Permaculture Design Course Panya and Mindfulness Project, April 20 – May 5, 2017


The Panya Project and Mindfulness project invite you to join us for a very special two-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC). The course will be hosted at two incredible project; one week at the Mindfulness project outside of Khon Kaen, and one week at the Panya Project. The Panya Project is an example of a fully integrated Permaculture site with many exciting examples of Permaculture design. Not only will you be partaking in a two-week long immersion in Permaculture, you will also be able to part of each of the communities and thereby learn how to live and thrive in an intentional community. Our aim is to create a supportive learning community for the duration of the course where trust, compassion, support and connection is built among participants.

April 20 – May 5, 2017


This course is being organized by the Mindfulness project. To Register now:



What is a PDC?

A PDC is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour theory course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute and Gaia University. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, consultants and practitioners who are influencing the decisions of major corporations, small business and people from all walks of life to change the way we view and design our landscape, our surroundings, our relationships and our daily lives so we can grow the revolution that our planet needs.


What to expect:

This PDC promises to be a very unique experience. We teach, based on our real life experience with Permaculture here at Panya, and with the heart and focus of the Mindfulness project. It is our goal to live, breath and practice Permaculture every day of our life and we are very eager to share as much of our knowledge as possible. The 72 hours of course work, required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over the two week period. It promises to be a PDC full of energy and excitement, where sessions will be taught to accommodate different adult learning styles combining lectures, group discussions, visual demonstrations, hands-on participatory learning and other creative ways of teaching permaculture. Participants will take part in the existing permaculture activities on the our farm. All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.


Check out our great new short movie all about Panya and our PDC's:


Course Details:

This 2-week program is designed to give participants the inspiration and knowledge they need to become a positive change in the world. The course will include a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, it will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as the location at hand. We will cover every major topic in Bill Mollison's Permaculture: a Designers Manual in the classroom and also in the gardens. The course curriculum is as follows:


  • Philosophies and Ethics underlying permaculture

  • Permaculture principles and how to apply them in your daily life

  • Patterns in Nature and how to use that in permaculture design

  • Methods of design. How to apply permaculture design tools and strategies to your design problems. How to increase your chance on a successful design by following a well defined design methodology.

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

  • Trees, forests and Forest gardening. How to mimic natural forest systems to create an abundance of food, fiber and fodder.

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

  • Soil: Learn about the phyical, chemical and biological properties of the soil and how to work with the soil food web to build new soils, prevent erosion, create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land.

  • Earthworks. Shaping the land to reap the rewards of mother earth and create positive effects on ecological systems

  • Aquaculture Exploring the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants

  • Natural Building. How to build beautiful, spiritually uplifting homes using locally resourced natural materials.

  • Alternative systems. Community living and alternative lifestyles that unite people and the planet. Bioregional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid.

As part of the course, participants will help to co-create designs for real-world projects that could include elements such as food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural building, water catchment and irrigation systems. Participants will have the opportunity to design their own land or any projects they are involved in during this project. (Please contact us for more information if you are interested in designing your own land or project you are involved in)


Fundraise for your Tuition

If you are interested in a creative way to come up with funds for this course, look into fundraising for it through It is a great way to reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you are up to and give them a easy way to contribute to your education.



The Accomodation:

At the Panya Project, we have two dormitory buildings, as well as a number of private rooms available. If you would like to reserve a private room (not fancy!) we are asking for an extra contribution of $100 for the course. Either way, you will be provided with a place to sleep, mosquito net, mattress, sheets, blankets and pillow. Please be flexible about your sleeping space. If for some reason you would strongly prefer to be in one space or the other, please let us know, and we will try to make that happen for you. Fresh, vegetarian food will be provided throughout the course. Special dietary needs can be accommodated for but please let us know in advance.




Contact information:

This course is organized by the Mindfulness project: 


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Course Taught by:

Christian Shearer – Christian is the founder and Managing director of the Panya Project and the lead designer and educator for Terra Genesis International (Permaculture Consulting firm). He sits on the advisory board for WeForest (Reforestation charity) and is a co-founder of WeTheTrees (Permaculture Crowdfunding Website).

Christian Carow – former monk and owner of a marketing company is the founder of the Mindfulness Project. A holistic project which combines Permaculture with Meditation and Yoga to heal the environment as well as the hearts and minds of people.