7-Workshop Series. Live or Self-Paced. 1-year Access upon Enrollment. $108 USD or $18 per Workshop.

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Join us to Grow as We Go!

  • Enrollment is open!

    You can enroll at any time—there is no cut-off date.

    Monthly pre-recorded content in the form of slideshow presentations, articles and videos will be released on the 2nd Sunday of each month and be available for 1 year.

    Interactive Live Garden Workshops will be held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of each month, March to September 2022. Follow along in your garden with experienced gardeners!

  • Bonuses!

    Get one free workshop plus bonus material when you enroll for the full workshop series, as well as access to the interactive Community Discussion Board to connect with the Amritaculture Gardening Community all year long.

    You decide the content! Participants enrolled in the full workshop series will have the opportunity to submit questions or topics they wish to cover on the Community Discussion Board. Those questions will have priority in the Q&A of the Live Workshops.

  • Instructor and Community Interaction!

    Enjoy monthly live Q&A Sessions with a panel of seasoned, experienced gardeners. Share and exchange knowledge in monthly live presentations, and get practical support in helping your garden to thrive.

    Gain access to an exclusive online community of like-minded sustainable gardeners in our Community Forum. The “Grow as We Go” panel will share their combined gardening experience of over 170 years!

"Even if we only have a tiny plot of land,

we should try to grow a few vegetables, using organic fertilizers. Spending some time with our plants, we should talk to them and kiss them. This relationship will give us a new vitality.”
– Amma

Grow as We Go Workshop Series Calendar

7 months of live interactive workshops with a panel of experienced gardeners.

Workshop Time
All live workshops are scheduled for Sunday, 9:30 PM IST (India Standard Time). Recordings of the workshops will be posted to the platform if you cannot attend live. You can also enroll on-demand after the event has passed.

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Workshop Date Instructors
Intro - 5 Tips to Get Started

Pre-recorded

Seetala

Spring Seeding 

On-demand

Sarvaga & Panel   

Planting

On-demand

Eknath & Panel

Garden Maintenance  

Sunday, May 15

Marleny & Panel

Critters

Sunday, June 19

Seetala & Panel

Relationship with Plants

Sunday, July 17

Victoria & Panel

Harvesting & Storage

Sunday, August 21

Vandya & Panel

Garden Wrap-Up

Sunday, Sept 18

Anupama & Panel


Workshop Schedule
Each live workshop follows the following format:

  • Welcoming prayer and remarks 
  • Introduction of the main presenter and panel of experienced gardeners  
  • 20-minute detailed presentation on the topic of the month
  • 45-minute Q&A and discussion on the topic or seasonal issues that come up in the garden for participants. A panel of 3 Grow as We Go Instructors will be at each workshop to field questions and give answers from a wide array of experience, education, and climates during the Q&A.  
  • Harvest Spotlight: best practices for harvesting the vegetables that are ready to eat this month
  • Prayers for World Peace


Pre-recorded and Resource Materials

Pre-recorded and resource materials based on the monthly topic will be available a week prior to the live workshops. We recommend reviewing the recorded materials prior to the live workshop session.


Send Your Questions in Early!

How do you ensure that your question gets answered on the call?  Make sure to post it on the Community Discussion Board or email it to us at: amritaculture@amritavirtualacademy.com 


Thank you for being part of the Amritaculture World Community! 

Meet Your Instructors

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Sarvaga

Amritapuri, India

Aum Namah Shivaya,

Gardening and serving Mother Nature has been part of my life since I was a child. Nearly 20 years ago Amma gave me the opportunity to coordinate the GreenFriends program during the International tours. Soon after this, she gave me a large packet of seeds and asked me to start one of the first Amritapuri gardens—it has been a growing and learning experience ever since! One of the many aspects of gardening that has intrigued and inspired me is the importance of SEEDS and Seed saving. I’m excited to share some of what I have learned from Amma and Mother Nature with all of you!

Eknath

Toluca, Estado de México, México

Aum Namah Shivaya,

My grandfather taught the value and importance of organic gardening to me from an early age. He was a subsistence farmer and my grandmother canned huge harvests for the whole year! I hope to share his reverence for Mother Nature and adapt that into an urban or rural manageable small-scale setting.

I have been so inspired by Amma and her ashram communities to live in a way that reduces our negative impact on the environment. I enjoyed living in the San Ramon Ashram for over 6 years where I participated in Green Friends events, orchard seva, and many day-to-day discussions on our collective effect on Mother Nature. By Amma’s grace, I was invited to coordinate Green Friends Mexico am excited to participate in the Amritaculture Team!

Marleny

New Jersey, USA

Marleny is a long-time devotee of Amma and has been a horticulturist helping people grow food for over thirty-five years. She holds a Master’s degree in Plant Physiology from Rutgers University and worked as an Agricultural County Agent and professor at Rutgers University for eleven years before moving on to establish and run an environmental horticultural non-profit organization, Greater Newark Conservancy. After twelve years, she decided to move on to establish her own landscaping design and installation business, with a focus on organic landscaping and the creation of natural landscapes.

Marleny believes gardening is a true revolution that allows us to restore our soil, our health, and brings us closer to nature—all this while diminishing our carbon footprint and ridding the earth of toxicity.

Marleny shares her vast knowledge of gardening on her YouTube channel: GardeningTheOrganicWay, and her Blog: https://www.gardeningtheorganicway.com

Seetala

Amritapuri, India

I’m so excited to garden with all of you!

My hope with this workshop is to create a network of gardeners for our mutual benefit. I firmly believe that gardening is one of the best things we can do for the planet at this time. Regenerative agriculture not only helps vegetables grow but the practices also help heal the environment in general. Additionally, when we garden we reawaken our loving relationship with nature and feel more alive and well balanced! I have been gardening in this way for over 25 years in several different climates and will be offering step-by-step instruction in practical and fun gardening techniques.

Victoria

Boston, Massachusetts

I have a BS in Ornamental Horticulture, but annuals, perennials, herbs, veggies and tropicals are my specialty. I’ve done a lot of indoor and outdoor growing both in the ground and in pots. I had my own greenhouses for twelve years in Connecticut, selling spring annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs—all grown without any herbicides or pesticides.

Taking Amma’s plea for us to grow veggies to heart, every year I try to do better at growing and using edible plants.

Growing flowers is part of my life—I enjoy having something blooming year round. I also continue to try to be a better steward each year in the garden, trying to tune in, listen to and work with all the subtle aspects of Nature that are trying to harmonize with us.

Vandya

Port Townsend, Washington

Aum Namah Shivaya,

I am a home gardener outside of Port Townsend, Washington near the Salish Sea. My grandfather introduced me to gardening when I was a child. I met Amma 30 years ago. She and my family are the inspiration for my gardening efforts. The garden is an outdoor temple for me. I see Amma everywhere—in the bees, the borage, the sun through the cedars—even in slugs and rats. And the garden is my offering to Nature, the physical embodiment of Amma. It is one big practice field for me. My current learning is on building good dirt for cheap.

Anupama

California, USA

I have always l found great peace and joy in nature. Amma has inspired me to see God in all forms of nature, to garden with more love and awareness as a selfless service to the world and the Divine, and to develop a personal relationship with plants and all forms of life in the garden. My focus in the garden is to be present and listen to the plants for guidance, and to work with loving kindness and respect for all aspects of life in the garden.

I started gardening when I was 6 years old, and eventually began a small business gardening for neighbors. In college I joined the UCSC farm and garden project and studied Biointensive Dynamic Gardening techniques. As students we lived in teepees and worked 8 hours a day in the organic gardens on campus with hand tools and marketed the produce at a farm stand.

Currently I continue to work in my garden with my husband, growing seasonal vegetables, fruit on trees and vines, and drought tolerant plants and collecting seeds.

What you will need:

A place to grow vegetables, water source, shovel, bucket, and a pair of scissors.

Grow as We Go Enrollment Options


One-year access. On-demand. All proceeds support Embracing the World®, Amma's global charitable network.

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May - September Workshops

are only available by joining the full workshop series. You can secure your spot by joining the full 7-part package!


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