PDC Course: Nov 26th – Dec 9th

                                 Gaia Ashram PDC 


Permaculture Design Course, November 2017

                         Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Certificate Course

                                 26th of November until the 9th of December

Join us on this life changing journey at Gaia Ashram and become part of the growing tribe of people that are creating regenerative positive change for the benefit of the Earth and all beings. Gaia Ashram is a sustainable living center & a farm founded in 2013 with a vision to create a living & learning space that deepens our spiritual connection with nature. This Permaculture Design Course (PDC) covers the core of the Permaculture Design curriculum and this Permaculture course will emphasize on creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes inspired on the patterns of nature.


What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet. Permaculture is a way of organizing knowledge, a connecting systems that integrates science, art, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and the diverse experiences and resources available in any community.


Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Course

This Permaculture Design Course will be held in the spirit of Gaia Ashramwhere community living is the foundation of the learning. Like every program held at Gaia Ashram, we will build a sense of community among all the course participants and the people who live at Gaia Ashram. There will be space for skillshare, deep sharing and well being check – ins. Course participants are welcome to join the daily meditation & yoga/dance. Gaia Ashram and the land are a living experiential classroom, classes will mix lectures, hands-on work and in the style of Gaia Ashram there will be time for us to connect to Nature and the land on a deeper level.

Here is a short video of Gaia Ashram and some courses that were held in the past:


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.


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:

The following topics will be discussed in class:

  1. Philosophies and Ethics underlying Permaculture
  2. Permaculture principles & how to apply them in your day today life.
  3. Patterns in Nature and how to use that in holistic design
  4. 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.
  5. Climactic factors and strategies. We will cover all the major climates and how to work with them.
  6. Trees, forests and Forest gardening. How to mimic natural forest systems to create an abundance of food, fiber and fodder.
  7. Water: catchment, usage, importance, and conservation.
  8. Soil structure, minerals, microorganisms, building new soil and preventing erosion. Learn to work with the soil food web to create a healthy ecosystem and regenerate degraded land.
  9. Earthworks. Shaping the land to reap the rewards of mother earth and create positive effects on ecological systems
  10. Natural Building. How to build beautiful, spiritually uplifting homes using locally resourced natural materials.
  11. Alternative systems. Community living and other ways of living differently that works well for people and the planet. Bioregional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid


Hands-on sessions on Gaia Ashram land

Additional Topics

  • Ecovillage living & Ecovillage Design : We will receive an introduction on Ecovillage Design & Ecovillage movement as Gaia Ashram is part of the bigger global ecovillage movement.
  • Holistic Worldview & Deep Ecology : We will learn what is a holistic worldview and why a holistic worldview is important and Introduction to Deep Ecology.

Who is this course for?

  •   Anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle, creating health and well-being for their community, and working towards an abundant, ecologically responsible future
  •    Backyard gardeners
  •    Farmers and agriculturalists
  •    Landscape designers seeking a more sustainable dimension for their work
  •    Environmental Studies students
  •    Homeowners who want to invest in the long-term productivity of their property
  •    School garden organizers
  •    Educators
  •    Activists


26th of November-9th of December, 2017


Gaia Ashram, Nong Khai


Main Facilitators:


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, Malaysia, 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 started practising permaculture in 2008 when he went to help out at a friend’s new project ‘La Courdemiere’ in Poitiers, France. It was there where he first experienced natural building and he was immediately struck by how relatively easy and cheap it could be to create beautiful, healthy homes. Afterwards he moved to the ‘Panya Project’, a permaculture education centre in Northern Thailand. He stayed here, on and off, for many years, experimenting with the many aspects of permaculture including animals, water, forest gardening, community living, natural building, and fermentation and preservation, to name a few of particular interest to him. Since then he has lived, worked at, and taught at projects all over Europe and Asia across many different climates and cultures.

Supportive Facilitator:


Om Sunisa Jamwiset Deiters

Founder of Gaia Ashram & Gaia School Asia. Lived and worked atWongsanit Ashram in Thailand for 8 years. Wongsanit Ashram is a intentional community for simple living and for engaging in social action and spiritual practice founded by  socially engaged buddhist activistSulak Sivaraksa . Here she was trained as and started working as a facilitator. After that she spent one year living and working at the Panya project which is a permaculture based community in Thailand. Involved in NextGEN (Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network) as the current representative of NextGEN Oceania and Asia.  She teaches and facilitates courses such as Ecovillage Design Education (part of Gaia Education), Socially Engaged Buddhism/Spirituality and Training of Trainers. She has facilitated courses for NGO workers, young Buddhists activists, international students, children and teachers. She uses participatory teaching methods and her focus is on deep ecology and nature connection.

And the Gaia Ashram Community Members will support & also will share some of their knowledge and skills…

Facilities: Interns should not expect much comfort as we are still an emerging project and a lot of infrastructure is in development. Basic facilities and needs will be provided for.


Gaia Ashram Sala

Accommodation: Dormitory, second floor of the Gaia Sala. There are some private rooms available for an extra 250 bath per day.


Dorm at first floor of Sala

Common Space for sessions: Indoor sessions will be held at the first floor of Gaia Sala, other session will be held underneath big trees and practical session will be happening on the land.

Toilet and Shower: Compost toilets are at the most basic form i.e. buckets and seperate shower for men and women.

Internet: Internet Shop is nearby in the next village and is usually available everyday. We will provide a trip to internet on Sundays.

Food: There will be a local cooking team cooking delicious vegetarian Isaan & Thai food for us. There will be opportunity for those who want to learn how to make these dishes to do so.

Course fee

The course fee is 550 US Dollars

  • Price includes: Food, Accommodation (dormitory), teaching fee.
  • We try to keep our course fees low to make this knowledge available to all. We have a few discount available for Thai people.

5 % of the profit from the course will go to support NextGENOA activity (Next generation of the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia = NextGENOA)

Most of the rest of the profit from the course will be spent to further develop necessary infrastructure for Gaia Ashram.


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.  Don’t let a lack of resources stop you from obtaining this important information!

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How to Register:

 REGISTER NOW! We expect this course to fill, so get your spot locked in. Community is very important to us, so class size will be limited.

Register your spot by making a 100 dollar non-refundable downpayment through  Eventbrite. Here is the link to Eventbrite:

Eventbrite downpayment


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