Permaculture design foundation-I


Date and time

12th January-13th January, 2019
Arrival: 12th January, 2019 – 9 am
Departure: 13th January, 2019 – 5 pm



Native Place is a small ecologically designed guesthouse built on an acre of land overlooking a beautiful lake, an hour’s drive from Pune, 3 hours from Mumbai, and 40 minutes from the busy hill station of Lonavala. It is easily accessible via the expressway and rail. For more info, visit


To Register, connect on +919820139910 and/or only. Please note that registrations on any other phone number or email ID will not be valid.



The workshop will orient the participants to Permaculture and Permaculture Design. It will introduce the participant to what Permaculture is and isn’t by guiding the participants gently towards the ethics and principles of Permaculture (please refer the syllabus).

The workshop is structured to build the foundation for the participant to study further and to explore Permaculture through self-study or by attending courses suitable to his/her needs. It also includes themes of Permaculture design which will be discussed in detail with a new perspective which is seldom included in a typical introduction course.

The Permaculture Design Foundation-I is an information-heavy workshop, and also has interesting activities and assignments. It is a pre-requisite to attend any of the courses conducted by Jyoti and will also serve as a strong base for the participants to choose from many available, other long courses like the PDC and learn from other instructors.


Who should attend

The workshop introduces a whole-systems approach to design regenerative human habitats. Anyone, irrespective of occupation, age and background will benefit and is encouraged to attend.



1. Human systems and Permaculture ethics
2. Principles of Natural systems and Permaculture design
3. Themes of Permaculture design
4. Trees, water and soil – their interactions
5. Guidance for further study – self and through courses/workshops

Activities will include Building a Connections Mind Map, A-frame – Construction and use


About the instructor

Jyoti has studied permaculture under the most experienced teachers in India and abroad, Rico Zook, Jeremiah Kidd, Steve McGrane, Clea Chandmal, Dwarkanath, Narsanna Koppula and Geoff Lawton included. She brings her experience of designing and building her own beautiful homestead ‘Chaitraban’ as well as that of many a client’s projects to her teaching. She seeks to impart real-world experience to her students.



Rs. 5,500 for the two-day course (Rs.5,000 if you book before 31st December, 2018).

This includes tuition, food & shared accommodation in comfortable dorms or tents, with spacious clean common washrooms. Dorms will have 6 to 8 people in a room while tents will be shared among two persons each.


Refund Policy

Deposited Fees is non-refundable. However, if one is unable to attend, they can register another in their place, with prior intimation and after following the standard procedure for registration.


Looking further,

This workshop can be attended singly, or as a part and a pre-requisite of the program, ‘Build a Permaculture Paradise’, conducted by Jyoti. This is a course designed to be held in four parts. Three parts (including this workshop) add up to the syllabus of the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, and more. Jyoti is a certified Permaculture teacher and the participants completing these three parts of the series will be eligible to receive the internationally recognised PDC certificate.

A limited number of participants from those who complete the three parts will be eligible to register for the fourth part of the series, called ‘Design your landscape’. During this part of the course, the participants will design their own landscapes under guidance of Jyoti, a professional permaculture designer.

To know more about the complete program, Build a Permaculture Paradise, the participants are encouraged to connect on +919820139910 and/or

The whole series of courses is an attempt to bridge the gap between the theory and application of Permaculture.


Past workshops


The beautiful first batch of participants

A wonderful group of participants, monsoon, an open classroom in the lap of Mother Nature. The host was Native place, a beautiful guest house and a paragliding training center in Kamshet, Maharashtra, owned and managed by Astrid and Sanjay Rao. The garden is lovingly designed and built by Astrid and was a perfect venue to hold the workshop. With five stars to all the facilities, the venue was a wish come true for my first Permaculture course.


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Upcoming workshop

There are interesting and fun workshops and courses coming up. Stay tuned!