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Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Course

April 1 - 15, 2021

Main PDC Training - Gorubathan


Space is limited to 20 participants. We accept a 50% advance registration fee to confirm your participation. Remaining fee is to be paid upon check-in at the center, in cash only.



100% of the deposit will be refunded if the participant cancels before March 11, no later.

Participants with all levels of experience are welcome. Enthusiasm and good vibes is all we ask for! Please click on the link below to register.


What to expect from the PDC –

The globally recognised fully certified Permaculture Design Curriculum includes:



Different Definitions

Historical Context

The Worldwide Movement

Permaculture in Asia

Decolonizing Permaculture

Other movements (Agro-ecology, Regenerative Agriculture, Biodynamics, Zero Budget, etc.)

Ethics and Principles



Growing Food/Food Security

Seed Sovereignty

Earth-based Building

Food Preservation & Fermentation

Plant Medicine & Vegan Food

Introduction to Plant – Based Nutrition

Introduction to Soil

Bio Fertilizers


Grey water systems

Landscaping/ Sector & Zone Analysis


Compost making systems

Earth energies

Economy and Equity

Field Visits/ Field Trips



Design Processes

Design Tools & Methods

Design Examples

Group Design Project

Individual Design Project



Case studies from around the world

Intro to Design Science

Systems thinking

Holistic thinking

Understanding patterns

Natural systems

The Hydrological cycle

The Carbon cycle

Place – based living



Next steps

The Permaculture Diploma and other opportunities



Farming Zone 00

The Direct Approach

Life Design

Yoga & Meditation



Permaculture is so much more than just a gardening or farming philosophy. It is about reconnecting with our ancestral roots, our natural environments and ourselves. It is about building beautiful, resilient, healthy and spiritually uplifting communities as well as fostering relationships with people and the planet along the way. It is about observing and respecting the world around us, consciously working with nature and not against it by applying renewable energy and holistic design principles to create never-ending abundance in your life.

And at Petrichor and Almost Heaven Farms, we aspire to be a classroom, an experiential learning platform while living in community with all those who visit us from around the globe, with the primary mission to share what we know while also acquiring knowledge and wisdom from one another.



We are offering shared accommodation on the farm with cost included in the fee.



During the course you will feast on nutrient dense, healthy, delicious  vegan meals, all sourced from our garden, food forest and community farms! We also cater to people who don’t eat wheat or gluten.

All meals, snacks and drinks are provided within the fee structure.



Zachary is a permaculture designer, activist and teacher who has been living in Nepal since 2003. In 2005, he founded the Kamala Foundation—an organization committed to bringing the principles of permaculture to life and provide community-based programming to cultivate resilience and revitalize traditional and ecological ways of being.

He established Almost Heaven Farm in 2013, where he researches, demonstrates and trains local farmers and international visitors in permaculture design, soil health and ecological restoration.

Specializing in program design and implementation, Zachary has worked in communities across Nepal and was instrumental in co-founding the Resilience Through Recovery Project, which employed permaculture techniques to help villages recover from the devastating earthquakes of 2015.

He is currently working to develop a network of communities committed to regenerative development across the Himalayan bioregion.

Zachary’s vision is informed by the notion that to empower the powerless one must work to “create a million villages to replace nation states” (Bill Mollison).



Sidhartha, co-founder of Petrichor, has been practicing permaculture design on the landscape as well as the natural homes he builds since 2013. He is a strong proponent of interweaving permaculture design into architecture and passive housing for community-based living systems and family homes alike.

As a certified permaculture designer and trained bamboo/earth-based builder, he has taught workshops and courses for over 7 years and consulted in the Himalayan bio-region, South India and SE India with various communities.

He is a passionate farmer and seed saver, dedicated to creating a world community of earth custodians from all walks of life. Sidhartha is an ardent supporter of small scale farming.

‘Small farms will pave the future of food. It is the very foundation of community growth and resilience, and the only link between the quality of the food we eat and the health of the soil  we live off.’

He hopes more young people will look towards farming and vernacular architecture as a lucrative career prospect.



The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own being, completely available at all times, under all conditions has been the most intimate takeaway for Sweta upon deeper exploration of the permaculture principles.

And that is what she promotes, teaches and shares in the courses she leads at Petrichor through permaculture skill application like plant medicine, vegan culinary arts, slow food, natural skincare, fermentation and food preservation, yoga, meditation, self inquiry satsangs etc as a means of peaceful activism.

Her observation is that permaculture projects tend to lack spirituality although its teachings are rooted in indigenous wisdom, which at its core recognizes a higher consciousness other than matter. And most spiritual communities lack sustainable design and are unaware that they are dependent on the abundance nature provides.

‘Living in community, the most vital teaching of permaculture, is challenging because we’re all conditioned differently. That is why i believe for long-term harmony and success, permaculture and spirituality need integration since both are interconnected and have similar goals. I don’t see the two as separate. Only by deepening the knowledge about  ourselves to alleviate ego, pain and suffering, can we bring peace and harmony into our communities. Only a healed heart can heal. I don’t see any other way.’

She is a certified Yoga Teacher and a student of the Advaita way of life.


Before you visit us, here are a few things you should know.



The space you will be practicing in is Petrichor, a forest farm education centre, located between the serene foothills of the Neora Forest and the tea gardens of the plains. Fringed by rice fields and the River Chel running below, idyllically located in the rural farming region of Gorubathan, India.

We are also a working permaculture farm and community.We practice, promote and teach about Natural Building, Permaculture Design, Fermentation & Food Preservation, Soap Making/Natural Skincare/ Herbalism, Slow Food Culinary, Natural Farming and Yoga & Wellbeing.

Visitors can expect tropical wilderness, sublime swimming holes, pristine habitat for the area’s rich flora and fauna, village walks and nature trails, a library, yoga decks, bamboo art and craft space and the community who make it such a wonderful place to learn.



If you are coming by private car, you can park on the main road at a designated spot, but at owner’s risk.

Please contact Bhim for all transport related queries on the following numbers +91 9064812528/8250088242.

From Siliguri, hourly buses are available from PC Mittal Bus Stand in Siliguri and shared cabs from Pani Tanki, Nepal border.

From Darjeeling, two daily taxis ply from the Yuma Motor Stand.

From Gangtok, two taxis ply from Deorali Taxi Stand. However, they are not available on a daily basis. Participants from Gangtok can also avail of frequent buses at Bag Pul (Coronation Bridge) to Gorubathan.

From Kalimpong, 2 daily taxis ply from near Mela Ground.

From Kakarivitta, 1 daily taxi.

Pre-paid taxis from Bagdogra Airport are available with options to reserve.

*Gorubathan weather as of today: High 23/Low 16.



• This is both a theory and hands-on course so get ready for some dynamic yoga for your muscles! On a further note, please come well rested.

•  Do wear light comfortable cotton attire, preferably old, during the day and warm clothes for evenings.

• Please carry flashlights and headgears like sun hats, sunglasses.

• Please bring your own water bottle so that you can keep hydrated at all times. Do note that safe drinking water will be provided.

• Do note that plastic pet bottles (mineral water bottles, single-use plastic items, junk food) are not allowed at the centre. Likewise, dairy products, meat, fish, eggs are strictly forbidden in the premises.

• Carry footwear that you can slip in and out of easily.

• Please carry your personal medicine if and when required. We have a generic herbal first aid kit on site.

• We are an alcohol/drug free center and any such activity is absolutely forbidden. Tongba at times is legit though!

• Living in community is a big part of permaculture. Do respect privacy of others when you go visit any nearby sites. Loud noise is also not entertained in the premises especially at night.

• We welcome families taking part in the course together. Children below 10 years can attend the workshop free of cost with the parents. Children from 10-18 years of age have to pay 50% of course fee.

• The itinerary is subjective to change as per material availability, site conditions and local weather.

• The workshop cost covers all meals, accommodation, raw materials and program for 15 days. It does not cover transfers and medical emergencies.

• All meals served are vegan, farm and food forest sourced. If you have any other dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free etc), please inform us now. Non-vegetarian food amd dairy is not allowed inside the farm premises.

• There are two ATMs in the vicinity, SBI and Central Bank of India respectively for any monetary needs you may have.

• Participants are expected to arrive on April 1 between 2 – 5 pm on time for dinner and check out on April 16 . Volunteering options are open for those who want to stay back and learn with us or at Almost Heaven Farm in Ilam.

For queries: Whatsapp Group: 8670964205.

We look forward to creating a supportive learning community during the duration of the course where trust, compassion, support and connection are built among participants, facilitators and community members.

Course Fee:

April 1 – 15, 2021 – Main PDC Training – Gorubathan

INR 30,000


April 16 – 30 – Extended Practicum – Almost Heaven Farms (Optional)

INR 20,000

*includes accommodation, meals, course, materials, certification

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