Permaculture Instructors

Living Ecology’s Master Team of Permaculture Instructors

Each of the permaculture instructors at Living Ecology brings a unique set of skills to the table. Collectively, Raya, Narsanna, and Padma equate to one of the most qualified groups providing permaculture education and application to-date. Interns at Living Ecology are fortunate to receive training from masters in the field.

Living Ecology - Permaculture Instructors for Internships in India

Volunteers are needed at Aranya Agriculture Alternatives, but require a long term commitment to be useful.

Raya Cole, Living Ecology Project Coordinator, USA

Raya Cole - Living Ecology Permaculture Internship Coordinator

Raya Cole

Raya Cole has been involved with organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable systems and social justice since 1996.  She developed two of her own farms with permaculture principles in California, and the farms were used as training centers.  She has provided permaculture consultancy and implementation on farms in the United States, Costa Rica and India.

She has taught wilderness, primitive and… Read More



Narsanna Koppula, Permaculture Pioneer, India

Narsanna Koppula - one of Living Ecology's Permaculture Instructors

Narsanna Koppula

Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. Bill Mollison visited him in 1987 and created a village permaculture project. He is cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, host to the next International Permaculture Convergence in November 2017. He is a permaculture social activist whose focus for 25 years has been empowering poor rural communities. He educates and assists villagers in transforming their lands that grow GMO monocrops into food self sufficient permaculture farms.

He facilitates a large government watershed project that… Read More

Padma Koppula, Co-Founder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, Living Ecology’s Parent Organization

Padma Koppula - Aranya Agricultural Alternatives Permaculture Instructor and CEO

Padma Koppula

Padma Koppula is the cofounder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a 17 year old permaculture nonprofit organization in India.  Aranya is Living Ecology’s parent organization and the host of the next International Permaculture Convergence in November 2017.  Previously, Padma worked for 10 years with the Deccan Development Society, another grassroots permaculture organization.

India has a large government watershed program, in which Aranya… Read More


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