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3-DAY INTENSIVE PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Join us on a road back to nature with this intensive and hands-on workshop that will empower you to start growing your own food and gain insight into knowing where your food comes from. Explore the principles of permaculture; mulching, rotations, intercropping, understand the steps to create a food forest, start a nursery, make your own soap and recycle your waste water, learn about seed saving and lots more. This workshop puts together an authentic and holistic approach to help you reconnect with Mother Earth and start your project today!

Daily Schedule of the workshop

DAY 1

Onboarding

Gather at Farm – 12:30pm
Introduction to the Solitude Farm together with lunch and juice – 1:30pm

Icebreaker activity – 2:30pm
Farm Tour and Harvesting food – 3:00pm

Module 1: Introduction to permaculture through local foods – 3:30pm to 6:00pm


Solitude Farm is a true example of Masanobu Fukuoka’s philosophy in practice – a road back to nature through eating local food. In this first module we get the full introduction to the farm, understanding the philosophy in practice. We explore the basic principles of permaculture and how this food forest has emerged at Solitude Farm. We understand the diversity of plants that grow around us, their nutritional, medicinal benefits and unique taste. All this is learnt within the context of making raw, vegan sushi.

Another highlight of the workshop is that you get to enjoy Solitude Farm’s exhilarating Ayurvedic Juices; Sangapoo-Nannari, Hibiscus-Lemongrass or Tulsi-Soursop!

Freshen Up – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Introduction to permaculture
Introduction to permaculture

Module 1: Introduction to permaculture through local foods – 3:30pm to 6:00pm


Solitude Farm is a true example of Masanobu Fukuoka’s philosophy in practice – a road back to nature through eating local food. In this first module we get the full introduction to the farm, understanding the philosophy in practice. We explore the basic principles of permaculture and how this food forest has emerged at Solitude Farm. We understand the diversity of plants that grow around us, their nutritional, medicinal benefits and unique taste. All this is learnt within the context of making raw, vegan sushi.

Another highlight of the workshop is that you get to enjoy Solitude Farm’s exhilarating Ayurvedic Juices; Sangapoo-Nannari, Hibiscus-Lemongrass or Tulsi-Soursop!

Freshen Up – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Learning from Fukuoka

Reflection time: Learning from Fukuoka – 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Solitude Farm has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka. This encompasses not only growing food and serving Mother Earth but also healing ourselves in the process. All the farm activities are centred on Fukuoka’s vision of natural farming. This session is dedicated to tuning into self with the help of Fukuoka’s writings from One-Straw Revolution at Solitude Farm Café.

Dinner – 8:00pm
Rest – 9:00pm

Learning from Fukuoka

Reflection time: Learning from Fukuoka – 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Solitude Farm has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka. This encompasses not only growing food and serving Mother Earth but also healing ourselves in the process. All the farm activities are centred on Fukuoka’s vision of natural farming. This session is dedicated to tuning into self with the help of Fukuoka’s writings from One-Straw Revolution at Solitude Farm Café.

Dinner – 8:00pm
Rest – 9:00pm

DAY 2

Gathering at Farm – 7:00 am


Make Herbal Tea – 7:00am – 7:30am
Get together to make a one- of- a- kind herbal tea from a variety of ingredients that participants will harvest such as Tippili, Turmeric, Aparajita, Hibiscus, Indian Oregano, Lemon Grass.

Module 2: Permaculture Field Design and Implementation – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Krishna Mckenzie sets the agenda for the day with a morning discussion understanding permaculture design in the context of our field module. We learn about effective soil regeneration, mulching, how to make raised beds, making trenches perennial hedges, sowing seeds, cuttings and saplings, playing with inter-cropping, crop rotation, irrigation etc.

This is an intense, hands-on, practical approach to growing your own food based on simple permaculture principles. This is a module you can replicate in your own farm.

Permaculture Field Design and Implementation
Permaculture Field Design and Implementation

Module 2: Permaculture Field Design and Implementation – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Krishna Mckenzie sets the agenda for the day with a morning discussion understanding permaculture design in the context of our field module. We learn about effective soil regeneration, mulching, how to make raised beds, making trenches perennial hedges, sowing seeds, cuttings and saplings, playing with inter-cropping, crop rotation, irrigation etc.

This is an intense, hands-on, practical approach to growing your own food based on simple permaculture principles. This is a module you can replicate in your own farm.

Farm-to-Plate Lunch with LIVE Music

Solitude Farm-to-Plate Lunch with LIVE Music – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Get to taste our coveted Thali which is literally a kaleidoscope of local colours, flavours and fragrance. It consists of seasonal vegetables, curries, salad, fresh fruit, and millets or rice. This is the ultimate Solitude Farm on a Plate. Relax and enjoy lunch with a live music band where Krishna also joins in to sing songs of the earth on his guitar.

Farm-to-Plate Lunch with LIVE Music

Solitude Farm-to-Plate Lunch with LIVE Music – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Get to taste our coveted Thali which is literally a kaleidoscope of local colours, flavours and fragrance. It consists of seasonal vegetables, curries, salad, fresh fruit, and millets or rice. This is the ultimate Solitude Farm on a Plate. Relax and enjoy lunch with a live music band where Krishna also joins in to sing songs of the earth on his guitar.

Module 3: Introduction to Bio-Enzyme Making – 1:45 pm 

We use bio-enzymes at the farm for cleaning utensils, floors and even clothes. In this workshop we introduce you to the world of bio-enzymes, take you through a hands-on process of making it easily using everyday by-products like lemon peels. We explore the social impact it can make and the possible ways that this project could be adopted at your workplace, home etc.

Introduction to Bio-Enzyme Making
Introduction to Bio-Enzyme Making

Module 3: Introduction to Bio-Enzyme Making – 1:45 pm 

We use bio-enzymes at the farm for cleaning utensils, floors and even clothes. In this workshop we introduce you to the world of bio-enzymes, take you through a hands-on process of making it easily using everyday by-products like lemon peels. We explore the social impact it can make and the possible ways that this project could be adopted at your workplace, home etc.

Handmade Soap-Making with Paru

Module 4: Handmade Soap-Making with Paru – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

By revaluing papaya seeds, neem flowers and soursop leaves, create your own natural soap and recycle waste water to grow your own food. We’ll show you how to pack your soap in banana leaves and inspire you to cut out packaging with simple, creative ideas.

The soap is yours to take away! Most importantly this workshop has an incredible social value which can be used in schools and workplace, you learn and you teach!

Handmade Soap-Making with Paru

Module 4: Handmade Soap-Making with Paru – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

By revaluing papaya seeds, neem flowers and soursop leaves, create your own natural soap and recycle waste water to grow your own food. We’ll show you how to pack your soap in banana leaves and inspire you to cut out packaging with simple, creative ideas.

The soap is yours to take away! Most importantly this workshop has an incredible social value which can be used in schools and workplace, you learn and you teach!

Module 5: How to make your nursery – 4:00pm -5:00pm

The first step to growing your own food is setting up a nursery. Learn how to make a proper potting mix with soil, compost and coco-peat. Sow seeds and prepare saplings, learn how to propagate plants from cuttings and transplant saplings

How to make your nursery
How to make your nursery

Module 5: How to make your nursery – 4:00pm -5:00pm

The first step to growing your own food is setting up a nursery. Learn how to make a proper potting mix with soil, compost and coco-peat. Sow seeds and prepare saplings, learn how to propagate plants from cuttings and transplant saplings

Vegan Cooking with Weeds

Module 6: Vegan Cooking with Weeds – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Weeds are plants that fed generations before us until they faded in relevance with the advent of modern agriculture. This workshop reinstills the maxim “Food is Medicine”. We introduce you to local weeds that grow easily, require minimum care and are full of nutrition and amazing medicinal values. We plant them with you at the farm, and you take them home.

Vegan Cooking with Weeds

Module 6: Vegan Cooking with Weeds – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Weeds are plants that fed generations before us until they faded in relevance with the advent of modern agriculture. This workshop reinstills the maxim “Food is Medicine”. We introduce you to local weeds that grow easily, require minimum care and are full of nutrition and amazing medicinal values. We plant them with you at the farm, and you take them home.

Freshen up – 6:00pm -7:00pm

Reflection time: Learning from Fukuoka – 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Having spent the last two days on the farm, exploring your road back to nature, go deeper into his teachings, recognising what you have experienced in the fields. Reading ” The One Straw Revolution” together brings deep introspection and inspiration to find your own unique path in relation to farming, food and community.


Solitude Farm has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Masanobu Fukuoka. This encompasses not only growing food and serving Mother Earth but also healing ourselves in the process. All the farm activities are centred on Fukuoka’s vision to natural farming. This session is dedicated to tuning into self with the help of Fukuoka’s writings from One-Straw Revolution at Solitude Farm Café.

Dinner – 8:00pm
Rest – 9:00pm

DAY 3

Gather at Farm – 7:00 am


Make Herbal Tea – 7:00am – 7:30am
Get together to make a one- of- a- kind herbal tea from a variety of ingredients that participants will harvest such as Tippili, Turmeric, Aparajita, Hibiscus, Indian Oregano, Lemon Grass.

Module 7: How to start a food forest/ circle garden – 8:00am to 11:30pm

Get your hands dirty and lift those hoes to create your own food forest or a circle garden. We will teach you about various kinds of circle gardens such as Sponge Pit, Quadrant circle garden, banana circle etc. guide you with bed making, planting, mulching, seeding, planting and irrigation of the garden. like all the modules, we will explore the social relevance and potential this module has in education and social change.

How to start a food forest/ circle garden
How to start a food forest/ circle garden

Module 7: How to start a food forest/ circle garden – 8:00am to 11:30pm

Get your hands dirty and lift those hoes to create your own food forest or a circle garden. We will teach you about various kinds of circle gardens such as Sponge Pit, Quadrant circle garden, banana circle etc. guide you with bed making, planting, mulching, seeding, planting and irrigation of the garden. like all the modules, we will explore the social relevance and potential this module has in education and social change.

Making Ayurvedic Powders and Food Processing

Module 8: Making Ayurvedic Powders and Food Processing – 11:30am – 12:00pm

Food preservation and processing is an ancient art and we use it to make Ayurvedic powders at Solitude. In this section learn how we process tamarind leaves, soursop leaves and revalue these local resources available in abundance and generate a secondary income from these products.

Making Ayurvedic Powders and Food Processing

Module 8: Making Ayurvedic Powders and Food Processing – 11:30am – 12:00pm

Food preservation and processing is an ancient art and we use it to make Ayurvedic powders at Solitude. In this section learn how we process tamarind leaves, soursop leaves and revalue these local resources available in abundance and generate a secondary income from these products.

Module 9: All about seeds – 12:00pm – 12:30 pm

Seed is the start of new life and a relationship. Seed saving therefore is an essential step in permaculture as it aids in nurturing relationships within communities. We will help you identify all the local seeds that can be grown easily and shared with people around you. You will learn how to pack and store them for future use. We create seed packets together for you to take home.

All about seeds
All about seeds

Module 9: All about seeds – 12:00pm – 12:30 pm

Seed is the start of new life and a relationship. Seed saving therefore is an essential step in permaculture as it aids in nurturing relationships within communities. We will help you identify all the local seeds that can be grown easily and shared with people around you. You will learn how to pack and store them for future use. We create seed packets together for you to take home.

Lunch – 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Closing gathering – Adios! – 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Saturday Free Farm Tour

The free farm tour is a big attraction at Solitude Farm, an hour long interaction with Krishna himself, explaining the work done at Solitude farm and sharing a road back to Nature. The tour is followed by lunch at the farm cafe. If you are coming for the free farm tour, book your lunch in advance and get a free cooler!

How to Support Us?

The vast industrialisation of agriculture is rapidly destroying our world. Local food is a simple solution that undermines this loss of well-being.

Solitude Farm represents a road back to Nature and we need your help to sustain our efforts and the projects we are running. If you would like to support mother nature and local food at Solitude Farm, please click below.

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