|By:||Robina McCurdy and Anahata Yoga Retreat|
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).
This 17 day 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, the connection 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
• 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
Robina McCurdy is the founder of the Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa, co-founder of Tui Land Trust & Community in Golden Bay, NZ and pioneer of the S.E.E.D (Schools Environmental Education & Development) programme in South Africa and Brazil and has been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years. To hear more about the course and her personal connection to Permaculture read our latest interview with Robina.
Registrations will be on a “first come” basis upon application and will open 1st May, 2016. Applications are open to NZ and overseas participants.
NZ$ 2150 (shared accommodation)
NZ$ 1950 (camping)
Super Early Bird rate a discount of 15% if paid in full by 11th September.
Early Bird rate a discount of 10% if paid in full by 11th October.
Limited private accommodation available. Please enquire for prices.
The cost includes registration, tuition, field trips, course materials, vegetarian food, accommodation, yoga classes & practices.
Enquiries and Enrolment: Anahata Yoga Retreat
Phone: 03) 525 9887