PANYA PROJECT PDC PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES IN NORTHERN THAILAND April 30 - May 15, 2009 and May 21 - June 5 Course costs: US$700 or $300 for NGO's Below is the description for the first course. Please check out our website to learn more about the Panya Project or our courses. [url="https://www.panyaproject.org"]https://www.panyaproject.org[/url] With Christian Shearer, Richard Perkins and the people of the Panya Project, Chiang Mai, Thailand This full 72-hour certified Permaculture Design Course will be held at the site of the Panya Project, about 60 km north of Chiang Mai. 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 actively implement tropical food forest 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 and help shape things in general 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 and 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 acheive 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 2 million litre dam and three swales. The course will be taught by two active permaculture enthusiasts. Christian Shearer, one of the founders of the Panya Project, and Richard Perkins, who has a background in horticulture which includes experience in many locations and a permaculture diploma. Their combined knowledge gives a great scope, with each having strengths in tropical and temperate permaculture, respectively. We would like to continue our policy of offering this course at a lower price than other places in the world, in hopes that this course may be attended by folks who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to afford to come. We are also going 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 me might thank 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! Costs: The two week certified PDC course: Regular course price: __________24,500Baht (US$700 or AU$750) NGO special price*:_________10,500Baht (US$300 or AU$350) Please note that our fees are in Thai Baht. We have included the approximate cost in $US and $AU for your convenience, but those may change. *If you work for an NGO and believe that permaculture could help your organization 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 (US$100 for NGO’s) to secure your spot. Contact us and we will give you bank details. Our courses have been filling rapidly; full two months in advance. Register early for this one. Connect to a vibrant LOCAL and GLOBAL NETWORK of permaculture practitioners – students, homesteaders, educators, professionals, activists, farmers… REGENERATIVE DESIGN STARTS WITH YOU. CONTACT US NOW to register: Christian Shearer [email protected] Originally from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Christian Shearer helped found the Panya Project. He has over five years of permaculture experience, working and living at Lost Valley Education Center outside of Eugene, Oregon, and now residing at the Panya Project for almost three years (by the time of the course). He is a natural builder, a food forest enthusiast, a musician, a certified educator and has extensive knowledge of tropical permaculture systems. He has participated in five PDC courses, learning and co-teaching, and is excited to continue sharing with and learning from all involved! Richard Perkins grew up in the rural agricultural landscape of Wiltshire, England. Since studying organic horticulture and crop production in 2001, he has expanded his interests around the diverse and integral aspects of sustainable and permanent solutions to human life. Richard has been making his income through a homespun yurt making business, built on permaculture values and principles, and is dedicated and excited to learn and share as much as possible about the skills and knowledge needed to live simply and harmoniously together. Last year Richard completed his diploma in applied permaculture design, and is now focusing on teaching PDC`s to others.