How Can You Use Permaculture to Aid the Planet?

Make an impact on a global scale with permaculture training and service. Be met with humble gratitude in village communities as you become an expert in the field. Join us for one of our upcoming permaculture course opportunities.  

1. Rain Water Harvesting Earthworks Course

December 2-10, 2017

2. Advanced Permaculture Design: Mapping to Scale & Landscape Graphics

December 12-16, 2017

3. Advanced Skills in Applied PDC Program

May resume by January 2020

**As a participant completing all modules of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives and Living Ecology’s Advanced Skills in Applied Permaculture Design Course Program, you will receive two certificates:

1. Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

2. Advanced Skills in Applied Permaculture Design and Rural Development

At the same time, you will be immeasurably helpful in the life of local Indian farmers and villagers.

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This is What You Will Accomplish

Permaculture Internship International Aid in India via @livingecology

✓ Get Acquainted With Indian Culture

Start your journey at the Aranya Agricultural Alternatives farm. Orient yourself to to Indian culture, agriculture, and permaculture practices. Water harvesting for watershed restoration and farm use are Aranya’s specialties. This is the perfect location to learn Indian permaculture as well as plant identification and uses. Through the practicum, you will help expand your knowledge of permaculture best practices. This farm is an oasis and excellent example of rain-fed agriculture in the drylands.

✓ Study Social & Environmental Aspects of the Community

You will learn from, listen to,  and get to know the very villagers you will be helping. Trust, respect, and friendships are mutually built during this time. This is a very important part of engaging in a beneficial aid project. Make an evaluation of what is needed and decide on an approach to take in your design project.

✓ Design & Implement a Permaculture Project on an Existing Farm

Design and implement your very own permaculture project in the village or on a villager’s farm land.  These projects are functional permaculture model farms that inspire other villagers about the possibilities. Learn mapping and project skills to become a permaculture consultant in your home country or in other places around the world.


✓ Plant Food Forests, Crops, and Living Fences

The planting phase of the program will begin in the middle of June, along with the rainy season in this area. With your help, food forests, annual food crops, and live fences will be planted on a local farm.

Advanced Skills in Applied Permaculture Design Program via @livingecology

✓ Become Dual Certified

A follow-up report is required for certification the year after you participate. Many aid projects are carried out without evaluation of how they actually benefited the target community. You will get to see for yourself how far your efforts reached, learn from the successes and problems of the project, and follow up with your farmer/client. Are you ready to apply?

This is how the village welcomed the participants from Living Ecology’s program in 2015:

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Fund Your Permaculture Journey

Excited to start planning your trip, but discouraged by a lack of funding for the program and travel arrangements? Here’s a solution:

We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, a crowd funding platform where you can raise money for your permaculture journey. Create a campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, and add a video to tell your story! FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff ready to help you reach your fundraising goals. They provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread your word and offer sharing tools to get campaign exposure through social media and email.

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Living Ecology is in need of virtual volunteers for outreach and support for our permaculture opportunity. The 2017 program in India begins in January, and is now open for applications. Help spread the word via one of the following methods:

Remote Volunteering

We are very grateful for all remote volunteering, as it helps us spread the word about Living Ecology’s Permaculture program in India, and the amazing work facilitated by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.

Volunteer Online for Living Ecology #livingecology #permacultureinternship #globalaid via @living_ecology

Social Media Outreach

One way you can help us meet our goals is by sharing this opportunity via social media. Include links to pages on, a short personal message, and an image for the most impact.

Pinterest: @livingecology

Twitter: @living_ecology

Email Outreach

Do you have an email list that would show interest in a Permaculture Internship in India? If so, share our opportunity with them. Include a link to our website along with a personal message.

If you’re not sure what to say, copy and paste this sample text into the body of your messages, and edit to personalize:

Hey (First Name),

I’m micro-volunteering for Living Ecology. They have an awesome Permaculture Program in India, and I thought you might be interested. The details are pretty impressive. Permies are able to use their skills to help poor rural farmers in India, while adding advanced skills to their resume. When it’s all over, farmers (who didn’t even know it was possible) end up with a self-sustainable plot

Participants receive two certificates: (1) Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), and (2) Advanced Skills in Applied Permaculture Design and Rural Development.

Read more details on their website:

Thanks for checking it out! If you know anyone else who might be interested, please forward the info along to them.


[Your Name Here]

Another way you can help is to add a link to into your email signature. This helps get interested visitors to our site.

Volunteer in Your Community

Spread the word in your community by sharing this opportunity at universities, on farms, or anywhere else that permies might gather. Open this image in a new tab, then print and share (or simply share to Pinterest with the Pin It button):

Use your agriculture experience for global aid while you learn about permaculture in India via @livingecology

Volunteer in India

Currently, Living Ecology and Aranya Agriculture Alternatives are seeking permaculture volunteers in India, but a LONG-TERM commitment is required in order to be useful. Permaculture students and professionals as well as those with substantial agricultural experience could be extremely useful. If you are serious about making a commitment to the global aid project, and enhancing the lives of poor rural farmers in India, please contact Raya at Serious inquiries only please.

Thank you for Your Invaluable Support!