on issues of ecology, environment, livelihood, health and gender. She worked as a research scholar, studying the ecology of lakes and water bodies at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, while doing her master's degree. She has volunteered on several organic and permaculture farms and brings with her a diverse range of experiences.

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 Organic Agriculture drawing from her real-life experiences on the Open Shell Farm.

She founded swaYYam, a non-profit in 2011. She has been living and working on the Open Shell Farm ( since its inception in 2014. Today the 5 acre farm produces about 70% of all its food and boasts of over 4000 saplings of over 400 species of trees.

She’s also working with the local community of farmers on the 1000treeproject ( in her village on the edge of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The project aims to ensure food, fodder and livelihood security through regenerative practises that in turn reduce the stress on the fragile forests and prevent biodiversity losses.

She is a Permaculture designer, teacher and a consultant.
Rs. 6500. Your fees goes towards supporting our community project -1000treeproject
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.


Malvikaa: +91 9980111998
Abraham: +91 8547223040 - swaYYam page - 1000 Tree Project page

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