Permaculture Design Course 2018

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Date(s) - March 23, 2018 to April 7, 2018
All Day

Mindfulness Project

         Permaculture Design Course



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 powerful answers that many are searching for in order to solve the many problems in the world today! 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 are integrated into a system where they support each other in a unique way. Permaculture is based on observing nature and these observations teach us how to design ways of living that have the stability and resiliency of a 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

2 leading projects, 2 incredible teachers all in one course! It is a rare opportunity to have two experienced and world class teachers in one course. Both live or have lived 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 is a rare opportunity because it will take place in 2 different locations. First at the Mindfulness Project. This is a very new project, having been in this location for just two years and starting with a completely blank canvas, you will see the initial and developmental stages of the design process and how it has been implemented in this site. See permaculture processes in action!
Second in the Panya Project. The oldest Permaculture site in Thailand with over 12 years of experience. The founder Christian Shearer is the main teacher in this course.




This course covers all the amazing subjects of Permaculture including:

  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 with the soil food web to 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 the course will include daily yoga and meditation sessions run by a former monk here in Thailand with years of experience teaching in these fields and about Buddhism in general. The Mindfulness Project is located just outside a small Thai village and we are very much a part of this community, so you will have the opportunity to experience a very different side of Thailand and Thai culture to the usual tourist destinations.

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!

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What to bring:

  •   a torch
  •   blanket to sleep on
  •   clothes to work in
  •   pen and paper
  •   if you chose the option to camp in your own tent bring everything you need to sleep comfortably
  •   all your enthusiasm



Here at the Mindfulness Project we have beautiful open but rustic style dormitory accommodation. You will be part of the very beginning of the first eco-village in the poorest part of Thailand!
We can provide you all you need for a comfy night’s sleep including a floor mattress, mosquito net, Thai pillow, sheeting and a blanket. If you have any special desires you are welcome to bring your own gear such as a tent, hammock or extra bedding. Note that we have composting toilets and open showers. So this is for nature lovers!


We serve large and tasty vegetarian meals. The Mindfulness Project is known for its extremely delicious and healthy food. This will boost your immune system and puts you on a path to re-invigoration!

We can accommodate most food allergies. Please let us know in advance!


Course Fee and Payment:

The course fee is 660 EURO including teaching materials, food, accommodation and the transfer from the Mindfulness Project to the Panya Project. We ask you to pay a 200 Euro deposit to reserve your spot. The rest is payed at the beginning of the course.
We offer a 100 EURO early bird discount until December 30th 2017. In this case we ask you to pay the full fee before hand.



chris5 Christian Shearer
Christian is the founder and current Managing Director of the Panya Project (, a permaculture, natural building and sustainable living education center in Northern Thailand.
Christian is also lead designer and educator for Terra Genesis International (www.terra-, an international Permaculture Consulting Firm. Christian sits on the advisory board for WeForest (, and is working to help them with their goal to plant 20 million square kilometers of forest. He and his wife are currently building an Earthship at the foot of the Tetons in the US. His passion for the subject matter shines through in his teaching. Students leave the course inspired and motivated to bring about change in their lives!
chris3 Christian Carow
Christian is the founder and current Managing Director of the Mindfulness Project (, a meditation, yoga, 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 largely 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 and live up to their full potential!

Book Your Spot!

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Standard Ticket 660 EURO
The course fee is 660 Euro. We charge here only 200 Euro deposit. Permaculture Design Course. Includes Teachings, food, accomodation and the transport between the Mindfulness Project and Panya Project.

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About the Author:

Christian is the founder and spiritual leader of the Mindfuness Project. He is meditating in intensive retreats in Thailand since 2002 and he became a Monk for a year in Wat Pho Baan Nontan, Thailand. Is Approach to teaching the Dharma is very open and incorporates a lot of wisdom from both other traditions as well as scientific studies. Paired with his enthusiasm for life and the natural way of living he has inspired thousands of People around the world.

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