Permaculture and Yoga Hands-on Training Program, Dharamshala

YOGA @ Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

Becoming peaceful is a life mission & an important one to undertake as soon as we realise how easily we lose it. On this course we want to tune ourselves to the inward journey that Yoga is to make our life a happy one.

Permaculture in practice @ Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

Using nature inspired design, to create resilient land management & food production systems

This 7 Day Course will explore the basics of Permaculture Design so as to apply this understanding to create multi-layered food producing gardens, from the ground up.

Participants will spend most the day outdoors, observing the systems as they are, learning natural & effective gardening techniques, designing the landscape and implementing these designs.

This course is designed to equip the participant with the skills needed to set up a regenerative food production system that is in harmony with Nature.

More information: – This is a hands-on course where part of the time will be spent learning and building the conceptual framework of permaculture and regenerative thinking, which will include all the basic principles and theories of Permaculture and how to understand Design in Permaculture, though most of the time spent in the Permaculture sessions will be outdoor or project based.

This course is open to people completely new to Permaculture & working with the land and also to those who have prior experience or have done certificate courses in the same as this kind of a course offers more hands-on experience than a certificate course usually does. It can also be a great place to brush up on the basic theory while putting it into practice.

Some of the topics we will be touching upon

Hands-on Topics

  • Understanding Soil, Soil Building & Composting Systems
  • Starting a Nursery – Potting mixes, saplings, cuttings
  • Raised Garden Bed Building & maintenance
  • Working with slopes, contours, swales, bunds and other earthworks.
  • Plantation patterns
  • Food Forest Building
  • Designing a Garden
  • Integrated Pest Management

Classroom topics

  • Introduction to permaculture – What is it?
  • Basic Ethics & Principles
  • Soil & Composting Systems
  • Slope, contours & water flow
  • Plants & Planting patterns
  • Food Forests & Agroforestry Systems
  • Design Methodology/ Garden & Farm Design

Yoga & Permaculture Course Schedule

5:30 to 6:30 – Self Practice/Meditation
6:30 to 7:00 – Herbal Tea
7:00 to 8:00 Permaculture session 1 (Hands-on)
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 Permaculture session 2 ( Classroom/practical activities)
10:30 to 11:00 Break/Herbal Tea
11:00 to 12:30 Yoga Session 1
12:30 to 2:30 Lunch and rest
2:30 to 4:00 Permaculture Session 3 (Hands-on)
4:30 to 5:30 Evening tea and freshen up
5:30 to 7:00 Yoga Session 2
7:00 to 8:00 Dinner
8:00 to 10:00 Relaxation time/Daily review/Self time
10:00 Lights off

4.5 hrs Permaculture / 3 hrs Yoga class ( +1 hr self practice)

Permaculture Modules ( Day Wise) :

Day 1 – Permaculture Introduction / Nursery Introduction
What /Why /When ? – Nursery/potting mixes, seedling , saplings + cuttings

Day 2 -Soil building & Compost making
(Hot compost , cold compost , passive composting systems, green manures, etc)

Day 3 – Raised bed gardening
(Raised bed building + maintenance)

Day 4 – Plantation patterns & working with contours
(Annuals, perennials, biennials in garden design; Working on a slope with swales and other passive water/soil harvesting strategies.Building Swales & planting Perennials. Introduction to Food Forest systems & Agroforestry. )

Day 5- Basic Permaculture garden design & mapping/Introduction to resilient garden design strategies(Flows, sectors, zones. Surveying & mapping strategies for Permaculture Design)

Day 6 – Group Design teams and herb/vegetable garden design

Day 7 – Group Design Teams & creating a herb/vegetable garden implementation.

Last evening – Celebration


The training takes place at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram in Dharamshala. Our beautiful and isolated location enhances a deeper and more focused practice and facilitates the journey inwards. Days off can be spent in contemplation of nature and swimming in the river. Our Organic Permaculture farm will provide much of your daily food to nourish you in the best way possible.

Permaculture & Yoga Program Booking & Deposit

Himalaya Shanti Ashram, Dharamshala

Fee for Indian Students: ₹25,000/-
Fee for Foreign Students: ₹27,500/-
Note: Fee includes food. Accommodation is NOT INCLUDED

To view accommodation options please click here

Permaculture & Yoga booking deposit is 20%, rest will be paid in the office before start the course.

To ensure a place in the Permaculture & Yoga Program, you should book in advance. For booking and deposit please click here and fill up the booking form and make the online payment using Debit card / Credit card / Internet banking. You may Contact us to check availibility for your dates.

Please read Permaculture & Yoga Training Requirements for Participation, Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions of Payment.


Our Students Love Us

Based on 85 reviews
Ramon Castillo
Ramon Castillo
When I came to HIYC for the first time I suffered from severe backpain, due to a minor birth defect in my lumbar and the hard mattrasses one encounters in most of the Indian guest houses. So I got myself a nice piece of foam to find rest in my sleep and started the training in HIYC. Things got better day by day and I was pretty happy. Back home, I continued to practice the Yoga method I was taught. Around a year later I decided to go back to India on a long term basis. I planned to buy a mattrass, beeing aware of the anomaly in my spine. But as I arrived in Dharamkot a little late in the evening, there was no point to go to a mattrass shop. I thought, 'fine, no problem for one night'. But it turned out that there was never a need for an expensive, orthopaedic thing! I've now stayed in India for about 9 months, and the mattrasses in India are still quite often hard as hell. But I am fine, got no backpain at all. Sharat Arora is a real expert in how to build up alignment in any posture, no matter what one's preconditions are.
jack mahones
jack mahones
I did a five day introductory course. It was an excellent investment of time. Our young ( well young to me anyways) I’m 66. Vishna was wise beyond his years. He was patient, attentive and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and will return in January trainings. I strongly recommend this training to anyone seriously interested in competent instruction
Anna Polak
Anna Polak
The best teacher, the best yoga centre, the best place on the earth❤️
Sourav Jena
Sourav Jena
A stream full of priceless wisdom was shared in this Intensive Teachers Training course which I attended for 6 weeks under the guidance of Sharat Ji, Maria and all the assistant teachers. As a pre requisite to the TTC you have to do a 9 day intensive, to get a familiarity with the style of yoga we would be practicing. It is followed by a 3-week Intensive "Pranic Healing" course which is also a Silent course where you commit to yourself to be with silence (except for asking any questions to the teachers and ofcourse anything important). The silent course is held in the 'Himalaya Shanti Ashram' which is located at the foothill of a pristine mountain range in Dharamshala without any distractions. It is sort of a paradise if you love being in the wild and nature. You will learn all the amazing poses with the tiniest of details involved, which is what makes this course so unique. As Sharat, with all his passion and commitment toward yoga will guide you into discovering your body. The silent course is followed by a 3 week Teachers Training at the center in Dharamkot which is again at an amazing location where you are taught on how to impart this knowledge to other people. Having practiced yoga before, I found Sharat's approach very scientific, where you learn as you practice. There is immense focus on awareness, which is a learning for life as the true essence of yoga is to live in a state which is in sync with our true innate nature. I highly recommend this for anyone who is committed in self-development and finding balance in their lives overall. I have so much I can write but i'll perhaps leave it for a blog as this has become too long for a Google review already.
Marcus Streichert
Marcus Streichert
I’ve done a teacher training at the HIYC. This TTC ist not the typical teacher training, it’s much more: It consists of a 9 day immersion course to learn Sharat’s yoga method (which is an evolvement of classic Iyengar yoga), a three weeks intensive course at a mountain ashram and a three weeks teacher training at the centre in Dharamkot. This Yoga Course might be a game changer for your life and your health. Sharat’s yoga is a quite profound approach to yoga, everything is about the correct alignment of the body. If you are already a yoga teacher and want to deepen your knowledge about correct asanas, alignment and prana flowing, this course is for you. If you want to help your yoga students that have problems with their health or have body issues, this course is for you (the course is titled „pranic healing“). If you feel your own body getting older and want to know how to keep it young and healthy, this course is for you. If you want to get motivation to implement a daily yoga routine into your life, this course is for you. To sum it up: I had a profound experience at the HIYC and I soon will be back. (Marcus, Munich)
Amer G
Amer G
Sharat, Maria, and all the other assistants/teachers have a strong passion for doing the asana's correctly. I can only recommend this (alternative) Yoga method which is the best to go internal (mentally) and re-align your body as well. I hope to be back soon.
נבו פרץ
נבו פרץ
I studied last month with a different kind of teacher, different from anything I knew. For more than 5 years I have been studying movement and therapy, qi gong, shiatsu, yoga... and in the last few months here I have been on a long course with him and went through processes of understanding that could have taken years. למדתי בחודש שעבר אצל מורה מסוג אחר, שונה מכל מה שהכרתי. למעלה מ-5 שנים אני לומד תנועה וטיפול, צ'י גונג, שיאצו, יוגה... ובחודשים האחרונים כאן אני בקורס ארוך איתו ועברתי תהליכי הבנה שיכולים היו לקחת שנים.