This course will cover the foundations of permaculture, including the 12 principles, 3 ethics, and some basic design applications. It will also include guided nature walks and opportunities to connect with the beautiful ecosystem at the Yoga Farm in an outdoor classroom setting. Participants will gain practical tools that they can apply in their daily lives to rekindle and strengthen their connection and understanding of nature and the divine.

A simple description of permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Permaculture uses patterns from nature to design livlihoods that are regenerative rather than destructive. Come learn more about permaculture and how to apply it to your garden, home, and daily life for more abundance, efficiency, and sustainability!

The Yoga Farm is a perfect environment to learn about permaculture. The ethics of permaculture and yoga align with each other, in that they both advocate for respect of all life, non-violence, and non-theft (of the earth and from people). 



2pm Arrival
4pm Yoga Class
6pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
7pm Orientation
8pm Satsang: Meditation, Chanting and Lecture

6am Satsang
8am Yoga Class
10am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11am Karma Yoga: Hands-On Gardening
12pm Permaculture 101 Crash Course
1:30pm Guided Ecology Hike
4-6pm Yoga Class
6pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
8pm Satsang: Permaculture Lecture

6am Satsang
8am Yoga Class
10am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11am Karma Yoga: Hands-On Orchard Workshop
1-2:30 Permaculture Workshop


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn and serve.


Colin Eldridge (Krishna Das)

Colin has been a Permaculture enthusiast and advocate since 2011. He enjoys sharing teachings on design, principles, ethics, medicinal plants, edible forestry, ecology, and sacred regenerative knowledge. He is a graduate of Hampshire College where he studied Environmental Studies, Education and Applied Art/Design. He completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Farm. He has been teaching, designing and consulting ever since.

Colin teaches participatory and interactive workshops around topics such as Yoga, permaculture, art, social justice, and ecology. He has taught at many events and with many organizations such as The NorCal Permaculture Convergence, The Sivananda Yoga Farm, San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Hampshire College, The Great Basin Institute, and more.


  • Experience hands-on permaculture education in the beautiful, pristine Sierra Nevada foothills.
  • Connect with nature and the land. Enjoy nature walks on multiple nature trails, connect with multiple outdoor temples, a peace labyrinth, an animal sanctuary, orchards, greenhouse and garden.
  • Learn how to apply Yoga and Permaculture in symbiosis to build inner and outer resilience.
  • Participate in daily Yoga Asana, Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation, Chanting, and Spiritual Discourse.
  • Enjoy two ayurvedically prepared, organic vegetarian buffet meals a day.

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • breathwork
  • meditation
  • yoga
  • permaculture

Getting here.

Public Transport – Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from SFO to Richmond station. BART is at SFO, is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about $7, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down. Go to Amtrak.com to book, there you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at SFO and departure from Richmond. Please contact us to tell us your planned arrival time at Auburn, we will add you to our pickup list. If you are delayed on your day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call us to advise and we will adjust accordingly.

Public Transit – We recommend that you take Amtrak.com train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and we will have one of our staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Yoga Farm. From Sacramento Airport you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost $2.25 but will require a walk of 6-7 blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost $15 direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is ~$16 each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel. PLEASE NOTE that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. Although the schedule is shown on the Amtrak website it is not possible to purchase tickets online for bus travel. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact us at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn. Supershuttle – is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn


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