Gain Permaculture Skills, Aid the Earth,
Benefit Villagers in Rural India


Join us for our Permaculture Design Certificate Course and our Advanced Permaculture Courses which will prepare you to design your land and/or start a Permaculture Business.

Living Ecology courses are an excellent blend of classroom theory, experiential learning, and social permaculture.


1. Permaculture Design Certificate Course

     November 9-21, 2019

2. Permaculture Teacher Training

     November 23-28, 2019

3. Rain Water Harvesting

     December 1-6, 2019                

4. Mapping to Scale and Landscape Graphics

      December 7-11, 2020

5. Permaculture Solutions for Drought Mitigation and Climate Change

      December 14-15, 2019

6. Permaculture Design Process and Consultancy Skills

     December 20-24, 2019

7.  School Permaculture Design and Teaching Activities

      January 27-30, 2020

All participants who complete the required assignments will receive a course certificate of completion from Aranya Agricultural Alternatives and Living Ecology.

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This is What You Will Accomplish

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✓ Learning Permaculture Skills and Putting Them into Practice

Earn your PDC certificate, as you learn the wide scope of permaculture practices.  Continue on, and gain teaching or design consultancy skills to start your own permaculture business.  Drought proof your land as you learn how to plan and implement rainwater harvesting on your farm, restore water to dry wells and nourish a food forest or orchard.  Learn how to create a to scale map and create graphic permaculture design maps.  Delve deeply into design theory and process so you can make the best decisions for each site you work with.  Learn how to work with rural villagers and make an impact beyond your own farm, this is social permaculture in action.  Aranya has 30 years of experience working with thousands of villagers, and will share about building relationships and capacity with poor farmers.  Leave a lasting impact for generations to come, as you design a school site and learn fun teaching activities to create a school permaculture program.

✓ Having a Rural Indian Cultural Experience

Courses will be hosted at Aranya Permaculture Farm, a 20 year old dryland farm.  The farm is an oasis and an excellent example of rain fed agriculture.  Water harvesting for watershed restoration and farm use are Aranya’s specialties.  This is the perfect location to learn Indian permaculture,  plant uses, and traditional food preparation.  Practical hands on sessions will take place in nearby villages, where you will gain understanding of the real issues rural India is facing. We will talk with villagers and help them with solutions that will have a beneficial impact on their lives and the planet.

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✓ Become Certified

All participants who complete the required course assignments will receive a certificate of completion from
Aranya Agricultural Alternatives and Living Ecology.

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 2019/2020 program in India begins in November, 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. The courses have a social component, assisting and teaching farmers and schools about regenerative practices.

Participants receive certificates on completion of their course.

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!