A real salad from the garden

    Being creative with salads and using all the edible leaves around, either cultivated or wild ensures we have a delicious varied salad each day and the more types of leaves you use, the more nutrients and minerals you get into you, all of which help your body in different ways. Check out the greens we have availible today for our daily salads.

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        Food Forest Course Portugal March 2018

        Join us at Keela Yoga Farm in March, 2018 for our month long Food forest courses in Portugal.

        Learn everything you need to know about starting  your very own food forest and off grid farm while experiencing community living on a new permaculture project. Enjoy daily yoga and meditation practice amongst the beautiful Portuguese countryside!

        Your teacher Laurence has attended a ‘Permaculture Design Course’ (PDC) in Thailand, a master designer course, ‘Food Forestry’ course with Doug Crouch in Portugal, and has dedicated the last 3 years to immersing himself within permaculture principles. He is now enjoying putting these skills into practice everyday on his newly opened project in central Portugal.

        Laurence runs the course to give you hands on experience, nothing is set up ready for you, you have to create the mulch, prepare the land, do the soil tests. The course is set up so you learn how to build a food forest, plan how to build it and then plant it. You will be doing all the work, this is not a demonstration but a real life experience of what it would be like if you had to do it for yourself.

        Food Forest Portugal
        Our food forest is new, with various guilds of perennials and annual plants filling all the gaps

        Course Outline

        • Enjoy a tour of our new food forest and the farm
        • Design and help to expand a new food forest
        • Learn how to draw to scale drawings for design and planning
        • Learn about the food soil web, how to make organic fertilizers and cultivate microbiology for the soil
        • Discover how to properly research trees and their companions
        • Learn how to design guilds and a food forest
        • Plant trees and guilds in the food forest
        • Propagate perennials to plant into next year’s food forests
        • Create beds for annuals in between the trees for planting to maximise the space in the food forests
        • Learn how to design, select and buy irrigations systems
        • Plan and perform earthworks for water catchment by selecting locations for swales and a small lake with the help of a digger
        • Learn how to graft trees
        • Learn how to make compost piles, organic fertilizers and how to breed fungi and bacteria for the soil (teas)
        • Opportunity to learn some natural building techniques
        • Attend weekly workshops on fermentations, permaculture principles and other farming related topics
        • Plant trees as part of our reforestation program outside of the new food forest
        • Learn about foraging for wild greens and weeds for edibles and medicinal plants
        • Opportunity to learn carpentry skills for making items for the food forest such as cold frames and trellises
        • 1 weekly trip to either the local market, local community events and local sites
        • 1/2 day per week helping on a farm in the local community that needs it
        • 1.5 days of to relax and study
        yoga and permaculture
        A typical summer morning’s harvest from our food forest this year

        What else is included:

        • Three healthy meals daily with lots of produce from our own land
        • Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes with on site yoga teachers
        • Have time to relax in nature
        • Opportunity to explore the local area by foot or by mountain bikeyoga and permacultureDaily yoga classes on the yoga deck

        Dates

        1st – 31st March 2018

        1st – 31st October 2018

        Accommodation and Course Costs

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        Course cost: EUR 500 per person

        Accommodation cost:

        Bring your own tent or campervan for free.

        EUR 100 – Large walk in tent with proper mattress and bedding (based on two shared two separate pods)

        EUR 200 – Small basic caravan with a double mattress and bedding. (1 bed – max two people)

        EUR 300 – Larger caravan with a double mattress and bedding. (1 bed and sofa with table or 2 beds – max four people)

        EUR 400 – Largest caravan with nice bed, table and chairs inside and outside, electricity with a double mattress and bedding – max two people.

        To apply for this course please contact us

                Wild Greens, foraging and medicinal plants workshop

                Want to know what the medicinal properties are for weeds on your farm? Herbalist and forager Raquel Perdigão is coming to Keela Yoga Farm from ‘Awakened Life Project’ on the 21st June to teach us how to forage for wild greens, the medicinal properties of herbs and how to use them. Please join us and also get a tour of our farm, a healthy vegetarian lunch and an optional yoga class on our new yoga deck.

                  Food, Glorious Food!

                  Starting a permaculture yoga farm from scratch has definitely been a challenge within itself. It’s exciting, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. There is construction, plumbing, solar generated electrics, gardening, tree planting, water issues and much more that is taken into consideration every single day. We have been lucky enough to have a steady stream of solid volunteers that have been working through rain, shine and chilly weather in the earlier months, in order to develop our ‘Zone Zero’ building site into something a bit more homely. However hard labour, heavy lifting and digging gardens all day means that there are at least 10 hungry mouths (including Laurence and I) to feed, 3 times daily. more “Food, Glorious Food!”