Tacomepai – Permaculture Design Course PDC 2012 – Thailand

by kaiconfusion

About our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) experience at Tacomepai Organic Farm 2012 in Pai
Northern Thailand


After our real introduction into Permaculture at the Panya Project we are now Permaculture designers…
after taking the Permaculture design Course in July 2012 at Tacomepai near Pai in Northern Thailand !!!

…If don’t really know what permaculture is – CLICK ?WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?  – for a short introduction.


Permaculture Design Course 2012 Tacomepai Thailand Pai

The PDC class of Tacomepai 07/2012 in the forest of Northern Thailand.


Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement


The Permaculture Flower

Permaculture Principles

Pictures can explain better than to many words, which means I’ll write just briefly about our PDC course but I have posted a lot of pictures!!! First of all: It was such a great experience that I need to share this with you guys and I hope you will too, share with many people more.
That’s also why I can not stop encouraging everyone to look into Permaculture! It is for everyone, it is fun and meaningful and a real solution to our global, local and even personal problems!
PDC stands for Permaculture Design Course and was developed by Bill Mollison to teach principles and foundations of sustainable design.
All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format. The idea and concept behind it is, to give participants of the course no matter in which part of the world, the basic skills and understanding to design whatever it might be like your life, your house, your garden or any project in a permaculture way.
People who take the course will learn and understand the principles and philosophy of permaculture and will be given lessons in ecology, design, system thinking, food forestry, urban permaculture and many things more!
A great website providing PDC lectures for free is  permaculture-media-download.com/introduction-to-permaculture

The course that we have taken at Tacomepai

lasted for 14 days with 18 participants from Brasil, Chile, USA, Holland, Germany, Scotland, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan…
Our Teacher Martijn Ballemans from Holland got interested in Permaculture at Tacomepai 5 years ago, now returning to teach
his second PDC class!

Some of the contents of our two weeks schedule:

  • permaculture ethics & design principles
  • system theory
  • patterns of nature
  • food forest
  • ecological gardening
  • wild medicinal & edible plants
  • Forest trip/ Bamboo camp/ Learning from nature/ Survival
  • renewable & alternative energy
  • water and water systems
  • natural building
  • economy
  • urban permaculture
  • design work

Photos of our 14 days exciting, inspiring , fulfilling, encouraging, wonderful experience!

In the classroom.
Not only for theory lessons, but also for meditation, great meals, almost every evening for documentaries
(check out my documentaries list at the top of the blog!) and bonefires, we have gathered in Sandots
playful classroom with swinging banks and tables.

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Compost Tea, A Tour on the land, powerful community games and exercises…

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Taking soil samples to examine its condition and health…

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The design process at the New Land Project, our farewell party and feast! On the way in the forest 16 in a tiny 4×4!

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(Left) A visit a Permapai a new awesome Permaculture project near Pai from Dave and Lilly!
(Right) If you enlarge the photo
you can see tiny balls on the roots of the plant. These are Rhizobia – only through the symbiotic relationship of leguminous plants and these bacteria nitrogen can be fixed in the soil which is necessary for all plant growth!

Fire in the classroom every night before watching a documentary to keep the bugs at bay, Boy the buffalo, Sandot

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One of the highlights:
wo days and one night of wilderness survival training at day 7 and 8 of the course:

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Cooking over the fire and making crafts…
Carving and building and weaving spoons, cups, plates, pots, baskets, sticky rice steamers and more from Bamboo…

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We have built this hut together in less than 3 hours! It didn’t fit all of us but at least 16 People!
AMAZING local skill and craftsmanship and power of working together!
Permaculture yeah!


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