We teach skills for growing, designing and living like “it matters”. Many people who are searching for a more fulfilling life, feel they want to create a better world using natural solutions by reduce their carbon ecological footprint, while healing the planet and helping build a more sensible, sustainable, quality life for themselves while also helping others. Permaculture is a solution to this, for people, for animals, for the planet, for both rural and especially for urban dwellers. “Permaculture is innovative agriculture using ecosystem intensification to deliver greater sustainability and higher value global food chains” – H.C. Story. Permaculture takes an ethical view that applies natures lessons, to designing ways of living that are highly sustainable. It teaches how to “work with nature rather than against her”. Food security, community resilience, local economy, natural buildings, ecosystems regeneration and biodiversity are all included in Permaculture “designed living”.
The Permaculture Institute Thailand (PIT) and Permaculture Institute Asia (PIA) are Permaculture education and demonstration organization. We encourage, support and facilitate all forums of education, demonstration sites, that offer resources, groups, courses and people associated with and practicing Permaculture in Asia and Thailand. All qualified Designers, Consultants, Instructors and Projects. We are aligned with Permaculture Association of US, Permaculture UK and PRI Australia values, ethics, principals and education. We are primarily an education Institution in Thailand with courses in Thailand, Laos, Asia and even America. We host and teach both local and international youth including local young farmers in Permaculture. Our methods employ ecological intensification, sustainable living, growing high quality foods and building resilient natural buildings and communities.
Our certificates are “Internationally recognized world wide” for meeting International standard Permaculture education. Our courses offer “hands on how to” leading to skills and jobs as Permaculture as project “Land Managers” , Designers and consultants in your own business. We also offer internships and apprenticeships (terms 3 to 12 months) on Permaculture farms and projects in Asia. We have access to over 135 farms and projects in Asia thru our sister organization WWOOF Thailand and Permaculture Institute Asia.
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We support and teach sustainable living thru research in ecological agriculture, bio ecology (read non-GMO) crops and non-chemical intensive farming, we work to conserve natural agricultural biodiversity and a fair and equitable food system. We ask “what does it matter to be a great rice exporter, if the farmers are still poor?” and look for niches of increased yield and demand to support rural small family farms.
Permaculture in Thailand applies to both rural and urban areas. (As an example 1 in 10 households in rural areas live in poverty). Our mission is to spread Permaculture, it’s Ethics, Principals and techniques thru out Thailand to all people. Using the ideas, research and appropriate technologies of Permaculture to focus on sustainable livelihoods and where possible address issues of poverty, through community mobilization around sustainable, income-generation activities, combining, cultural, craft, ecological and food security dimensions of rural life which holds tremendous potential for both income generation and enhancement for the basic quality of life. We include Natural Farming and Sustainable Living practices as part of our Permaculture practices. Foreign students get the rare opportunity to work hands on with local farms and farmers, NGO’s and Environmentally active organization helping to address the threat of climate change. We provide real help to Thailand by providing cultural exchange of people, youth and ideas to rural communities, farms and projects.
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Our graduates move into waiting jobs upon completion of their 6 or 12 month internships. The PDC course serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute Asia. 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.
What we Do – We specialize in healing the land and re-building “regenerating” ecosystems, our courses empower and educate others to do the same. We conduct research, creating healthy food and market incentives and raising public awareness. PIT can affect large-scale change in the Wet/Dry tropics of farms by designing Rice Paddy and Aquaculture integration into Asia’s rice paddy system. The result is year round income to farms. Implementation and application of the Chinampa system with swales to provide “droubt proof” moist productive soil resulting in year round growing environments. We create a holistic approach to agriculture. We have set a goal of establishing 4 permaculture Hubs across Thailand. These would be strategically-placed
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For more on Permaculture in Asia see www.PermacultureInstituteAsia.com