The Panya community invites you to join us for a one-week hands-on ‘Permaculture in Practice’ Course. 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 week-long immersion in Permaculture, you will also be part of the Panya community 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.
What is Permaculture? What is this course about?
Permaculture is a design science and philosophy focused on creating regenerative agricultural and social systems that mimic the patterns and relationships of natural ecosystems. Permaculture systems work with, rather than against nature, and are applicable to city-dwellers, suburbanites, and rural communities alike. Permaculture empowers people of all backgrounds to grow healthy food from their homes, utilize waste streams, reduce energy needs, and live a holistic and rewarding life in the process.
This ‘Permaculture in Practice’ course is a primarily hands-on course focused on practical skills and techniques for implementing permaculture systems and growing your own food in a healthy, regenerative manner. This is in contrast to a permaculture design certificate (PDC) course, which mostly takes place in a classroom environment and is centered around the design process. The Permaculture in Practice course is the perfect course for people who have taken or are thinking about taking a PDC, or are simply interested in permaculture, and want hands-on experience and instruction in specific skills and techniques. This is a great course for people who “learn by doing” and prefer learning outside a classroom environment.
What to expect:
This course promises to be a very unique experience. We teach based on our real life experience with Permaculture at Panya. It is our goal to live, breathe and practice Permaculture every day of our lives and we are very eager to share as much of our knowledge as possible. The course will consist of approximately 35 hours of instruction, most of which will be hands-on, with occasional time in the classroom. It promises to be a course full of energy and excitement, where sessions will be taught to foster hands-on participatory learning. Participants will take part in the existing permaculture activities on the farm in an intentional and facilitated manner. Course enrollment is limited to 12 outside participants, who will learn alongside our (approximately 10) permaculture interns.
Check out this great video that shows what a course at Panya (in this case a PDC) looks like:
This one-week program is designed to give participants hands-on experience with permaculture techniques, especially relating to food production. The course will include a broad range of topics and skills applicable to life anywhere on this planet, not just the tropics. Topics and activities covered by the course will include:
What is permaculture? – Philosophies, ethics, and principles underlying permaculture, and their real-world application
Animal systems – letting animals do your work for you and using rotational grazing systems to keep animals happy and healthy
Greywater systems and composting toilets – closing the loop by turning “waste” streams into valuable assets for growing food
Natural building techniques – how to build and maintain beautiful, spiritually-uplifting homes using locally-sourced natural materials
Methods of design – how to apply permaculture design tools and strategies to your design problems
Plant propagation and grafting – how to save money by endlessly propagating your own plants rather than buying them from nurseries
Gardening techniques – learning how to create no-dig gardens, care for annual and perennial gardens, and save your own seeds
Fruit trees – how to plant, propagate, and care for fruit trees
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 – how to create your own compost and build healthy, living soils
As part of the course, participants will be engaging in many hands-on activities – using hand tools, planting, gardening, building, etc. Please be prepared to get dirty and have a lot of fun in the process!
Course price: US$350 (13,000 Baht). This price includes all meals and a place to stay for the duration of the course. We ask all registrants to make a deposit of US$100 to secure your spot and the remaining fees (US$ 250) be paid in cash on arrival.
**Scholarships are available to people from Thailand or surrounding SE Asia countries.**
We like to be as transparent as possible with our finances, as an example to other projects and to be open and honest with our visitors, who each contribute so much to the building and maintenance of our farm. Panya is funded through the support of our volunteers, who each contribute to food and accommodation costs through a weekly payment. This helps us break even on the cost of having a short-term community on site. Our bigger projects, maintenance systems, and compensation for our instructors is gained through the courses we run.
Please Note: In the unlikely event of us canceling the course your deposit will be refunded in full, additionally we will not be held responsible for any financial losses accrued. The closing dates for registering for the course is August 10, 2017, or until the course reaches maximum enrollment. With the exception of course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. We will accept late bookings if there is space available.
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 WeTheTrees.com. It is a great way to reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you are up to and give them an easy way to contribute to your education.
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 $50 for the course. Either way, you will be provided with a place to sleep, mosquito net, mattress, sheets, blankets and pillow. 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 within reason, but please let us know in advance.
The course will be taught by Adam Dusen, permaculture farmer, designer, educator, and founder of Hundred Fruit Farm in Pennsylvania. Hundred Fruit Farm is a diverse permaculture farm that incorporates a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and animal species to create healthy food in a regenerative manner. Adam also serves as a co-director of Panya and a permaculture designer with Surplus Permaculture and has over a decade of experience working with permaculture and agroecological systems in a wide range of different climates and countries. Check out Adam's full bio here.
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