Permaculture Courses

The Permaculture Design Course conducted is set up to help Aranya Agricultural Alternatives to create demonstration farms and sites in local villages that teach and spread permaculture techniques throughout rural India. Aranya gets many requests from local farmers for assistance in designing and implementing permaculture on their land.

Introduction to Permaculture – 2-day residential course:

Permaculture offers a solution based approach to conscious design. It alters how one lives their life, their relationship with Mother Earth and all her life-forms. Therefore, this course is for anyone, regardless of origin, gender, age who would like to live an ecologically balanced life and contribute towards a sustainable future. Click here for more details.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – 12 day residential course (Certificate delivered at successful completion)

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized, 72-­hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

The course provides an introduction to Permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s founder, Bill Mollison in 1978. The word ‘Permaculture’ is a contraction of “Permanent Agriculture” and also of “Permanent Culture”. The aim of Permaculture is to create systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable and self sustaining. Click here for more details.

Volunteer and Intern with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives

The internship gives permaculture students and practitioners the opportunity to be mentored by Narsanna and Padma in creating an integrated design in rural India. There will also be mentorship in the cross over skills of how to assess the needs of a local community and create a successful aid project in other places in the world. By implementing their design, interns will leave behind a long term self-sustaining gift to a community and gain practical application tools.

Aranya Agricultural Alternatives is also very happy to welcome volunteers who are able to make a long term commitment of a minimum of 3 months. Aranya is a busy, active NGO who does not have the resources to host volunteers for shorter terms; as the projects they need help with require training and follow through with implementation. 

Please click on this link to get details of volunteering opportunities and this link to get details of internship opportunities with Aranya. Options for volunteering for 3 or more months are implementing garden programs in local schools, social and environmental data collection for the village permaculture watershed project, administrative assistance (highly valuable help), and social service projects.

We also accept students that are looking for an internship as volunteers.

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