Ancient cultures both lived in and acknowledged the patterns of creation. They honored these rhythms of the world and sought to connect with them. We must return to a way of life that honors the five elements, ether, air, fire, water and earth. The five elements live inside of us and give us life. It is truer still to say that we live within them. They are our breath and our bones alike. A foolish person does not honor what they are made of. We are all here for healing. By connecting with where one comes from one is healed. Perhaps you feel called to heal the Earth, as Permaculture teaches, or to heal yourself as Ayurveda and Yoga teach. In the end one creates the other and these two strands are one fabric. Yoga is permaculture for the body and permaculture is yoga for the land. No longer can these two exist separately. It is our task in this time, in this moment, to bring these two perspectives together wherever we are in whatever way we can. This is the subject of this page and my work. Permaculture.guru You are here to take part in this healing for you are the prayers of your ancestors made manifest. Reach to the Divine and play your role in this return to truth. The Lover's symphony is incomplete without you.

 
 
 

Ayurveda

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Jyotisha

 
 

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Yoga

Yoga's profound depth is largely unknown to the western practitioner, or at the very least is only now becoming more well-known. It a a comprehensive system of how to live one's life to reveal one's highest level of health. Yoga's primary goal is to unite us with who and what we really are and take us beyond the drama of our mundane life. It incorporates physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) but also ethics of how we live our life. The right yoga practice is like a key that unlocks the door to one's highest potential.

 

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Richard G. Powell

Below are a few different versions of biographies. The first is a general bio whilst the second two are intended for publicity for specific audiences, classes or workshop types, e.g. Permaculture or Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotisha

 
 
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General bio

Having been born in the country my youth is a green memory. I became acquainted with nature and a simple way of life at a young age. I was inclined to spiritual and religious studies as a youth which led me to beginning my yoga practice at age 16.  I have been a student of Yoga, Āyurveda, Jyotisha (vedic astrology) and various vedic sciences for 17 years. In this time I’ve studied with people from Yogi Hari and Pandit Nandkishor Muley to Maria Garre and, especially, Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute. I'm a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute and am a certified Ayurvedic Counselor.

My love of the natural world and desire for growth found me learning about Permaculture while living in Germany and interning with an international relief organization called Salem International. I have studied bamboo architecture in Colombia, South America, and Cob/Earthen architecture in Kentucky in the United States. In Japan, I witnessed the eloquent and awe-inspiring Japanese approach to horticultural design in their gardens. While living in Orlando, FL I ran a local community project known as "The Homestead", founded a community not-for-profit called Orlando Permaculture and taught several Permaculture Certification Courses each year. Additionally, I have traveled through approximately 20 countries visiting permaculture sites to add to my learning and perspective. It is all of this I love to share with my permaculture students. 

It is the intersecting and weaving of these two fibers, permaculture and vedic science, that I’m most passionate about. It is in this space of honoring the elements in our bodies, as Āyurveda teaches, and the elements in the Earth, as permaculture teaches, that we will not only find peace but profoundly know our deepest truths.


Permaculture Bio

Richard G. Powell is a life-long naturalist, activist and outdoor enthusiast. He is a certified permaculture designer and teacher and has taught many permaculture certification courses, both in the United States and abroad. He has studied bamboo architecture in Colombia, South America, Cob/Earthen Architecture in Kentucky, USA and organic horticulture in Germany. While living abroad he interned for an international environmental and humanitarian organization called Salem International. During his time in Orlando he partnered with the City of Orlando to build community gardens and also ran a permaculture/community project known as "the Homestead". He lovingly shares his passion for the Earth, community and the space where these intersect with all of his students.

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Yoga, Ayurveda and vedic science bio

Richard G. Powell (Dhyanananda) has been an avid student of Yoga for 17 years. He has been teaching for 14 years and during that time came to study Sanskrit, Āyurveda, Jyotisha (ancient vedic astrology) and other vedic sciences. He has learned from inspiring and selfless individuals, renowned and unknown alike, including Shri Yogi Hari, Pandit Nandkishor Muley, Maria Garre and especially Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. He is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute and is a certified Ayurvedic Counselor. Additionally he holds a certification in Ayuryoga from the Ayurvedic Institute and is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.

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