17-day Permaculture Design Course 25 November – 12 December 2020

Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Certificate Course

At Gaia Ashram we are practicing holistic sustainable living for almost 7 years. In November 2020, we will host a Permaculture Design Certificate Course organized by our friends of flowful.

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The permaculture principles are not only reminding us how to design lands and communities but also how to react to change and make decisions. The last few days remind us that we need to go with the flow and accept our roles and responsibilities. We now have to creatively respond to the change.

First of all, thank you for staying committed in these difficult times! We wanna express our deep gratitude and respect. Secondly, we tried very hard to make this PDC possible; especially because of the current framework conditions as we strongly believe that there was never a bigger need for spreading knowledge on how to interact in harmony with nature than today. We also believe that in these times people empowerment and community experience is the right response to change.

The Permaculture Design Course will take place from November 25 till December 11, 2020; of course under the assumption that free movement throughout countries is possible and that we already reached a post-COVID-19 reality. We will use the PDC as a celebration and starting point for entering a new reality.

All information available here.


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 system that integrates science, art, politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and the diverse experiences and resources available in any community.


A PDC is an internationally known and accepted 72-hour theory course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design according to the movement’s founder Bill Mollison. The PDC serves as a foundation for further permaculture work and studies.

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 businesses 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 will be covered during
the 15- days PDC?

The Facilitator Team

For this PDC we created a diverse group of facilitators from different countries, gender, and ages to embrace the diversity in permaculture. The three hosting facilitators gained experience in urban, rural, landbased and social permaculture in different parts of the world and started their permaculture journey for different reasons.  The three facilitators will be supported by the Gaia Ashram team and the great experience they gained living and working a permaculture lifestyle.  To register just follow the link here

Hosting facilitators

Ben Murray from England 

Ben is a Permaculture designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening/agriculture, natural building, horticulture and landscape architecture. Ben has been actively practicing, consulting and teaching Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and organic gardening for the last 9 years in England, Thailand, China, 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.

Karla Franielczyk, from Germany

Karla is a permaculturist, yoga teacher, and natural builder. Always attracted by nature, she deepened her connection with Mother Earth through becoming vegan and finally did her Permaculture Design Course at the Panya Project, Thailand, in early 2017. Living at Gaia Ashram for almost 2 years, Karla has been practicing permaculture in her day to day life.

She is passionate about alternative and holistic living, social permaculture, and natural building.

Lars Blume from Germany

Lars discovered his love for gardening in his early childhood and was introduced to the magic of plants by his grandparents. While supporting them to grow fruits and vegetables in the family garden, he gained a basic understanding and natural way of interacting with soil and nature.

He is passionate of increasing social, environmental and animal justice with a focus on food democracy. Lars’ key learning and one of the reason to co-found flowful 2 years ago, is to keep on learning and stretching the personal comfort zone every single day.


At Gaia Ashram we provide basic but comfortable facilities.

Accommodation: Dormitory, shared rooms and single rooms. Mosquito nets, cushions, bedding, and blankets are provided.

Common space for sessions: Indoor sessions will be held at our sala, the main building of Gaia Ashram. All practical sessions will be happening on the land.

Toilets and showers: we provide compost toilets and separate showers for men and women.

Internet: There’s no internet available at Gaia Ashram but there is a wi-fi shop in the next village which is a 10-min bicycle ride away. We have a few bicycles available that can be used.

Food: Healthy local vegetarian and vegan food will be served. Participants will team up to cook breakfast in turns and on Sundays there is space for participants to cook their own food.

Where to find us

We are located in the North East of Thailand, in between the cities Nong Khai and Udon Thani. Gaia Ashram also is very close to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. For further information just have a look here.  

Book your spot

To register just follow the link! and make your down payment 3,100THB (100USD*). The upfront payment is possible via Eventbrite, PayPal or bank transfer.

If you need more information or you have any further questions, please contact Lars and Karla (info@flowful.org). You can reserve your spot by transferring the down payment via Eventbrite, PayPal or bank transfer. 


This course requires a minimum of 10 participants. We ask people to book and pay the deposit of 3,100THB to book your spot.

As soon as the minimum number of 10 participants is reached we will confirm that the course will take place. In case there are not enough participants signing up, we will announce the cancellation of the program by February 28th latest. If Gaia Ashram has to cancel the program, the paid deposit of 3,100THB will be fully refunded. In case you have to cancel your participation in the program, the down payment cannot be refunded.

* Excange rate THB to USD is 31.035 (2019 average) source OFX

May this course be of benefit to all beings!