Combining Yogic Lifestyle & Permaculture Design

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This is a truly unique course integrating Inner Ecology (yogic lifestyle) with Outer Ecology (Permaculture).  I will be coordinating and teaching in both areas of the course. As part of this course, I will be introducing the participants to medicinal plants and ‘working co-creatively with Nature”.  


Permaculture Design Course

Combining Outer Ecology (Permaculture) with Inner Ecology (Yoga)

 Starting: Thursday, 12th November

Finishing: Saturday, 28th November 2015


Venue: Anahata Yoga Retreat, Golden Bay, NZ

Permaculture Teachers: Robina McCurdy, Jennifer Divyajyoti Michelsen and assistants

Yoga: Jennifer Divyajyoti Michelsen and Anahata Retreat teachers

The tutors and yoga teachers of this course have extensive experience in Permaculture and Yoga.


 ‘Permaculture’ is an integrated land use design methodology based on ecological principles, with practical application from sustainable household to eco-nation to global restoration.


Permaculture design concept is an abundant, integrated and practical method of developing the external ecosystem. Yoga is the inner ecology of living consciously, spiritually, and harmoniously in the world. Both concepts compliment each other and blend together to develop a sustainable lifestyle within one’s inner self and the outer environment.


This course is the standard residential International Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, taught in an integrated hands-on way, culminating in a comprehensive land-use design project. Yoga, deep relaxation and meditation sessions will be woven into the daily schedule bringing you a unique course combining inner ecology (yoga) with the outer ecology (Permaculture).

The course includes practical skill building activities, mini-design exercises, and visits to inspirational properties that demonstrate Permaculture in practice. It takes place in an intentional eco yoga community and incorporates the exploration of Deep Ecology, theconnection to nature and element themed yoga practices aimed at enhancing personal sustainability that extends out into the wider community.


Upon completion, a Permaculture Design Certificate will be issued by The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa.


The Permaculture Course Program broadly covers:

·      Permaculture ethics, design principles and implementation

·      Organic growing methods (vegie gardens, herbs, fruit)

·      Rural land management (orchards, pastures, trees, water systems)

·      Integrated animal systems

·      Water harvesting & storage, grey-water & ‘waste’ recycling,

·      Ecological building

·      Renewable energy systems

·      Suburban-scale design.


Anahata Yoga Retreat

Anahata is located in a spectacular natural environment, near the Abel Tasman National Park. Permaculture design certificate courses were among the first offerings at Anahata with the permaculture concepts being integral to its development. Anahata runs on solar power, has four different examples of straw bale and earth buildings, an extensive natural waste water system, organic gardens and orchards. As a work in progress, all who come contribute to the continuing development of this sacred space, whilst learning valuable life skills for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society as a whole.


The Yoga Program includes:

·      Hatha yoga

·      Chanting

·      Yoga Nidra- deep relaxation for inner sustainability

·      Guided meditation

·      Kirtan (singing mantras to music)

·      Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony to honour the elements)

·      Times of silence

Registrations will be on a “first come” basis upon application and will open 1st May, 2015. Applications are open to NZ and overseas participants.



NZ$ 2050 (shared accommodation)

NZ$ 1850 (camping)

Early Bird discount 10% if paid in full by 15th September.


Limited private accommodation available. Please enquire for prices.

The cost includes registration, tuition, field trips, course materials, vegetarian food, accommodation, yoga classes & practices.


Scholarships and post course work exchange opportunities are available for this course. Please contact us for details and applications.


Enquiries and Enrolment: Anahata Yoga Retreat



Phone: 03) 525 9887