Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center, Vig

October 1 – 16

It is with great pleasure we announce this special Social & Vegan food growing, Permaculture Design Course at Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center, Denmark

This course will dive into how we can use permaculture to create rich beneficial relationships between people, communities and their surroundings, including how to grow food, build houses and create economies, while also enriching and taking care of nature.

Special emphasis will be put in creating a temporary community for the duration of the course, where we use social permaculture tools, including sociocracy to make sure everyones needs are met, so we can all enjoy living together in a joyful, supportive learning environment.

This 105 hour (14 day) experiential workshop runs from Saturday 1st October to Sunday 16th October, with 2 days off inbetween.


1st – 16th Oct Full Permaculture Design Course


1st & 2nd Oct Introduction to sociocracy
8th Oct One Day Forest Garden Design
9th Oct One day Urban Permaculture
*Please note, these one and two day courses are mandatory days for the full permaculture design course and are included in the course fee. However they are also being offered as a separate distinct course to people who cannot make the full course and can only attend during the weekend.


Permaculture is a design system for creating abundance in all aspects of our lives. Permaculture teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities, take care of waste and much more.

The word ‘permaculture’ historically comes from ‘permanent agriculture’ and has evolved into ‘permanent culture’ – it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can live in harmony with nature while sustaining human activities for many generations to come.

Permaculture is a rigorous and systematic set of tools, ecological principles and methodologies, underpinned by ethics, which help us to design and create this culture of permanence. A culture that allows us to design how we cater for all our needs and the needs of the planet and all its creatures, without exploiting or depriving other humans or creatures of their needs.

The ultimate goal is to create systems that create abundance for all humans, creatures and mother earth, without exploitation of humans, animals or earth’s non renewable resources.

With permaculture insight we can design our inner tranquillity, it can be applied to creating integrated and supportive communities, building or retrofitting houses to be more energy efficient, creating ethical businesses and livelihoods, as well as creating rich abundant low maintenance food growing spaces.


Sociocracy was developed as a method of governing society, by the society. Over the past 65 years it has been adopted in many different kinds of public, private, non-profit, and community organizations as well as in professional associations and businesses.

Consent as defined and practiced in sociocratic groups is more efficient and effective decision-making method than autocratic decision-making because it protects the ability of each member and group to work toward the aim effectively. This decision-making method builds trust and understanding, while also reducing friction as care and attention is given to ensure everyone’s needs are met while meeting the overall needs of the group.

The well-defined, information-based, and highly disciplined decision-making process helps groups stay focused and move swiftly through examining an issue and making decisions. The feedback structure between circles and the involvement of all members of the organization in the policy making process ensures a united group.


The course will from day one put into practice social permaculture. We will create a community and practically explore how we ensure everyone’s needs are met, and how everyone can safely express themselves, without conflict. Having found our inner balance and balance within our newly forged community, we then move into exploring the traditional permaculture syllabus, including environmentally friendly food growing; soil generation; water management; house building; alternate economics and livelihood, etc.

Having explored the theory of permaculture ethics, principles and approach to challenges, we will then move on to in depth design work and practicals (hands-on work), which solidifies the theory.

The emphasis remains on learning the patterns and concepts that are applied in permaculture, so you can apply this to all aspects of your life after the course has finished. Hence the practicals will be a way to reinforce the theory and design work that we cover.

Where and when appropriate we will visit nearby intentional communities and projects that integrate permaculture in their design (subject to consent by the students).

The syllabus will cover the following areas

– Principles of Natural Systems
– Sustainable Design Methodologies
– Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society
– Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes
– Large and Small Scale Land Restoration Techniques
– Water Harvesting Strategies & Techniques
– Design Principles of Sustainable Human Settlements
– Grey Water Recycling
– Natural Building Strategies
– Cultivated & Productive Ecologies
– Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency
– Energy Conservation Technologies
– Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies
– Urban Environment Permaculture
– Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Control
– Community Activism
– Invisible Structures: People, Community, Economics, EcoVillages
– Sociocracy; Dragon dreaming; Six thinking hats
– Community Supported Agriculture

Students will also engage in a group design project.


Lead Instructor

Rakesh Rootsman Rak – An experienced Permacultre designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught over 120 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses. His design portfolio ranges from a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia that he co-owned through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, urban water retention systems and even computer software and documentation systems. Rakesh is also passionate about sharing his journey of self empowerment (learning how to make all the things you need for yourself rather than relying on the system to provide for you), this includes eco architecture (low impact housing); capturing and storing energy (electricity, heat, lighting, etc); fuel efficient heating systems (rocket heaters and stoves); water capture, purification and recycling systems, natural bee keeping and so on. He is one of the founders of the Children in Permaculture project which was launched at the international permaculture convergence in this year. So be prepared to go off on inspirational tangents occasionally.
http:// www.ecologicaldesigns.co.uk /


Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center is is a yoga based community located near the small town of Vig, an hour out of Copenhagen. Guests can participate in the daily routine of yoga and meditation, have their choice of Vegan or vegetarian food, and enjoy bread and cakes from our own organic bakery. Ananda Gaorii has a small orchard and veggie garden and a beginning forest garden project.


Ananda Gaori has a combination of rooms, dormitories and grassy fields for camping (See www.anandagaorii.dk for more pics). Most of the rooms have double bunk beds while the dormitories have mattresses on the floor. Participants should bring their own sheets, sleeping bag, etc. Those who need more privacy and peace (and loud snorers) are encouraged to bring their own tent and camp (Note: We will set up some of Ananda Gaorii’s tents and make a limited number available for participants). Be sure to register early if you want to have a choice of accommodation.


Self organised vegan, vegetarian and sentient food


The cost for the training is based on gift economy, where participants are invited to contribute what they can afford and are willing to pay. The cost of putting on the course means we need to raise on average €230 per person. However we invite you to propose how much you would like to contribute. We encourage those of you who can contribute more to do so, which should allow us to cover our costs. If there is a shortfall in the final sum (which by experience is unlikely), we will request the shortfall to be covered anonymously via a magic hat process. This process is part of the permaculture ethos, which allows people to pay according to their capacity, while meeting the needs of the hosts, teachers, etc.


These courses are by donation. Please let us know in advance how much you wish to donate via the sign up form. Suggested donation between €20 and €60 per day.


To ensure we keep the food costs and quality at a level the students require, we are adopting the tried and tested self organising method. This means we will ask you to either bring enough food ingredients to cover your food needs for the duration of the course or bring a mix of food and cash. The food could include home grown veg, grains, preserves, etc. The cash will go into a pot which will be used to buy food as and when required, which will be managed by a and elected group of participants. We kindly request everyone to only bring vegan, vegetarian and satvik food (no onions, garlic or mushrooms), which we will pool together and collaboratively cook in teams. If appropriate fresh organic veg will be contributed from the venue.
This method has proven to be very successful, as it promotes collaborative decision making and collaborative working. You will be given collaborative decision making tools to help facilitate making these decisions. It also allows people to contribute in a way that suits their budget. Participants from previous courses have taken well to this method and noted how the food budget was half of what they would have expected on any other course. On average, you can expect to contribute between €40 and €80 for 18 days (if the venue organised purchasing all the food, the minimum cost would be €100 each).


Accommodation per day is €10

Hence for the Full Permaculture Design Course, the cost will be €140 if you do not stay over during the days off or €160 if you stay for the full 16 days.

For people coming and only staying over for one night it will be €10


  • Bank transfer to a Danish bank account:
    • Bank/Address: Jyske Bank, Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Account Name: Ananda Marga DK Kurser/Courses
    • Account No. 5018-0001348611
    • IBAN: DK2350180001348611
  • Bank transfer to a Euro bank account
  • Bank transfer to a UK bank account
  • Paypal: office(at)anandamarga.dk
  • Cash by arrangement


To register for this course, please fill in the following form. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh

https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/ 1FAIpQLSeAoawZ1g7wwm9xcD-er 3VPa-igGMvfJISb3U0oCYVmLuA lQg/viewform


All courses and classes will be in English


Course and Content, please contact Rakesh:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ rootsmanrak
Email: rakeshaji@gmail.com

Venue, Food and Accommodation, please contact Dada Krsnasevananda:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ krsnasevananda
Email: krsnasevananda@gmail.com