San Francisco, California
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The Panya community invites you to join us for a two week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) . 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 two 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 a PDC?
A PDC is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour theory course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute and Gaia University . Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists, consultants and practitioners who are influencing the decisions of major corporations, small business and people from all walks of life to change the way we view and design our landscape, our surroundings, our relationships and our daily lives so we can grow the revolution that our planet needs.
What to expect:
This PDC promises to be a very unique experience. We teach, based on our real life experience with Permaculture here at Panya. It is our goal to live, breath and practice Permaculture every day of our life and we are very eager to share as much of our knowledge as possible. The 72 hours of course work, required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over the two week period. It promises to be a PDC full of energy and excitement, where sessions will be taught to accommodate different adult learning styles combining lectures, group discussions, visual demonstrations, hands-on participatory learning and other creative ways of teaching permaculture. Participants will take part in the existing permaculture activities on the our farm. All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.
This 2-week program is designed to give participants the inspiration and knowledge they need to become a positive change in the world. The course will include a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, it will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as the location at hand. We will cover every major topic in Bill Mollison's Permaculture: a Designers Manual in the classroom and also in the gardens. The course curriculum is as follows:
Philosophies and Ethics underlying permaculture
Permaculture principles and how to apply them in your daily life
Patterns in Nature and how to use that in permaculture 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 strategies. We will cover all the major climates and how to work with them.
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: Learn about the phyical, chemical and biological properties of the soil and how to work with the soil food web to build new soils, prevent erosion, create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land.
Earthworks. Shaping the land to reap the rewards of mother earth and create positive effects on ecological systems
Aquaculture Exploring the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants
Natural Building. How to build beautiful, spiritually uplifting homes using locally resourced natural materials.
Alternative systems. Community living and alternative lifestyles that unite people and the planet. Bioregional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid.
As part of the course, participants will help to co-create designs for real world projects that could include elements such as food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural building, water catchment and irrigation systems. Participants will have the opportunity to design their own land or any projects they are involved in during this project.
Course price: _________ US$675 (22,000 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$100 to secure your spot and the remaining fees (US$ 575) 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 November 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.
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.
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Meet the Facilitators:
Lola has been happily building, traveling, creating, learning and teaching since she left her home town of Birmingham, England, many years ago. As a previous college art teacher and thriving Permaculturist Lola's real passion is creating buildings, furniture, sculptures and structures with natural materials and recycled waste. She believes that these skills give us a deeper connection with the earth and empowers us to create more self-reliant futures for ourselves and our following generations. With over 5 years experience in natural building and over 9 years of sculpting, she is excited to pass on her skills and share her passions.
Ben is a Permaculture designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening / agriculture, natural building, horticulture & landscape architecture. Ben has been actively practicing and teaching permaculture for the last 5 years in England, Thailand and India. He loves community living, natural building and is most often to be found with his hands in the earth working in the plant realm. Ben is passionate about applying permaculture design to every element of life and believes in being the change we wish to see in the world.
Kyle practiced horticulture and community living on a kibbutz in Israel where he was inspired to pursue a career in horticulture. After completing his studies in horticulture he worked in botanical gardens in Cape Town, South Africa. During this time at the botanical gardens he realized the importance of conserving natural ecosystem while providing basic human needs, this interest lead him to permaculture. Kyle completed his PDC at Panya. Kyle is passionate about the conserving soil ecosystems and is working towards empowering people to grow their own food and become more self reliant.
Sam first came to Panya in 2009 to volunteer for six months during the rainy season. During that time he helped to plant out the forest garden canopy layer, re-build the main community building and learn all about permaculture and community living. After Panya he went to work on projects in England and France, where he started his diploma in permaculture design and gained experience in natural building, gardening, designing and teaching, whilst making yurts to live in and earn an income. After a couple of harsh winters in a yurt he realised that he needed to live in a place where flip-flops could be worn year round and where he could grow coconuts, coffee and cacao.
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 as well!