Why do the practices of yoga and Permaculture go so well together? 

Because both are about living in harmony and creating balance. At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, we welcome our dear friend Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture to teach the powerful and transformative 10-day Permaculture Design Course every November. Learn how to restructure your reality, with daily classes on designing your garden, home or business according principles of sustainability, preservation, and intelligent use of natural resources. Grow your garden and your spirituality with daily asana classes, meditation, and pranayama breathing along with your Permaculture training in the beautiful and natural ashram environment.

Permaculturists can grow food just about anywhere, repair environmentally damaged lands, design lovely and long lasting green-buildings, produce power ,run successful people-oriented businesses, and build authentic community. All by using fundamental permaculture principles and applying the three Permaculture Ethics:

    Care of People

    Care of Earth

    Share the Surplus

Permaculture is a creative and artful way of designing our lives, where waste become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, people and nature are preserved. All by thoughtful planning and a respectful approach to life.  Thus embraced, we create an environment where all may thrive for future generations. 

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We as humans have the ability to re-design the world we live in.  All it takes is desire, know how, will, and time. Even if it takes 50-100 years, the change can begin with each one of us right now and the effects of our work will have beneficial consequences for generations. 

Consider this: The ratio of tensile strength-to-density of spider silk is approximately 5 times greater than that of steel, while a single thread, wrapped around the earth, would weigh only 1 pound (16 oz.). 

The amount of sunlight that intersects our earth in 40 minutes is equivalent to the total, global-annual-consumption of energy.

Permaculturists look at facts such as these and ask the question. 'If there is that much energy available, and if a spider can make something so strong simply by eating crickets, what kind of world can we create for ourselves and our neighbors if we work hand-in-hand with the natural systems surrounding us?' 

The Goal

The goal of permaculture is to create harmonious relationships with all aspects of our life, to learn how to live abundantly well without hurting or polluting our surroundings and actually leave the planet in better condition than when we arrived on it. 

To be clear, permaculture is a lot more than just food production. A thorough study of permaculture invites us to look at our homes, our uses and sources of energy, our methods for providing food and comfortable shelter, our work, our relationships with others, and even our relationship with ourselves.  


As in Yoga, permaculture is essentially a spiritual approach to living consciously, harmoniously and healthfully on the planet. We can heal this planet. We can live lightly and we can live well. We can each make a difference... a big difference. 

For the seventh year, the Yoga and Permaculture design certificate is being offered at the Yoga Farm by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. This course will not only deliver the foundational educational experience for understanding permaculture design and earning a permaculture design certification, but all involved will have the unique opportunity to experience it within the context of a practicing Yoga ashram community. 


"For practitioners of Yoga, permaculture can offer a practice in which our external actions express the core yogic teachings of the unity of all creation and the yamas and niyamas. For practitioners of permaculture, Yoga offers an understanding of our basic spiritual nature which underpins all our actions."

— Swami Omkarananda, Director of Sivananda Yoga Los Angeles Center     

"Sampling the Yoga tradition at this unique yoga ashram will help students better appreciate the connection between spirit and the natural elements that surrounds us at all times." 

— Bill Wilson, Nationally Recognized Permaculture Instructor

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

PDC Training Consists of Pre-course Study plus 10 very full days on Site.  Students who complete this design course receive the world recognized Permaculture Design Course "Certificate of Completion"

  - Observations and Patterns
  - Principles and Ethics of Permaculture
  - Designing for Different Climatic Zones
  - Soils, Plants, and Trees
  - Guilds and Polycultures
  - Water and Earthworks
  - Utilizing Micro-climates
  - Eco-Building
  - Zone and Sector Analysis
  - Aquaculture
  - Planning the Homestead
  - Bio-Fuels, Economics, Urban and Suburban
  - Community Building Possibilities
  - Garden Management
  - Large-Farm Possibilities
  - Small-Farm Strategies
  - International Implications
   - Starting your own Permaculture Business, and more.

Daily Schedule

6-7 am Optional Satsang
7-8 am Recommended Yoga Class
8-8:30 am Light breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Permaculture Class
10:00-11:00 am Brunch
11:00 - 3:30 Permaculture Class
4:00 - 6:00 pm Recommended Yoga Class
6:00 -7:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Permaculture Class


“I learned more than I thought possible. The site visits were amazing. I loved our overall group. Great vibe and life changing teachers. Thank you.”
Nate A. – Ann Arbor, MI – Non-Profit Administrator & Musician (33)
“I appreciated working on projects, all the information, the videos, the site visits with such variation, all of it. I was never bored.”
Lorna P. – Joliet, IL – Retired (63)
“Showed how permaculture is more than just gardening
but a moral, ethical, spiritual lifestyle.”
Steve K. – Los Angeles, CA – Contractor & Tai Chi Master (40)


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