We’ve just finished our PDC at Embun Pagi and we both learned alot. The course was two weeks long and we went from 8:30 in the morning until around 9:30 pm most nights, it was a really busy schedule!! (note: all the pictures on this post were not taken by Kelly or Tanya, their were taken by Ruyu, who was helping to run the PDC).
To describe Permaculture in a quick sentance is somewhat difficult, but it is basically a “system of design for creating sustainable human environments”. It is organic agriculure combined with design and ecology. (I can almost hear my parents laughing now because as a child when we used to visit my grandparents farms I would always say how I could never live or work on a farm!). The course is a combination of lecture, hands-on expereience, and a big design projects. There were about 15 students in the class, from either Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Canada (us!), and the instructors who we met in India are from USA/France. We’ve met some great people in the course!
Here are some of the topics that were covered in the course: site design, design methods, pattern understanding, climate factors, water (ie. greywater systmes, water catchment/harvesting), trees, soils, natural building, earthworks, aquaculture, transition towns, urban permaculture, etc. We did some interesting hands-on, such as building a vermicompost (yes, worms!). We are looking forward to using some of the info we learned when we are volunteering in Thailand.