Permaculture Weekend: Social Permaculture & Community Building

Taught by Ryan Rising, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Colin Eldridge (Krishna Das)Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14, 2018Tuition : $90.00










This is part of the series of monthly Permaculture Weekends.

Permaculture lays out a path for how we can approach our world under the current socio-political and economic climate to re-integrate ourselves into the ecological web of life and cultivate relationships of mutual aid and reciprocity with one another.  Sometimes the most direct way to challenge and alter the dominant systems that shape our lives is to directly approach how we create what we need and how we take care of one another.

This workshop will look beyond the ways we grow our food, access water, build shelter, and tend to ecology to see how permaculture can also guide us in relating with one another and building community as we reclaim our lives and translate personal healing into collective healing.  

The course will start with an introduction to permaculture design methods for reweaving ourselves into the natural world symbiotically, and move toward applying the principles to permaculture communities, relationships, and the social realm. The course will explore how we make decisions together as well as methods for conflict resolution and restorative justice. We’ll also look at alternative economies, placemaking, and collaborative group dynamics for liberatory communities.



Friday Afternoon: Registration and Arrival
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Orientation welcome
8:00pm Satsang: guided silent meditation, chanting and lecture


06:00am Morning Satsang
08:00am Yoga class
10:00am Brunch
11:00am Workshop: Intro/Refresher on Permaculture Design, Ethics, Principles, Framework - Ryan Rising
12:00pm Workshop: Applying the Permaculture Principles to People & Communities - Ryan Rising
01:00pm Break
01:30pm Workshop: Asset Mapping Activity - Ryan Rising
02:00pm Workshop: Alternative Economies - Ryan Rising
02:30pm Workshop: Collaborative Group Dynamics, Power & Decision Making - Ryan Rising
4:00pm Yoga Class
6:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Evening Satsang


06:00am Morning Satsang
08:00am Yoga Class
10:00am Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga
12:00pm Workshop: The Yoga of Social Permaculture - Krishna Das
01:00pm - 02:00pm Workshop: Building Spiritual Community - Swami Jnaneswari


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

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on January 12th.
Departure: The course will conclude at 2pm on January 14th. You are welcome to stay until the end of Satsang at no extra cost.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Yoga 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

Slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, warm jackets, rain gear, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.

Books and materials are available in our boutique.


To Register for this course click the "Register" Button.


Accommodation Prices

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% & TTC Students 10%

Click here for detailed information on accommodations



Ryan Rising

Ryan Rising is a community organizer and permaculture educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After organizing Pushing Through the Pavement: a Permaculture Action Tour with The Polish Ambassador in the Fall of 2014, Ryan co-founded the Permaculture Action Network and has worked with festivals and artists like Lightning in a Bottle, Rising Appalachia, Burning Man, and Beats Antique to mobilize concert-goers and festival attendees to install permaculture systems and create community spaces that move us further on the transition to a just and regenerative world.

Permaculture Action Days have brought out hundreds of people at a time after concerts and before music festivals to plant public food forests, build urban farms & community gardens, install rainwater catchment systems, and construct greenhouses & earthen buildings. Having organized more than 75 Permaculture Action Days across the country and facilitated numerous courses and workshop spaces before and within festivals and gatherings, Ryan works at the edge of culture and ecological justice to catalyze the growth of a broad and diverse network set on taking action to build a better world.

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher's Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001.  She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley.  She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.

Colin Eldridge (Krishna Das)

Colin has been a Permaculture enthusiast and advocate since 2011. He enjoys sharing teachings on design, principles, ethics, medicinal plants, edible forestry, ecology, and sacred regenerative knowledge. He is a graduate of Hampshire College where he studied Environmental Studies, Education and Applied Art/Design. He completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Farm. He has been teaching, designing and consulting ever since.

Colin teaches participatory and interactive workshops around topics such as Yoga, permaculture, art, social justice, and ecology. He has taught at many events and with many organizations such as The NorCal Permaculture Convergence, The Sivananda Yoga Farm, San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Hampshire College, The Great Basin Institute, and more.