Samdhana thrives on, and teaches from, the ideology that relationships make up the quality and whole of our existence. How we relate to ourselves and the world around us shapes our earthly experience now and for years to come.
Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture, or permanent culture. Often associated with organic, sustainable gardens and land management, the fundamental premises of permaculture can be applied to all relationships, and for this reason, we identify both environmental and social permaculture as two areas central to the practice of yoga. At the core, the mission of permaculture is, “Care for the land, care for the people, and create abundance”.
CARE FOR THE LAND : Civilizations have come and gone through failure to develop and implement a policy that cares for the land.
CARE FOR THE PEOPLE : People benefit from living systems designed to produce clean food, clean water, clean energy, and organic wealth.
CREATE ABUNDANCE : Plant and animal diversity create fertility and stability that lead to productivity, sustainability, and abundance (basic Permaculture philosophy).
In environmental permaculture, we observe and honor patterns found in Nature, using them as guides to create sustainable gardens, dwellings and livelihoods, and ultimately cultivating true health and wealth. Balance is fundamental to the laws of Nature, and is also the basis for Taoism.
For environmental permaculturists, methods are sought to create sustainable systems related to water, soil and energy. Bees, worms, and microorganisms are integral for the co-existence and thriving of our sustainable food sources. Listening to the rhythms of nature means humbly finding our place within it and working harmoniously in conjunction with all other life forms.
Through the observation and understanding of the cycles within Nature, a low-carbon green system is created removing the need for fossil fuel, thus conserving energy. Waste is turned into a useful resource, water is saved and reused, vital minerals and nutrients in the soil are naturally regenerated and pests are controlled without using harmful chemicals.
These principles are the basic building blocks of environmental permaculture and sustainable living. Only when we apply these same ideas to our human dynamics and patterns can we cultivate the same harmony, peace and sustainability.