I returned to Thailand in November with a goal to connect with permaculturally minded people and projects around the region, making as many contributions and exchanges of resources as possible along the way. What I discovered in my travels was far more than I ever could have anticipated! I am excited now to be able to share my experiences with you in hopes that it will provide a resource for all those interested in exploring the expansive world of Thailand Permaculture.
Rak Tamachat Logo in adobe
In Part 1 of this series I described my revisit to Rak Tamachat, a Permaculture education centre in central Thailand that I had participated in developing only a few months prior, and the community integration work that was taking place there. Then I traveled north to Chiang Mai where I connected with many friends and allies in the region. I visited Chiang Mai Life Construction, PermaPai, and ended the with more community integration and development at The Panya Project.
I returned to Thailand in late November of 2012 after 3 months visiting friends and family in my home state of Texas. Following a brief respite, getting grounded and recovering from the disorienting 33 hour journey and 13 hour time difference, it was time to start designing my travel itinerary. While resting in Bangkok, I ventured over to the infamous Khao San Road for the first time. Given my previous experience embedded in a rural village in Thailand’s agricultural heart, Khao San Road was not exactly what I had in mind for my travels ahead. In drawing up my plans, I had no intention of following any well trodden guidebook tourist track. There is something much more exciting happening in this country than the bars and souvenir peddlers of Khao San. Just outside of the facade of Thailand’s touristed market streets, there is a wealth of precious gems waiting to be discovered. The most prominent on my list, although appearing a bit rough on the surface, turns out to be a glimmering diamond of hope for the country, and the world. This is the story of my adventures in exploring the many treasures of Thailand Permaculture.
Touring through the sundry landscapes of Texas I am reminded of the vast topography under human influence. From beautiful rolling hills, creeks, lakes, forests, and farmland; there is such an incredible abundance of possibility. But, in the coming years, Texas will need to take a keen look at its resource management and find ways to manage holistically, or risk betting the farm.
Large acreage is an important part of Texas history.
While tumbling over the vast open plains of Texas it becomes more and more evident that our potential for abundance is all but unlimited. Texas ranchers are no stranger to acreage. Some of the largest ranches in Texas range in the hundreds of thousands of acres.* As the largest state in the contiguous United States, it should come as no surprise that land, BIG land, is a big part of what makes Texas, Texas. And BIG land means BIG potential.
Please join me at the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church on November 11th at 11:00am for what is sure to be an exciting and informative discussion on Soil Health and its contribution to a healthy society. This is a free talk and all are welcome to join and learn together about the connection our soil health has to play in our personal health.
The majority of social issues today, including poverty, hunger, health care, unemployment, disease, and so on, are literally rooted in the health and vitality of our soils. Soil is not just the stuff under your feet, it is the foundation of all terrestrial life on the planet, and the solutions to these and many other challenges facing humanity today… are as cheap as dirt.
The event is open to the public. Donations to help Theron advance and progress international aid work are encouraged and appreciated.
Join me on Sunday, November 11th at 11:00am at:
Arlington Unitarian Universalist
2001 California Ln, Arlington, Texas 76015
Permaculture is such a hugely broad and challenging subject to teach. But it doesn’t have to be hard work. We can make permaculture education fun and interactive!
How many of us have ever felt challenged by attempting to sum up permaculture into a 30 second “elevator speech”? What about a thirty minute talk? One hour? It seems like the longer you have to talk about permaculture the easier it gets. Perhaps that is because permaculture covers such a wide verity of disciplines and subjects that the elevator speech just can’t do it justice. But, try keeping that up for a full 72 hour PDC and, it doesn’t matter how many subjects you are able to cover, how knowledgeable you are, or how much depth you are able to go into on any particular topic, if all you do is talk… you’ll have lost the audience, and with it the opportunity to inspire, before you’ve even begun to get to the good bits.
Teaching permaculture should never be a chore for either the student or the teacher. And believe me if you have never tried, talking for 6 – 8 hours a day about anything is just plain hard work. I recommend taking a break from all that hard work and exercise a little permaculture design on your permaculture design course.
Do you have what it takes to be a Permaculture Superhero?! The Permaculture Design Course is your chance to find out. Take on the PDC experience and discover if you have what it takes to be a regenerative eco-hero!
Our Permaculture Design Courses are a mind expanding and paradigm shifting experience full of fun and interactive learning. Participants have the opportunity to co-create designs for urban and suburban environments and learn about ecological restoration and community cultivation strategies applicable to life anywhere on the planet.
Stay tuned for courses being listed in your area. Contact me if you are interested in learning how you can host a course or workshop!
Facilitating this Permaculture Design Course has easily been one of the most inspiring and life changing experiences I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of! The involvement and participation of not only the students in the course but also the broader community in this course was key to it’s success. I believe in giving credit where credit is due… I could not have accomplished a fraction of this on my own. For that reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to send out a deep thank you to the people and organizations that helped me to make this dream a reality.
A deep thank you to all the Permaculture Supporters in Austin and beyond: