Permaculture Weekend: Ayurvedic Herbs in the Garden

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
  • 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
  • Jun 1 - 3, 2018 (3 days)
  • Tent - Bring Your Own - $200.00 Tent - Ashram Provided - $230.00 Om Cabin - Shared - $230.00 Om Cabin - Private - $360.00 Siva Cabin - Shared - $340.00 Siva Cabin - Private - $440.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Shared - $340.00…

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In this weekend workshop we will dive into the realm of healing plants, exploring plants as food and medicine from the perspective of Ayurveda.  With a basic introduction to Ayurveda (some knowledge is helpful), we will take an Ayurvedic perspective on Permaculture with a specific focus on agroforestry and plant guilds.  Lecture time will be balanced with garden time: planting, tending, and harvesting herbs.  We will explore the parallel roles of plants of nourishing humans and Nature, from soil-building to pollinator-offering and ecosystem restoration.  Attention will be given to Ayurvedic constitutions and appropriate foods, herbs, and spices for seasonal health and vitality.  Tips on how to balance doshas with plants will be offered.

We will sample teas and practice meditation and mantra in the garden.  Attention will be given to the gunas as it relates to garden design and tending as well as our way of being in the garden.  The intention is to support individuals in creating not only sattvic states of body and mind, but also creating sattvic gardens as sanctuaries.  If we can grow our own food and medicine while offering our prana to it as well as wildlife and human visitors, then we can create opportunities for healing inside and out.  In this case, Ayurveda as “the knowledge of life” is being applied to healing ourselves as well as landscapes and cultures.  The impact is local and global, as we regenerate both ecosystems and ‘ego-systems.’

Topics covered:

  • Doshas as climates and microclimates with herbs to grow and use in each to balance our gardens and ourselves
  • Permaculture design for perennial polycultures through an Ayurvedic perspective
  • Guild functions for whole systems design
  • Herbal energetics: rasa (taste), virya (heating/cooling action), vipak (post-digestive effect), prabhav (special potency)
  • Dhatus and botanical associations, with herbs per dhatu
  • Koshas and prana vayus applied to permaculture design

Suggested Reading:

  • Yoga of Herbs, Frawley & Lad
  • Life in the Medicine, Gardner
  • Gaia’s Garden, Hemenway

Daily Schedule


6-8am……………. Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture

8-10am………….. Yoga Class

10am…………….. Brunch

11-1pm…………. Permaculture Theory

2-6pm…………… Permaculture Practice

6pm………………. Dinner

8-10pm…………. Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture


6-8am……………. Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture

8-10am………….. Yoga Class

10am…………….. Brunch

11-3pm………….. Permaculture Theory & Practice



There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first Date of the course with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm.

Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

What to Bring

Other:  slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Accommodation Prices and Photos

Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins

– Dorm: $65/night per person

– Double: $85/night per person

– Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins

– Double: $120/night per person

– Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins

– Triple: $120/night per person

– Double: $160/night per person

– Single: $240/night

– Family of two: $280/night per family

– Family of three: $320/night per family

Accommodation Discounts: Seniors (60+) 10% & Students 10%

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Permaculture Weekend: Ayurvedic Herbs in the Garden

at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

  • Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 3, 2018 (3 days)


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