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PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthwork

October 17th to October 29th, 2016 with Rhamis Kent

Rhamis-Kent-PDCSince 2011, I’ve been regularly teaching Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at a place called Phangan Earthworks on the island of Koh Phangan, one of the Gulf Islands in the southern portion of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic place – people are typically travelling there for yoga retreats (to get their minds & bodies together) or the monthly Full Moon party (to indulge in lots of alcohol and bad club music). I think this is one of the features I find especially intriguing about KP – the edge created by these polar opposites. It makes this course one of my more fascinating annual encounters. People come from all over the world with a collection of work & life experiences which really creates a unique atmosphere and setting for discussion and instruction. This proverbial “interpersonal ecotone” definitely makes Koh Phangan and Julien’s Phangan Earthworks one of my favourite places to teach. Couple the tropical setting along with the (relatively) low prices for delicious food & decent accommodation and you’ve got a pretty winning combination.


As with too many places on the planet currently, Thailand is having to contend with a number of problems related to environmental degradation – climate change, deforestation and soil degradation, industrial intensive farming, water pollution, air pollution, resource depletion, and waste generation. Even recurring drought, flooding, and water shortages. So the material to be covered is very relevant and immediately applicable.

Rhamis-Kent-PDC-Designers-ManualBeing that October is part of the low (and rainy) season on KP, prices tend to be lower at most businesses. There’s still time to sign on to this course. If you aren’t able to attend, there’s another PDC scheduled for the spring.

Either way, it’s a worthwhile trip to make if you have the time and the means. Hopefully, I’ll see you there in the not too distant future!

Where: Sri Thanu Village, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Price: THB 25’000 (ca. EURO 630)

Teacher: Rhamis Kent (PRI Registered Teacher)

Rhamis Kent’s PRI Author Profile can be found here.

For more information on this course please visit Phangan Earthworks website.

To download the full resolution PDF, please click here.

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Rhamis Kent

Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. '95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design. He has previously worked for the renowned American inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development, with subsequent engineering work ranging from medical device research and development to aerospace oriented mechanical design. After taking an interest in the design science of Permaculture, he sought extended training with permaculture expert and educator Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. This 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.

One Comment

  1. Hi,

    I am Naseef, currently residing in Singapore .

    I would like to attend the PDC course and to be part of the ethical movement.

    Is there any course/training happening anywhere near South East Asia?

    Warm Regards

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