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Introduction to Regenerative Agroforestry
Regenerative agroforestry is an approach to ecological restoration which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes. These complex land-management systems intentionally use agriculture with tree systems integrated with animals to create holistic ecosystems that mimic nature, minimise external inputs while building resilient and productive landscapes that foster many ecological functions. These systems aim to build soil, enhance biodiversity, conserve water and topsoil while producing food. These integrated systems are financially more viable and can help mitigate climate change assuring yields and livelihoods.
In this 4-day residential workshop you will learn from our experiences the principles and concepts as well as various strategies and tools of Agroforestry and Permaculture to get you started on your journey.
• Dynamic, Successional Agroforestry and Analog Forestry Practices
• Permaculture Ethics, Principles, Design and Practices
• Soil Food Web, Soil Microbiology, its importance and Soil Building processes
• Understand the Benefits of Application of large quantities of biomass
• Beyond Organic Market Gardening and Small Scale, Low Fossil Fuel Input, High Yielding No Dig Gardening Systems
• Animal integration – Holistic Management and Grazing Tools for Silvopastures
• Reforestation and Land Regeneration
A semi-nomadic Tree Planter, Soil Builder and Seed Disperser has been studying and living in Permaculture Projects, Ecovillages and Alternative Communities for the over 10 years which brought him to a diverse range of Projects, Countries, Climates, Cultures and People all over the planet.
He has lived, worked and learned in places like East Africa, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, the Caribbean Islands, South and Central America, Germany, Portugal and Spain.
He has been part of 20 PDC Courses (organization & co-facilitation) and several short courses. He has learned from some of the Pioneers and Experts of Permaculture including David Holmgren, Darren Doherty, Rosemary Morrow, Robyn Francis, Jude Hobbs, Sepp Holzer Jairo Restrepo, Martin Crowford, Larry Korn, Alex Kruger, Bernard Declercq (Pebble Garden, Auroville), Rico Zook and Govinda Sharma. The last few years his focus has been on developing Regenerative Agroecosystems in different climates and has learned directly from Syntropic Agroforestry Pioneer and Founder Ernst Goetsch and his long term students like Namaste Messerschmidt, Felipe Amato and Gabriel Menezes.
He is the founder of the Soil-Sun-Soul Project and Blog. Currently he is based half of the year in Spain to start a regenerative Enterprise at Can Lliure a 100 ha Living and Learning Centre for Regenerative Land Management Practices and half of the year he spends in Asia supporting different projects and facilitating courses.
ASANGA NAMAL JAYASINGE:
Asanga is a dreamer, permaculture farmer, designer and facilitator. He had volunteered in organic and permaculture farms in Auroville, India, which motivated him to educate and empower people. He graduated in Bsc. Agricultural sciences and management and has done Introduction to Analog Forestry Course in Sri Lanka. Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) with Govinda Sharma in Nepal, Eco Village Design Education course ( EDE) (Auroville) in India. He also did his Permaculture Teacher Training (PTT) with Rico Zook and Jude Hobbs certified by Permaculture Institute Of North America (PINA) and was a teaching assistant during the pre-IPC PDC at 13th International Permaculture Convergence, Hyderabad, India.
He is currently coordinating Power Plant Organic Farm design education project and also a coordinator of Permaculture Network Sri Lanka. He has been organizing and co-facilitating Permaculture Design Certificate course and introduction workshops to contribute his energy, experience, knowledge for building national and international collaborations to spread the seeds of Permaculture
Malvikaa has spent her early years in a village, raring silkworm, milking buffaloes, sowing paddy, growing melons and bananas. Later on, she lived in the city wading through the city life till she realized it was time to move back to the land, back to the roots. In the city, she worked with nonprofits at the policy & grassroots level with women and children on issues of ecology, environment, livelihood, health and gender. She worked as a research scholar, studying the ecology of lakes and water bodies at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, while doing her master’s degree. She has volunteered on several organic and permaculture farms and brings with her a diverse range of experiences.
She did her 1st Permaculture Design Course with Geoff Lawton in 2013 and subsequent ones with Rico Zook and Narsanna Koppula. She did her Permaculture Teachers’ Training with Rosemary Marrow in 2018. She has been teaching Permaculture & Regenerative Organic Agriculture drawing from her real-life experiences on the Open Shell Farm.
She founded swaYYam, a non-profit in 2011. She has been living and working on the Open Shell Farm (http://swayyam.org/open-shell-permaculture/) since its inception in 2014. Today the 5 acre farm produces about 70% of all its food and boasts of over 4000 saplings of over 400 species of trees.
She’s also working with the local community of farmers on the 1000treeproject (https://www.facebook.com/1000treeproject-1918616981562812/) in her village on the edge of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The project aims to ensure food, fodder and livelihood security through regenerative practises that in turn reduce the stress on the fragile forests and prevent biodiversity losses.
She is a Permaculture designer, teacher and a consultant.