The Ananda Permaculture Program

This on-going internship program (from 2 weeks to 6 months long) is for hardworking men and women eager to learn and practice permaculture in a spiritual environment.
After completing 2 to 4 weeks of the regular Karma Yoga program at The Expanding Light Retreat, your schedule will be arranged so that you can continue to actively participate in the daily yoga postures and meditation sadhanas, classes, and meetings. About 1/3 of your work week will be in service at The Expanding Light Retreat and about 2/3 of your week will be serving in the Permaculture Garden. You will be serving approximately 30 hours per week total. The cost is the same as the regular Karma Yoga program. Partial scholarships are available, contingent upon experience and commitment.

What to expect

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the day-to-day creation of the Permaculture gardens
  • Work a total of 30 hours a week
  • Join fellow interns for The Expanding Light’s “The Art & Science of Raja Yoga” classes, meditation classes, daily sadhanas (spiritual practice); three delicious vegetarian meals a day, and use of a camping site.
  • Participate in (optional) weekend work parties

We accept up to 4 interns at a time. Minimum stay is two weeks, maximum stay is 6 months (May-October). You’ll need to bring your own tent for housing, as well as clothing and boots for work outdoors in the elements.

Devidasi talking about the Living Food Forest

Depending upon the availability of suitable housing, we may be able to host interns from February through April.

To read more about our approach to Permaculture and our resources, see

Please fill out the Karma Yoga Application.

With joy,
Alex and Devadasi Forrester

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