Get Grounded Isaan Workshop

 

March 5-11, 2019

Hosted at Pun Pun Isaan center, Baan Sri Tahn village, Yasothorn, Northeastern Thailand

Course is taught in English language

This 7-day course is a unique chance to attend one of the first workshops we’re hosting at our second learning center, based in Jon Jandai’s home village.  This unique space been run as an organic self-sustaining farm for over 20 years and is set in the middle of rural farmer community.  The Get Grounded course is a chance for people to experience living on the farm and learning how to provide for your needs with your own hands.  Together we will introduce earthen building, cover organic farming techniques, land design, and experiment with traditional crafts.

Techniques and Topics:

The whole workshop will be very hands-on and focus on allowing participants to experience every topic themselves.

  • Organic Gardening including how to prepare garden beds, make seedlings and compost, as well as liquid fertilizers
  • Introduction to natural building while working on an existing building.  Will cover selecting soil, making adobe bricks. laying bricks, making and applying homemade earthen plaster and making and applying clay paints on adobe and straw-bale buildings under construction.
  • Sustainable land design with a greater understanding of water, soil, and other elements that contribute to designing sustainable systems.
  • Village experience learning from villagers on various traditional topics including Thai massage and weaving.

It is an opportunity to learn through doing where participants will learn the techniques we use while actively applying them to projects at the farm in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. It is also a chance to live with other like-minded participants and to learn the local wisdom of villagers.

Community living:

Evening activities and exchanges will also be included. A large aspect of the course also includes the experience of living in community with other participants as well as entering the community of family and villagers involved in the project. We have found this element to be a major contributor in the experience of the course for participants.  Families are welcome and people of all ages and backgrounds.

LOGISTICS PERTAINING TO THE COURSE

General Schedule

Morning and afternoon sessions will be held with an extended break after lunch in the hot part of the day.  We will provide lunch on the first day (March 5th) and start with an afternoon session that day and finish after lunch on the last day (March 11th).

The Project

The course will be held  at Pun Pun Isaan, a new center on an established organic farm.  This is Jon Jandai’s home village and home farm.  His sister and her family have been working the land and running a self-sustaining farm, selling organic fair trade rice, and leading an organic farmer’s movement on this land for over 20 years.  Due to the great amount of experience they have in so many areas, we’ve decided to now work to merge this experience into creatng a second learning center here, Pun Pun Isaan.

As they already grow their own food and live a self-reliant lifestyle, we will now expand this to include trainings on earthen building, organic farming, and other self-reliant techniques in the hopes of strengthening the network in the area and providing access to more people.

Teaching team

Primarily Jon Jandai with other community members and villagers.

Living situation

We will provide simple accommodation in an open-air dorm space. A thin futon mat, blanket, sheet, pillow, and mosquito net will be provided.  Outdoor toilets and cool showers are close to the dorms.

All meals will be shared and eaten in the communal kitchen.  Vegetarian and fish options will be available and we will try to use the most organic vegetables as possible from the farm and network.  Food will be simple Thai food with brown rice and many Isaan delicacies.  We try to use as much of our own produce and other seasonally available produce as possible so we tend to focus on a primarily vegetable and whole grain diet with added protein from eggs, fish, or tofu.

6,000 baht/person.  This price includes all food during the course, accommodation and instruction.  All proceeds go towards supporting Pun Pun community to grow and continue with our seed center and outreach work.

Registration

1) Email your participant survey to punpuncourses@gmail.com. (see below for details).

2) Once you have sent your participant survey and have been confirmed, a 3,000 baht non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot. Please understand we cannot hold your spot until we receive your deposit.

We ask you transfer this to our Thai account of which we will send you the details.  The remainder will be collected on the first day of the course in Thai baht or if you chose you may transfer the whole amount beforehand.

For more information

Contact punpuncourses@gmail.com

Pun Pun Participant Survey:

Please write us a short letter introducing yourself. Please include where you’re from and a bit on why you want to join the course, what you are hoping to get out of it and how you hope to use it later. This will help us to prepare the program for your needs.

Please also include any special dietary needs causing for any adjustments from the food offered as specified above. Please wait for acceptance before making travel arrangements.

Please send your email to punpuncourses@gmail.com.