Ayurveda & Permaculture

PermaVeda or AyurCulture?


Photo Credit Chris Klau
Photo Credit Chris Klau

Quick Bio:  I first got into Permaculture many years ago when I did the Intro to Permaculture weekend at the Bullock’s Homestead on Orcas Island in 2004. I didn’t attend my formal PDC until 2011, which I did in Traverse City, Michigan with Penny Krebiehl and Toby Hemenway. In between my husband and I, whom I met at my PDC, have spent time in Basalt, CO at Jerome’s CRMPI homestead (where Justin did his PDC).

My Ayurveda Trainings began spontaneously, as I started to seek more depth and understanding to my yoga injuries. I then opted to start my RYT500 with an Ayurvedicly leaning program led by Jackie Chiodo. I have also studied with Dr. Lad (briefly, too briefly), Aparna Khanolkar, Jai Dev Singh, John Douillard, and Rod Stryker.

David Holmgren's Essences of Permaculture

Permaculture: Permanent Culture or Agriculture

Ayurveda: Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge

Okay, basically all I see are patterns. It’s all patterns – Ayurveda and Permaculture, and everything around us and in us.  These two systems are so powerful, I think, because they outline and illustrate ways in which we can begin to (A) see these patterns, (B) interact with the patterns, and (C) integrate these patterns into our lives.

One thing I love about both Ayurveda and Permaculture, is that every time someone asks me what either mean or are, I answer a little differently.  And I think that definitions are different with each person you ask, too.  It sort of depends on how integrated they are with the system, how well they see the patterns.


The Article originally published on Everyday Ayurveda:

How 12 Permaculture Design Principals Apply to the Business of Yoga & Ayurveda


The 12 Principals:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.



Make hay while the sun shines

2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.



You Can't work on an empty stomach

3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you’re doing.



the sins of fathers are visited upon his children4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.



let nature take it's course5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.



waste no want not6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.



many hands make light work7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.



can't see the forest for the trees8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.



slow and steady wins the race9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.



don't put all your eggs in one basket10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.



well beaten path isn't always the right path11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.



vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.



Download a copy of David Holmgren’s Essence of Permaculture HERE


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