Nepal Permaculture Design Course
& Biodynamic Farming Essentials
December 5-22, 2017
At “The Land of the Medicine Buddha” Biodynamic Farm
In Central Nepal (Gorkha District)
The first Demeter farm in Nepal, established by OneWorld Learning Center
Sliding Scale (International): $850- $1200
This includes all meals, tent accommodation, transportation to the site (from Kathmandu), course materials and permaculture design certification. We offer a sliding scale so that our course is accessible to a broad range of people. We ask that you please give honestly what you can afford to pay. Our requested payment from those coming from developed countries (North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.) is at least $950. If you are not financially capable of paying in this range, we are happy to accommodate you at $850.
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Nepali Locals: $350 (35,000 NPR)
We want to make this course as accessible as possible to local people. By paying full price, you make it possible for us to give this low price to locals. If this price is too high, partial sponsorship may be possible.
Scholarships available for eligible Nepali or Tibetan Participants:
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The Land of the Medicine Buddha is a shining example of Permaculture and Biodynamic Farming on 7-hectares along the Marshyangdi River in the historic Gorkha district of Nepal. This land is a rich diverse cultivation of perennial herbs, shrubs, and trees which are used primarily for producing herbal teas and incense.
In December, this Subtropical Climatic region of Nepal never reaches freezing temperatures, and during the day is typically between 18-21 degrees Celsius (64-70 degrees Fahrenheit). We will periodically have bonfires at night and typically most days are warm and sunny enough for swimming in the river.
On top of our experiential permaculture curriculum, yoga, meditation, and other enriching activities will be offered throughout the experience.
Food will be local organic farm to table meals prepared by our local team. Meals will be mostly vegetarian. You will have a chance to participate in meal preparation to learn the art of making traditional Nepalese food.
This course is designed to bring our participants through and experiential learning journey though a balance of theory and practice. Our curriculum fulfills the required 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification Course content as outlined in the “Permaculture Designers Manual” by Bill Mollison, plus we have added a significant amount of content which we believe to be essential to Permaculture. This course in unique in that it also includes the essentials of the Biodynamic Farming teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Find out more about Biodynamic Farming here.
Each day of the course consists of 4 ninety minute learning sessions in various topics including (but not limited to):
Introduction to Permaculture
History & Ethics
Permaculture Design Principles
Principles of Ecology/Natural Systems
Methods of Design
Water on the Planet & Roles of Water
Patterns & their Application
Climate: Design Strategies in Various Climate Zones
Earthworks: Water in the Landscape
Trees & Forests
Gardening: Plant Propagation, Nursery, Companion Planting, Crop Rotation, etc
Integrated Pest Management
Detailed Design Process
Final Design Projects
Accommodation & Food
The cost of the course includes delicious local farm to table meals, and we’ll have some opportunities to have community cooking nights to share our own favorite dishes. Heavy-duty canvas tents will be available and some shared rooms are also available for a small extra fee from the farm ($5 per day). We will provide tents and sleeping pads/mattress, and you will need to bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and any other bedding you would like to use (easy to purchase these things in Kathmandu or Pokhara at various trekking shops). We will have a few sleeping bags available to rent if you are not able to bring a sleeping bag (please inform us in advance if you would like to rent a sleeping bag @ $25 for duration of course).
About the Facilitators
Brandon Bodhi Denton
Brandon “Bodhi” Denton, Botanist and Permaculture Designer & Educator, is the founder of ecological non-profit organization, Woven Earth. He facilitates service-learning programs worldwide which promote regenerative design practices and empower indigenous traditions. He has been teaching organic gardening and Permaculture since 2010 and in 2014 began the Nepal Permaculture Adventure, a group service-learning trek which occurs every spring serving various Himalayan mountain communities. He facilitates Permaculture Design Courses throughout the year in various parts of the world, provides design consultation services, and serves as a manager and consultant for Tirta Gangga Organic Farm in Bali, Indonesia.
Peter Effenberger has over 30 years experience in rural development and biodynamic agriculture in and is the founder of OneWorld- a learning center, Nepal in 1996. He studied agronomy in Germany and did a post graduate from Emerson College on BioDynamics, rural development and anthroposophy, the philosophy biodynamic agriculture is based on. Peter says biodynamic agriculture is a form of art as well as a spiritual
path. After arriving in Nepal he discovered Tibetan Buddhism and connected with the most important Tibetan Meditation Masters. He says: Knowing who and what we are is key. Today he is focusing on the Marketing of Nepali Gardens products and
project development guiding the expansion of biodynamic agricultural work in Nepal.
Rishi Adhikari, a Nepal native, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. From 1993-1995, he managed the Permaculture/Sustainable Agriculture Development Demonstration Farm and Community Development Programs for the Nepal Community Support Group (NECOS) in Rupandehi. From 1996-1999, he worked as a Project Coordinator for community assessments and implementation in Rupandehi for NECOS, and again for the Center for Agro-ecology and Development from 2000 – 2003.
He served on the Executive Board of the Nepal Permaculture Group from 2003 to 2005, and as the President from 2015-2017. Since 2005 he has worked as a Program Officer for Ecological Services Centre (ECOSCENTRE), planning, executing, and evaluating projects and trainings.
Since 2002, Rishi has participated and helped organize dozens of workshops, forums, trainings, and trainings of trainers related to social, agricultural and environmental education and activism. He has conducted agriculture and permaculture project evaluations in numerous districts of Nepal, and has authored three books and co-edited nine newsletters on the topics of community organizing and agriculture development.
He has traveled to India, Thailand, and Cambodia connected to his Permaculture development work, and is happy to be joining with Woven Earth to continue his passion in permaculture education. Woven Earth is honored by his participation as a co-instructor for this course