Botanical Bhakti; Permaculture Immersions


June 1-29, 2017 

Aug 27-Sep 24, 2017  

We invite Permaculture students to join us for a month period of growth and learning whilst living in vibrant community! Enjoy a holistic learning experience and environment at The Yoga Forest, as you deepen your yoga practice with daily yoga classes and learn Permaculture principles and practices in our forest gardens. 

Each magical day starts with meditation & yoga practice (optional) and breakfast. After breakfast, demonstrative workshops begin putting into practice the various principles we may be learning according to where we are in the lunar cycle, the day is spent exploring various practicals in our forest gardens. Expect around 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours after lunch learning with your Permaculture guide and teacher Catherine Griggs. The late afternoons can free time for you to spend reading, journaling or reflecting in nature, or enjoying a restorative yoga class. Once a week or so, the teacher may offer various field trips, including hikes, to explore different Permaculture farms and projects in the local area, these extra curricular activities are not included in the tuition cost, but will be at the students expense, where applicable. Every effort will be made to keep any extra expenses to a minimum, and all extra activities are optional.

In Catherine's words;

"This internship is a celebration of the botanical world, and a collaborative exploration of Guatemala's indigenous wild edibles, wild medicinals, plant dyes and plant folklore. Drawing upon the knowledge of the local people and experimenting with plant uses and cultivation, students will study the landscape and go on adventurous botanical forays into the mountains and forest tuning into nature with all of our senses.
Using Permaculture principles and techniques, together we will grow in the botanical nursery, whilst cultivating a source of plant wisdom for sharing. This course is suited to those really wishing to deepen their understanding of the plant world and practice permaculture techniques. It's for aspiring gardeners and earth tenders with a desire to understand  the relations of soil, plants and animals and work with them. "

This immersion includes;

  • Seed Saving and Collecting
  • Plant husbandry and Soil Management   
  • Medicinal plants and Folklore
  • Wild edible plants and common cultivars
  • Wildlife Ecology and Forest Gardening
  • Earth Processes
  • Plant uses
  • Plant identification and botanical illustration  

In addition to the subjects listed above expect to be helping out in the forest gardens whether it’s tending to the animals, harvesting, planting, building soils or playing around with aquatic systems!! To learn more about the teacher, see Catherine's organization Symbiont Gardens.

Permaculture dreaming? 

Join us for a transformational experience acquiring new skills and applying practical Permaculture design and theory. Living in a community focused on harmonious relationships with our planet and natural systems. These course not only provides you with an opportunity to nourish your mind, body and spirit but provides you with the tools to go out into the world ready to design and create with intention, confidence, and a new perspective.

The Yoga Forest is a unique sanctuary for students to call home for a month at a time. Enjoy three delicious vegetarian meals a day, comfortable and beautiful natural accommodations with amazing lake views or camp in our magical secluded camping grounds, weekly use of a sauna, discounts on retreats and workshops, and many other community activities.


Tuition US$375. In order to register for the course, you will need to pay for the tuition first.  Tuition and Room and Board are required to be paid separately to the Permaculture teacher and The Yoga Forest respectively. The tuition payment will act as your deposit for the program and is non-refundable.

Room and Board; Shared cabana $840, BYO Camping $600Room & Board needs to be settled at least 14 days prior to the course commencing with The Yoga Forest, according to your accommodation preference.

Please email us at once your tuition has been paid to the teacher and you are registered for the course, you will be sent your unique payment link, and you can also request a private accommodation option if you wish.

Cultural Immersion Program (Home Stay)

If you would like a local Spanish cultural immersion, we work with San Marcos Konojel Nutrition Center to offer economical home stays with local families which puts more of your dollars straight into the local community. The cost of the Cultural Immersion Program is US$375 and covers your family providing you with breakfast and dinner, and lunches either at The Yoga Forest or Comedor Konojel on community days, and includes a donation to Konojel's fundraising efforts for seeds, tools, building materials, salaries for local gardeners and their Permaculture education. Email us for availability.

Permaculture Immersion students receive 15% off our Permaculture Design Courses!! For more information, please see our Permaculture Design Courses page.