Permaculture Internships

AFG compost pile build
Alex Forrester teaching permaculture volunteers & interns permaculture principles on composting.

Permaculture Internship/Apprenticeship

This program is designed for those hardworking individual who are enthusiastic about Permaculture and interested in furthering their spiritual growth through yoga and meditation.  Ananda Permaculture hosts up to 4 interns/apprentices at a time in an ongoing program.  Program can vary 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.

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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 organic fruit leathers, frozen fruits and berries, and dried herbs.  Visit our shop for the spectrum of products we make.


The primary intern season is during the summer: from May 1st through October 31st. You can choose 2 weeks to 3 month apprenticeships or 6 month apprenticeships. Depending upon the availability of suitable housing, we may be able to accept live-in interns from February through April.


Tuition is $500/month.  This price includes your room, board and meals. Some scholarship is available and is contingent upon previous experience and commitment.


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

Swami Kriyananda and his guru Paramhansa Yogananda

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 and apprentices that are assisting in the Permaculture gardens and farms.

What to expect

This schedule encompasses many hours of hands-on learning opportunities, 1 hour/week formal “classroom” sessions on various Permaculture farming topics and principles, 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 lodging.
  • Participate in (optional) weekend work-parties