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The New York Permaculture Meetup Message Board Archive: All posts before 11/18/2012 › 3-WEEK PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATION AND YOGA IMMERSION (Aug 9-30)


Alice U.
Kew Gardens, NY

with Julia and Charles Yelton, Michael Judd and guests at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch
in collaboration with Green Phoenix Permaculture

“Permaculture is an all encompassing framework of life skills
that can be applied no matter what your occupation,
where you live or what the climate.
There are also spiritual aspects of Permaculture –
who we are, where we came from, and our place in the cosmos.”
– Charles Yelton


  • Learn practical skills for cultivating peace of mind and living sustainably.
  • Observe and learn to work with patterns in nature from a place of balance and center.

'Yoga' means 'union.' While Yoga practice unites individual consciousness with Universal Consciousness, Permaculture integrates humanity into nature as part of ecology. Both approaches ask us to observe and interact with the world consciously and with care.

Topics covered in this Permaculture design certification course include: soils and composting; water conservation, storage and grey-water systems; four season gardening, edible food forests; alternative energy systems and building techniques; mapping, topography, property design, project management, and more.

Participants will explore these design concepts and strategies through presentations, group discussion, hands-on implementation, and student-led design projects. Daily Yoga and meditation instruction provides a unique opportunity to integrate personal well-being with ecological health and to develop a personal practice that supports Earthcare.

Join us as we explore, draw out, and practice the deep interconnection between conscious living and responsible, healing, and regenerative action in the world. *No experience with permaculture or yoga is necessary - all are welcome!*

Julia and Charles Yelton
, formerly of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, Australia, have been traveling, teaching and living Permaculture for the last 15 years. Julia is a master gardener skilled in landscape design. Charles teaches design engineering and management skills. Together, among numerous other projects, they have built an affordable, sustainable, energy efficient demonstration home and gardens in Whitefield, Maine and are Co-Directors of the Permaculture Education Center at the New Forest Institute in Brooks, Maine. They continue to travel, teach and design Permaculture systems worldwide.

Michael Judd has lived and worked in Latin America for the better part of the last 15 years learning from indigenous peoples and agro-ecological systems. Founder and Co-Director of Project Bona Fide, a non-profit organization in rural Nicaragua, he has applied permaculture to increase local food security and community health on the island of Ometepe. Michael currently offers design consultation and implementation services specializing in edible landscapes along the East Coast, and is resident-ecological-designer at Sivananda AshramYoga Ranch.

Special guests include Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles and co-author of the award-winning two-volume Edible Forest Gardens.

Tuition $900. ($250 non-refundable deposit required to guarantee your space.) Accomodations range from $950 to $1330 and includes: yoga and meditation instruction daily, delicious organic vegetarian meals, overnight lodging (camping, or indoor lodging as available), and access to the land, trails, and sauna. Class size: 10-20 students

Call the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch at 845-436-6492 or email permaculture(at) with your contact information. Green Phoenix Permaculture is a NYS non-profit organization that provides permaculture education programs and demonstration projects that integrate the ethics of Care for the Earth, Care for People, and Return of Surplus. See http://www.sivananda....­ for more information about Sivananda Ranch and Yoga.

COMING SOON! Ecological Design as Spiritual Practice: An Advanced Permaculture Design Course with Dave Jacke and Michael Judd (October 16-24, 2009)

See our listing on meetup:­

You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://www.nycpermacu...­
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