Next Course: 18-31 March 2019

Are you ready to learn how to design a natural, empowered and self-sufficient permaculture space? Join us at the Krishna Village to transform the way you live in the world and relate to your environment. Your tribe is waiting for you!

Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share

Permaculture is a practical and ecological design science. By using appropriate and intelligent design principles, we learn to work with, rather than against nature at every level of the human environment.

Daily yoga sessions, nourishing food and a beautiful natural setting help to harmonise body, mind and soul in service of us co-creating a more beautiful world.

To find out more, please have a look at Fionn's and Laura’s personal welcome and the course schedule.

To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct.

What's included:

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  • 72 hours Permaculture instruction based on the seminal text "Permaculture Designers Manual" by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture

  • Permaculture Design Certificate by Djaning Permaculture Design

  • Hands-on classes focused on gardening and composting

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day

  • 13 nights accommodation

  • 2 Yoga classes + 1 yogic living class per day (optional)

Optional additions

  • Private single/double room (available at additional cost)

  • Specific dietary requirements (self catering from our organic gardens)

  • Massages and other treatments at the Krishna Village Wellness Centre

Upcoming dates:

  • 18-31 March 2019 (early bird rate until 5 February 2019)

  • 21 October - 3 November 2019 (early bird rate until 4 September 2019)

Cost & payment

The cost of the 2 weeks permaculture course incl. accommodation, 3 meals/day and daily yoga classes (optional) depends on the accommodation type you choose. Please click the below booking buttons to see the different options.

Without accommodation: AU$ 1499  (or $1299 early bird)

Camping: AU$ 2139  (or $1939 early bird)

In 4-share dorm: AU$ 2279  (or $2079 early bird)

In twin share or double accommodation: AU$ 2399/person  (or $2199 early bird)

In a single room: AU$ 2739  (or $2539 early bird)

Special deal:

For long term volunteers (min 4 week commitment before course start): AU$995 (for this option, please contact us via the contact form on this website)


Payment plans are available - for details, please contact us.

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

Not from Australia? Figure out your rate with the XE currency converter.

Booking steps

1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page

2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type + number of guests

3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options and pay a deposit + instalments as detailed in the end of our 2018 price list.

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Meet your facilitators

Fionn Quinlan (AUS) & Laura Quinlan (UK) are international permaculture designers and practitioners based in Sub-tropical Northern NSW, where they live in a beautiful jurt with their two kids and are developing a 21 acre site into an abundant, multifaceted farm-garden called Djaning.

Together they have experience working in  tropical, sub-tropical, cool and cold temperate climates. They have worked and studied with many internationally renowned permaculture practitioners, including co-creator of the Permaculture concept, David Holmgren and pioneers Geoff Lawton, Robyn Francis and Robin Clayfield among many others.

With over a decade of experience, their teaching methodology and educational approach has been applied and developed in countries such as India, Ghana, Cambodia, Australia, France and throughout the UK, with their central theme being emancipatory education, and experiential learning.

Topics covered

Participating in a permaculture design course at the Krishna Village Eco Yoga Community is a unique opportunity to be involved in an integrated ‘whole-being’ approach to permaculture, yoga and conscious community creation. During your time on this course you will experience and gain understanding of the following:

  • Permaculture Principles

  • Ecological Design Concepts

  • Patterns and their relationship to Design

  • Zone & Sector Analysis

  • How to design for any climate

  • The importance of water management

  • Soil fertility and creation

  • The 'rules' of building sustainable houses

  • Fine gardening, food forest & cropping strategies

  • People Permaculture & Community Development

  • Evolution of natural systems

  • Economic & legal considerations in land use

  • and much much more...

Throughout the course, a variety of short group design exercises will be presented, culminating in a final and complete permaculture design grounding everything you will have learned. This experience will undoubtedly give you the confidence to create permaculture designs for yourself, friends, family and potentially be the first step in a wide-open career pathway.



Located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the Krishna Village can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots.he Krishna Village offers single, double and twin share rooms, a few dorms and camping spots for up to about 75 people. All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder). All rates include 3 meals/day and all yoga and other classes.  

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 


Single, twin share & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 2 double rooms (one big bed), 4 twin shares (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Bedding is being provided, but you need to bring your own towels and toiletries.

4-share dorms

We offer a female and a male dorm - each for up to 4 people - and one 3-share dorm. The dorms have bunk beds and wardrobe space for your belongings, and bedding is provided. They are simple, older rooms and about 100m from the amenities block.

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.


Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...


The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 

The Krishna Village experience

As a permanent eco yoga community and retreat centre, we provide classes ongoingly for all guests, taught by a variety of teachers. On Mondays, we run an 11am Welcome Tour for all new arrivals and introduce you to our program and our way of life. 

To get an idea about our program outside of the Permaculture Course, please have a look at our activities overview and read our info page about Bhakti Yoga culture. At the moment we are running yoga classes 2x/day (early morning and afternoon) as well as Yogic Living classes on Sun-Fri at 1:30pm, which encompass a broad variety of topics around a healthy yoga lifestyle, like philosophy, meditation, ayurveda, life coaching etc.. Many of them are the 'best of' parts of our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, made available for all guests. For details, please have a look at our Activities overview.

As a course participant, you are welcome to join all those additional classes. To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and our Code of Conduct.


“A beautiful example of living Permaculture”

“Laura, Fionn and family are a beautiful example of living Permaculture. When I met these guys I said to myself 'Dreams can come true!' - They gave up city life and found their place, living amongst nature, using the exact same principles they teach. 

I find Laura And Fionn to be both inspirational and passionate teachers. With the vast amount of knowledge they endowed upon us I can now confidently go and apply the same principles at home and inspire friends and family to do the same.” 

- Paul Watkins

“New admiration and awe-inspiring understanding”

“This course gave me a new admiration and awe-inspiring understanding of just how intelligent and unified mother nature truly is. Today's world seems out of control and disconnected from the wilderness. The problems seem complicated and almost too vast to comprehend. This course sheds new light on what these obstacles mean for our race and how we can implement change to rectify the global disillusion. Starting with ourselves.” 

- Jean-Michel, Melburne

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