An Introduction to Permaculture  & Sustainability

Here at Kinsapacha we have our very own permaculture garden abundant with fresh organic vegetables, fruit and herbs. We compost all of our food waste and sustainability is a key principle that we adopt in how we live here. Read on to find out more about Permaculture!

A bird’s eye view of our garden

At Kinsapacha we have our own permaculture organic kitchen garden, using the vegetables to feed ourselves and our guests. It is one of 12 organic farms in Urubamba. 

What is Permaculture in a nutshell?

Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. It’s a set of specific design principles that takes into account the whole system and the cycles of nature. Permaculture works with the fact that we are a delicate yet resilient ecosystem where everything is connected. 

It provides a framework to live sustainably and is a way that we can implement practical solutions to the current climate crisis. Permacutlure asks us to be resourceful, self-sufficient and smart. By using less we can actually gain more, we work with the environment rather than against it and leave behind lasting systems for future generations.

Permaculture is more than gardening

Permaculture is the design of a fair, productive, practical and green way of living. This can apply to how we garden and farm, how we live in our households, how we construct buildings and even how we run our businesses. 

Harvested organic veggies

So what exactly is sustainability?

Sustainability is a word used to describe projects or a way of living, working and creating that meets the needs of the present without having a negative impact on future generations, the environment and the local community. Sustainability can be split into three pillars, economic, environmental and social. 

Just like permaculture, sustainability comes from an ethical viewpoint about how to live well in a way that benefits the whole. It’s about making decisions that are ecologically sound, community minded and practical.

Founders Jorge and Ilse on the land

How Kinsapacha Yoga Retreat & Eco Lodge Farm embodies permaculture and sustainability

When Jorge and Ilse came together to create their own business in Peru, their skill sets and different backgrounds fit together well. Ilse manages the Yoga retreats and Jorge manages the permaculture garden.

Ilse says “We both resonate with the idea of conscious living through everyday practice. For me that involves being aware of the internal and externalities around my body and mind. For Jorge it involves working with the land and being present in the garden, which is a form of meditation.”

Jorge adds “We make sure to participate in a circular micro-economy. We recycle many of our materials, including food which is the soul of Kinsapacha. Food waste is turned into compost through different methods, such as vermincultre, where worms help break down the food. In nature nothing is wasted, everything transforms into a fertiliser that nourishes the earth.”

The restaurant at Kinsapacha is an adobe building made from earth and organic materials. The food served has many vegan options, sources local produce and uses fresh veggies from the garden. We also have a water refill station to encourage guests to use their own reusable bottles and we use solar power to heat water for our showers. 

The principles of permaculture and the principles of Yoga fit together perfectly to create a safe container for community, nature connection and self-exploration. This is what makes Kinsapacha so special and we love nothing more than sharing this way of life with our visitors from around the world!

Want to book a stay with us? Click here for bookings as a guest and click here to book an affordable yoga retreat.

Blog post written by one of our resident Yoga teachers Jasmine Sara @jasminesarayoga

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