Permaculture Design Course March 16 – March 28 2019

Join us for 13 days course packed with presentations, demonstrations and hands-on practices on beautiful permaculture farms.

Facilitated By:
Narsanna Koppula – Permaculturist
General Secretary, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.
In addition to the above, we will have a few guest teachers who will bring varied skills, experiences and perspectives to the course!

To register, please get in touch with us:
Phone: Rajani +91 79817 55785, 040-24142295
Registration form:
PDC course description:

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in nature. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale to create resilient and sustainable systems. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting, renewable energy, natural building, agroforestry, waste management, animal systems, appropriate technology, economics and community development.

This PDC is organised by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives at Aranya farm, Bidakanne, Zaheerabad and Polam farm.
The course offers a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, design practices and their application, with a particular focus on permaculture in the community. Our 13-day program allows participants ample time to digest theory, get hands-on experience and becomes part of the daily rhythms of the Aranya Permaculture Farm. We will also leave students with the tools and confidence to implement permaculture solutions in their own environments.
The curriculum is embellished and customised to the local landscape and to accommodate the needs of each individual participant.

The key focus of this course is to provide participants with an extensive toolkit of real and practical ways to face the most critical challenges of our times.
Participants will not only receive theoretical frameworks but also gain extensive practical experience in each of the following subjects:
• Ethics and principles of permaculture
• Systems thinking & methods of design
• Understanding patterns in nature
• Climates, microclimates, and landscape recognition
• Trees & their energy transactions
• Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
• Plant identification and propagation
• Agroforestry & forest gardening
• Earthworks and Water harvesting
• Nutrient Recycling and waste management
• Organic food production
• Ecological pest management
• Drought Proofing / Climate Change Resilience
• Building biodiversity
• Livestock systems and integration
• Windbreaks and fire control
• Practical Designing Exercise

Narsanna Koppula is India’s most renowned permaculture practitioner. Trained by Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis in the 1980s, Narsanna has worked tirelessly for the last three decades to bring ecological and sustainable agricultural to thousands of farmers across India. He is the founder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, which conducts extensive permaculture training and education programs in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and implements various natural resource management projects on behalf of national and international organisations. Narsanna has served as Director and General Secretary of Deccan Development Society, a reputed NGO working on sustainable agriculture. Narsanna also hosted the 13th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC India 2017) in November 2017.