Permaculture Design Course Feb 18th 2012

February 18 – March 4, 2012


We invite you to join us for a certified 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) taught by Panya’s founder, Christian Shearer and Geoffroy Goddeau.  Both of these instrictors bring an energy of excitement and enthusiasm to the subject, keeping the whole two weeks fresh, interesting and engaging.

This full 72-hour certified Permaculture Design Course will be held at the site of a new and exciting permaculture project to the NE of Bangkok, in the province of Korat.  The project will have recently had a full integrated permaculture design completed for the farm, and will be in the beginning phases of implementation on that design.  This backdrops allows for an amazing place to host a PDC course as the work will be happening all around you during the course.  You will have the opportunity to participate in a number of aspect of that implementation, including the construction of zone one garden beds, and braod acre earth works, including the digging of ponds and swales on the land.  In fact the week following the course will be intensive earthworks that you are all invited to join in on. PDC students can join at a reduced rate.

The course will consist of a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, yet will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as the location at hand.  Participants will help to co-create the design of tropical food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural buildings, water catchment and irrigation systems, work with swales and dams, as well as take part in permaculture activities on the hosting land.

The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner.  The 72 hours of course work required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over a two week period, mixing hands-on with plenty of in classroom studies.  All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.

Permaculture courses are fairly standardized as far as content.  We will cover every major topic in Bill Mollisons: Permaculture: a Designers Manual.  So quickly what that includes is the following:

1. Philosophies and Ethics underlying permaculture.

2. Basic permaculture principals.

3. Patterns in Nature and how to use that in design.

4. Methods of design.  How to go from a damaged piece of land to having an idea for how to move forward with it.

5. Climactic factors.  We will cover all the major climates and how to work with them.

6. Trees, forests and why we want to mimic their systems.

7. Water: catchment, usage, importance, and conservation.

8. Soil, minerals, microorganisms, building new soil and preventing erosion.

9. Earthworks: how to shape the land to help it achieve the goals we are aiming for.

10. Aquaculture

11. Natural Building

12. Alternative systems: community living and other ways of choosing to live differently that works well for people and the planet.

Each of these categories has subcategories and each teacher also has their own additions and certain topics that are stressed over others.

The Panya Project was set up to provide an active example of sustainable living in northern Thailand.  The project is still in its infancy, but in November 2006, it hosted a PDC workshop taught by Geoff Lawton which culminated in the construction of a large dam at the top of the land and three swales.

We would like to  continue to offer an extremely low fee for people working with NGO’s.  We appreciate what you do and this is just one way we can thank and support you. We are looking forward to expanding our own knowledge and depth of permaculture, creating an amazing example of it ourselves and sharing the bounty with the global sustainability community and beyond!

(The costs for courses at this new site are higher, because we believe that at this critical time in the projects life, it offers an amazing learning environment for the PDC student, but also there are two other reasons for the higher prices.  One is that it is a new site, so lots of money has to be spent on infrastructure to make it a very functional educational space, and that is being done.  The second isthat the US$ is losing value.  The change in US$ price only reflects the fact that the dollar is dropping in value and thus we have to accept more of it for equal value.)

Adobe Oven Building workshop:

During the week before the PDC course, starting monday February 13th, we will be building an adobe oven.  This course will be lead by natural builder Taiga Marthens,  We are asking $200 for the course, but are willing to extend it to PDC students for $100.  The oven will be completed and the first pizza’s made during our PDC course!

Implementing Earthworks on the Land

Following the course we will be implementing extensive earthworks on the land.  Anyone who would like to participate in these activities is invited to stay on and help.  We are asking $200 for outsiders, or $100 for the PDC students for an additional week on the land.  Perticipants will have the opportunity to get extensive hands on experience working with survey equipment, placement of ponds and swales, as well as learn a bit about the basics of fish and rice agriculture.  Please stick around for these activities as they are great experience for the learning permaculturalist.  (You won’t be able to drive the machinery, but we will have a good time!)

Costs: The two week certified PDC course:

Regular course price: __________29,700Baht (US$990)

NGO special price*:_________14,700Baht (US$490)

Costs: 2-week certified PDC plus Adobe Pizza Oven and Earthworks Implementation:

Special Full Package Price:___________ 35,700Baht (US$1190)

NGO special price*:_______________20,700Baht (US$690)

*If you work for an NGO and believe that permaculture could help your organisation achieve its goals, please contact us about the NGO discounted rate.

These prices include all meals and a place to stay for the duration of the course.

We ask all registrants to make a deposit of US$200 to secure your spot.

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If you have any questions, or problems, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Panya Project


About the instructors:

Originally from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Christian Shearer helped found the Panya Project. He has over six years of permaculture experience, working and living at Lost Valley Education Center outside of Eugene, Oregon, and has been contributing to the Panya Project for over six years. He is a natural builder, a food forest enthusiast, a musician, an advisory board member to WeForest, a certified educator and has extensive knowledge of tropical permaculture systems. He has taught permaculture in Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States and recently helped found Terra-Genesis International, a permaculture design consultancy. Christian is excited to continue sharing with and learning from all involved!

Geoffroy Godeau is from Belgium where he graduated in landscape architecture. He discovered permaculture in Nicaragua, while traveling the world. He has been living on and off at the Panya Project for the last three years, learning and teaching mainly about natural building. He has been working and teaching on natural building projects in Belgium as well, and investigating and practicing permaculture techniques in landscaping projects. He is also part of “brin de paille” the French speaking permaculture network in Europe.

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