Date: 29.09. - 11.10.2014
Location: The dream island Kho Mak

Stop complaining about the darkness - light a candle! (Chinese proverb)

If everybody makes a difference the world will be different! (Owen Geiger)

This Permaculture course gives you the powerful answers that everybody is searching for in order to solve today's problems! Join a movement which is growing tremendously every day and start to immerse yourself into a lifestyle that will make a real difference for yourself and this planet.
Permaculture is a proven organic gardening system that is based on old traditional methods combined with the newest technology. This includes water harvesting methods, compost and soil management, natural building methods, alternative energy ideas and alternative solutions for trade and markets. The special feature of Permaculture is that all these elements will be integrated into a system where they support each other in a unique way. Permaculture is based on observing nature, these observations teach us how to design ways of living that have the stability and resiliency of natural ecosystems — they show us positive solutions for creating and managing systems for food, medicine, and building materials, as well as relationships with ourselves,  animals, and our communities.

You can apply these design principles to small scale or urban gardens as well as on large scale farms in any kind of climate or landscape.

You will learn:

  • how to design your own land
  • how to grow food just about anywhere
  • repair environmentally damaged lands
  • design incredible and long lasting green-buildings
  • produce your own power
  • run successful people-oriented businesses
  • how to do the work you love and live meaningful and authentic lives all while building genuine community

  • All by using the same fundamental Permaculture principles and applying the Permaculture ethics of:

    Care of People – Care of the Earth – Sharing of the Surplus

    “All the worlds problems can be solved in a garden” - Geoff Lawton

    3 leading projects, 2 incredible teachers, one course! The Permaculture Institute Thailand, WWOOF Thailand and the Mindfulness Project are hosting an exeptional course on one of the most beautifull islands in Thailand. Both teachers live in Thailand so they have a broad and direct knowledge of many different climate zones and landscapes. They will tailor the course to the needs of the participating students and you can benefit tremendously from their incredible knowledge.

    The course will cover all the amazing subjects of Permaculture:

    1. Philosophies and Ethics underlying permaculture
    2. Basic permaculture principles
    3. Patterns in Nature and how to use that in permaculture 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 strategies. We will cover all the major climates and how to work with them.
    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 withthe soil food webto 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. Aquaculture
    11. Natural Building. How to build structures with materials available on-site.
    12. Alternative systems.Community living and other ways of living differently that works well for people and the planet. Bio-regional organization, community development, alternative economic systems, permaculture as aid.

    On top of that you can enjoy daily Yoga and Meditation classes in a unique setting and enjoy the incredible nature on the island, beaches and serene tranquility. There is hardly a better location for a Permaculture Course because the whole island is in the hands of a few families who are protecting the island and are planning to turn it into a Permaculture island.

    Albert Einstein said, that you can never solve a problem with the same mind state which caused the problem. In this course you will receive an incredibly broad set of knowledge about inner and outer resources that can actually make a difference in the world.

    So if you're passionately curious about how to start making a difference in your community and designing an abundant place to live, please join us! No previous experience in farming, growing or building is necessary. Don´t miss it!
    What to bring
  • a torch
  • clothes to work in
  • pen and paper
  • if you choosed the option to camp in you own tent bring everything you need to sleep compfortable
  • all your enthusiasm
  • Accomodation
    Kho Mak offers one of the most incredible sites for a Permaculture Course. Directly on the beach you find a serene landscape and an incredible beautiful scenery!
    Course fee
    Design course: 560 Euro
    This includes 3 very delicious meals and teaching materials. The course fee does NOT include accomodation.
    We want to offer this course to different people with different budgets, because Permaculture should be accessible for everybody. The island offers a wide variety of accomodations and you can choose for yourself:
    Option 1: Sleeping in your own tent: 100 Baht/day
    Option 2: Double bungalow in Banana Sunset Resort: 250 Baht per person/day
    Option 3: Double bungalow in Pano Resort: 250 Baht per person/day
    Luxury Option: AOKAO Resort: 1000 - 3000 Baht/day
    You can choose for yourself, which accomodation suits you best. Please note when you reserve your space how you want to accomodate yourself. The Banana Sunset resort must be booked over us. If you want to stay in another resort please book directly with them and pay there.
    We ask every student for a deposit of 150 Euro to reserve your space. This reservation fee is non refundable.
    Early bird discount of 100 Euro for full payment prior 15.08.2014.
    Space is limited so its first come, first serve!
    Ao Kao Resort, Kho Mak
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    Howard Story Howard Story
    Born in Canada, Howard has traveled and lived in 40 countries. In his previous life he was an executive with International Business Machines (IBM). He holds a BA in Natural Resource Economics, a BSc in Biology and a MA in Education.
    He is the founding Director and CEO of WWOOF Thailand, a member of International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM) and a student of the IFOAM Academy for Organic Excellence. He holds a PDC and a PDC Teachers certification. He is the owner and operator of the Nong Weang Community Development Project a 70 acre Permaculture demonstration and teaching farm in Issan Province, Thailand.
    Christian Shearer Christian Carow
    Christian is the founder and current Managing Director of the Mindfulness Project (, a meditation, permaculture, natural building and sustainable living education center in North-EastThailand. He is also the co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of Thailand and the founder of the Mindfulness Project Charity in Germany which has the aim to preserve and largly extend the natural forest in Thailand. Christian was the owner of a marketing company in Germany before he became a monk for a year in Thailand. Every real change has to start within and his passion is to guide people on a path to complete liberation. Students leave the course inspired and motivated to bring about change in their lives!

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