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The Panya community invites you to join us for an Introduction to Permaculture course. The Panya Project is an example of a fully integrated Permaculture site with many exciting examples of Permaculture design. We offer a positive and inspiring environment to experience living in an intentional community, exploring an alternative way of life and reconnecting to a natural way of living while developing skills to be more self reliant.
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a systematic design science developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. It aims at assisting people to become more self-reliant, through the design and development of productive and sustainable gardens and farms. It is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. Through harmonious integration of landscape, people and food production; it provides shelter, energy, food and other needs sustainably. It is a philosophy and approach to land use which works with natural rhythms and patterns, rather than against them.
What to expect:
This course will be held at The Panya Project, an international group of people from all over the world working to create a self-sufficient community and provide opportunities for people to experiment and learn about permaculture. 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 workshop, where trust, compassion, support and connection is built among participants.
In this course you will:
Learn how to apply the ethics and principles of permaculture and get a good overview of how permaculture works.
Gain basic practical skills in the areas of natural building, gardening and forestry.
Live as part of the Panya community. We cook, eat, relax, work and live together. We support one another, learn from each other and do what we can to assit positive growth and energy. In taking this course you will be a valued community member.
Participants will learn about different aspects of permaculture in a classroom setting and then put this new knowledge into practice with hands-on sessions around the Panya farm. The classes will provide a general overview of Permaculture and will include:
Origin of permaculture – history, definition and scope of permaculture
Permaculture ethics and principles – that guide our decisions and design
Design methodology – Design process from analysis to design to implementation
Compost and soil – Help build a compost pile, a big dinner plate for bacteria and fungi
Gardening – Learn about and work on our annual and perennial gardens.
Forestry – Planting guilds provides trees what they need, when they need it
Natural building – We’ll build with various techniques using the same material – EARTH!!
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.
Course price: _________ US$350 (10, 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 financial support of our managers is gained through the courses we run.
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 the 15th of August 2014. Should you cancel after this date your deposit becomes 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 a easy way to contribute to your education.
Please feel free to email us on email@example.com if you have any questions.
When & Where
Panya's Project Concept:
To experiment with and model an integrally sustainable way of living in the wet/dry tropics. This project aims for sustainability not only in the physical environment, but also in the social environment, our physical bodies and the spiritual, emotional and intellectual realms. The Panya People tend to have a lot of fun at well!