Thursday, December 8, 2016
December 2nd 2016, a varied group of 28 eager participants converged at Native Place for a 3 day Introduction to Permaculture Course. Attracted by the opportunity to learn the basics of growing their own food , mangling soil fertility, setting up regenerative systems, water harvesting, biodiversity regeneration etc and to understand the inter-relationships among all of these.
Under the guidance of Narsanna Koppula, India’s pioneering permaculture practitioner, with his decades of experience in this field, this 3 day course turned out to be a power packed learning experience fulfilling the needs of the various participants - some were working on their land, some had plans to buy land, some were involved in urban terrace farms and some were simply curious.
Narsanna skilfully guided the participants though the fundamentals , the basics of permaculture practices and principles. Lectures & Interactive discussions, plenty of hands-on practicals, Palikade Farm site visit and tree identification walks.
The Native Place garden, a permaculture project in progress, spread over many levels, packed with bio diverse plantings and an impressive list of native trees - provided the perfect setting. After the initial talk in the yoga room a semi open meeting space at the bottom of the garden, Narsanna led them out into the garden where he preferred the many shady seating areas in the garden much to the delight of the participants.
Each day the program went on till late in the evening followed by dinner, a short film on permaculture, singing and bonding.
They were a lovely bunch of people from Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Bangalore, Germany and Canada. They came together as individual participants but emerged into a cohesive group bound by common interests and the promise of growing sharing and supporting each other in the journey to apply permaculture in their lives.
Cheers to the Permaculture Patshala and all who energize it
Astrid Rao & Sneha Shetty
Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. Along with his wife Padma Koppula, he founded the organisation AranyaAgricultural Alternatives that works with rural farming communities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in applications of permaculture and natural resource management. In recent years, through his Permaculture Patshala, Narsanna has also been sharing the wealth of his 30 years of experience with urban folks from across India and the world, who are attempting to return to land and live in harmony with nature. His organisation is also hosting the 13th InternationalPermaculture Convergence in India in November 2017.