Welcome to Divinya and its unique Permaculture Design Course
Learn intensive permaculture design and horticultural techniques to garden from seed to seed in most ecosystems and climates.Participate in the collective design and planting of a 1 hectar permaculture garden.
Permaculture Design is a beautiful tool to deepen and develop your participation in the ecosystem (Nature). Permaculture techniques are a foundation for understanding the gifts nature provides freely to sustain us. This 1 month training is an individual course in Divinya and also the introductory month for the 6-month Ecology and Spirituality course, where the longterm students will continue the permaculture garden project as part of their main living and learning experience.
The one month residential course is a blending of Permaculture Design approach to gardening combined with the values of the Divinya living and learning community. This month-long initiation will include an introduction to permaculture theory balanced with practical, hands-on gardening techniques and experiences.
This course is suitable for the ones who
Wish to learn how to sustainably grow organic food using agroforestry and polyculture techniquesSeek to practically deepen their understanding of and work with the regenerative systems, cycles and influences in natureWant to collectively design and realise an ecological garden
During this course you will learn
To design sustainable gardens and polycultures according to site analysis and permaculture principlesTo grow plants from seeding to harvesting to seed saving and everything in betweenTo regenerate soils and use the natural resources on a site including water, wind and sunTo plan and plant a garden and greenhouse for seasonal harvests throughout the year according to your needs
After completing this course you will be able to:
Design, prepare and plant a regenerative and polyculture garden from its beginningIdentify the natural resources available in nature and direct them in your garden designIdentify and calculate vegetable and fruit requirements and produce enough to feed your community throughout the yearProduce most varieties of vegetables, bushes and trees from seed or vegetative multiplicationProduce high quality compost and regenerative soil systems
Each day includes theory and practical classes, with 2 blocks of class time of approximately 2-3 hours each, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, 5 days a week. There will also be times to collectively work on the overall development of the Divinya gardens each week.
On the weekends we have Yoga Weekends and a retreat The Meeting with Guruji Sri Vast on April 19 – 21. The permaculture design course includes those weekend programs without extra charge.
About the teacher:
Caroline Levesque lives in Canada where she is a member of a permaculture cooperative that provides permaculture design and landscaping services, education and organic produce to the local community. She is also an organic certification inspector. Caroline, who is in this field for more than 12 years, has co-created and monitored various organic farms in Canada. Caroline brings a practical, inclusive, and participatory approach to gardening and believes everyone is a gardener at heart.
About Divinya :
Divinya is home to a living and learning yoga community – a group of people who practice yoga as a way of living. The Center conducts festivals, retreats and courses in the field of Yoga, Ecology and Inner Growth. The spiritual community, inspired by Guruji, consists of people from different countries and mixed age groups. The community is actively engaged in creating a profound holistic living and learning atmosphere, with ecological farming, nature conservation and research on educational methodology believing in personal transformation and common good