Yoga & Permaculture: Ayurvedic Agroforestry

Taught by Spencer NielsenFriday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12, 2017Tuition : $100.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)












From the context of ecological design for healthy humans and healthy food systems, this workshop will explore the foundations of each Ayurveda and Agroforestry, then utilize Ayurvedic wisdom to learn how to design and tend place-based edible ecosystems. Using elemental approaches to maximize health and balance, this workshop focus on rejuvenation and explore plants from the dual lenses of Ayurveda and agroforestry that can benefit people and the land.  From the constitution of landscapes to permaculture plant guilds, we will spend our time observing and engaging with the orchard ecosystem.  We will explore pruning through the lens of the gunas as it pertains to plant growth.  Basic plant propagation, including grafting, will also be covered so that students gain skills to create in- ground nurseries of abundance.  The role of Yoga and sattvic living as a whole will be addressed as they pertain to permaculture regenerative agriculture.

Topics covered:

  • - Integrated agroforestry from a permaculture approach, including plant guilds and whole systems design
  • - Elemental perspectives on landscapes
  • - Doshas and their higher forms
  • - Tree selection - with attention to Ayurvedic diet
  • - Gunas as they relate to plant growth
  • - Pruning and grafting fruit trees
  • - Ayurvedic herbal medicine

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%

Click here for detailed information on accommodations

Spencer Nielsen

Spencer Nielsen is a guide to Nature inside and out, in the wild lands, gardens, and consciousness.  He is a permaculture designer and educator based in Fairfax, California.  He has studied Ecology, Environmental Education, and Eco-Social Design, as well as Permaculture, Yoga, Qigong, Ayurveda, Daoist medicine, and Planetary Herbalism.  With over a decade of experience farming, landscaping, and gardening, Spencer currently teaches permaculture at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas.  He is a perennial student of herbalism and Ayurveda, currently with the East-West School of Herbology and the American Institute of Vedic Studies.  Spencer has worked on international projects helping to design farms and gardens in India, Myanmar, and Indonesia.  Yoga is foundational to his life path which includes guiding nature connection, ancestral skills, wilderness rites of passage, and sharing yoga and qigong along with Vedic and Daoist herbal wisdom.  A lover of life, Spencer maximizes his time at his half-acre homestead, where he tends his garden and enjoys drinking tea and playing music.