Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.”

Alex & Devadasi Forrester, Founders of Ananda Permaculture

The vision and manifestation of Ananda’s Permaculture gardens has been facilitated by Alex and Devadasi Forrester, certified Permaculture designers of 15 years. These gardens have been made possible by the volunteer efforts and donations of hundreds of people interested in creating an alternative, sustainable food system.

We draw inspiration on the Permaculture principles of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the practices of Spp Holtzer (the Austrian Permaculturist at 5,000 feet elevation in the Alps), Rudolph Steiner’s Biodynamic practices, Fukuoka’s Japanese Natural Farming methods (as portrayed in his books “One Straw Revolution” “One Straw Revolution” and “The Natural Way of Farming”) and Machaelle Small Wright’s Co-Creative Science ideas (Co-Creating with Nature Intelligence).


What is Ananda Permaculture?

Ananda Permaculture is an attitude, an approach which merges the Divine and practical.  It recognizes that Divine consciousness is the underlying reality of all creation.  In addition to observing and understanding the natural processes, we communicate with Spirit in Nature.

We seek to invoke the Divine consciousness and infuse it in into Permaculture and other sustainable gardening practices to manifest the highest potential in each of our daily activities bath in the garden and in the rest of our lives.


The Ananda Permaculture project is part of Ananda Village, which is a 40 year old, intentional community in the Sierra Nevada foothills and located on over 800 acres, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.  There are garden locations where most of our teaching takes place 1) Meadow site at 2,400 feet elevation and 2) Vana Deva site at 3,000 feet.

What We Offer

Ananda Permacutlure offers an ongoing Internship opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the manifestation of sustainable food systems for generations to come, as well as pursue the deepening of their spiritual path through yoga and meditation.

Alex Forrester teaches volunteers and interns compost pile making