The course follows the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, based on Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison, which provides the basic understanding, information and ideas on how to design a sustainable and regenerative system in balance with our natural environment. At Sahainan Permaculture Organic Farm, we use this curriculum together with the 12 principles developed by David Holmgren, and build on them with our own experiences and practical skills over the years.
Course participants will have the opportunity to see real examples of permaculture principles putting into practice at Sahainan. We teach the essential skills to start a farm, how to apply permaculture principles, and how to manage the elements in the land. In addition to teaching the permaculture principles, we also provide workshops for hands-on practical learning and site visits. Thus, you will learn in both indoor classroom and outdoor settings.
This course will help inspire you to create the house, farm, project, garden, business, community and/or lifestyle of your dreams! It will give you more creativity, confidence and ability to grow your own passion, design effective systems that work harmoniously with nature, and enjoy and share the fruitful outcome of your design.
After successful completion of this course, you will receive your Permaculture Design Certificate. This certificate is the prerequisite for teaching permaculture and also using the word “Permaculture” in any business activity.
Fee: 20,000 Baht for 14 days, including food and accommodation. To sign up for our course, please email us your full name, home address, and why you want to attend the course. Paying the non-refundable deposit (3,000 Baht) will secure your space in the course. When wiring the money for the deposit, please bear in mind that banks will charge fees for sending/receiving the money. If we receive less than 3,000 Baht as deposit due to bank fees, you can pay the balance with the remainder of the course fee. The bank account information is:
Bank: Bangkok Bank
Swift Code: BKKBTHBK
Account Number: 7070009134
Account Name: Sandoet Sukkaew
Bank Address: 67 Moo.1, Rangsiyanon Road, Viengtai Pai Mae Hong Son, 58130, Thailand
If Sahainan Permaculture Organic Farm has to cancel the course, the deposit will be refunded. The deposit is not refundable if a participant cancels his or her participation in the course for any reason.
Our courses fill up fast so please save your space soon! We know that despite our best efforts to keep the course cost low, it may still be too high for some people. We therefore offer a partial scholarship position based on circumstances and financial need, so please email us if you are interested in applying for this scholarship. To support the local Thais, we offer one full scholarships to an English-speaking Thai who is a gardener, farmer, works for an NGO, or works in the field of sustainability.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own notebook and stationery, flashlight/headlamp, organic soap, water bottle, sensible clothing/footwear, hat, towel, tissue paper, bed sheet, and personal medicine. If you are a fire enthusiast and love learn how to make a fire in a fire pit, please bring a lighter. For directions and details about Sahainan facilities, please visit the "Volunteer" and “Direction” pages on our website (www.sahainan.com). You can also visit "Gallery" or our Facebook page (Sahainan Permaculture Organic Farm). Please do not hesitate to email us if you need further information.
How are we using the fee you paid for the course? By taking part in the course, you are taking part in ethical investment and funding the preservation of our permaculture practices by supporting a purchase of neighbouring land to prevent the spread of harmful chemicals. The farm agencent to ours chooses to use agricultural chemicals (due to limits in labour resources) and are not in a position to commit to organic or more sustainable practices. We have offered to hire someone to allow their farm to switch to hand-picking, but this still does not ensure chemical-free farming practices. The farmers are looking to sell to downsize the operation. We worry that if we don’t buy this land, a business could act quickly to deforest the land and/or transfer to industrial mono-crop farming, compromising our farm and harming animals and the land.
After four years of water conservation on our farm, we finally have our own spring water, but there are still concerns for safety because of the flow of water off of neighbouring land. We hope to use this water for farming and, after many years of chemical-free use, for drinking as well. We have installed dams along the valley to filter water and have used a planting system to absorb the unwanted chemicals. However, proactive measures would be more reliable and sustainable, so we are planning to purchase and restore a portion of our neighbours’ land upstream.
All of the proceeds from this course and certification will be put towards purchasing the land, which means more organic food, more land preservation, more wildlife conservation, more clean water, and more sustainable food systems!