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Permaculture Design Course @ Gaia Ashram, Nong Khai, Thailand.

Ben Murray

Ben is an Ecological designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening / agriculture, natural building, horticulture & landscape architecture. Ben is the founder of Holistic Regeneration, has 20 years experience in the realm of Horticulture and has been consulting, practicing and teaching permaculture, organic gardening and natural building for almost 10 years in England, Thailand, China, Kenya and India and is currently working as an itinerant trainer of transformational and empowering workshops and courses.

A great lover of the natural world and deep ecology; Ben is often heard expressing his gratitude and deep appreciation for his “thousands of Gurus”, which he sees as the multitudes of beings; Plants and animals which he loves to observe and which help to give him insight and inspiration in his daily work.

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.

Sam Trousdale

Sam has been studying, practising and teaching permaculture since his first exposure to it at La Courdemiere in France in 2007. It was at this time that he first began building with natural materials by helping to renovate an old stone house with stone and lime. Straight away he was struck by how simple it is to create strong, healthy, beautiful, and cheap, houses. He was both inspired and empowered by this realisation, which he now loves to share and see in others. Since then he has constructed natural buildings made of cob, adobe, super adobe, earthbag, straw bail, timber, cord wood, and a couple of yurts. He has practised natural building in many parts of Europe and Asia across different climatic zones and conditions. He also likes to build pizza ovens and thermal mass heaters using the exact same principals and materials used in house construction.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper ”

— W.B. Yeats