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Satyananda Yoga Ashram
Satyananda Yoga Ashram
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393 Dean-Barkstead Road, Rocklyn, Victoria, AU
+61 3 5345 7434
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

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Satyananda Yoga Ashram

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Rural, Residential, Community

Project Summary

Permaculture Master Plan for the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, with David Holmgren

Project Description

David approached me to work alongside him for the Ashram after they approached him to develop a master plan for the long term vision for sustainability of the community. It is fantastic to be working in the field of sustainability nit only in the context of land development, but with the strong focus of the ongoing human context, expressed in this instance as a community with a strong belief in the development of human/nature relationship. (It was great doing an hour of meditation in the middle of the consult! It certainly opens up perspective.)

It is increasingly more pertinent to the long term viability of projects to have a solid foundation on connection to the land. Spiritual connection is open to anyone, there are many connections between the teachings of spiritual wisdom and permaculture principles. Development of this understanding lies at the foundation to survival of humanity. 

We looked at more traditional permaculture design principles to improve water harvesting, food production, fire management, solar gain, resource management, animal management, along with community relationship with the outside world and the local communities, transport, politics and the future of the Ashram in a world of change. 

I am very lucky to be working alongside the master of Permaculture, I am humbled by David's capacity to not only read landscape, but to grasp so succinctly the detailed psycho-social dynamics in relation to permaculture principles and cultural contexts.

This project has led to the development of a cool-climate based PDC at the Ashram, with David Holmgren and Ian Lillington. The course incorporates daily yoga practice alongside intensive permaculture study, it promises to be a very interesting course!


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