Permaculture in the Himalayas

The beautiful surroundings of the village of Khoont are perfect for a relaxing permaculture retreat in the outdoors. Use your holiday to stay in an old Kumaoni house and learn something new under the great Himalayas. This workshop is open for groups of 6 or more. So write to us if you’re interested.

Detailed Itinerary on the Retreat

29 Sep3-4pm: Check-in to the village Homestay in Khoont, freshen up and lunch at Khoont
4-6pm: Stretch your legs. Go for a walk to the village
6-8pm: Briefing on permaculture, the village and food
8pm: Dinner and rest
30 Sep9-10am: Breakfast
10am-1pm: Learn about Permaculture Ethics and Principles, Zonation, and Sectors
1-2pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Map Making
4-6pm: Sunset hike
8pm: Dinner and rest
1 Oct9-10am: Breakfast
10am-1pm: Learn about the various ways of water management on a piece of land
1-2pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Create a project and present the same.
4-6pm: Forest and meadow walk
8pm: Dinner and rest
2 Oct9am: Checkout


  • Stay at a village homestay in Khoont on sharing basis for 3 nights.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for 3 nights.
  • Instructions and materials for the project.


  • Transportation
  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Snacks, tea, or coffee

Your Mentor


Debal Mazumder, Natural Farmer and Permaculture Design Coach & Consultant
Debal has been a full-time sustainable farmer, farmers’ trainer and certified Permaculture designer and consultant for the last 10 years and is actively involved in promoting ecological agriculture, natural building, rural reconstruction and sustainable lifestyle. He has set up a 2-acre permaculture farm in a rural location of India and has been living entirely off the farm along with his family ( He has also designed all the natural buildings of the farm.
After completing his Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Jadavpur University in 1997, Debal worked in a senior position of a multinational software company for 16 years. However, once deeply realized the existing unsustainable trajectory of the current model of human civilization leading to climate change and species’ extinction, he quit his lucrative job in 2013 to dedicate his whole time to the cause of regenerating our planet earth.
His current activity includes –

  • growing everything that is eaten throughout the year (rice, wheat, pulses, vegetables, fruits, fish, duck eggs), without any chemicals.
  • designing and implementing various structures of the farm using local and renewable resources as much as possible.
  • teaching Natural Farming courses and workshops at the farm
  • teaching Permaculture Design courses in India and in neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh.
  • Providing permaculture design consultancy to various ecological farms

His past activity related to sustainability includes –

  • Co-founded India’s first Community Supported Agricultural farm in Kolkata
  • Organized Kolkata’s first organic Farmers’ Market.
  • taught an Introduction to Permaculture in Asheville, NC.

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