The Permaculture Wheel

Permaculture Course Thailand

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Permaculture Course Thailand

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About the Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC), in Thailand At Daruma

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The Permaculture Design Certificate Course, widely referred to as the ‘Permaculture Design Course’ or ‘The PDC’, has been taught to students globally for decades. The course contents typically require between 72 and 84 hours of class and practical, design related activities.   The PDC at Daruma, is 72 hours class, plus 12 hours for your Design Project.

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The Permaculture Wheel

Permaculture design was co-originated by two Australians, David Holmgren and Bill Mollison and originally referred to a design process for creating “permanent + agriculture” ecosystems inspired by nature. In addition to food production, these designed ecosystems included aspects of shelter, energy production, water conservation and storage, social enterprise, aesthetics and many other elements of sustainable “culture.” So today, permaculture is more accurately associated with the words, ‘permanent’ and ‘culture’ as it goes far beyond food production.  You can read more on our ‘what is permaculture?’ page here.

[/fusion_text][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””]Often the ‘domains of applied permaculture action’ are depicted as the petals of the permaculture flower. Each petal actually represents a category so the full range of permaculture action is certainly vast if not limitless. What is at the heart of all permaculture design though are the three permaculture ethics, seen at the center of the flower above.[/fusion_text][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””]At its core, permaculture is a very simple thing that can and has been applied successfully in all regions and climates around the world. Permaculture designs have been implemented globally to allow people to not only live comfortably within the limits of resources that can be perpetually renewed, but also to recharge and regenerate the landscapes they inhabit.[/fusion_text][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”course-body-content” id=””]

Have Your PDC, Your Way

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This is the most common format for learning permaculture venues around the world. This type of course is usually 12 class-days (with one or two non-class days midway through the course). Sometimes these non-class days include trips. Residential courses will typically have medium to large class sizes however some venues hold small, more intimate residential courses.

Students often form very close friendships during residential programs and they are often amazed at how close they have become with their classmates in such a short time. Goodbyes at Daruma have often been tearful. One advantage of this type of PDC is that you often have many classmates that can help you to understand complex topics and you can similarly help others with topics you comprehend easily.

In permaculture, everyone is a teacher. This is a very good format for the PDC and if you want to know more details about studying for your permaculture course in Thailand, read on for the the Daruma residential PDC Syllabus below including dates.

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In Japanese, 快速 or ‘kaisoku’ is a rapid train and the best train to catch when you are in a hurry. Over the years, Daruma has catered to quite a few permaculture students that have needed a shorter course. Many working Japanese for example almost never have an opportunity to take two weeks off in succession. This is why so many PDC’s in Japan are taught spread out over several months.

The alternative solution is the Daruma Intensive PDC. This program is condensed into a single week including weekends.

This course is also ideal for anyone that already has a very good working knowledge of permaculture design. If you have already read a few books and been studying online, this might be the fasttrack to your PDC. Be aware! This course covers the full content that is expected internationally of a PDC so be prepared for long days.

And, those that participate in the kaisoku also get a special T-shirt so if this sounds right for you, click here to find out more about studying your intensive permaculture course in Thailand including the dates.

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Inside Daruma Eco-farm you will also find Mosaic Learning Center. Mosaic is a full-time, alternative grade school with approximately 80 children. We believe it is the first school in the world with curriculum and pedagogy designed using permaculture principles and it is certified by the Thai Ministry of Education. One aspect of the Mosaic method is the inclusion of Agile Learning Principles (see http://agilelearningcenters.org for more information about the agile learning system).

Agile learning in general is a student directed learning system. Our agile-PDC is unique in that it allows anyone with a special interest in permaculture design to formally pursue this type of program while also satisfying the requirements for the PDC certificate. It doesn’t matter if your interest is in setting up a small scale grain farm or an organic essential herb production business. A massage and yoga retreat or an aquaponic restaurant to complement your rock climbing school. Natural earth building techniques. A food forest. Maybe just a self-reliant, sustainable retirement villa. Whatever your desire, you can use this as the core for your project work and refine this design element and plan how it will integrate with the existing or future elements of your design plans.

For more information about the agile-PDC, click here.

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Wherever you live in the world, if you either own or are planning to purchase property that will involve the implementation of a permaculture design or if you would like to use aspects of social design inspired by permaculture design such as transition town, retro-suburbia or circular economy, and you would like to arrange a course at your venue, we can do that. For us, all PDC’s are rewarding and meaningful experiences but there is a special sense of satisfaction when it is understood that the design work in a course is intended for implementation and not synthetic design work (‘synthetic design’ is a design that is usually for illustration or instructional purposes only and is not actually intended for implementation).

Additionally, special group and off-site courses will usually produce multiple designs for the property which gives options and choices for any owner and their design team. There may also be implementation items that can be started immediately which gets a project moving. Daruma has sent training teams to teach permaculture design certificate courses, specialty courses and to assist with design projects in many countries so if this might be your way, click here:

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The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Syllabus

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In the early days of permaculture, Bill Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was the stated standard for most PDC’s.  Sometimes a PDC description would state that it officially covered the “14 chapters” which are listed here:

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  • Introduction (to permaculture)
  • Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Methods of Design
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Climatic Factors
  • Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Water

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  • Soils
  • Earthworking and Earth Resources
  • The Humid Tropics
  • Dryland Strategies
  • Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Aquaculture
  • The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

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In a few places, these chapters can serve as a guide for a PDC that will wind through the maze of design concepts and supporting background material.  The Daruma PDC definitely covers the topics in these 14 chapters but this is not the order (or format) it is presented.

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Orientation

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The land before we started.

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Daruma Eco-Farm in 2018.

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Every PDC course here at Daruma begins with an orientation tour of the farm to give you an overall impression of how individual elements integrate with each other.  This often generates a broad range of questions. We will, however, hold off on answering most of these questions initially but don’t worry, if the course material doesn’t answer them,  they will be answered in time. We also spend some time getting to know each other and sharing our goals.

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Foundations

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One reason for not answering all the questions in the beginning is the most common answer in permaculture courses is, “it depends.”  So it takes a little time to establish the basic foundations which we start on right away. That foundation begins with two important topics:

  1. The state of the world (why we need permaculture design thinking) and
  2. What is permaculture and where did it come from (a comprehensive overview).  The overview includes a good discussion on ‘influences’ on permaculture.

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Permaculture Influences

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The privately curated library at Daruma is well stocked with an eclectic and extensive selection of books which powerfully support and complement your permaculture studies during your time here, and we are sure you will appreciate it.

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Incidentally, Daruma has an extensive library with literally (pun intended) hundreds of titles about permaculture as well as many topics associated with permaculture  design and what might be called the permaculture lifestyle. LibraryThing (an online library resource) lists over 800 works (less than half) of our print books. Feel free to see what is available:  https://www.librarything.com/catalog/DarumaEcoFarm

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PDC Course Content

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So after introducing and discussing some of the influences, the real work begins.  The PDC content can be daunting in its breadth and scale; it is both detailed, and diverse.  We wind through an interconnected web that on one side involves traditional sciences including ecology, biology, chemistry and even physics and on the other side, we learn the nature inspired patterning that can influence design thinking and create sustainable systems.  The scientific aspects relating to ecology are very important to understand how the design principles and regional strategies actually create meaningful designs.

Permaculture design makes use of the concept of design principles.  Bill Mollison introduced design principles as a way for designers to more easily pattern from nature in creating sustainable designs.  Since then, many others have developed their own list of principles including Toby Heminway, Rosemary Morrow and also David Holmgren. David’s principles are explained in elaborate detail in his book, Permaculture; Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.”  David’s 12 principles are listed here:

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  1. Observe and interact
  2. Catch and store energy
  3. Obtain a yield
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services
  6. Produce no waste
  7. Design from Patterns to Details
  8. Integrate rather than segregate
  9. Use small and slow solutions
  10. Use and value diversity
  11. Use Edges and value the marginal
  12. Creatively use and respond to change

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Permaculture Course Dates, 2020

January 6th – 18th
February 3rd – 15th
March 2nd – 14th
April 6th – 18th
May 4th – 16th
June 1st – 13th
July 6th – 18th
August 3rd – 15th
September 7th – 19th
October 5th – 17th
November 2nd – 14th
December 7th – 19th

Course Open for Bookings.
Closed for Bookings.

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Key Information

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Certificate: Permaculture Design Certificate

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Effort: 84 hours

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Accommodation: Included, see FAQs

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Meals: Included, see FAQs

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Wifi Access: Included, see FAQs

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Venue: Daruma Eco Farm, 335/10, Bang Phra, Si Racha District, Chon Buri 20110, Thailand

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Category: Design Courses

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Course Files: Course media provided to students in digital format

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Library: Access to over 1,000 books in the Daruma Library & LRC

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Alumni: Access to the Daruma Alumni community during & after your course

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Price: $700 USD

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Online Course: Coming Soon

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Student Testimonials

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The PDC will discuss all of these principles, especially how they function creating sustainable designs.

Even though you are taking a PDC in the tropics, permaculture design principles are said to be ‘global’ in their application.  But different regions (different climates) require different design solutions. In permaculture these are referred to as design strategies.  We will look at the general strategies for a variety of regions around the world.

Many people are very interested in permaculture techniques.  These, like strategies, are regional and possibly even local because of cultural influences.  So while there is not enough time in a PDC (or even in a lifetime perhaps) to learn all the techniques we might employ in a design, we will discuss and also find some time to engage in practical sessions of some common permaculture techniques.

Calling these permaculture techniques is perhaps incorrect.  Almost no technique used in a permaculture design is unique to permaculture.  Rather the technique is considered an important practice for a particular design.  These usually include things like composting, seed saving, natural building, preserving, and many more.

Finally, we discuss the eco-social aspects of permaculture.  This includes the future of permaculture. Co-founder David Holmgren’s recent book RetroSuburbia illustrates ways permaculture design can make an even greater and more meaningful impact than was initially thought when permaculture was conceived more than 30 years ago.  For many, this is a ‘most exciting’ part of the course.

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If you would like to learn more about permaculture you can see our what is permaculture page, and our RetroSuburbia-centric permaculture courses.  You will also have access to the privately curated library during your course at Daruma, see details below & on the library page.

Of course there is also the design work.  Every PDC should include at least 10-20 hours of design work including critique.  Designs can be small or large, detailed or general. Design work includes some relevant practical work as well.  This includes survey and analysis, (reading the landscape), design consultation (reading the client), consideration of constraints and limitations, establishing goals and definitions etc…

At least three different design processes are introduced, discussed and compared.  SADIMET has become a standard of permaculture design but different methods might prove more powerful for different situations and different people.

Some discussion of implementation strategies and methods is also a key skill necessary in applied permaculture.

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Daruma features many interconnected systems such as the natural pool, many koi & catfish ponds, rice paddy and chinampas all interconnected with canals, integrated animal systems, vegetables, fruit trees and of course many buildings and structures that provide shelter for humans & animals as well as learning facilities.

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Days With No Class

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As a visitor, you are welcome to use the natural pool when class & practical activities are over.

To discover the facilities and wider area around Daruma such as the nearby lake, reservoir, Bang Saen beach, and Siracha, take a look at our About pages.

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Taking a PDC Course in Thailand

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Of the many places to study for your PDC in Asia, Thailand has always been a popular destination.

Chinampas at Daruma, a permaculture designed educational ecovillage in Thailand
Chinampas at Daruma, a permaculture designed educational ecovillage in Thailand

The climate in Thailand can be as varied as in any country that rises in elevation from sea level at the coast to mountainous ranges and is classified as wet/dry tropical.

Here at Daruma we are firmly in the tropics, however the permaculture design course covers many variations and combinations of geography, landscape, climate and the plant & animal life that exists as part of them.  A firm grasp of permaculture ethics & principles is what we will focus on which can then be applied by you at home and to any project, anywhere in the world.

We feel our all inclusive price delivers excellent value to you, covering all meals, accommodation, use of the extensive library & other study areas including 20 computer cubicles in the Learning Resource Centre, super fast internet, natural pool, sauna and FarmLab™ to name a few of the facilities at Daruma which are at your disposal during your stay.

Updated as & when they become available, hit the link to see all our courses here, and all our permaculture courses in thailand here.

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Your Permaculture Certificate

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Upon completion of your PDC, you will be presented with your Permaculture Design Course Certificate.  Students must complete the 72 hours of class & hands-on activities along with presenting their own design project at the end of the course, totalling 84 hours.

In addition to your Certificate, you will also be registered on the Permaculture Global Network website by your instructor, confirming your attendance & announcing your successful completion of the course to the global permaculture community.

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Meet The Facilitators

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The Venue

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The venue for your Permaculture Design Course is Daruma Eco Village, a functioning Ecovillage based within the culture & education domain of the permaculture flower.  Hit the video below for a quick tour.

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Established in 2007 on an abandoned farm with nothing growing above head height, Daruma Eco Village comprises many elements including Daruma Eco Farm, an alternative English-based school for children aged 3 years and up called Mosaic Learning Center, as well as volunteer & intern programs in addition to hosting permaculture design courses.

You can see in the video above, shot in 2015, how things are blooming there, with many trees now firmly established and well over three storeys high.

Daruma is an ecologically designed facility with the purpose of providing an environment geared towards lifelong learning.

You can read more about Daruma Eco Village here.

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Schedule

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The permaculture design course will typically require 12 days to complete, so classes usually run from Monday to Saturday, with Sunday as a rest day.

The schedule is typically as follows, of course with a disclaimer that this can change from day to day depending on other activities, field trips, etc.  See the FAQ’s below.

09:00 – 10:15 Morning Meeting, Check-in, Announcements, Class
10:15 – 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 – 11:45 Class
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:15 – 15:00 Class
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:30 – 17:30 Class

Many students comment after the course that it is highly rewarding both in terms of what they learn, and also the relationships and bonds that are formed when taking the course during an intense, demanding 2 week period.

With that being said, arrivals at Daruma Eco Village should be by the Sunday afternoon at latest to enable us to get you settled in & answer any preliminary questions you may have.  It is preferable to arrive in daylight hours, to avoid disturbing other guests at Daruma, and additionally, staff may be unavailable from 6pm. If your travel plans make this arrival schedule an issue for you, please let us know so that we can organize accordingly with you before your arrival, and we can probably figure something out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A passage from RetroSuburbia: The Manifesto by David Holmgren:

“This essay is based on an earlier version that was first published by the Simplicity Institute in 2012. It was written before RetroSuburbia and focuses on the rational for retrosuburbia as way for society to sensibly address a host of sustainability, economic and social issues. It challenges academics, urban planners and policy makers to think more creatively about urban sustainability, and debunks the orthodox view of the urban planning profession that higher density development is more sustainable. The roll out of retrosuburbia should enliven urban planning debates! This essay uses the statistics of Aussie St to illustrate the potential of a larger-scale transformation of suburbia, and similar low density residential landscapes, into dynamic, productive and engaging communities. It is a good starting point for those promoting retrosuburbia as good for society.

I first came across term “retrofitting” in the 1970s reading the Whole Earth Catalogue to describe the creative responses to make American homes more energy efficient in the first oil crisis. Retrofitting is generally associated with changing the built environment and technology to make it fit for new purpose.

Similarly a “permablitz” makeover of an existing yard, or any other permaculture design process, reshapes the existing plants, structures, soil and water resources of the biological domain for abundance and resilience, tomorrow and into the future neither of these processes involve blank slate planning that completely replaces existing assets.

While our fossil fuelled culture constantly focuses on changing the environment to meet our needs and desires, in a world of less, we will find that it is often simpler to modify our behaviour, habits and attitudes. Thus the retrofitting process can be similarly applied to transforming personal, household and community behaviour and organisation. My own lifelong experience with self reliant living, informed by permaculture ethics and design principles, has taught me that behaviour change is the “low hanging fruit”. This reflects the aphorism “change the world by changing yourself”.

In a world of less, we will find that it is often simpler to modify our behaviour, habits and attitudes reflecting the permaculture aphorism that “the problem is the solution.” In the right conditions behaviour can quickly shift compared the physical and natural realities that govern the built and biological domains.

On the other hand, entrenched dysfunctional habits can be stumbling blocks that lead to family and community break ups, failure to tale advantage of good design and action in the built and biological domains and resignation that a more self reliant and low footprint way of life is too difficult. For these reasons, a substantial part of the book focuses on the patterns of adaptive behaviour at the personal and household levels that can be the springboard for adaptive community level change.

Retrofitting is a step between the slow incremental organic processes by which traditional peoples modified their living environment and the typical processes of the modern world where fossil fuelled debt finance quickly wipes away old patterns and ways with brand new projects. I see retrofitting reflecting the ideas of Christopher Alexander’s Timeless Way of Building (1975) and his Pattern Language (1977) by which we recognise what already exists as wholes that can evolve, differentiate and be renewed and revived in response to a world of change.

While the retro style of the hipsters maybe could be nothing more than fashion, maybe there is a link between this fashion and the revival of the energy and enthusiasm for DIY tech, food growing and self reliant living not seen since the 1970s when permaculture last showed the promise of a grass roots transformation suburbia. In any case I think RetroSuburbia captures the ambiguity of a radical transformation for the future and the easy recreation of the best from the past.

While the suburban retrofit concepts have national and global application, the book is focused on Melbourne, Victorian regional towns and more generally southern Australia for several reasons;

  • In this home territory I can show the strategies, technique and designs that work without the demands of publishers for universal solutions to sell to the largest market.
  • Permaculture designers everywhere can readily adapt the solutions beyond this bioregion.
  • If we can help trigger an order of magnitude jump in the number of household retrofitting projects that succeed on home territory, that could generate both positive and negative responses from academics, policy makers and corporations that might lead to media and broader public interest.
  • If we succeed at that scale then the retro suburbs movement at home, will help inspire similar action around Australia and beyond.”

For further reading see the website at https://retrosuburbia.com/reading/retrosuburbia-the-manifesto/

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