Ecology and Permaculture week 23 -30 December 2018 plus Permaculture Practice week Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019



Bring your freshly gained knowledge to action
on the beautiful land of Gaia Ashram!


This bilingual 7-day workshop will take place from Sunday, December 23 until Sunday, December 30 at Gaia Ashram, a community-based education centre in Nong Khai, Thailand. Afterwards, we offer a Permaculture Practice Week for those who want to deepen their knowledge even further.

In this course, you will explore the basics of permaculture, gardening, natural building, natural products, and fermentation and gather great ideas for designing your own living conditions following the permaculture principles. It is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to gain more garden experience, get a deeper understanding of ecology and learn the basics of how to create your own house, natural products and how to use your harvest. You are welcome to contribute and bring your knowledge to action right away! With this course we want to increase your insights about ecology and permaculture and empower you to create an abundant garden at your home, in your street, at a school, or in your community.

Have a green and sustainable Christmas and New Year’s together with us!

About the course

The Ecological Sustainability and Permaculture Week will take place from 23 December to 5 January at Gaia Ashram, an alternative educational centre in Nong Khai, northeast Thailand. The course consists of two parts, which can also be attended separately.

Part 1: Ecology and Permacultur week in Thailand

Date: December 23 to 30

Price: 215 EUR or 8,000 THB incl. vegan food and basic accommodation. We have also single and double rooms for more privacy. (single rooms for additional 8 EUR/day)

Content: This intensive week covers topics from gardening, sustainable housing, soil, site analysis, to permaculture design and zoning. We will also discover how to process the harvest for cooking, fermenting or natural products. We want to increase your insights about ecology and permaculture and empower you to create an abundant garden at your home, in your street, at a school, or in your community. We will close the week with a design praxis where we will ask you to connect the newly gained knowledge to your daily life.

Language: English and Thai

Part 2: Permacultur practice in Thailand

Date: December 31 till January 5th 2019

Price: 110 EUR or 4,000 bath EUR incl. vegan food and basic accommodation. We have also single and double rooms for more privacy. (double room for additional 12 EUR/day)

Content: The additional practice will help you to deepen your new knowlege and use it directly. Furthermore, you can get a better understanding by working on projects on the land.

Language: mainly English

For Part 1 and 2 we offer a few places with a discount for youth and people with low income. Just drop us a message! The contribution will help to keep the project running and is used for food, accommodation and other expenses, such as tools and materials. The surplus will be reinvested into the land. The Ecology Week is part of an Ecovillage Design Education Course.

What is ecology?

Ecological concerns are fundamental to the design and development of an ecological lifestyle. Ecology takes great care to ensure that life supporting natural functions are not only preserved but enhanced whenever possible. The strategy is working with nature rather than against it. The ultimate goal of a sustainable lifestyle and settlement design is the creation of self-reliant, self-maintaining, self-regenerating “living systems” that can assume a life of their own with a neutral carbon footprint. Ecology is stretched to not only concern the individual life, or a single house. It is more the whole ecological setup in zones and sectors of a village, or urban settlement.

What is permaculture?

Permaculture goes far beyond gardening and landscaping. If we want to change the human ecosystems into a more sustainable way of life, we first need to understand the contexts in which we live. What are the most important influences? What material and energy flows do we find? Which resources are too abundant and what is missing in the system? What interactions are happening with the environment? And how can we include the very different needs of different social groups in our design processes? Permaculture designers not only create gardens with herbs, fruit and vegetables, they also create lively neighborhoods, local supply structures and regional economic cycles.

Permaculture is a creative design process based on the thinking of total systems. It integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – and imitates the waste-free, closed cycles found in different natural systems.

Who is this course for?

The course is for Thai people, interested in ecology and permaculture. it is for travelers looking for new inspiration and insights for their journey. It is for expats and all other people living in urban areas and looking for a break from busy city life. It is for everyone who wants to explore ecology and permaculture and bring some green and sustainable concepts back to your own reality.

Overview about the ecology week?

  • Introduction to permaculture
  • How to produce fresh & organic vegetables and fruits
  • How to build up soil
  • Natural building and appropriate technologies
  • Nature restoration
  • How to cook with local ingredients
  • Introduction to fermentation
  • Introduction to natural products

The detailed schedule will be posted soon!

The facilitator team

Lars Blume

Practiced permaculture for the very first time in Australia and New Zealand before doing his Permaculture Design Course at the Panya Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lars focus is on permaculture design, soil restoration and food production.

Karla Franielczyk

a certified permaculture designer. She’s interested in natural building, food production and social permaculture. Karla is one of the co-founder of a platform to go beyond sustainability.

Soraya Mze

a social activist and a certified permaculture designer. Her main area of interests are how to be an activist and a change maker by cooking, social permaculture and natural building.

You can find out More about us and flowful here.