- Date: 26 November – 9 December 2017
- Language: English
- Location: North-East of Thailand near Nong Khai, Thailand
Gaia Ashram in the North-East of Thailand is organizing a two weeks Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course. Gaia Ashram is a community, sustainable living learning center & a farm founded in 2013 with a vision to create a living & learning space that deepens our connection with nature and learn to work with nature. In this two weeks PDC there will be a lot of opportunity for us to connect on a deeper level with nature.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet. Permaculture is a way of organizing knowledge, a connecting systems that integrates science, art, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and the diverse experiences and resources available in any community.
Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Course
This Permaculture Design Course will be held in the spirit of Gaia Ashram where community living is the foundation of the learning. Like every program held at Gaia Ashram, we will build a sense of community among all the course participants and the people who live at Gaia Ashram. There will be space for skillshare, deep sharing and well being check – ins. Course participants are welcome to join the daily meditation & yoga/dance. Apart from deepening our connection with each other we will also take time to connect to wider community of all beings and to attune ourselves to the land.
The PDC course contains 72 hours of theory
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 their climate zones. As part of the course, participants will help to co-create designs for real world projects that include elements such as food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural building, water catchment, earthworks and social systems. Apart from the theory participants will be able to get their hands dirty and get practical experience in implementing some of the theory on Gaia Ashram’s land.
The following topics will be discussed in class:
-Philosophies and Ethics underlying Permaculture
-Basic Permaculture principles
-Patterns in Nature and how to use that in holistic 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 microclimate design. Learn how to grow plants outside of their hardiness zones
-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 structure, minerals, microorganisms, building new soil and preventing erosion. Learn to work with the soil food web to create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land.
-Earthworks. How to shape the land to help it achieve the goals we are aiming for.
-Natural Building. How to build structures with materials available on-site.
-Alternative systems. Community living and other ways of living differently that works well for people and the planet. Bioregional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid etc.