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Weekend of Yoga and Permaculture

Friday, May 17  Monday, May 20

Weekend: Yoga and permaculture

17 May – 20 May 2024

Arrival: 3pm, Friday 17 May
Departure: 5pm, Monday 20 May




Rates for three nights all included => tent space €285, camper van €293, shared room (three to six beds) €306, double room €358, single room €395, single room with bathroom €442

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Yoga et permaculture | Ashram de Yoga Sivananda, France

This course will allow you to dive into the heart of yogic life while training in permaculture. You will discover the fascinating world of the living and gardening practices that are harmonious with the biodiversity, for the benefit of the entire ecosystem. We offer a seven-day certification training in April and September « Yoga and permaculture ».

On the menu :
– Integral yoga as conceived by Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda
– Observation of natural environments (the ashram is located in the center of a magnificent wooded park)
– Practice of gardening at the ashram’s market gardening microform
– A little theory to anchor your practices in the knowledge of life mechanisms, those which are seen and those, more subtle, which are not seen.

For who?

Suitable for occasional gardeners or those looking for improvement, this course format is intended to be practical and dedicated to crops on a small area (garden or small intensive production system). For a broader knowledge of permaculture in all its aspects, we offer a full seven-day training course « Yoga and permaculture ».

Practical activities around permaculture:

All these activities will be offered according to the real needs of the farm, at this time of the year.
The list below must be interpreted as the potential of what will take place throughout the weekends, which guarantees a rather complete training for those who would like to participate in all the weekends offered. There will be other dates for work specific to winter and spring.

  • Guided tour and presentation of seasonal events on the farm
  • Preparation and maintenance of permanent boards (mounds, flat boards, ridges, aromatic squares, mandala)
  • Introduction to sowing, direct and nursery, transplanting, planting in the ground
  • Intelligent weeding, mulching of crops and pass-throughs (learning to manage this central theme in our approach, depending on the reality of the seasons, where you live, and the needs of the soil)
  • Water intelligence and resilience: how to maintain the right soil humidity without consuming a lot of water; watering and presentation of the irrigation systems present on the farm
  • Learning technical gestures, use of specific and ergonomic tools dedicated to market gardening on living soil without recourse to fossil fuels
  • Organization and management of a greenhouse
  • The tree, the gardener’s privileged partner
  • Harvests
  • Construction and maintenance of ecological niches

Theoretical themes:

The list below must be interpreted as the potential of what will be presented throughout the weekends, depending on the needs felt by the trainer to give meaning to the gestures and attitudes that will be offered to you. It guarantees a rather complete training for those who would like to participate in all the weekends offered. There will be other dates for specific to winter and spring work. During these weekends, the choice is to mainly orient the time to practice in the gardens: the expertise! If you want to acquire an in-depth theoretical knowledge, the seven-day training « Yoga and permaculture » is ideal because the themes below, among others, are widely developed in plenary conferences.

  • Soil and fertility, the major mechanisms of the living
  • Ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • Design or permacultural design. How to adapt your living space to your dream: resilience, food production, welcoming and refuge of biodiversity, acting with respect for living things, arduousness, economy of means – circular economy
  • Garden types (including the greenhouse), choice, method of implementation, place of the tree

Taught in French only, no translation into English.

Daily schedule:

  • 6am: Satsang (group meditation, kirtan and mantra chanting, short lecture)
  • 8am: Yoga class
  • 10am: Brunch (lacto vegetarian / sattvic diet)
  • 10:45am: One-hour karma yoga (selfless service)
  • noon – 12.30pm: Short theoretical introduction to what will be covered in the gardens
  • 12:45pm – 6pm: Everyone in the garden, practice punctuated with breaks: we take care of our bodies!
  • 6pm: Dinner (lacto vegetarian / sattvic diet)
  • 8pm: Satsang (group meditation, kirtan and mantra chanting, short lecture)

This daily schedule can be subject to changes to accommodate the specificities of the week.

If you would like to join the yoga vacation programme, please click here.

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After several years of working on agro-ecological farms in France and abroad, Bhaskara took over the responsibility for the ashram’s farm from Gopala. Bhaskara’s vocation is to transmit and share to bring more autonomy in agricultural practices and to develop our bond with the living.


Friday, May 17
Monday, May 20
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Ashram de Yoga Sivananda
26 Impasse du Bignon
45170 Neuville aux Bois, France
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Ashram de Yoga Sivananda
+ 33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82