AFG compost pile build
Alex Forrester teaching volunteers and interns to compost

Internship Program

This program is designed for those hardworking individuals who are enthusiastic about Permaculture and interested in furthering their spiritual growth through yoga and meditation.  Ananda Permaculture hosts up to 4 interns at a time in an ongoing internship program, varying in length from 2 weeks to 6 months (May-October). Depending upon the availability of suitable housing, we may be able to host interns from February through April.

Ananda Village is in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 30 minutes west of Grass Valley and

Swami Kriyananda and his guru Paramhansa Yoganand

Nevada City, California. Ananda Village is an intentional, spiritual community that follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda — author of “Autobiography of a Yogi” — founded in 1969 by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

We partner with Ananda Village’s Expanding Light Guest Retreat Center to provide room and board for the interns that are assisting in the Permaculture gardens. The Expanding Light offers a plethora of karma yoga, yoga and meditation classes, including a daily sadhana (spiritual practice) schedule, as well ongoing service opportunities.

What to expect

This schedule encompasses many hours of hands-on learning opportunities, 1 hour/week formal “classroom” sessions on various Permaculture topics, assigned reading and internet research, and classes and electives pertaining to these topics as decided on by the participants.

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the day-to-day creation of the Permaculture gardens
  • Work a total of 33 hours a week
  • Join fellow interns for the Expanding Lights’ “The Art & Science of Raja Yoga” class, meditation classes, daily sadhanas (spiritual practice); three delicious vegetarian meals a day, and a full camping site.
  • Participate in (optional) weekend work-parties

Permaculture training

Permaculture training includes general permaculture, biodynamic, and natural farming principles, as well as plant selection, planting bareroots and seedlings, preparing seed flats, application of soil amendments, tree and shrub pruning, harvesting fruit, vegetables and herbs, installation and maintenance of irrigation, swales, and rain water harvesting systems, and techniques of co-creation with Nature and Spirit.

We cover all aspects from research, design, implementation, planting, harvesting, and distribution. We also harvest and prepare fruit leathers, frozen fruits and berries, dried herbs, tinctures (alcohol & vinegar herbal remedies), and oils and creams. We can offer classes on raw food, co-creating with nature spirits or Devas, bio-dynamic gardening, and much, much more.


The primary intern season is during the summer: from May 1st through October 31st. Depending upon the availability of suitable housing, we may be able to host interns from February through April.


Tuition is $500/month, including room and board. Some scholarship is available, contingent upon previous experience and commitment.