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PDC Dec 2-16, Thailand

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December 2 – 16, 2012 at Rak Tamachat, in the Isan Region of Thailand.


We invite you to join us for a certified 72-hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) taught by Panya’s founder, Christian Shearer and the People of Rak Tamachat. Christian brings an energy of excitement and enthusiasm to the subject, keeping the whole two weeks fresh, interesting and engaging. You are also welcome to join in our Permaculture in Practice course for a week of hands on implementation based on your design, including a Dec 21 Mayan calendar party! See details on this at the bottom of the page.

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 had a full integrated permaculture design drawn up, and will be almost one year in on the implementation of that design. There will be fresh earthworks, recently planted food forest, and rice just coming out of the fields. 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 aspects of that implementation, including the construction of zone one garden beds, building compost, planting the zone 1 area and mulching the food forest.

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. As part of the course, participants will help to co-create designs for real world projects that could include elements like tropical food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural buildings, water catchment and irrigation systems. All will have an opportunity to 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.

We would like to continue to offer half price 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!

Permaculture in Practice

The crew at Rak Tamachat would also like to welcome you for a Permaculture in Practice course after the PDC. This is a one week opportunity to experience full immersion implementing Permaculture designs with your PDC partners and the Rak community. You will also enjoy with us a Dec 21 party to celebrate a new beginning of the Mayan calendar! The exact projects of the course are not planned, as we hope to decide with all of the participants during the PDC. The schedule concept we have is as follows:

PDC finished Dec 16.
One day off to relax.
One day of planning the systems you will implement.
3 days of work.
Dec 21 Party then optional morning off the next day.
Work until Dec 24, Christmas Eve!
You are also welcome to join us for Christmas at Rak Tamachat, as family is the reason for our celebrations The owner Beau should be back then, and as tradition goes, the feast will include some free-range oven roasted turkey!

We all really look forward to a course like this, more than a PDC because the community is 100% involved. As a result, we don’t wish to charge much for the course, but of course still need to cover costs. The price for the stay and PIP up till Dec 24 is 3000 Baht, basically 100 USD. Really hope you can join in on what is sure to be an amazing experience and a positive start to a new cycle on Earth!

Costs: The two week certified PDC course:

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

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

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.

*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.The intention of the NGO discount is to give back to those folks who have given their life or some portion of their life to better the world or the lives of others. Most NGO workers make very little money, but we would like them to still have the opportunity to learn and apply the skills of the PDC course.

If you simply volunteer for an NGO occasionally, we really appreciate your work as well, but this does not qualify you for the discount. Almost all PDC students volunteer a part of their time. That is just the kind of person who tends to take these courses.
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