Introduction to Permaculture

Swami OmkaranandaSaturday, August 16, 2014
3:00 –5:00 pm
Tuition: $30.00 (Member $20.00)

Permaculture is a creative and artful way of designing our lives, where wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, people and nature are preserved – all by thoughtful planning and a respectful approach to life. Thus embraced, we create an environment where all may thrive for untold generations.

We as humans have the ability to re-design the world we live in. All it takes is desire, know how, will, and time. Even if it takes 50-100 years, the change can begin with each one of us right now and the effects of our work can have beneficial consequences for generations to come.

This introductory seminar is designed to give a working grasp of what permaculture is and to provide some practical examples of how to incorporate permaculture design into one’s own life and into the community.

Permaculture is a lot more than just food production. A thorough study of permaculture invites us to look at our homes, our use and sources of energy, our methods for providing food and comfortable shelter, our work, our relationships with others, and even our relationship with ourselves. The goal of permaculture is to create harmonious relationships with all aspects of our life.

Join Swami Omkarananda, who took her first permaculture training 7 years ago and has been applying it since then in her 'little part of Los Angeles'. After the workshop we will visit her front yard, a 5 minute walk from the Yoga Center.

For more information, check out these videos
Yoga and permaculture
urban permaculture in Mar Vista

Swami Omkarananda

Swami Omkarananda is a radiant Yogini renunciate who has more than 25 years of experience in Yoga and meditation. She has been the director of the Sivananda Los Angeles Yoga Center since January 2008 and before that was assistant director at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm.

Originally from Australia, she moved to the UK in 1973 as a newly qualified doctor. She later qualified and worked as a psychiatrist in the NHS. She has also worked in management development, change management and stress management. At the age of 40, she became involved in Yoga, gave up paid work and moved to live in an ashram.

She took her TTC in Kerala in 2004 and moved to the Yoga Farm in California. She took ATTC in Madurai in 2009 and sannyas in 2011. Swami Omkarananda is passionate about Yoga psychology and philosophy, bringing together sustainability, the environment and permaculture, and helping people to develop spiritually.
She has certificates in Permaculture Design and Advanced Permaculture from Mid West Permaculture and in Los Angeles she has established a permaculture garden at the staff house. The Yoga center is a designated ‘Green Yoga’ studio and also hosts many activities of the local Transition group, raising awareness of sustainability in the local community.

She regularly contributes at interfaith meetings in Los Angeles and is a member of local Hindu/Catholic and Hindu/Episcopal dialog groups.