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"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."

(Bill Mollison, 'Father of Permaculture')


"You can fix all the world's problems in a garden."

(Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Guru)


"... the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter."

(Bill Mollison, 'Father of Permaculture')

  permaculture design certificate course thailand, PDC in koh phangan   UPCOMING PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE (PDC) COURSE >> more...
17 OCT - 29 OCT 2016

  Koh Phangan Villa Rental



phanganearthworks is stoked to announce another two-week Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with internationally acclaimed teacher Rhamis Kent, to take place

• 17 October - 29 October 2016

on our property on Phangan island, Southern Thailand.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC certification), Thailand

  >> CLICK HERE to download the A3 workshop poster for the October 2016 PDC taught by Rhamis Kent (PDF, 197 KB)


The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison.
The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.
The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

The Cirriculum is Based on all Subjects in: PERMACULTURE: A Designers’' Manual by Bill Mollison. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Topics covered include:

• Theory and principles of permaculture
• Methods of design
• Understanding patterns in nature
• Water harvesting and management
• Drought-proofing
• Trees & their energy transactions
• Eco-friendly house placement and design
• Energy efficient architecture
• Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
• Earthworks & their use in earth repair
• Soils
• Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
• Organic food production
• Livestock
• Aquaculture
• Ecological pest control
• Humid tropics
• The temperate climates
• Humid cool climates
• Dry lands
• Strategies for urban and rural settings
• Recycling and waste management
• Right livelihood
• Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
• Money and finance
• Ethical investment
• Bio regional organisation
• Legal strategies and trusts
• Effective working groups
• Effective aid

To learn more, we suggest watching the following video clips:

Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (10.1 MB)
Permaculture and Time with Geoff Lawton
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (19.6 MB)
What is Permaculture?
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (24.8 MB)

The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner. The 72 hours of course work required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate will be covered over a 13-day period. This course is a classroom course with small amounts of hands-on practice. All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.


Monday 17 October - Saturday 29 October 2016;
Workshop hours are 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00


On our jungle hillside property in the hills above Sri Thanu village, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, THAILAND.
Email us for more information and to make your booking today, or call Julien +66 (0)83 393 90 21.


Regular tuition fee for the 72-hour certified PDC is THB 25’000 (ca. 630 EUR), with an early-bird discount of THB 4'000 for full payments prior to 15 July 2016. We also offer an NGO special price* of THB 18'000 (ca. 450 EUR).

The number of participants is limited to 30 people, first come first served.

*If you work for an NGO and believe that permaculture could help your organization achieve its goals, please email us about the NGO discounted rate.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions section to find answers to the following questions:

1. How do I get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan?
2. How do I find you once I am on Koh Phangan?
3. Accommodation Overview
4. What is the quality of the food like on Koh Phangan?
5. Recommended Restaurants
6. Is there Internet access?


rhamis kent The October 2016 PDC course will be taught by Rhamis Kent, a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher with a formal training in mechanical engineering and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design.

Rhamis trained extensively in Australia at Geoff Lawton's Zaytuna Farm (PRI Australia) where he took his PDC, followed by: Permaculture Earthworks, Permaculture Teacher Training, Permaculture Aid Worker Training and a permaculture internship with Geoff.

His training at PRI Australia led to his involvement with design work connected to the development of Masdar City in UAE after Mr. Lawton and his consulting company (Permaculture Sustainable Consultancy Pty. Ltd.) were contracted by AECOM/EDAW to identify solutions which fit the challenging zero emissions/carbon neutral design constraint of the project.

Rhamis has lectured at Schumacher College in Totnes (Devon, UK) about the application of permaculture in post-industrial Detroit:

He is presently consulting with a delegation of Somali expatriates initiating ecological restoration and education work in Northern Somalia:

Rhamis Kent: Permaculture in Somalia (IPC10 Presentation - Video)

To access some of Rhamis' writing on permaculture, please click here.

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Click here to download the A3 workshop poster for the 2016 PDC taught by Rhamis Kent (PDF, 197 KB).

HOW DO WE FEED THE WORLD WITHOUT DESTROYING IT?how do we feed the world without destroyng it?

>> watch this short thought-provoking video
>> choose your player: Quicktime / Flash



2014 Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course (Koh Phangan, February 2014)

>> click on the image above to view the slideshow

What participants of our most recent PDC had to say:

  Beautiful site, great people! (Siegfried, Canada)
  This PDC inspired me to become a better person (Dimitris, Greece)
  I feel ready to tackle my own urban garden and integrate a food forest and other elements. (Julia, USA)
  Thanks guys for your happiness and the way you receive us. (Erick, France)

2012 & 2013 Permaculture Design Courses

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course (Koh Phangan, March 2012)

>> click on the image above to view the slideshow

>> CLICK HERE to read an article/testimonial by one of our recent PDC graduates.

What participants had to say:

  The last day of the PCD course. Time has flown by, it has been such an inspiring and empowering experience! The beginning of a new chapter in my life. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels that there must be a way to live happier, healthier, meaningful lives and reconnect with nature, ourselves and each other. (Danielle, Belgium)
  This course has inspired me to export the permaculture ideas to schools and teaching farms all around the world. (Jeff, USA)
  Fantastic course site. (Kasey, Canada)
  I now have the theoretical knowledge to make the start. Great to know many others feel the same way and want to make changes. (Grant, Japan)
  I am mentally prepared and inspired to do this design work for a living and for volunteer efforts. (Tom, USA)
  I am inspired to get involved NOW. (Henry, Scotland)
  Positive, practical, holistic solutions for a local and global context. (Michelle, Canada)
  I knew most of the principles and facts - I had read the manual - but the course brought it together nicely and explained the links between the different subjects/chapters extremely well. (Charles, Scotland)

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to the following questions:

1. How do I get from Bangkok to Koh Phangan?
2. How do I find you once I am on Koh Phangan?
3. Accommodation Overview
4. What is the quality of the food like on Koh Phangan?
5. Recommended Restaurants
6. Is there Internet access?

Permaculture Design Course (March 2011)

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course (Koh Phangan, March 2011)

>> click on the image above to view the slideshow

What participants had to say:

  I now want to stop dreaming and start doing. (Anna, Australia)
  This course has broadened my perspective and I now know that every climate/region has potential. (David, Canada)
  There always seems to be an answer to any problem. (Arisai, Thailand)
  I am determined to go and do it. (Akari, Japan)
  The knowledge gained will go a long way in working with friends on their urban properties. (Jevin, Canada)


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