As a graduate from the 2 week permaculture design course at Daruma Eco-farm, I could not recommend this experience enough. Set in a beautiful and convenient location, this dynamic and abundant farm is an excellent classroom for budding and developing permaculturists. With amazing teachers, fascinating ecology, and innovative systems, this is the ideal location to study permaculture.
Daruma Eco-farm is a wonderful education center and a successful example of caring for the earth, caring for the people, and sharing abundance. I was a student in the 2 week permaculture design course which incorporated hands-on farming and building, design practice, and classroom work. Earth building, seed starting, land assessment, all of the practical aspects were incredible empowering and built a foundation of land practices I still use today. The academic aspects of the course were fascinating; from calculating terrace sizes, to studying ecological interactions, to presenting an integrated landscape design. This course exceeded not only my expectations, but the literature I had found on permaculture. I am forever grateful to my breakthrough experience working and learning with Daruma Eco-farm.
From the natural swimming pool, to bamboo hammocks, to terraced vegetables, and straw bale buildings, Daruma Eco-farm is a paradise of permaculture. An easy day trip to Bangkok, this educational center is conveniently located to incorporate a permaculture design course during travels or study. The 2 week course I participated in was extremely well planned, interactive, and academic. I was not only able to learn leaps and bounds about biology, land design, ecology, engineering, and building, the integration of locals in the farm staff allowed me to expand my Thai language and cultural knowledge as well. I came to the farm a complete permie novice and left with my world turned upside down with healthy soil now being my heaven! The practical work we did daily such as transplanting, propagating, land assessment, earth building, and water capturing were processes that one cannot learn in a classroom. The hands-on experience we had during this PDC was what separated this course from countless others I had researched. We were able to complete full projects such as building a rammed earth structure, straw bale library, and terraces while still learning the science behind it all. It was a great balance of real life practice and classroom/group work. Accommodations were cozy, and I made wonderful lifelong friends with the fellow students. I am still practicing a life of permaculture, now on my own farm in Colombia, using everything we learned in my initial PDC. I will be forever grateful to Daruma Eco-farm for launching me on this amazing path to earth regeneration!