Gardening in Light of Maharishi AyurVeda

Understand the basic principles of modern scientific organic gardening and
Maharishi AyurVeda and learn how to apply them successfully in your garden


8 April–29 April 2023 on Saturdays


Open to anyone with interest in Ayurveda and gardening.

with Dr Peter Swan
Available in English and other languages based on demand

8 live online sessions, 2 sessions each Saturday
10:30 to 12:30 (2 hours) and 14:00 to 16:30 (2 ½ hours) 

Standard course fee: € 290,-

(There is a reduced price for lower-income countries, please see the application form.)



About the Course

Vedic agriculture is ‘agree-culture’ – it agrees with the culturing intelligence of Natural Law. How does the culturing intelligence function? We can understand it from modern science and from Vedic science. This course offers the same deep, scientific, knowledge and techniques of organic gardening as before, but now also in terms of the fundamentals of Ayurveda. The knowledge of plant care, called Vriksh-ayurveda, uses the Doshas in the same way for plants and the soil as for humans in Maharishi AyurVeda.

For example, the Doshas can be in a state of balance or imbalance in the soil and plants, and we can easily learn how to balance them with compost, herbs, and water. Our Agni (digestion) functions largely through our intestinal microbiome, which has its parallel in the soil microbiome for plants, and the same principles and ways of handling it apply for our digestion and the garden.

Your benefits from this course:

This Ayurvedic approach makes gardening simpler, more self-referral, easier, more intimate, and more fun. Gardening becomes like an extension of our self-care through Maharishi AyurVeda.

The course provides practical knowledge to start and maintain a garden, big or small, with least effort. It includes sections on favourite crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and potatoes. Learn to garden in accord with natural law so your garden is maximally self-sufficient and productive, and the biggest work is also the biggest joy – the harvest.

This course is offered by the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International – Department of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in partnership with MERU.

Total Hours
Live online sessions

Course Structure

On Saturdays for 4 weeks.
Each session will be 2 or 2 ½ hrs long.

Course schedule – Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Saturday, 8 April – 10.30 am – 12.30 am and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday, 15 April – 10.30 am – 12.30 am and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday, 22 April – 10.30 am – 12.30 am and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturday, 29 April – 10.30 am – 12.30 am and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Joining the Course

Technical requirements to join are that you have a desktop, laptop, or mobile device that can access the internet. The live online sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing software. Instructions for using Zoom, and login details for joining the course, will be provided before the course.

Once the course begins, you can catch up on sessions you may have missed or review any session you would like to see again on our online platform for three months after the course concludes. Assignments must be concluded two weeks after all the live sessions have taken place.

The online platform is where you will find the Maharishi lectures for the course.

What course participants say:

I have enjoyed it tremendously, and what really made it special and SO interesting, is how generous you have been in providing information, that was backed up with photos and illustrations. And your attentiveness to the details that one should look for, or avoid while gardening, made this course fascinating and unique. – HH, Lebanon

About the Faculty

Peter Swan
Dr Peter Swan

Dr Peter Swan is known for his practical approach to gardening – doing less and accomplishing more, creating health from the soil up. He studied and worked under Maharishi for many years setting up and running farms on four continents, and studied with leading organic farmers, gardeners, and researchers to gain the latest scientific understanding and best methods of farming and gardening in accord with natural law. He also practised Maharishi AyurVeda for many years and has integrated the modern scientific understanding of organic agriculture with Maharishi AyurVeda to make gardening easier, more self-referral, and fun.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Nature always functions according to the principle of least action. Because the activity of Nature is balanced, it is able to accomplish its purpose economically, with least expenditure of energy.
— Maharishi’s Master Plan to Create Heaven on Earth, p282