Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Course, January 2017

                                     Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Certificate Course

                                                     Permaculture & Community living

                                                Intro to Ecovillage Design & Deep Ecology

                                                                 8th – 28th January 2017

Join us for the first Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) workshop to be held at the Gaia Ashram,Thailand.

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

Gaia Ashram?

Gaia Ashram is a community & learning center founded in 2013 with a vision to create a living & learning space that deepen our connection with nature and learn to work with nature. This Permaculture Design Course will deepen our connection with nature through knowledge and practice.

Gaia Ashram Permaculture Design Course

This Permaculture Design Course will be held in the spirit of Gaia Ashram where 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. We will create a space where trust can be built, compassion & connection are nurtured, our hearts and our minds open to welcome & embrace the diversity of the individuals and to draw the values we share. There will be space for skillshare, deep sharing and well being check – ins. Course participants will partly join the daily life of the people at Gaia Ashram such as daily chores, and are welcome to join the daily meditation & yoga/dance. Beside learning the knowledge of Permaculture, course participants will learn some theory and learn through the experience about community living.

The balance of the head – heart – hand – spirit

At Gaia Ashram we have another strong value on keeping the balance of different aspects of our whole being – Head, Heart, Hand & Spirit.

This Permaculture Design Course at Gaia Ashram takes three weeks instead of the usual two weeks because we add in practical learning. We try to design the course where there is more balance of the learning through the head, heart, hand and spirit.

Beside the 72 hours theory…

This course will have a special focus on natural building, house gardening and landscaping with extensive hands on activities on those subjects

The course will consist of a broad range of topics applicable to life anywhere on this planet, yet will be tailored to the needs of the students present as well as their climate zones. As part of the course, participants will help to co-create designs for real world projects that include elements such as food forests, permaculture-style gardens, natural building, water catchment, earthworks and social systems

The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner, but will go far beyond the scope of many PDC’s. The 72 hours of course work required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate, will be covered over 3 weeks, mixing hands-on activities, group work and walk-and-talks with plenty of in classroom studies, covering all major topics of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture: A Designers Manual.

The following topics will be discussed in class:

  1. Philosophies and Ethics underlying Permaculture
  2. Basic Permaculture principles
  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 microclimate design.  Learn how to grow plants outside of their hardiness zones
  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. How to shape the land to help it achieve the goals we are aiming for.
  10. Natural Building. How to build structures with materials available on-site.
  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.

Additional Topics

  • Ecovillage living & Ecovillage Design : We will spend a day to learn what is Ecovillage? and Introduction to Ecovillage Design & 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

       community activists

       Environmental Studies students

       homeowners who want to invest in the long-term productivity of their property

       school garden organizers



8th – 28th January 2017


Gaia Ashram, Nong Khai


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Gregory Crawford has a decade of work experience on small-scale, organic, community-supported farms in Washington State. A six-month apprenticeship at Pun Pun—a sustainable living center in Northern Thailand—sparked a passion of natural house design & productive architecture, leading Gregory to design & build over seven natural homes to date. It was during this apprenticeship that he became involved in the Panya Project, which was in its formative first year; collectively, Gregory has spent over two years at the Panya Project, facilitating courses & managing the natural buildings. Creating his own course-curriculum through an entirely self-directed education at the Evergreen State College led Gregory to study sustainable urban planning, unconventional methods of homesteading, innovative material reuse, & creative writing across Europe, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. His learning experience is embodied in his self-published, self-produced novel—Fall Apart Park—about the radical re-purposing of a broken, modern city. Gregory is currently transforming a neglected & abandoned 3,700 sq ft home in Detroit, Michigan into an urban permaculture resource center. He hosts workshops & courses focused on permaculture’s value within the city, replicable appropriate technologies, food production/preservation, ethically-aligned livelihood, personal & community empowerment, & much more.


Geoffroy Godeau is from Belgium where he graduated in landscape architecture. He discovered permaculture in Nicaragua, while traveling the world. He has been living on and off at the Panya Project for the last 8 years, learning, experimenting and teaching mainly about natural building. He has been working and teaching on natural building projects in Belgium as the manager of «Roots Culture»(registered non profit). Roots culture has been also investigating and practicing permaculture techniques in landscaping projects through the management of a plant nursery for PE Ferrard SPRL. He is also part of “brin de paille” the French speaking permaculture network in Europe.

Today, he is part of the Surplus Design staff, a partner on the conservation orchard of Kazakhstan apple trees ( in France as well as a garden coach and involved in the transition network movement.

And the Gaia Ashram teachers team…

Course fee:

  • Full Rate: 810 euro
  • Price includes: Food, Acommodation (dormitory), teaching fee.
  • For those who would like more privacy there are some separate rooms available for 250 thai bath per day. The rooms have enough space for two people to stay. We have not so many rooms available so those that book early will get the rooms.

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

Most of the rest of the profit from the course will be spent on water harvesting and irrigation at the Gaia Ashram (building water tanks, installing gutters, buying pumps and instal solar energy system for the pumps etc.)

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 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 euro non-refundable downpayment through  Eventbrite:

Please send all inquires to :

To get a feel of Gaia Ashram see the following slideshow:

Gaia Ashram

Additional Information:

To read more about what permaculture is and why you should get excited about taking your PDC, please read though some of the website below:

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