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"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."

(Bill Mollison, 'Father of Permaculture')


"You can fix all the world's problems in a garden."

(Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Guru)


"... the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter."

(Bill Mollison, 'Father of Permaculture')

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phanganearthworks is stoked to announce a two-week Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with internationally acclaimed teacher Mustafa Fatih Bakir, to take place 14-27 March 2011 on our property on Phangan island, Southern Thailand.

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The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison.
The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. 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.
The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.

The Cirriculum is Based on all Subjects in: PERMACULTURE: A Designers’' Manual by Bill Mollison. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.

Topics covered include:

• Theory and principles of permaculture
• Methods of design
• Understanding patterns in nature
• Water harvesting and management
• Drought-proofing
• Trees & their energy transactions
• Eco-friendly house placement and design
• Energy efficient architecture
• Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
• Earthworks & their use in earth repair
• Soils
• Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
• Organic food production
• Livestock
• Aquaculture
• Ecological pest control
• Humid tropics
• The temperate climates
• Humid cool climates
• Dry lands
• Strategies for urban and rural settings
• Recycling and waste management
• Right livelihood
• Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
• Money and finance
• Ethical investment
• Bio regional organisation
• Legal strategies and trusts
• Effective working groups
• Effective aid

To learn more, we suggest watching the following video clips:

Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton
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Permaculture and Time with Geoff Lawton
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What is Permaculture?
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The course will be conducted in the internationally accepted manner. The 72 hours of course work required to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate will be covered over a 14-day period. Classroom study will be complemented with plenty of outdoor hands-on practice. All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.


Monday 14 March - Sunday 27 March 2011;
Workshop hours are 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00


On our jungle hillside property in the hills above Sri Thanu village, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, THAILAND.
Email us at for more information and make your booking today, or call Julien +66 (0)83 393 90 21 / Hubert +66 (0)86 281 63 08.


Regular tuition fee for the 72-hour certified PDC is THB 15900 (EUR 390), with an early-bird discount of 20% for payments prior to 31 January 2011.
We do offer an NGO special price* of THB 9'000 (300 EUR).

The number of participants is limited to 25 people, first come first served.

*If you work for an NGO and believe that permaculture could help your organization achieve its goals, please email us about the NGO discounted rate.

mustafa fatih bakir This PDC course will be taught by Mustafa Fatih Bakir, a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher with a professional background in architecture and landscape architecture.

Mustafa has taken his PPC (Permaculture Practical Certificate) on the Mollisons' farm in Tasmania in 2007

and his PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) a year later with permaculture pioneers Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Melbourne. He has further worked with and studied under Geoff Lawton as an intern at The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) of Australia in 2009.

Mustafa is the founding director of The Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey and lives an active life in the village of Marmaric, in the mountains of the Eagean.

He has designed and is presently the permaculture consultant for 5 projects in Turkey and a project in Spain.

mustafa teaching


Click here to download the A3 workshop poster (PDF, 796 KB). © Copyright 2010 2011 phanganearthworks. All rights reserved.