Introduction to Permaculture: 2-day Workshop

Author:  
Meena Murugappan
September 22, 2021

Organized by Organo Et School and taught by Certified Permaculture teachers Uma Iyer and Apoorva Gautham, participants experienced an interactive and engaging learning session that gave a comprehensive overview on permaculture. Participants were from different age groups (18-70 years) and varied walks of life. This workshop was held outdoors under huge neem trees in the farmyard at Slow Down Place

Testimonials:

Trisha Banerjee

"Thankyou so much for the wonderful workshop. It was very interactive and engaging and an opportunity for me to increase my knowledge. (1)As for a permaculture method that I would like to implement from now on is the leaf composting. (2) I am also very interested in switching over to bio enzymes. Using peel bio enzyme as a fertilizer plus switching to a coconut husk as a scrub are some small and specific changes I hope to make currently.(3) My strongest memory from the session was planning the disaster relief operation with the rest of my team for a village. It was a very novel notion for me and extremely exciting as well as experiential. I learnt a lot from it."

Pramila Reddy and Ravikanth Reddy
"Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to learn mandala garden concept I like bio enzyme started recently. I like Nature lot of Greenery around my home 🏡 thank you so much for sharing good knowledge with us we learned lot ..we wish to learn more how best we can make more productive way n work with nature in our land we have hoping to know about more knowledge from you thank you."

Day 1 topics included Definitions, Ethics, Principles and Core Concepts of Permaculture, along with application of those concepts in everyday lives. Soil testing was introduced in simple but effective manner as an activity. Importance of Mulching for improving plant and soil health was emphasized. Designing of farm embracing concepts of permaculture, was introduced in form of an activity, was meant to stay with the participants.

Day 2 topics included Human Interventions, Ethical Money, Disaster Mitigation as well as quick dive into topics like Earth architecture, Natural manures, saving Tree cover, Seed banks, Disaster management, Lifecycle of trees, 7 layers of forests were covered comprehensively.

Practical permaculture concepts that can be implemented at a farm or a house within 3 months, like guild, mandala garden, banana circle, etc were explained in detailed manner. Suggestions were offered for introducing changes in our daily use items like 1) bio-enzymes instead of chemical cleaners, 2) soap nuts instead of detergents, 3) home and leaf composting, etc. If these are adopted immediately, they can go a long way to positively impact the environment.

With the participants and teachers engaging in active discussion and activities, the session helped anchor the learnings. Yummy drinks, lunch and snacks from Slow Down Place became a cherry on top of the cake.

The Workshop was wrapped up with issuing Certificates of Completion to all participants and a hope to meet again in future workshops, looking at deep dive topics on Permaculture.

About Organo Et School (OES)

We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must be long-term and inter-generational. Organo Et School strives to create an apt learning environment that will support and empower families as well as individuals to embrace sustainable living mindsets and habits.

Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating field visits and workshops for Schools and Interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6000+ students and 2500+ adults participate over the last 4 years.

We believe in connecting children & adults with nature. If you would like to participant in future Permaculture workshops, kindly email us at oes@organo.co.in and by phone 9154100775 today!

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