Laya Point Permaculture Design Course
3rd June - 18th June 2017
Non-residential with camping and residential options
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AranyaCompleting his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003, Aranya started teaching the following year. He discovered this made his heart sing, so he made it his main focus. Since 2004 he has taught almost 80 two-week design courses, something he has no intention of stopping. He feels that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to teach "something that can make a real difference in all our lives".Aranya is also excited about new ways in which permaculture thinking can help us, developing new courses on using its principles to help us design for optimising our health and creating ethical livelihoods.In the spring of 2012 Permanent Publications published his first book 'Permaculture Design - a Step-by-Step Guide', which evolved from a set of design course worksheets. He also writes occasionally for magazines and from time to time shares interesting items on his blog. Aranya is currently writing a second book, about a subject he’s especially fascinated by, to be called 'Patterns Matter - in Permaculture Design'.
Tom DennisonTom is the co-designer of the Laya Point project, which began its inception in the jungles of northern Thailand several years earlier.After a year travelling overland from England, Tom completed his first Permaculture Design Course at The Panya Project, a Permaculture education centre an hour north of Chiang Mai. Six months later, he returned and undertook a long-term volunteer role at the project at a time of major transformation, when the founder and leader of the project decided to step back and follow other paths.Tom and his partner at the time Nicole played a key role in re-designing the way in which the project was run, developing it into a volunteer-run profit-sharing organisation. Despite the challenges, this led to a more settled, less transient intentional community that is now thriving.During his time at The Panya Project, Tom studied with a number of respected Permaculture teachers and was instrumental in the organisation and running of a number of PDCs, several practical internships on natural building and food forest management as well as other shorter courses, such as NVCs (Non-Violent Communication courses) focused on improving interpersonal skills.In 2012 Tom completed a Training of Teachers with Australian permaculture teacher, John Champagne and then set off to bicycle around South East Asia. Six months later, the Permaculture bug bit again, leading to his return to England and the start of the project in Ulpha, which has since evolved into Laya Point Permaculture.