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Join Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in the permaculture retreat. This weekend, you will have an opportunity to learn permaculture theory and practice. Using elemental approaches to maximize health and balance, this workshop focuses on rejuvenation and explore plants from the dual lenses of Ayurveda and agroforestry that can benefit people and the land. Come with a sincere desire to learn!
You will stay at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm.
Guests may bring their own tent and gear and camp on the land. You will sleep closer to nature in the fresh open air. There are deck platforms designated for tenting.
Om Cabins are pleasant simple lodgings that can be booked as single, double, or dormitory-style for four with two bunk beds. The Om Cabins are placed in a peaceful and tranquil setting, on a gentle hillside overlooking the pond, and surrounded by the natural beauty of the ashram. Each cabin is named for a different virtue such as happiness or contentment. Each cabin is furnished with a dresser, desk, nightstand, ceiling fan, and propane heater. Om Cabin guests share a nearby bathhouse.
Nestled at the base of Siva Temple Hill and offering a beautiful view of the valley, these five cabins are the newest accommodations. They feature an outdoor porch, bamboo wood flooring, and are built with high-grade materials and can be booked for either single or double occupancy. Furnished with a side table, dresser, and propane heater, each cabin has a private bathroom including shower.
Fifty percent larger than the Siva Cabins and located close to the central yoga halls, these extremely comfortable spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated. You can watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sunshade. For your comfort, an air conditioner, propane heater, and ceiling fan are provided. The furnishings include a desk / table and chairs, dresser / wardrobe, and a sitting area. A small refrigerator, dishes, and cutlery are provided. Options for single, double, or triple occupancy are available. The Shanti Cabins include private bathrooms with showers.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm asks that you do not bring any meat, eggs, drugs, or weapons of any kind to the ashram. No smoking, alcohol, drugs, or nudity are permitted on the ashram grounds. Reception staff will guide you on the dos and don'ts while at the ashram. Special authorization needed to bring pets.
From the context of ecological design for healthy humans and healthy food systems, this workshop will explore the foundations of each Ayurveda and agroforestry, then utilize ayurvedic wisdom to learn how to design and tend place-based edible ecosystems.
From the constitution of landscapes to permaculture plant guilds, you will spend your time observing and engaging with the orchard ecosystem. You will explore pruning through the lens of the gunas as it pertains to plant growth. Basic plant propagation, including grafting, will also be covered so that students gain skills to create in-ground nurseries of abundance. The role of yoga and sattvic living as a whole will be addressed as they pertain to permaculture regenerative agriculture.
You are encouraged to arrive by 16:00 on day one, making the most out of the afternoon by joining Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for the asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.
Spencer Nielsen is a guide to nature inside and out, in the wild lands, gardens, and consciousness. He is a permaculture designer and educator based in Fairfax, California. He has studied ecology, environmental education, and eco-social design, as well as permaculture, yoga, qigong, Ayurveda, daoist medicine, and planetary herbalism. Yoga is foundational to his life path which includes guiding nature connection, ancestral skills, wilderness rites of passage, and sharing yoga and qigong along with Vedic and Daoist herbal wisdom.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is situated in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The historic gold mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are nearby and the city of Sacramento is an hour's drive away. The hills that make up the ashram land are populated by oaks and pines. The beautiful Yuba, Bear, and American rivers are nearby, offering wonderful hikes along the river gorges. Lake Tahoe is not far away to the east.
Two buffet-style vegetarian meals, prepared according to yogic and Ayurvedic dietary principles, are served daily. Every meal is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and mild but tasty spices. Though the menu changes daily, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm usually serves a salad bar, a soup, a grain, a protein, and at least one vegetable dish, as well as oatmeal, yogurt, and granola at lunch. There will always be options for vegan and gluten-free diets. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions, and caffeinated beverages. Meals are served in the dining hall / sunroom which has just recently been enclosed.
If you enjoy snacking midday, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm recommends buying some snacks from the ashram's boutique. The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The boutique carries a variety of snacks, including fruit, nuts, granola bars, juices, teas, drinks, chocolate, and a variety of other snacks. Several health food stores are located in the surrounding towns as well if you need to bring some snacks with you. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm has a refrigerator available in the common area for guests' use.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm's Well Being center offers a variety of different styles of massage and bodywork. You may make appointments while at the ashram at the reception desk. However, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm recommends booking appointments prior to arrival to ensure availability.
This is a one-hour contemplative walk visiting the Siva Shrine. Climb 108 steps and enjoy an amazing panoramic view from Siva Temple Hill, the highest spot on the Ashram. Visit the favorite Durga Divine Mother Shrine and end the walk at the Krishna Temple.
The peace miracle labyrinth
This is an easy energy-harmonizer providing a 20-minute meditation walk where you may find answers from within.
Enjoy a more vigorous hike. Count the 108 steps up Siva Hill to reach the highest point of the Ashram and pay homage to Lord Siva. Drink in a beautiful view of the surrounding golden hills.
San Francisco International Airport
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Sacramento International Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
You can take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Richmond station. BART is at SFO. It 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 on the time. This is about 7 USD with the purchase ticket at the station. In Richmond, please exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station. BART is upstairs and Amtrak is down.
Please go to Amtrak website to book. There you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train and some bus. Please give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and departure from Richmond. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to tell them your planned arrival time at Auburn. They will add you to their pickup list. If you are delayed, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to advise and they will adjust accordingly.
From Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm recommends that you take Amtrak train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and they will have one of the staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the yoga farm. From Sacramento International Airport (SMF), you may take either YOLO bus (at an approximate cost of 2.25 USD but will require a walk of six to seven blocks) or Supershuttle (at an approximate cost of 15 USD direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is 16 USD each way).
Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 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 Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm 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.