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Join us for a weekend immersion in the concepts of permaculture, sustainability and regenerative design at the captivating Native Place Guesthouse & Garden. Discover first-hand how the principles of permaculture and design can transform a piece of land into a verdant paradise. See for yourself how groups of plants, simple water harvesting & soil care methods, animal integration can come together with the use of thoughtful, innovative and effective design to form a productive living system that fulfills the needs of all the living creatures on the land.

This workshop will give you an overview of how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment - your home, garden, apartment or farm. You’ll also be in an informed position to further your journey into permaculture design.

Course content:
You will be introduced to the ethics and principles of permaculture, concepts of design, understanding how to read the land, water harvesting, soil care, composting and growing your own food.

Native Place Guesthouse and Garden, Uksan Village,Kamshet, District Pune, Maharashtra, India. Google Location of the venue -

About the Native Place Guesthouse and Garden: Three hours from Mumbai via the expressway, one hour from Pune and overlooking the serene Vadivali Lake, the Native Place Guesthouse is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. International dorm style accommodation and all meals and refreshments will be provided as part of the package. The guesthouse itself is a fine example of eco-friendly architecture set in the bio-diverse Native Place Garden, filled with examples of permaculture in action. The garden has been retrofitted to permaculture principles. It houses a small food forest, raised beds, compost pits, vermiculture bins, a variety of native trees, shrubs and climbers, live hedges, food plants for all the denizens of the house and garden, water harvesting systems, cows, chickens and a family of mongooses. For more info:

Astrid Rao and Anushree Chitnis will lead you down the garden path on a journey of discovery as they demystify the principles of permaculture, sustainability and regenerative design.

About Astrid Rao
Astrid Rao has been tending the Native Place Garden since 2001. Intuitively understanding the responsibility of this role, she undertook a yearlong leadership in biodiversity course with the BNHS in 2002 which gave her a broad understanding of ecology, ecosystems and deepened her childhood love for trees. This inspired her to save all the native trees on the property and grow many more. Astrid is witness and co-conspirator to the transformation on this one acre plus piece of land from dry scrub to a verdant diverse haven. She nurtured a wide range of indigenous trees & medicinal plants, created habitats for birds and other creatures transforming the property into a bio-diverse reserve. In 2016, Astrid discovered permaculture (13 Day Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Narsanna Koppula) and set out to retrofit the garden to permaculture principles. You will be amazed by the transformation.

About Anushree Chitnis
A landscape architect by profession, Anushree the humble gardener at heart, her observations and experiments have led her to design spaces that encourage not just people but also, birds, bees and insects to spend time in these eco-niches. Her love for nature also extends itself towards her artwork including murals, sketches, upcycled objects and recently, paintings with natural dyes and inks. She believes the natural world is a complete sensory and unwinding experience, always full of surprises when embraced with an open mind. Anushree has done her PDC with Narsanna Koppula, a 9-day water harvesting course with Raya Cole and a year long biodiversity course with the Ecological Society, Pune. She continues to learn and grow each day as she applies her knowledge, deep observation to the various landscape design projects she executes. Anushree currently runs an independent design practice, Studio Folium, offering landscape and permaculture design, interior design and art commissions representing biodiversity.

Who can attend
Anyone who is interested in nature, gardening, farming, and sustainability. This is a family workshop where you can come with your family to learn a new lifestyle. Our venue is a kids friendly space (Kids of all ages from 3 to 101)

Date and Time-
29th February 10a.m. - 1st March 5p.m.

Rs. 5,500 for the two day course. This includes tuition, local travel during the course, food & shared accommodation in dorms or tents. Dorms will have 6 to 8 members in a room while tents will be shared among two persons each. This too is a subsidized fee, worked out to make the fee affordable for permaculture enthusiasts. If you wish to contribute more, it will help the organizers meet the overall cost. If you want to have a different kind of accommodation with lesser number of members, the costs will be higher & it will depend on availability of such rooms.

How to register
Fill this registration form - and then we will send you bank details. We will have only 20 participants, so register soon.

Refund Policy
Deposited Fees is non-refundable. However, if cannot attend, you can send somebody at your place.

For more details, reach out to Astrid at +91-9323708809.

This program is hosted and organized by Native Place.

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Date & Time Saturday Feb 29,2020 | 10:00 AM to Sunday Mar 01,2020 | 05:00 PM

Venue & Address Native Place, District Pune, Maharashtra, India

Category :- Professional