Events at swaYYam

Upcoming events

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Introduction to Regenerative Agroforestry

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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.
 
Course outline
• 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
 
ROMAN EISENKOELB
https://soilsunsoul.net/
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:
http://www.powerplantorganic.com/
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 SOLANKI
www.swayyam.org
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.
 
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MORE ABOUT US AND OUR WORK:
www.swayyam.org
https://www.facebook.com/1000treeproject-1918616981562812/
https://midwestpermaculture.com/swayyam-sister-project-india/
https://www.facebook.com/humanswhogrowfood/posts/622965364716670
CONTACT INFO:
malvikaa@swayyam.org
PHONES: Malvikaa: +91 9980111998 (WhatsApp and call) ,
+91 7598278793

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Course : INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE and REGENERATIVE DESIGN

In this 3-day experiential workshop at a 5-year-old functional Permaculture Farm, participants will get introduced to permaculture and regenerative design.

Workshop Details :

Introduction to Permaculture and Regenerative Design – 3 Day Residential Workshop

Workshop Date: 25 – 27 Jan 2020 

Timings: Jan 25th 2020, 9:30 am – Jan 27th, 2020 Sunday 2:00 pm

Location: Open Shell Farm, swaYYam, Yelachatti Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagar Taluk. (Near Bandipur Tiger Reserve)

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Language: English

 Workshop Facilitator: Malvikaa Solanki

A research scholar from IISc, Bangalore and founder of swaYYam,  Malvikaa Solanki has worked with various non-profits at the policy and grassroots level on issues of ecology and environment. She has done a Permaculture Design Course with Geoff Lawton, Rico Zook and Narsanna Koppula. She did her Permaculture Teachers’ Training with Rosemary Marrow in 2018 and has been teaching Permaculture & Regenerative Organic Agriculture drawing from her real-life experiences on the Open Shell Farm. Today, the farm produces about 70% of all its food and boasts of over 4000 saplings of over 400 species of trees. She also works with the local community of farmers on the 1000treeproject in her village near 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.

Cost Inclusions:

  • Course Fee
  • Accommodation will be provided from  24th January,Thursay night to 27th January, Sunday afternoon.  Participants are advised to arrive for the workshop after 3pm and before 6pm on Thurday, 24th January (to avoid wild life encounter)
  • All Meals starting from Dinner on Thurday to Lunch on Sunday

Travel Route: 

  • Travel Time: Bangalore – Yelachatti, 5 hours; Mysore – Yelachatti 1.45 hrs.
  • Route: Bangalore – Mysore – Gundlupet – Yelachatti. There are buses every 45 minutes from Gundlupet to Yelachatti.
  • The venue is 5-7 minutes walk from the Yelachatti stop. 

Contents of the workshop:

Permaculture is a cultivated ecosystem learning from natural patterns and processes and mimicking them in our own systems so we can use the functionality of nature in our own life support systems. With careful permaculture designs, we can create ecosystems that require fewer inputs from us as they evolve over time.

  • Permaculture and Regenerative systems
  • Permaculture ethics and principles
  • Natural patterns
  • Reading the landscape
  • Methods of Permaculture design
  • Water harvesting
  • Soil- building healthy soils
  • Urban Permaculture
  • Growing food
  • Hands-on practical sessions – composting, making raised beds

Note:

  • Accommodation will be comfortable, basic and shared. Please bring your own sheets and sleeping bags/blankets. Mattresses and pillows will be provided.
  • The site is off the grid and therefore mandates a wise use of electricity. We encourage you not to bring your laptops or any heavy energy-use gadgets. There will be two sockets for charging phones. Bring your charged power banks as a backup. 
  • Food will be vegetarian, organic and mostly locally grown on the farm.
  • Minimum age group is 6 years. 
  • You carry back with you whatever waste that cannot be composted, including sanitary napkins. We recommend you use cotton cloth pads or a menstrual cup. 
  • Travel from Bangalore is not included. 
  • Any extra food or stay other than what is mentioned in cost inclusions will be charged at Rs. 500 per night and Rs.250 per meal payable at the venue to the host. 

Things to bring:

  • Sun hat
  • Warm jacket and cap as it can get really cold at night
  • Full sleeve shirt
  • Comfortable clothes to sit on the floor and for hands-on sessions
  • Blanket/sleeping bag
  • Bedsheet
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight/torch
  • Natural mosquito repellent (citronella based)
  • Bio-degradable/natural toiletries
  • Towels
  • Medications if any
  • Binoculars, if you want to look around for elephant or wild boar sightings
  • Notebook, stationery
  • Covered shoes and flip flops
  • Your own plate, glass and a spoon
  • A musical instrument, if you play one
  • Any snacks or goodies you want to share with your group
  • You may bring your own tents if you require privacy

Cancellation policy:

There will be no refund for any cancellations. However you can transfer to anyone wanting to take up the course. In case it is not possible to transfer the amount, it will be considered a donation towards the 1000 tree project by swaYYam. 

Book Now!

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Workshop : Hands on Natural Building  – 3 days intensive residential program

For architects, engineers and enthusiast of natural building

Coming Soon

Course fees – 6600
(Your fees goes towards supporting our community project – 1000treeproject)

Facilitator : Varun Thautam 
www.varunthautam.com

Topics covered :

1 – Earth in architecture 
2 – Rammed earth
3 – Adobe

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India

Coordinates : 11.650626, 76.705892

To register and full course description visit : http://handmadearchitecture.org 

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COURSE: SURVIVING OUR WATER CRISIS

COMING SOON 

Course Fees – 6500
(Your fees goes towards supporting our community project – 1000treeproject)

Venue: Open Shell Farm, swaYYam.

Facilitators – Gyan Sagar and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course :

• 5000 years of Indian water traditions and current paradigms
• Natural water cycles, groundwater and its hydrogeology
• Influences of Climate change on global water
• Rainwater harvesting – Urban and Rural
• Greywater – getting it back into the cycle
• watershed analysis and management.
• Rehydrating the earth
• The importance of trees, biomass, ground covers and living soils
• Permaculture earthworks: swales and ponds.
• Rainwater harvesting – experiences and examples
• Hands-on activities and design experiments
• working with water harvesting designs 
• Examples and analysis of local village projects

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India

Coordinates : 11.650626, 76.705892


Completed events

 

Course : Introduction to Regenerative Agroforestry

3 – days residential workshop

Dates: 18th to 20th October 2019 (completed)

Fee: Rs. 6600.

(Includes food, accommodation and workshop fees)

Your fees after meeting expenses go towards funding our ‘1000treeproject’ in the village

Facilitators – Roman Eisenkoelbl assisted by Asanga Namal Jayasinghe and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course:

• 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

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India

Coordinates : 11.650626, 76.705892

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Course : INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE and REGENERATIVE DESIGN

 

3 – days residential workshop

Dates: October 4th – 6th , 2019 (completed)

starts at 11 am on 4th October and ends at 2 pm on the 6th Oct, 2019

Fee: Rs. 6500.

(Includes food, accommodation and workshop fees)

Your fees after meeting expenses go towards funding our ‘1000treeproject’ in the village

Facilitators – Rico Zook  and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course:

      • Permaculture and Regenerative systems
      • Permaculture ethics and principles
      • Natural patterns
      • Reading the landscape
      • Methods of Permaculture design
      • Water harvesting
      • Soil – building healthy soils
      • Social Permaculture
      • Hands on practical sessions – composting, making raised beds

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, Indi

Coordinates : 11.650626, 76.705892

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COURSE: PRACTICAL PERMACULTURE – INTRODUCTION TO BASICS.

3 – Days Residential Workshop

Date: 19th to 21st July 2019 (completed)

Course Fees – 6500
(Your fees goes towards supporting our community project – 1000treeproject)

Venue: Open Shell Farm, swaYYam.

Facilitators – Asanga Namal Jayasinghe, Kiri Meili, Gyan Sagar and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course :

• Permaculture ethics and principles
• Concepts of Permaculture design
• Water harvesting
• Soil – building healthy soils • Growing food & starting a garden
• Composting
• Urban Permaculture
• Hands-on practical sessions
• Farm living

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India

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COURSE: PRACTICAL PERMACULTURE – INTRODUCTION TO BASICS.

3 – Days Residential Workshop

Date: 8th – 10th March – 2019  (completed)

Course Fees – 6200

Venue: Open Shell Farm, swaYYam.

Facilitators – Madhu Reddy and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course :

• Permaculture ethics and principles
• Concepts of Permaculture design
• Water harvesting
• Soil – building healthy soils • Growing food & starting a garden
• Composting
• Urban Permaculture
• Hands-on practical sessions
• Farm living
• Seed saving
• Patterns

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India

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COURSE: PRACTICAL PERMACULTURE. – INTRODUCTION TO BASICS.

3 – Days Residential Workshop

Date: 28th – 30th Dec 2018  (completed)

Course Fees – 6500
(Your fees goes towards supporting our community project – 1000treeproject)

Venue: Open Shell Farm, swaYYam.

Facilitators – Madhu Reddy, Gyan Sagar and Malvikaa Solanki

Topics covered in the course :

• Permaculture ethics and principles
• Concepts of Permaculture design
• Water harvesting
• Soil – building healthy soils • Growing food & starting a garden
• Composting
• Urban Permaculture
• Hands-on practical sessions
• Farm living
• Seed saving
• Patterns

Venue: swaYYam, Yelachatti, Hangala Hobli, Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagara district, Karnataka, 571111, India