The Importance of Permaculture

Danyadara’s 4 months PDC Course is finally running!

Danyarada Project is based at Suryalila Retreat Centre, a place where much more is being offer than retreat, yoga courses and Om Dome meditation. Here we can live and practice permaculture gardening, that is providing us an amazing experience to learn about this new perspective that is challenging conventional farming practices.

Permanent Agriculture is all about creating sustainable farming practices that regenerate the soil whilst gaining a yield.

Today, farmers commonly ’till’ the fields which when sun, wind & rain come out the play, either drys up micro-bacteria, blows soil off their land or, gets washed away by rain due to the lack of organic matter and soil structure. Properly maintained land should absorb rain water into its soft penetrable soil and create shade for living micro-bacteria in the upper surfaces of the soil.

Team work makes the Dream work — Jacob Cobo.

“Permaculture is a solution based way of life that offers the opportunity to live in right relationship with the Earth, its people and future generations to come. By taking a whole systems approach to design, Permaculture looks to the root of the worlds problems and seeds answers that are thoughtful, inclusive and long term with a goal of building a regenerative, healthy and thriving natural and social ecology.” – Kyn Chi (Canada)


September 3rd – 9th

Principles from “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” by Bill Mollison

  1. Work with Nature rather than against.
  2. Make the least change for the greatest possible effect.
  3. The problem is the solution.
  4. The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited.
  5. Everything gardens (or modifies its environment).

David Holmgren Principles

  1. Observe and interact.
    • Topography, Patterns & seasonal cycles
    • Walking & harvesting builds knowledge of landscapes
  2. Catch and store energy.
    • Natural energy; gravity, wind, rain.
    • Food preservation
  3. Obtain a yield
    • Need to feed ourselves for the energy put in
  4. Apply self regulation and accept feedback
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services.
    • Solar panels, windmills.
  6. Produce no waste.
    • Nothing in Nature is waste.
    • Feeds into another cycle, i,e; humanure toilets.
  7. Design from patterns to details
    • Seasonal changes, insect plagues and behaviour of local people.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate.
    • Using animals for crop grazing instead of leaving in a field.
  9. Use small and slow solutions.
  10. Use and value diversity.
    • Different crops & plants create pest resilience.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change.


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